Faced with a whole new ball game of unprecedented federal backup for catastrophic losses caused by a terrorist attack, the U.S. insurance industry, including underwriters, reinsurers and brokers, are scrambling to interpret the new legislation and revise their underwriting programs to deal with the issues presented by the new law.The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 will take effect upon date of enactment and provides for a sliding scale of government backup over its three-year life. While there seems little disagreement that the backstop will increase availability of terror risk coverage, its effect on pricing remains to be seen.

Insurance companies are now making use of three new terror risk modeling programs on the market that have been developed over the past year in the wake of Sept. 11. They were developed in response to demand from industry for something they can use to get their arms around a new risk for which traditional quantification measurements did not exist.

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