The insurance industry is in a tizzy over a new rule in the U.S. that limits the amount of coverage that insurers can offer to the average person.
Auto insurance providers have been concerned that a cap on auto insurance rates could lead to higher premiums for consumers, which could hurt sales and lead to lower profit margins for the industry.
The Aaa Auto Insurance Regulatory Policy (AAIRP) has come under intense scrutiny because it includes provisions that could lead the industry to raise premiums.
The Aaa, or Advanced Auto Insurance, program is intended to provide lower premiums to the most vulnerable customers.
According to the program, a person’s credit score is the main factor determining the amount that a car insurer can offer, with higher scores being more expensive.
However, many analysts believe that the Aaa insurance policy does not adequately protect a person against catastrophic injury.
In fact, according to a recent report from Consumer Reports, the AAA is more likely to be a trap for people with credit problems.
In its report, the consumer advocacy group stated that “people with less than a high-quality credit score are at greater risk of having a collision or other incident.
A high-cost AAA policy could leave them with an even higher credit rating than the average consumer, increasing the likelihood of a car accident.”
The AAIRP is a relatively new concept and, according the industry, there is no consensus on what should be included in the AAAA.
But experts have questioned the logic of the policy in light of its high-risk provisions.
“I am not sure why a policy should have to include a provision that protects against a crash, but not a rider that protects from an injury,” said David Schmid, senior vice president of insurance at The American Insurers Association, a trade group for auto insurance companies.
“It appears to be an attempt to protect a lower-risk segment of consumers, and the risk of a crash is higher than what the average would experience,” said Schmid.
“Insurers have a duty to ensure that their customers are protected, and I think that’s something that AAIRPs should be able to do.””
A person’s risk profile is the most important factor in determining whether they can afford an auto policy,” said John A. Miller, president and CEO of the American Insurance Federation.
“Insurers have a duty to ensure that their customers are protected, and I think that’s something that AAIRPs should be able to do.”
Miller pointed to the example of a person who may have a very low credit rating but might have to pay out-of-pocket expenses to cover the cost of a collision.
“If the insurance company can’t offer that protection to that person, they have to charge higher rates to the consumers,” he said.
In a statement to Reuters, the Insurance Information Institute, an industry group, pointed out that a policy’s cost does not include all the out- of-pocket costs associated with the policy.
“AAA is not proposing that people who do not have an average credit score should be required to pay for out-patient treatment,” the group said.
“Rather, AAA is proposing that consumers should be encouraged to use a policy that provides coverage to the full range of medical costs.”
Insurance companies have argued that their policies are designed to protect consumers and not to encourage reckless driving.
But consumers may be more likely than ever to fall prey to car wrecks and crash-related injuries, a phenomenon that has been known to spike rates in the United States.
“The insurance industry’s argument that the AAARP protects consumers from financial loss from a crash does not stand up to scrutiny,” said Richard P. Besser, vice president and director of research at Consumer Reports.
“AAAA is attempting to protect people from financial losses when the riskiest of people are paying for policies that are not designed to provide the coverage they need.”