Stop-loss coverage is purchased by self-insured employers looking for coverage from catastrophic medical and pharmacy claims. Based on the most recent data available from S&P Global Intelligence, the stop-loss market stands at approximately $20 billion in premium.
In March 2019, Milliman sent survey participation requests to approximately 30 employer stop-loss carriers, and 25 provided responses. The survey asked questions about various topics, including:
- Portfolio characteristics, such as employer size and types of coverage purchased
- Underwriting measures, such as persistency and discretionary limits
- Pricing measures, such as a carrier’s average discretionary discount and target loss ratios
- Historical results, both loss ratio and growth
- Product terms offered