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Critical Point takes a look into the costs and risks associated with black lung disease

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that the rate of black lung disease is going up. Black lung disease is also known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, and it’s brought on from inhaling coal dust and working in a coal mine. According to the CDC, black lung cases in miners are the highest they’ve been since recordkeeping began in the early 1970s.

In this episode of Critical Point, Milliman’s Christine Fleming and Travis Grulkowski discuss what these statistics mean for companies and insurers looking to manage this risk for their employees.

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How can life insurers manage risks related to COVID-19?

At the heart of effective risk management is the ability to manage tail events. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised some profound questions concerning tail risk analyses that risk practitioners in the life insurance industry must consider. In this episode of Critical Point, Milliman’s Tony Dardis, Chloe Lau, and Ariel Weis discuss emerging risk management issues related to the pandemic for life insurers.

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Examining cyber risk in emerging markets critically

This episode of Critical Point focuses on cyber risk in emerging markets and what managing that risk look like in countries like South Africa. Milliman’s Chris Harner and David Kirk discuss cyberspace issues that are at the forefront in South Africa and other emerging markets as well as the differences in cyber between various countries, including the U.S. and the U.K.

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Critical Point focuses on the future of flood insurance

If you’ve watched the news recently, it will come as no surprise that flooding has become a major issue for communities across the United States. In this episode of Critical Point, Milliman consultants Nancy Watkins and John Rollins discuss the history and future of flood insurance. They also explore what flood coverage for homeowners could look like a few decades from now.

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Critical Point: Key takeaways for insurers managing the U.S. GAAP Targeted Improvements

Insurance companies that issue long-duration contracts can expect volatility, increased data and disclosure requirements, and the potential for a new market for reinsurers thanks to recent accounting changes, according to Milliman’s William Hines and Francois Dauphin. In the latest episode of Critical Point, Milliman’s life insurance actuaries discuss key takeaways from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Targeted Improvements to the Accounting for Long-Duration Contracts (LDTI), which will require significant risk management and has a go-live date of January 2021.

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How do global events affect mortality?

Global events like climate change, immigration, and the opioid epidemic have the potential to affect mortality rates, that is, the rate at which people die. Mortality rates drive many factors that affect our everyday living, like pensions, healthcare, and taxes, as Milliman principal and consulting actuary Dale Hagstrom discusses in the latest episode of our Critical Point podcast.

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