Amazon trend sees tech companies move insurance services in-house

Insurance Business America | November 01, 2019

An emerging trend sees tech companies becoming in-house insurers for their workforces – a strategy that analysts say should be concerning for traditional insurance companies. Amazon recently became the latest member of Big Tech to bypass traditional insurers by trialling an in-house insurance and health benefit scheme called Amazon Care. The scheme will include virtual and actual care through apps, chat facilities, remote videos, and follow-up visits. Ben Carey-Evans, insurance analyst at GlobalData, said that there are many benefits to moving insurance services in-house.

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There are four things every small business owner should know about how small business health insurance works. Coverage is generally guaranteed issue. You need at least one employee to qualify. You must contribute toward employee premiums. And you can shop for coverage at any time of the year

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Erie Insurance 'Future Focus' program recognized as a RISE Elite 50 industry internship program

Erie Insurance | September 20, 2022

The Erie Insurance (ERIE) Future Focus internship program has been named to the Rising Insurance Star Executive (RISE) list of the insurance industry's 50 best internship programs in 2022. This is the second consecutive year that ERIE has been honored. ERIE's summer internship program offers opportunities for college students to gain relevant and real-world business experience in the insurance industry and at a Fortune 500 company. "We're excited to be included on the RISE Elite 50 list for the second consecutive year. Our interns often tell us that our program is a premier offering in the industry, and this recognition is certainly a bonus, Year after year, the most impactful feedback comes directly from our interns, who, through an overwhelming response to our end-of-program survey, gave our 'Future Focus' program an average satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5 this year." -JR Wilwohl, talent acquisition partner and ERIE's internship program coordinator ERIE's internship program, which began more than 20 years ago and has helped launch the careers of hundreds of current ERIE employees, offers paid, competitive internships across several areas of the company. According to Jon O'Camb, talent acquisition manager, ERIE's Future Focus internships are one of the company's largest pipelines for early career talent and ERIE is committed to growing diversity within its talent pool. Our commitment to celebrating and valuing diversity continues, and our internship program is an extension of that. We're widening our talent pipeline by strengthening relationships with historically Black colleges and universities across ERIE's footprint and working with ERIE's affinity networks and DEI leadership to help further reach diverse candidates, Once our interns are hired, we also provide them with multiple opportunities to engage with our company's DEI and community outreach teams and encourage them to become active in ERIE's nine employee affinity networks during their internship with us,said O'Camb. In 2022, more than 100 ERIE interns worked in ERIE's IT, Underwriting, Risk Control, Actuarial, Data, Sales & Marketing, Claims, Corporate Services, Customer Service, Finance, Accounting, Internal Audit, Investments and ERIE Experience departments. Rising Insurance Star Executive (RISE) is an industry group founded to help bridge the talent gap by recognizing and advancing the best young talent in the insurance industry. There is nothing more impactful to building the talent pipeline for the Insurance Industry than our internships, Companies can test drive talent, learn from fresh perspectives, expose young professionals to their brand, foster leadership in current employees, and the list goes on. Interns gain real world experience, learn about their strengths and weaknesses and gauge whether a job or industry is the right career for them,read an announcement of the annual list from RISE. About Erie Insurance According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 11th largest homeowners insurer, 13th largest automobile insurer and 13th largest commercial lines insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written. Founded in 1925, Erie Insurance is a Fortune 500 company and the 19th largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written. Rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best, ERIE has more than 6 million policies in force and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

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Kanverse joins Guidewire Insurtech Vanguards Program – “Highlights its Zero-Touch Insurance Documents Processing for Insurers.”

Kanverse.ai | September 13, 2022

Kanverse.ai, a leading Hyperautomation platform, is pleased to announce that it has joined Guidewire’s Insurtech Vanguards Program. Through Insurtech Vanguards, Guidewire identifies and highlights the hottest insurance technology innovation in the P&C industry. The Insurtech Vanguards program takes this effort to the next level by offering a direct channel - that connects insurers with insurance technology companies. This program ensures that insurers can have exponential business impact through quick and decisive access to disruptive, cutting-edge insurance technology. “We are honored to showcase our product as an Insurtech Vanguard, Carriers can turbocharge insurance forms processing workflows with Kanverse Hyperautomation. Insurers can seamlessly integrate Kanverse across their business environments and witness zero-touch processing of inbound ACORD and supplemental forms with 99.5% accuracy.” -Dr. Akhil Sahai, Kanverse.ai CPO and Founding member We are thrilled to welcome Kanverse.ai to our Insurtech Vanguard Program, We launched Insurtech Vanguards to help P&C insurers gain new visibility into insurtechs’ cutting-edge technology and we are excited to introduce Kanverse to our customers,said Laura Drabik, chief evangelist, Guidewire. Insurers can now reimagine the insurance submission process with Kanverse. They can process ACORD and other supplemental forms with the Kanverse Insurance Document Processing product powered by hyperautomation. It automates ACORD and supplemental forms' ingestion, classification, and data extraction, approvals and filing. Kanverse Package View groups insurance forms for the submission intake process using AI (Artificial Intelligence). Furthermore, Kanverse AI can automatically adapt to changes witnessed in insurance forms without manual intervention or fine-tuning the system. About Kanverse.ai Kanverse.ai, a Hyperautomation company, offers a suite of AI-powered products. Key offerings include AP (Accounts Payable) Invoice Automation and Insurance Document Processing products. Kanverse supports various use cases across the enterprise to remove bottlenecks, streamline business processes, and minimize manual touchpoints across document processing heavy workflows.

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PolicyMe Launches New Critical Illness Insurance Offering the Most Covered Conditions in Canada for Adults

PolicyMe | November 08, 2022

Toronto-based Insurtech PolicyMe announces the launch of a new Critical Illness Insurance product that offers the most complete coverage in Canada. In partnership with and underwritten by Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company (“Canadian Premier”), this new product covers 44 conditions—10-15 more than the average Canadian insurer. This launch follows PolicyMe’s Series A announcement and will complement their existing core Term Life Insurance offering, enabling Canadians to gain accessible, affordable, and comprehensive financial protection across a wider range of health and life events. With 42% of Canadian parents having one month or less of expenses in emergency savings, PolicyMe’s Critical Illness Insurance product provides Canadian families with the financial protection to withstand lost income or unforeseen medical expenses due to a critical illness. “Having personally battled cancer years ago, I know first-hand how stressful a critical illness diagnosis can be, By offering Critical Illness Insurance, we hope that we’re able to remove the financial stress of a diagnosis so our customers can focus on what’s most important: their recovery.” -Jeff McKay, Co-Founder & CTO of PolicyMe How PolicyMe is building a better Critical Illness Insurance product Since launching PolicyMe Term Life Insurance in March 2021, there has been consistent interest from customers about the possibility of bundling Critical Illness coverage into their Life Insurance policies. PolicyMe’s research shows that over 60% of customers believed that Critical Illness Insurance would be a valuable product to own; however awareness and knowledge around the product remained low amongst Canadians. Guided by their mission of building simpler and more affordable insurance products for Canadian families, the PolicyMe team set out to better understand the Critical Illness Insurance needs of Canadians and identify opportunities where they could use their technology to improve the product and experience for customers. From our many conversations with customers, it was clear that the majority preferred a plan that maximized coverage for more illnesses. There are plans out there that only cover the three major illnesses Canadians experience—cancer, strokes, and heart attacks. But those aren’t the only illnesses that affect people financially. We made sure to cover every serious medical condition we could that can cause hardship. The result is a much lower probability that someone suffers an illness and doesn’t get the financial resources they need, and a lower chance that someone thinks they’re insured for something when they really aren’t, states Andrew Ostro, Co-Founder & CEO of PolicyMe. How PolicyMe is bringing more critical illness coverage to Canadians PolicyMe offers the most complete Critical Illness coverage in Canada for adults, covering 44 conditions (27 critical conditions and 17 early stage conditions). Given the prevalence of cancer and cardiovascular conditions in Canada, PolicyMe has incorporated coverage for more early-stage cancers and cardiovascular conditions than any insurer in the country, without sacrificing affordability. Keeping with PolicyMe’s simplified approach to technology, new customers can apply for life insurance and be underwritten for critical illness insurance through one single and concise application. We wanted to ensure that comprehensive coverage is affordable and accessible to Canadian families who are already juggling the demands of rising living costs, By removing inefficiencies from the traditional insurance model, we continue to work towards our goal of providing low-priced, high-value products with extensive coverage,said Ostro. Critical Illness Insurance is the first new product launch of many as PolicyMe kicks off its product expansion post Series A, delivering accessible insurance to help Canadian families financially withstand a broader range of unexpected life events. As PolicyMe continues to build its vision of being there for every family when life unexpectedly changes, Critical Illness Insurance enables the company to provide not only death benefits, but also living benefits to policyholders. We’ve received overwhelming demand from both customers and industry partners to expand our portfolio of high-quality, digital-first insurance products that deliver on our promise of value and simplicity, Over the next 12 months, we’ll be accelerating product development in the health and dental space, and will be rapidly scaling our in-house capabilities to do so,says Ostro. About PolicyMe PolicyMe is a Canadian digital life insurance solution built to make financial protection for families simple and affordable. PolicyMe makes it easy to get a quote and apply for term life insurance and critical illness insurance online in 20 minutes or less. Using technology, they've streamlined the traditional insurance process resulting in a fully-underwritten insurance policy that delivers the same quality protection customers deserve but with fewer steps and lower costs.

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