How Climate Change Is Uprooting The Property Insurance Industry

It's becoming difficult for many Americans to find (or afford) a policy. How Climate Change Is Uprooting The Property Insurance Industry Shutterstock

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From wildfires in Hawaii to Hurricane Idalia in Florida, there’s no shortage of natural disasters that are leaving Americans with the daunting task of repairing or rebuilding damaged homes. This is not a problem unique to the U.S., of course, and most experts agree that the issue is only going to get worse as climate change becomes a bigger menace to the environment.

And now insurance companies are starting to realize that they can’t keep writing policies for property susceptible to such damage.

What’s going on

While disaster can strike no matter where you live, a number of prominent insurers are focusing on a few types of weather and locations as they pare back the range of policies they’re prepared to offer.

So far, at least five major insurance companies have indicated that they’ll be limiting how much policies cover and even pulling out of certain regions entirely, citing the mounting impact of climate change as their motivation.

Here’s how some insurers are responding so far:

  • Removing coverage for hurricane damage in some coastal areas
  • Limiting the types of policies available in wildfire-prone regions
  • Raising premiums and deductibles to help cover rising costs

What it all means

On one hand, this might sound like a valid business decision. After all, companies can’t continue to exist if they keep losing money.

Nevertheless, this is clearly a big problem for property owners who are finding it more difficult to protect their homes and other valuable investments.

So what are concerned consumers supposed to do? Insiders say the best way to deal with the current trend is to shop around or even purchase multiple supplemental policies in order to get all the coverage they need. It could be expensive, but if tragedy strikes, insurance is one of the only lifelines available.

Chris Agee
Chris Agee September 7th, 2023
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