Senior Benefits in Ontario: A Complete Guide to Senior Health Benefits

April 25, 2019 | 94 views

Canada’s most populous province is getting grayer. Statistics Canada reported that almost 20 percent of Ontarians were over the age of 65 in 2016. That’s a number that’s projected to keep growing in the future too. Are you someone over the age of 65? Maybe you’re approaching the start of your golden years. You might even be caring for an elderly parent, helping them manage their finances and health. If so, you’re interested in what senior benefits are available in Ontario. The good news is there are many programs you or your loved one may qualify for. This guide will walk you through some of the major programs in Ontario. We’ll go over health care and health programs for low-income seniors, as well as financial help. We’ll also look at some of the options you have to supplement Ontario’s social assistance programs. Basic Health Care With OHIP. If you’re retiring soon, you may wonder what will happen to your healthcare coverage under OHIP.

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Reinsurance Market Maintaining Its Firming Trend

Article | July 19, 2022

Despite economic pressures on reinsurers and cedants, nearly all buyers were able to secure coverage during the reinsurance renewal period. However, attachment levels and the cost of ceding risk were higher than most buyers desired, and supply constraints in some lines and territories caused stress not seen in years. As a result, according to Gallagher Re's latest 1st View renewals report, the reinsurance market has maintained its firming trend. Despite mostly positive H1 2022 results, the combination of inflation and rising interest rates has caused reinsurers to adjust their balance sheets and reserves while also taking into account how a recessionary environment may increase claims frequency. These economic factors, combined with sustained loss levels, allowed reinsurers to maintain upward pricing pressure as they sought to reduce their appetite for volatility. Key Contributions to Understanding: Natural disaster capacity decreased overall as reinsurers continued to shift away from low-level layers, which differed by country and region. Reinsurers were seen assessing cedants' inflation-related actions and applying carefully calculated loadings to relevant treaties. The Russian invasion of Ukraine increased interest in cyber and war contract provisions. Long-tail casualty placements remained popular among reinsurers, but there was more debate about ceding commissions than in recent renewals. Higher ILS risk transfer prices have attracted net new capital, but this has not resulted in market softening. The inflation discussions have been detailed and technical, with reinsurers eager to challenge cedants' model outputs. Most reinsurers are assessing reserve adequacy as interest rates rise, in addition to their concerns about primary rate adequacy in the new inflationary environment. They are experiencing effects simultaneously on the asset and liability sides, which has strengthened their resolve to maintain the pricing momentum of the previous two years.

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8 POS Software Trends for 2022: New Forecasts and What's Next

Article | July 15, 2022

Online shopping is quickly becoming the new norm in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most retailers had to migrate their businesses to the cloud in order to meet the current demands of highly tech-savvy consumers, and the use of POS software has become more important than ever. A cloud-hosted POS solution is no longer an option for small and large businesses, but rather a requirement. POS systems have provided retailers with a more efficient way to track inventory and manage sales, replacing the old cash register and traditional methods of selling. As ecommerce grows, POS solutions play an important role in increasing convenience for online customers and providing a customer-centric experience. To keep up with the latest POS system developments, there is a list of the most important POS software trends to watch for. By understanding current POS software adoption reports and key insights, you can maximize the potential of your existing POS solution or, better yet, have better ideas on financing trends by POS that can bring value to your retail business. Consumers had to reorient their purchasing toward needs like food, medicine, and other home items as the viral pandemic threatened everyone's health and safety. The US Census Bureau recently released a report that found that throughout the pandemic, retail stores providing food and beverages saw the biggest monthly growth in retail sales. To better understand how POS systems are assisting retailers in overcoming the challenges posed by the rapidly changing retail landscape, here’s a list of the most recent and important POS software trends: Cashless Transactions via Mobile POS Systems Adoption of Cloud-Hosted POS Systems Multichannel Commerce Customer Layout Programs Personalized Shopping Experience AI Integration in POS Systems Use of POS Data Analytics Simple POS Hardware Investing in modern POS systems and maximizing their rich feature sets can help your retail business go a long way, from attracting new customers to retaining a loyal customer base that can drive sales and support your long-term growth.

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Security Think Up: It’s Time to Give a Thought About Cyber Insurance

Article | July 20, 2022

The rise in remote work during and after the pandemic has increased cyber vulnerabilities significantly. Cyber insurance protects your company from the financial consequences of cyber threats or data breaches involving computer systems and data. Credit card numbers, social security numbers, account numbers, health records, and driver's license numbers are examples of sensitive customer information. According to a recent SBA survey, 88% of small business owners believe they are vulnerable to a cyberattack. If your company is a victim of cybercrime, the cost of recovery can be prohibitively expensive, including specialized repairs and legal fees. One of the most difficult challenges is quantifying cyber risk. Although approaches and frameworks like NIST CSF, CIS 20, NCSC Cyber Essentials, and ISO 270001 aid in the development of cyber security capabilities, they do not provide the tools to quantify risk. As a result, leaders frequently overestimate their cyber maturity while underestimating cyber insurance premiums. Potential Cyberattack Types are: Breach of data: A breach occurs when critical information, such as personal financial information, is stolen. Cyber-attacks on computers:Your computer system is hacked and compromised in this type of cyberattack. Extortion via the internet:During an extortion threat to your company's computer system, thieves may demand ransom payments. To address these issues, a variety of approaches can be used, ranging from zero-trust models to multi-factor authentication (MFA) and end-point detection and response (EDR) (EDR and XDR). Protective monitoring, encryption applied to the most critical aspects of your network, and patch management processes can also provide insurers with the assurance they require. There are options for both small and large amounts of cyber liability coverage. A small cyber liability insurance policy could be added to the policy of a business owner. A larger cyber liability policy with higher limits would necessitate its own policy. Furthermore, they provide a real-time view of compliance through a risk-based approach that is consolidated, consistent, and aggregated across the entire organization. Workflow automation can help the IRM system become more efficient. By consolidating your risk management processes, you can ensure that controls continue to deliver on their objectives and demonstrate compliance with policies, standards, and regulations while having a lower impact on your day-to-day operational demands. All of this will make it easier to meet cyber insurers' requirements and give organizations confidence that their policy will protect them when they need it.

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Insurers Are Preparing to Accelerate Growth in 2022

Article | July 7, 2022

Despite ongoing concerns about COVID-19 variants, most insurers anticipate a faster economic recovery and increased investments in digital technology in 2022. One-third of those polled expect revenues to be "significantly higher" next year. The global demand for insurance is expected to rise further. Insurers face a variety of challenges, including economic hurdles such as the possibility of sustained inflation; sustainability concerns such as climate risk, diversity, and financial inclusion; and rapidly changing consumer product and purchase preferences. Attracting (and Retaining) Talent Will Be Critical in a Hybrid Work Environment Future of work considerations have also grown in importance as carriers strive to develop flexible return-to-office strategies while also struggling to retain and recruit high-level talent in a highly competitive job market, particularly for those with advanced technology and data analytics skills. Insurers Must Find a Way to Balance Technological Adoption with the Preservation of the Human Touch Insurers are becoming more reliant on emerging technologies and data sources to increase efficiency, improve cybersecurity, and expand capabilities across the organization. Most, however, should focus on improving the customer experience by streamlining processes with automation and providing customized service where needed and preferred. Opportunities to Increase Stakeholder Trust Have Arisen as a Result of the Pandemic On a more fundamental level, many carriers should consider taking steps to increase stakeholder trust in order to increase retention and profitability. This could be accomplished in part by increasing transparency in how insurers collect and use personal data. They can also become more proactive in seeking comprehensive solutions to large-scale societal issues, such as reducing the financial impact of future pandemics and closing coverage gaps for natural disasters.

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Major Financial Institution Selects Sapiens to Disrupt How Life Insurance is Sold in the Americas

Sapiens | September 28, 2022

Sapiens International Corporation, a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, announced today that a major financial services entity has selected Sapiens to deliver its life insurance service in the Americas. Sapiens' award-winning CoreSuite for Life & Annuities and DigitalSuite SaaS solution will provide them with next-generation customer sales and service experience. The companies solidified the partnership at the Insurtech Conference (ITC) on September 20. Sapiens CoreSuite for Life & Annuities is an end-to-end, cloud-native solution complete with enhanced digital capabilities to support whole life, universal life, wealth accumulation products and annuities. This will power this financial services entity with an advanced, simplified 360°degree view of customers within the policy administration system, across all distribution channels and communication streams. Sapiens DigitalSuite offers a dynamic, digital engagement and enablement platform for insurers to provide a unified, omni-channel experience. "We are very excited to partner with this financial services entity on their next-generation life insurance operations, Sapiens Core administration solution and the pre-integrated digital enablement platform will enable them to offer life insurance services that are customer-centered, in an innovative way, based on our cloud-native solutions." -Jamie Yoder, Sapiens North America President & General Manager Sapiens is attending the ITC Conference (Booth #2239) between September 20-22, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and available to meet and discuss offerings and solutions. About Sapiens Sapiens International Corporation empowers the financial sector, with a focus on insurance, to transform and become digital, innovative, and agile. Backed by more than 40 years of industry expertise, Sapiens offers a complete insurance platform, with pre-integrated, low-code solutions and a cloud-first approach that accelerates customers' digital transformation. Serving over 600 customers in 30 countries, Sapiens offers insurers across property and casualty, workers' compensation and life markets the most comprehensive set of solutions, from core to complementary, including Reinsurance, Financial & Compliance, Data & Analytics, Digital, and Decision Management.

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CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company Launches New MYGA Product to Market in Eight Weeks with FireLight®

CL Life & Annuity Insurance Company and Insurance Technologies | September 26, 2022

Insurance Technologies, LLC., a provider of sales and regulatory automation solutions for the life and annuities insurance industries, announces that CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company (“CL Life”), a provider of insurance products that offer policyholders stable growth, tax deferral and income planning, has launched FireLight® e-Application. CL Life implemented FireLight to get new products to market quickly and efficiently while providing a superior digital agent and customer experience. “We wanted a digital solution that enabled quick speed to market and supported our digital strategies to make submitting annuity business with CL Life an easy and friendly process for agents, FireLight is the industry leader in the annuity and life market and provides us with the features and integration capabilities to efficiently create modernized and accelerated sales processes.” -Gary Sorensen, Director of Marketing & Sales, CL Life CL Life now provides agents with an easy way to sell CL Life annuity products through FireLight’s dynamic wizard e-application experience. The streamlined experience CL Life created includes e-Signature built-in into the sales workflow. So, agents can collect required signatures quickly and submit complete in-good-order application packages direct to CL Life. At Insurance Technologies, we know the importance of having the resources and tools to get products to market quickly and efficiently, We are happy to be able to supply CL Life the innovation and team support to create new digital sales processes and experiences and introduce new products to the industry quickly,said Clint Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Insurance Technologies. CL Life implemented FireLight with its new MYGA product released this month. Insurance Technologies has been a great partner in meeting our business, integration, and workflow requirements, The team at Insurance Technologies was easy to work with and provided the consultative support we needed to meet our implementation goals. We were able to go from concept to implementation in just eight weeks, said Sorensen. By using the standardized templates and rules within FireLight, we were able to provide a quick and efficient implementation experience, meeting CL Life’s timeline of two months, We are proud of the partnership with CL Life and look forward to working with them as they offer new products and expand their digital journey,said Moore. About CL Life & Annuity Insurance Company Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company seeks to provide insurance products specially designed for retirement assets that offer stable growth, tax deferral, and income planning. Its mission is to provide competitive products that meet the financial goals of policy holders, investing in assets for the purpose of growing policy holder premiums aimed at generating strong returns with the flexibility to secure their future. CL Life is an affiliate of Crestline Investors, Inc., an institutional investment management firm with approximately $15.4 billion in assets under management. About Insurance Technologies Insurance Technologies provides innovative sales and regulatory automation solutions to the insurance industry. Offering a suite of integrated sales solutions, from pre-sale functions to quoting and illustrations through e-application and e-delivery to post-sale services, Insurance Technologies provides carriers and distributors the sales capabilities and tools to create automated and cohesive sales experiences for their advisors and clients across the life and annuities insurance industries. The unique architecture and flexibility of its solutions deliver front and back-office configurability and usability to support multiple business strategies, encourage cross-channel growth and evolve with regulatory changes.

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Citi Selects Covr to Simplify Life Insurance Process for U.S. Consumer Wealth Management Business

Covr Financial Technologies | September 23, 2022

Covr Financial Technologies (Covr) is collaborating with Citi to help its U.S. financial advisors and clients more effectively integrate life insurance and long-term care coverage into their financial plans. By utilizing Covr's platform, Citi's advisors and clients can access top insurance carriers on a simplified basis. "We couldn't be more thrilled to team up with a large, global financial institution like Citi, Our insurance platform is easily accessible for Citi's team of advisors to use when offering protection products to their clients, and our team of insurance experts provides support throughout the process. Our goal at Covr is to ensure that everyone has easy access to the insurance solutions they need, and this a huge step in working toward that goal." -Michael Kalen, Covr CEO Covr was able to work with Citi to integrate its complex requirements into one easy-to-use digital insurance platform, Making the complicated simple is what we do every day, and the ability to collaborate with a leading firm like Citi allowed us to take our technology to an even broader audience. This further positions Covr as a leading provider of digital insurance technology and services to financial institutions,said Ron Alexander, Covr President and Head of Innovation. Looking ahead, Citi is exploring ways to expand the offering to additional channels in the future. About Covr Financial Technologies Covr partners with financial brands to provide life insurance solutions to their customers in an efficient, easy way that streamlines the process of selling and buying policies. Covr offers a choice of trusted life insurance products from leading insurance carriers, an easy way to compare rates, and the ability to purchase policies within minutes. Through its digital insurance solutions, Covr helps financial institutions deliver a great experience under the brand their customers already trust. Covr currently serves over 30,000 financial advisors and over 40 million customers across over 30 financial institutions.

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Major Financial Institution Selects Sapiens to Disrupt How Life Insurance is Sold in the Americas

Sapiens | September 28, 2022

Sapiens International Corporation, a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, announced today that a major financial services entity has selected Sapiens to deliver its life insurance service in the Americas. Sapiens' award-winning CoreSuite for Life & Annuities and DigitalSuite SaaS solution will provide them with next-generation customer sales and service experience. The companies solidified the partnership at the Insurtech Conference (ITC) on September 20. Sapiens CoreSuite for Life & Annuities is an end-to-end, cloud-native solution complete with enhanced digital capabilities to support whole life, universal life, wealth accumulation products and annuities. This will power this financial services entity with an advanced, simplified 360°degree view of customers within the policy administration system, across all distribution channels and communication streams. Sapiens DigitalSuite offers a dynamic, digital engagement and enablement platform for insurers to provide a unified, omni-channel experience. "We are very excited to partner with this financial services entity on their next-generation life insurance operations, Sapiens Core administration solution and the pre-integrated digital enablement platform will enable them to offer life insurance services that are customer-centered, in an innovative way, based on our cloud-native solutions." -Jamie Yoder, Sapiens North America President & General Manager Sapiens is attending the ITC Conference (Booth #2239) between September 20-22, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and available to meet and discuss offerings and solutions. About Sapiens Sapiens International Corporation empowers the financial sector, with a focus on insurance, to transform and become digital, innovative, and agile. Backed by more than 40 years of industry expertise, Sapiens offers a complete insurance platform, with pre-integrated, low-code solutions and a cloud-first approach that accelerates customers' digital transformation. Serving over 600 customers in 30 countries, Sapiens offers insurers across property and casualty, workers' compensation and life markets the most comprehensive set of solutions, from core to complementary, including Reinsurance, Financial & Compliance, Data & Analytics, Digital, and Decision Management.

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CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company Launches New MYGA Product to Market in Eight Weeks with FireLight®

CL Life & Annuity Insurance Company and Insurance Technologies | September 26, 2022

Insurance Technologies, LLC., a provider of sales and regulatory automation solutions for the life and annuities insurance industries, announces that CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company (“CL Life”), a provider of insurance products that offer policyholders stable growth, tax deferral and income planning, has launched FireLight® e-Application. CL Life implemented FireLight to get new products to market quickly and efficiently while providing a superior digital agent and customer experience. “We wanted a digital solution that enabled quick speed to market and supported our digital strategies to make submitting annuity business with CL Life an easy and friendly process for agents, FireLight is the industry leader in the annuity and life market and provides us with the features and integration capabilities to efficiently create modernized and accelerated sales processes.” -Gary Sorensen, Director of Marketing & Sales, CL Life CL Life now provides agents with an easy way to sell CL Life annuity products through FireLight’s dynamic wizard e-application experience. The streamlined experience CL Life created includes e-Signature built-in into the sales workflow. So, agents can collect required signatures quickly and submit complete in-good-order application packages direct to CL Life. At Insurance Technologies, we know the importance of having the resources and tools to get products to market quickly and efficiently, We are happy to be able to supply CL Life the innovation and team support to create new digital sales processes and experiences and introduce new products to the industry quickly,said Clint Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Insurance Technologies. CL Life implemented FireLight with its new MYGA product released this month. Insurance Technologies has been a great partner in meeting our business, integration, and workflow requirements, The team at Insurance Technologies was easy to work with and provided the consultative support we needed to meet our implementation goals. We were able to go from concept to implementation in just eight weeks, said Sorensen. By using the standardized templates and rules within FireLight, we were able to provide a quick and efficient implementation experience, meeting CL Life’s timeline of two months, We are proud of the partnership with CL Life and look forward to working with them as they offer new products and expand their digital journey,said Moore. About CL Life & Annuity Insurance Company Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company seeks to provide insurance products specially designed for retirement assets that offer stable growth, tax deferral, and income planning. Its mission is to provide competitive products that meet the financial goals of policy holders, investing in assets for the purpose of growing policy holder premiums aimed at generating strong returns with the flexibility to secure their future. CL Life is an affiliate of Crestline Investors, Inc., an institutional investment management firm with approximately $15.4 billion in assets under management. About Insurance Technologies Insurance Technologies provides innovative sales and regulatory automation solutions to the insurance industry. Offering a suite of integrated sales solutions, from pre-sale functions to quoting and illustrations through e-application and e-delivery to post-sale services, Insurance Technologies provides carriers and distributors the sales capabilities and tools to create automated and cohesive sales experiences for their advisors and clients across the life and annuities insurance industries. The unique architecture and flexibility of its solutions deliver front and back-office configurability and usability to support multiple business strategies, encourage cross-channel growth and evolve with regulatory changes.

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Citi Selects Covr to Simplify Life Insurance Process for U.S. Consumer Wealth Management Business

Covr Financial Technologies | September 23, 2022

Covr Financial Technologies (Covr) is collaborating with Citi to help its U.S. financial advisors and clients more effectively integrate life insurance and long-term care coverage into their financial plans. By utilizing Covr's platform, Citi's advisors and clients can access top insurance carriers on a simplified basis. "We couldn't be more thrilled to team up with a large, global financial institution like Citi, Our insurance platform is easily accessible for Citi's team of advisors to use when offering protection products to their clients, and our team of insurance experts provides support throughout the process. Our goal at Covr is to ensure that everyone has easy access to the insurance solutions they need, and this a huge step in working toward that goal." -Michael Kalen, Covr CEO Covr was able to work with Citi to integrate its complex requirements into one easy-to-use digital insurance platform, Making the complicated simple is what we do every day, and the ability to collaborate with a leading firm like Citi allowed us to take our technology to an even broader audience. This further positions Covr as a leading provider of digital insurance technology and services to financial institutions,said Ron Alexander, Covr President and Head of Innovation. Looking ahead, Citi is exploring ways to expand the offering to additional channels in the future. About Covr Financial Technologies Covr partners with financial brands to provide life insurance solutions to their customers in an efficient, easy way that streamlines the process of selling and buying policies. Covr offers a choice of trusted life insurance products from leading insurance carriers, an easy way to compare rates, and the ability to purchase policies within minutes. Through its digital insurance solutions, Covr helps financial institutions deliver a great experience under the brand their customers already trust. Covr currently serves over 30,000 financial advisors and over 40 million customers across over 30 financial institutions.

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