Chubb rolls out free environmental service in Europe

Insurance Business America | April 12, 2019

Chubb’s commercial customers in the UK and Ireland, as well as in Continental Europe, have a new benefit at their disposal. The insurer’s free Environmental Incident Alert service – which is already available in North and South America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa – is now operational for European commercial clients of all sizes. It was designed to help customers mitigate potential liabilities associated with environmental releases, access qualified incident response contractors, and monitor clean-up costs. Using customised alerts via email and/or text message, the round-the-clock service provides response coordination assistance and incident documentation. It comes in multiple languages including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. “The ability to respond quickly to an environmental incident is critical to minimise any potential impact,” noted Dorothee Prunier, head of environmental risk at Chubb Overseas General. “Delays can exacerbate damage, create further issues in terms of clean-up and business continuity.

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Insurers have been accustomed to the current market realities of relatively low premium growth, rising loss costs, and ever-increasing customer expectations. Over the years, carriers have focused on adapting the business to address the challenges posed by these conditions. Senior management, business unit, and IT leaders have directed investments primarily towards performance improvement initiatives including cost take-out.

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Insurers have been accustomed to the current market realities of relatively low premium growth, rising loss costs, and ever-increasing customer expectations. Over the years, carriers have focused on adapting the business to address the challenges posed by these conditions. Senior management, business unit, and IT leaders have directed investments primarily towards performance improvement initiatives including cost take-out.

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Zywave and DataCrest Announce Digital Forms Integration Between Partner Platform and AppEase

Zywave and DataCrest | September 29, 2022

Partner Platform, a Zywave company, and DataCrest, a leading P&C insurance tech provider, today announced a new integration between Partner Platform and AppEase digital forms to digitize the process of data collection for forms and supplemental applications. The integration of Partner Platform, a leading provider of web-based agency management systems and customer relationship management solutions for P&C insurance agencies, with AppEase, enables agents to increase efficiency to attract and retain more clients. "A top concern for agency owners is the efficiency of their teams, As their business partners, we continually look for ways to help them eliminate roadblocks and improve their processes across the entire lifecycle of selling and servicing policies. We are excited to announce this integration, which improves the experience for both the agent and insured." -Vice President of SIS Revenue Operations Michael Doran Tom Young, DataCrest's founder, adds, Supplemental applications and other documents slow down deal flow, are redundant and are not specific to the insured's operations. We are thrilled by the value this integration can bring to all involved and are confident we can help solve longstanding communications and application issues for agents and their clients. About Zywave Partner Platform was acquired by Zywave in June 2022. Zywave leads the insurtech industry, fueling business growth for its partners with cloud-based sales management, client delivery, content and analytics solutions. Zywave's all-in-one platform provides customizable, user-friendly options that enable insurance professionals to build a unique solution to fit their specific growth goals—their own Modern RevOps Machine. More than 15,000 carriers, agencies and brokerages worldwide—including all of the top 100 U.S. insurance brokerages—use Zywave solutions to enhance client services, achieve business growth and promote greater health, wellness, risk management and safety. About DataCrest DataCrest is a technology company built by P&C veterans to solve inefficiencies they have recognized in various roles over their careers. Those include solutions for commercial supplemental applications, Quote Bind Issue wizards, and claims probability analytics.

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World Insurance Associates Acquires Cotten Coverage Insurance Agency and Expands Long Island Presence

World Insurance Associates LLC | September 28, 2022

World Insurance Associates LLC (WIA), a Top 50 Insurance Brokerage, announced today that it acquired Cotten Coverage Insurance Agency (“Cotten Coverage”) of Farmingville, NY on September 1, 2022. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Cotten Coverage provides property & casualty personal lines products and services, as well as commercial lines products and services to customers on Long Island. The agency was founded in 1991 by Bob Cotten and his wife Karen. Bob started in the business as an associate actuary with Allstate on Long Island in 1984. “We know our clients and we know insurance, so our clients have the peace of mind that comes with knowing their insurance agency can help them regardless of how big, small, unique, or specific their insurance needs are, We take great pride in the quality of service we provide for our customers, and we look forward to continuing to do so as part of WIA.” -Bob Cotten, Owner, Cotten Coverage insurance Agency On behalf of everyone at WIA, I’d like to welcome Cotten Coverage to the World family, Cotten Coverage is a successful agency—voted “Best Insurance Agency on Long Island" for 10 years—and I know they will continue providing their clients the excellent service they have come to expect,says Rich Eknoian, CEO and Co-Founder of WIA. Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla provided legal counsel to WIA, and Fortrust Diligence advised them on the transaction. APEX Consulting, Inc. provided legal counsel to Cotten Coverage, and Agency Brokerage Consultants advised them on the transaction. No other advisors, diligence firms or legal counsel were disclosed. About World Insurance Associates LLC World Insurance Associates LLC (World) is headquartered in Iselin, N.J., and is a nationally ranked, full-service insurance organization providing individuals and businesses with top products and services across personal and commercial insurance, employee and executive benefits, retirement and financial services and human capital management solutions. Since its founding in 2011, World has completed 160 acquisitions and serves its customers from more than 250 offices across the United States. World is ranked #34 on the 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list by Business Insurance, ranked #2 on the Fastest Growing Brokers list by Business Insurance and is a Top-50 ranked personal lines agency by Insurance Journal.

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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. 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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. 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