Proposed Legislation Threatens Global Insurance Markets,
Potentially Costing U.S. Consumers Billions
NEW YORK (May 22, 2013)—RIMS, the risk management society™, voices its disapproval of legislation introduced by Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) that would place significant restrictions on domestic insurers which cede reinsurance to their foreign affiliates. According to a 2009 Brattle Group study, the legislation would contract the reinsurance market by 20 percent and force U.S. consumers to pay more than $10-$12 billion more a year for insurance.
In April, RIMS delivered an official letter to the House Ways and Means Committee’s International Tax Reform Working Group to affirm the Society’s disagreement with the Administration’s Proposed 2014 Budget that included an effort to eliminate the tax deduction for reinsurance premiums ceded by domestic insurers to their foreign affiliates.
“Engaging in offshore reinsurance programs is a legitimate practice that has proven over time to be an effective tool to keep insurance premiums low while providing countless organizations with the capacity to keep their assets safe,” said Carolyn Snow, RIMS Board Liaison to the Society’s External Affairs Committee. “This short-sighted legislation fails to realize that if organizations are forced to abandon their offshore counterparts, the financial burden of catastrophic risks would fall on the government and policyholders – an alternative that could shatter this country’s economic vitality.”
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