Alper Services has compiled the following materials based on questions we are receiving and input we’ve gathered from trusted carriers and vendors. We will continue to update this page with valuable information. If you have questions about any of this information, contact your Alper Services Representative.
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United HealthCare deferred payment option:
For COVID-19 related payment extension requests, UHC will consider deferred payment requests received directly from the client on an individual case-by-case basis. Please direct your clients to call billing directly at 1-888-842-4571 M-F 8:00am-8:00pm ET to request the extension. Requests submitted by the broker on behalf of the customer will not be accepted.
Aetna deferred payments:
Aetna is allowing clients to defer payments. They have several options:
1. Pay in Full
2. Pay 50% at the beginning of the month and 50% at the end of the month
3. Defer this coming months premium to next month
Definition of “Essential Business” – page 5
PROPERTY & CASUALTY
P&C Claims Covered in Light of the Coronavirus
Things are changing very rapidly. The best course of action is to review the language of your specific policy with your Alper Services Executive, and if you believe you have a claim, to submit it to the carrier for review with the following caveats:
Absent a separate endorsement, standard, Business Interruption insurance excludes losses related to virus or bacterium. While it is arguable that the virus is not the cause of the losses, enforced closings are, the insurance carrier may likely still enforce the exclusion for coverages due to COVID-19.
The exclusion will likely apply despite the Shelter-in-place orders. There has been no Civil Authority order in Illinois yet, but even if there were typically there is no covered cause of loss due to the virus exclusion.
Similarly, Continent Business Interruption Insurance applies if there is a direct physical loss or damage to a supplier which impacts your business. Again, a virus or bacteria exclusion may apply.
However, every policy is different, and the insurance carriers will provide the full analysis to determine if there is coverage for your business losses. Thus, you may elect to file a claim with the understanding that coverage is not guaranteed.
To date, there is no definitive answer regarding Workers’ Comp coverage for COVID-19. It would be difficult to prove that an employee became infected specifically due to work versus all other contacts that he/she may have had at home or in public. An employee may have to show that his/her workplace subjected the employee to a “materially greater” chance of contracting the airborne disease than the general public – this is still speculative.
Currently, some WC carriers are treating COVID-19 claims as indemnity claims for now, but have not yet ruled if they determined if they will extend coverage or not based upon whether the contraction of the disease is “occupational” or not.
Chubb Cancellation and Non-renewal Notices
Chubb will commence a voluntary 60-day hold on cancellation and nonrenewal notices for all of its US and Canada insureds that advise they cannot pay their premiums due to events related to coronavirus except where a longer period may be required by regulatory order. They will continue to bill premiums but will not cancel for non-payment and no late fees will be assessed during this hold. The hold will commence on March 23, 2020. Commercial insureds may contact Chubb directly or reach out to Alper Services to let them know that they will be requesting this accommodation.
Insurance Carrier Billing Assistance
TRADE CREDIT INSURANCE
Q: Is there a “Force Majeure” clause in my Trade Credit Insurance policy?
A: Amongst the three largest providers, Euler, Coface and Atradius and among a number of Non-Cancellable markets, i.e. AIG, Chubb, FCIA, Allied, Tokio Marine HCC, et al, the answer is NO.
Q: Is there an Exclusion for Virus or Pandemic like in my Property policy?
A: See above.
The following FAQ’s apply to Euler, Coface and Atradius policy holders.
Q: Will “cancellable” carriers “slash & burn” coverage like it’s 2008/2009?
A: It does not appear to be the case. The weakest rated credits in the most stressed industries are being reviewed to potentially reduce or cancel coverage. This is a measured response to the current environment and will adjust as this develops. It’s truly, wait and see.
Q: What value is a policy if carriers are cancelling all my coverage?
A: At the moment, carriers are reducing coverage on the weakest of credits in distressed areas of the economy. You don’t have to stop selling them, but it’s wise to take notice and consider all credit term options. It can be much more expensive to sell and not get paid, than to not sell at all.
Q: If my coverage is cancelled, do I get a premium credit?
A: If coverage is withdrawn you need not report sales for the customer after the date of cancellation. It is not a credit, but you are not paying a premium for something you don’t have.
Q: If coverage is cancelled, do I have any options?
A: Admittedly, in these times your options are limited. But, if coverage is reduced/withdrawn on a key buyer and you believe there’s a case, contact your Account Manager Gary Kirshenbaum at GKirshenbaum@AlperServices.com. He can appeal, and there may be options available, circumstance dependent.
To note: There is a binding moratorium on purchasing Travel Accident Insurance/Trip Cancellation and Special Event insurance.