Derek W. Freihaut
Christina L. Negley
Arthur R. Randolph II
Joseph A. Herbers
Aaron N. Hillebrandt
Laura A. Maxwell
Roosevelt C. Mosley Jr.
Linda K. Brobeck
Timothy C. Mosler
Robert J. Walling III
Pinnacle has a willingness to provide whatever service is needed be it a conversation, a study or 2-3 hours on the phone patiently answering questions from stakeholders.
Pinnacle has compiled relevant databases for use as
the basis for legislative costing analyses and other studies.
Pinnacle provides costing and impact analysis of
proposed legislative changes and also provides written and oral testimony in
support of our analyses.
Pinnacle’s team of experienced experts can provide
expertise to help craft and quantify the impact of solutions for issues
affecting the insurance market in today’s rapidly changing environment.
Pinnacle has experience not only determining the cost
of potential legislative changes, but also assessing their impact on affected
segments and stakeholders.
Pinnacle excels in providing expected changes in
insurance costs due to proposed legislation on behalf of state insurance
regulators, state legislative committees, insurance trade organizations, and
state associations of physicians, hospitals and trial lawyers.
With insurance laws and regulations constantly evolving, being alert to changes and their implications is only part of your challenge. Since even a seemingly small modification can have a material impact, you need actuarial experts who can detect a potential law’s implications on insurance markets quickly and accurately.
Our experienced property/casualty actuaries can apply their expertise to help you understand the potential legislative impact in your state. Our costing studies of proposed insurance legislation help policy makers in many states sift through legislative implications. And, as you work to meet unrealistic deadlines in even more complicated political circumstances, we will make sure our analysis is both timely and easy to understand.
We are also available to provide both written and oral testimony to support our findings. As expert witnesses, our actuaries assist insurance trade organizations and state regulators, legislative committees and industry associations, including physician and hospital groups.
As innovators in the actuarial profession, we helped create the underwriting and pricing practices that are now industry standards. We remain on the cutting edge of actuarial science through our recognized commitment to the actuarial profession and thought leadership. We combine our deep expertise and insight gained from working with a wide range of clients with unique qualities that help us ensure we stand apart from other providers:
Independent. Solely-owned by our professional staff, Pinnacle is not affiliated with any insurance company or accounting firm. Pinnacle’s independence is demonstrated by the variety of clients who trust us for legislative support projects including: state insurance regulators, state legislative committees, insurance trade organizations, and state associations of physicians, hospitals, insurers and trial lawyers.
Credible. Our legislative support spans a variety of cases and venues. As recognized leaders in the actuarial profession, our legislative analyses are given the highest standard of credibility.
Experienced. Along with our seasoned actuaries, our team includes training actuaries who can provide a fresh perspective. We pull from our deep bench to assemble the right team for each assignment.
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Florida Automobile No-Fault Impact Analyses
In 2006 and 2007, Pinnacle was retained by Floridians for Lower Insurance Costs (FLIC) to conduct independent actuarial studies to determine the cost implications on the Florida Health Care system from various changes to the Florida No Fault Law.
First in 2006 we conducted an independent actuarial study to determine the cost implications of repealing Florida’s current no-fault law. Pinnacle also priced first party medical payments benefits of $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 as replacements for current personal injury protection (PIP) benefits.
Then in 2007, Pinnacle determined the impact that would result from the sunset of Florida’s current no fault law. Pinnacle also determined what current PIP insurance costs will be absorbed by other insurance programs compared to costs that will go unreimbursed since the current PIP coverage will be eliminated at the time that no fault is sunset. Pinnacle testified before the Florida House Committee Working Group on Insurance in support of the analysis. The Florida No Fault Law was sunset only to be reenacted immediately thereafter.
New Jersey Automobile No-Fault Impact Analyses
Save Choices for New Jersey Drivers (SCNJD), an ad-hoc coalition of insurers, trade and business associations asked Pinnacle to determine how proposed legislation would affect drivers.
The New Jersey Auto Cost Reduction Act eliminated the judicial requirement that permanent injuries that do not meet the other eligibility criteria for tort claims in no fault cases must have a “serious impact” on the claimant’s life. Pinnacle evaluated the affect of eliminating this requirement and determined the law would “significantly increase “losses eligible for tort recovery. Hence, Bodily Injury (BI) Liability and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM) costs and premiums would increase for drivers selecting the verbal threshold.
On June 14, 2005, two years after Pinnacle conducted its analysis, the New Jersey Supreme Court concluded does not imply a "serious impact" requirement for those seeking damages for non-economic losses (Octavio Serrano v. Jacqueline Serrano, et al. (A-99-03) and DiProspero v. Penn, et al., (A-66-03). As a result, injured claimants may seek recompense from the at-fault party for losses such as pain and suffering. SCNJD hired Pinnacle again to update the analysis based upon the later Insurance Research Council (IRC) data, which became available subsequent to the release of its 2003 report.
Pinnacle was retained by a major national political organization to investigate the impact of several workers compensation reforms including: implementation of mandatory managed care, privatization of state workers compensation insurance funds and the permitting of private insurers to enter previously monopolistic workers compensation states. Our analysis looked at state-level differences in rate levels, insurer experience, coverage competition, the mix of medical and indemnity claims and numerous other metrics. The study was extremely well received and ultimately presented to more than half of the nation’s governors.
At Pinnacle, we partner with you to explore whatever path it takes to find the answers you need.
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