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COSTS OF AIDS DISABILITY CLAIMS REMAIN FLAT, MENTAL AND NERVOUS DISORDER BENEFITS INCREASE, MILLIMAN & ROBERTSON SURVEY SHOWS

 NEW YORK, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- While the cost of AIDS disability benefits is essentially flat, a group of eleven major insurers are showing that mental and nervous disorder disability benefits are increasing as a percentage of total benefits, especially in California, according to a recent survey by the national consulting and actuarial firm of Milliman & Robertson.
 According to Milliman & Robertson's David E. Scarlett, "Except for one of the insurers surveyed, California seems to be a particular problem for mental and nervous disorder claims. One company reported that the state has more than twice its fair share of mental and nervous disorder benefit payments, with 12 percent of premiums in force and 27 percent of mental and nervous disorder claims. The research also revealed that most companies do not yet have limits on mental and nervous disorder disability benefits."
 "In addition," continued Mr. Scarlett, "all the insurers reported that claim durations are longer for both aids and mental and nervous disorder claims than for other claims, and that those durations are increasing."
 One further survey finding was the higher incidence of mental and nervous disability claims among females. One company found this type of claim to be about 65 percent higher in females than males. Another insurer experienced a higher incidence of these claims among females in their 40s.
 The following companies contributed their data on aids and mental and nervous disorder claims to this survey: Connecticut Mutual, Equitable, Great-West Life, Lincoln National, Mass Mutual, Monarch, New York Life, Northwestern Mutual, Paul Revere, Provident and UNUM.
 Milliman & Robertson, Inc. is a national firm of actuaries and consultants serving the full range of business, financial, and government organizations. Founded in Seattle in 1947, Milliman & Robertson has 25 offices in the United States and is the U.S. member of Woodrow Milliman, an international affiliation of actuarial firms.
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 /CONTACT: David E. Scarlett of Milliman & Robertson, Inc., 612-897-5300, or Lorraine Spenser of Donley Communications, 212-751-6126, for Milliman & Robertson/


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