Ascend and The Agency Collective | August 22, 2022
Ascend, the first modern insurance payments platform, has been officially endorsed by The AC as their preferred payments and financing platform for its vast member network.
Ascend is the first modern insurance payments platform that provides automated all-in-one financing, collections, and payables. The AC is a premier network partner for insurance agencies. They host a network of over 700 agencies and help agents transition from captive to independent models. They are committed to the success of the independent agency channel across the insurance industry.
"We are thrilled to partner with The AC and their network of agency members as we believe in serving the independent agency channel and their clients, This partnership will help ease the transition so many agents are making into the independent model by providing them with our modern payments platform that simplifies and streamlines the insurance payments process for all parties involved – including agents and agencies of all sizes."
-Chris Peabody, Head of Strategic Partnerships
The AC is aligned with Ascend in terms of forward-thinking technology solutions for independent agents to improve internal processes and provide a modern checkout. Their network of agency members will be able to leverage Ascend's technology to solve the inefficiencies of today's agency bill and premium financing processes.
We pride ourselves on working with innovators and companies that not only align with our mission to help independent agents but also enhance it, Ascend is tackling one of, if not the, biggest pain points that agents are dealing with – the antiquated and cumbersome payments system. We're proud to endorse them and engrain them into our network of agents,says Kenny Urbania, CEO at The AC.
This is one of many partnerships and alignments Ascend has been a part of this year, as they deepen their relationships with other insurtechs, MGAs, AMS, and carriers to complement the innovations being made by companies in the insurance market.
Ascend is the modern insurance payments platform that provides automated all-in-one financing, collections, and payables. Founded by two-time insurtech entrepreneurs Andrew Wynn and Praveen Chekuri, Ascend helps distributors sell more by eliminating labor-intensive, expensive processes while providing customers with the great online checkout and financing experience they've come to expect.
About The Agency Collective
The AC is a new type of agency network that offers a suite of tools to its partner agencies. It was founded in 2019 by a group of formerly Nationwide agents who are now independent. The AC currently works with close to 700 agencies of all sizes, whose continued growth is supported through carrier access, business tools, and services.
BriteCore | September 19, 2022
BriteCore, a next-generation provider of cloud-native core administration solutions for property and casualty (P&C) insurers, today announced the launch of the BriteCore Platform, a comprehensive suite for managing policies, billing, and claims complete with advanced analytics, a ratings engine, and agent and policyholder portals.
As the insurance industry trends toward greater levels of customer-centricity, BriteCore is redefining the traditional boundaries and capabilities of policy administration systems (PAS) with the BriteCore Platform by enabling small to mid-size insurers and managing general agents (MGAs) to gain a competitive edge against larger companies. In fact, recent BriteCore research into current technology and industry trends in North America found 94 percent of survey respondents rely on core systems to support business growth initiatives, improve efficiency and productivity, and modernize operations. Further, the BriteCore P&C Core Systems Survey confirmed industry leaders see modern, cloud-native core systems as a solution to the challenges driving a continuous need for enhanced business operations and customer experiences.
“When we decided to move away from the legacy system which had been running our business for years, we chose the BriteCore Platform since it enabled us to establish new business processes that deliver exceptional agent and policyholder experiences, all while providing options to better manage cost and grow our business, In addition, the BriteCore Platform decreased our dependency on on-prem solutions and future-proofed our IT environment by allowing us to easily integrate with existing and emerging technologies going forward.”
-Nancy Newmister, President and CEO for Frederick Mutual Insurance Company
In addition to the BriteCore Platform’s comprehensive digital core functionality, new and enhanced features available immediately include:
E-Signature – Through a new partnership with DocuSign, the BriteCore Platform provides agents and policyholders with the option of signing documents electronically during the quoting and underwriting process. E-signature delivers faster time to revenue, greater ROI and cost savings, and reduced risk through improved compliance.
Advanced Analytics & Reporting – BriteCore extended the core platform to deliver persona-based executive dashboards, advanced analytics and reporting. Now agents, executives, and line-of-business leaders (underwriting, claims, billing) can easily create custom and standard reports, identify new business opportunities for growth or cost savings, and translate their data into actionable insight.
UI Enhancements – BriteCore performed a major update to the platform user interface to ensure the experience for agents, policyholders, and insurance carrier staff benefits from a simple, modern design that is easy to learn and use while delivering a consistent look-and-feel.
Enhanced Comprehensive IT Environment – Backed by AWS for reliability, scalability, and enterprise-grade security, the BriteCore Platform is relied upon to provide a comprehensive IT environment for completion of mission-critical insurance processes. BriteCore added to the range of Amazon Web Services (AWS) services and technologies used to support the BriteCore platform in such areas as delivering fast and responsive query performance through a robust in-memory engine.
The BriteCore Platform redefines and expands the capabilities P&C insurers industry-wide, and our ever-growing number of insurer customers, can expect from a core system, Historically, core systems focused on automating internal processes and workflows. The BriteCore Platform automates internal AND external processes, provide superior underwriting and claims processing experiences for agents and policyholders, and integrates a wide range of external services and data sources to improve the competitiveness of insurers. Today and into the future, the BriteCore Platform can be relied upon to provide a comprehensive IT environment for completion of mission-critical insurance processes,said Ray Villeneuve, CEO for BriteCore.
BriteCore is a cloud-native platform for P&C insurers that unlocks business growth, enhances the customer experience, and delivers great efficiency gains. BriteCore provides end-to-end support for insurance operations that includes policy administration, an agent and policyholder portal, rapid product configuration, underwriting rules and rating, billing management, claims management, document management, and reporting. As a cloud-native solution, BriteCore is continually updated for maximum security, efficiency, and durability at scale.
Chubb | July 04, 2022
The personal accident, supplemental health, and life insurance businesses of Cigna (NYSE: CI) in six Asia-Pacific markets are housed in the life and non-life insurance firms that Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) has completed its acquisition of. The businesses, which include Cigna's accident and health (A&H) and life business in Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, were purchased by Chubb for $5.36 billion. The final acquisition price was less than the first announcement, which takes into account several small modifications as well as the effects of rising interest rates and currency exchange rates on the acquired book value.
By increasing its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, a long-term development area for the company, this complementing strategic purchase helps Chubb. With the addition of Cigna's business, Chubb's global portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region will increase from $4 billion to about $7 billion in premiums, or about 18% of the company's total premiums, with roughly 95 percent of the acquired business going to its life insurance segment and the remaining going to its overseas general insurance segment. The company's global A&H writings will grow to a premium amount of around $6 billion, up from $3.7 billion, and its life insurance section will grow to a $5.4 billion enterprise.
"Cigna's business, which is approximately 80% A&H, adds significantly to our business in Asia. The Asia-Pacific region offers great potential for long-term growth and wealth creation. The Cigna businesses have favorable underwriting margins, produce high-quality earnings, and are not exposed to the P&C cycle. Chubb is so well positioned to capitalize on market and product opportunities, including the cross-selling of Chubb's non-life products to life customers, with a strong brand, technology, and complementary direct marketing skills and partnerships. At the same time, I am also pleased to welcome nearly 3,000 new colleagues to Chubb. Together, the leadership and talented professionals of Chubb and Cigna will enable us to provide greater value to our customers, distribution partners, and shareholders."
-Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Chubb.