On May 18 the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) announced
the launch of the Future of American
Insurance & Reinsurance (FAIR) campaign. FAIR will focus on ensuring the
insurance industry is able to sustain its longstanding role as the country’s
backbone of economic growth and stability.
FAIR is being set into motion as the country seeks a pathway
to economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As communities
reopen and restart, insurers will play a critical role in the process,
continuing to provide financial protection for the millions of Americans who
depend on them for indemnification from risks they rightfully insured. Yet the
industry is threatened with growing calls to retroactively alter insurance
policies, cover the economic cost of widespread closures, and adjust workers’
compensation criteria, among other new developments.
“FAIR was created to safeguard the ability of the
insurance industry to support its customers at a time when policymakers, the
business community, and the general public are searching for solutions to our
ongoing economic turmoil. And while we recognize the need for financial relief
is severe, any attempts to make insurers retroactively responsible for a global
pandemic puts the solvency of many insurers at risk,” said Sean
Kevelighan, CEO, Triple-I.
“While the insurance industry has been doing its part
to step up and support their communities in this time of crisis, pandemics are
fundamentally uninsurable events. The federal government remains the only
entity with the financial resources to help businesses recover from a systemic
event of this magnitude. With the support of the public sector and the
innovation of groups like insurers in the private sector, we can come together
to work toward recovering from this catastrophe and build a more resilient
future,” he added.
Insurance carriers are an integral part of local communities
across the country, employing over 2.7 million Americans and contributing
nearly $565 billion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018. The
industry has cumulatively offered consumers more than $10 billion in premium
relief on auto insurance this spring and made over $220 million in charitable
donations to COVID-19-related causes.
FAIR will serve as a go-to educational resource for the
media, business community, and broader public in the coming weeks and will
actively engage in a variety of insurance and COVID-19-related developments
For more information visit fairinsure.org and follow @FAIRInsure on