Could location tech transform insurance?

insurancebusinessmag | June 25, 2019

Location technology is already being used by the majority of Australians - whether its tracking a taxi or pinpointing when a parcel will arrive, the tech is even taken for granted by many consumers.However, one expert in the field says there are still countless potential applications for the technology - particularly when it comes to commercial insurance.

Spotlight

As 2022 comes to a close, insurance companies are facing significant price losses across their portfolios, particularly within long-duration fixed income. On the horizon are the risks of a global recession, peaking fundamentals, persistent inflation and energy crises, particularly in Europe.

Spotlight

As 2022 comes to a close, insurance companies are facing significant price losses across their portfolios, particularly within long-duration fixed income. On the horizon are the risks of a global recession, peaking fundamentals, persistent inflation and energy crises, particularly in Europe.

Related News

CORE INSURANCE

Combined Insurance Opens New Regional Office in South Carolina

Combined Insurance | November 21, 2022

Combined Insurance Company of America, a Chubb company and a leading North American provider of supplemental insurance sold to employees at the worksite and directly to individuals, announced today that it has opened a new regional office in Columbia, South Carolina. "While the trend in many industries is to move away from in-person work, Combined believes it's important to offer our team members choice, flexibility, and a collaborative environment, Columbia is a wonderful place to do business. It offers a labor market talent-rich in insurance industry expertise, and the Southeast is a prime region for voluntary business sales growth." -Rich Williams, President of Combined Insurance Open, Flexible Space Combined's new regional office is located in 13,000 square feet on the 23rd floor of the Capitol Center, South Carolina's tallest building and more commonly called the Truist Building. The open floor plan provides an outstanding setting in which to host broker and customer meetings. Nearly 30 team members in the Columbia area, who previously worked remotely, will call the office home, including a cross-departmental mix of executives, sales and field support leadership, as well as members of the claims, compensation, finance, legal, licensing, marketing and operations teams. The office also provides additional space to accommodate additional staff as needed in the future. We have created a space where our teammates – not only from the Midlands but across the national Combined footprint – can gather to collaborate and work on behalf of our customers and policyholders, The area's abundant talent across job roles and the benefits industry makes it the perfect place for Combined to grow,said Eileen Castolene, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Combined. Voluntary Benefits Sector Combined offers life, accident, cancer, critical illness and disability insurance, as well as hospital indemnity protection. These products, when offered through the worksite, allow employers to offer employees additional financial peace of mind during these times of rising healthcare costs and economic turbulence. In today's tight labor market, a competitive benefits package can assist employers in recruiting and retaining talent. In fact, more than three-quarters of employees say voluntary benefits positively affect their decision to work for, or stay with, an employer (Corestream, 2021). Centennial Year Today's announcement comes at an important time for Combined, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in business. The company was founded Nov. 13, 1922 in Chicago. As we mark our 100th birthday this week, and celebrate our distinctive history, we're proud to start our second century by expanding our office footprint and investing in Columbia, This new office enhances our ability to provide insurance solutions of value and help individuals and families in times of need,Williams said. About Combined Insurance Combined Insurance Company of America is a Chubb company and a leading provider of supplemental accident, health, disability, and life insurance products in the U.S.* and Canada. Headquartered in Chicago with a tradition of 100 years of success, we are committed to making the world of supplemental insurance easy to understand. The company has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and an A + (Superior) financial strength rating by A.M. Best. We are ranked by VIQTORY as the number one Military Friendly® Employer in 2022 (over $1 billion revenue category), marking Combined's eleventh consecutive year on the Top 10 list.

Read More

RISK MANAGEMENT, COMPLIANCE

ONE by Embroker Introduced to Simplify Business Insurance for Startup Founders

Embroker | January 23, 2023

Embroker, the digital platform that makes business insurance radically simple, recently launched ONE by Embroker, a universal application that uses AI and machine learning to create industry-specific business insurance products. The streamlined procedure allows brokers and startup founders to acquire immediate quotations for a complete package of products by focusing on critical business information and eliminating the need for needless and redundant questions. Business owners prefer a one-stop insurance shop so they can focus on running their company. Commercial insurtechs offer many kinds of coverage but no assistance with product selection. Founders and brokers may search numerous sites to find the correct risk management solution, and even then, the coverage may not meet their demands. Insurance agents spend hours shopping around for policies from different companies instead of providing value-added services to their clients. This is hard on businesses and doesn't make the most of the broker's skills. Ben Jennings, CRO at Embroker, remarked, "Founders and business owners shouldn't be served a one-off, one-size-fits-all solution. When it comes to risk management, businesses need a strategic partner. To truly add value, insurtechs must provide a comprehensive suite of vertically-focused products that address all of their needs." (Source – Business Wire) He further added, "ONE by Embroker does just that. We provide a single-destination solution that replaces the traditionally complicated process through a universal application, generating quotes specific to the policies most appropriate for each business based on the broker or founder's inputs." (Source – Business Wire) As ONE by Embroker evolves to incorporate more policies for more verticals, the estimates will contain all of the coverage a firm requires, whether Embroker products are used or not. Embroker is revolutionizing the way businesses learn about, shop for, and buy insurance by launching the ONE by Embroker platform. Jonas Edgeworth, CTO at Embroker, stated, "Leveraging our data science capabilities, we've created ONE by Embroker as a universal application that can synthesize and combine products — enhanced with third-party data at scale — to provide a tailored suite of coverage for our customers' needs." (Source – Business Wire) "Essentially, this new technology platform is our growth engine, allowing us to quickly launch new products into the market moving forward," he concluded. (Source – Business Wire) About Embroker Embroker makes business insurance simple. It helps growing businesses save time and obtain the best coverage by combining technology and broker expertise. The company, a premier digital insurance brokerage, is transforming an $800 billion property and casualty (P&C) insurance sector. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has offices in Chicago and Boston. Embroker has been named one of the innovators shaping the future of finance by Goldman Sachs and one of the world's most promising private FinTech companies by CB Insights.

Read More

INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY

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.

Read More