Louisiana insurance coverage commissioner Jim Donelon just lately held a press convention to deal with the cancellation of about 29,000 insurance policies by the insurance coverage firm Lighthouse Excalibur.
Years of extreme storms have led to costly insurance coverage claims within the state, overwhelming insurance coverage corporations to the purpose of forcing a number of of them – resembling Lighthouse Excalibur – to bail.
On the Press convention, Donelon mentioned that Lighthouse Excalibur had $316 million to pay for claims previous to Hurricane Ida; it had projected that Ida would price $200 million. Nonetheless, Donelon famous that 16,000 claims have been filed following the hurricane, and that the storm in the end price Lighthouse Excalibur a fair greater $440 million.
“Proper now, we are attempting to cease the move of corporations exiting our state and a few simply pausing their writings,” mentioned Donelon. “Our focus is getting protection within the non-public sector for these of us whose corporations have stopped writing or have gone into receivership.”
As reported by native information outlet WDSU Information, Donelon additionally introduced that two extra insurance coverage corporations are withdrawing from the state: Southern Constancy and Maison. The cancellation of Maison would have an effect on some 13,000 policyholders after June 30, whereas Southern Constancy would have an effect on one other 42,000.
Southern Constancy isn’t just on the ropes in Louisiana, however in Florida as properly. The corporate was ordered by the Florida Workplace of Insurance coverage Regulation to organize to wind down its enterprise within the state, as scores agency Demotech withdrew its Monetary Stability Ranking for the insurer.