CORE INSURANCE, HEALTH INSURANCE
OneDigital and HealthWorks | October 10, 2022
OneDigital, the nation's leading insurance brokerage, financial services and HR consulting firm, has joined forces with HealthWorks, LLC, a Chicago-based insurance advisor focusing primarily on Medicare recipients. The acquisition represents a segment expansion that complements OneDigital's consumer-facing solutions for individuals.
Founded in 2018, HealthWorks is a leading Medicare Distributor that has enrolled nearly 200,000 new members into Medicare and is expecting to enroll a thousand plus Medicare eligible a day during Q4 of 2022. The agreement with HealthWorks closely follows recent wealth management acquisitions from OneDigital, solidifying the firm's strategy of expanding its health and financial services offerings to millions of households across the country. With over 11,000 people turning 65 in the U.S. every day, this acquisition allows OneDigital to enter the fastest-growing segment of the health insurance space.
"The addition of HealthWorks provides us with a platform-level opportunity to help a significant segment of our population with their healthcare needs, We have been looking for years for the right team at the right time to move aggressively into providing Medicare as an additional offering to our customers. The leadership team at HealthWorks has the vision, expertise and culture to fit seamlessly into our growing portfolio of integrated solutions. The merged organizations will be able to solve client needs at both the employer and individual family level."
-Adam Bruckman, President and CEO of OneDigital
The leadership team at HealthWorks commented, From our very first conversation with OneDigital's leadership team, it became clear that each organization is focused on building best-in-class advisory solutions that withstand the test of time. We are excited to join forces and continue building our organization.
In addition to delivering an entirely new offering and service to OneDigital's clients, this acquisition continues to build upon OneDigital's recent growth in insurance, financial services and HR consulting through a series of solution expansions, organic growth and M&A activity. The acquisition of HealthWorks reshapes the boundaries of OneDigital's individual-facing solution to help cover employees from the day they are hired through retirement.
OneDigital is a steward of business growth and people potential. Our insurance, financial services and HR platform provide personalized, tech-enabled solutions for a contemporary work-life experience. Nationally recognized for our culture of caring, OneDigital's teams enable employers and individuals to do their best work and live their best lives. More than 100,000 employers and millions of individuals rely on our teams for counsel and access to fully integrated worksite products and services and the retirement and wealth management services provided through OneDigital Investment Advisors. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Atlanta, OneDigital maintains offices in most major markets across the nation.
About HealthWorks, LLC
HealthWorks is a fast-growing provider in the health insurance and Medicare Advantage space. Founded in 2018, HealthWorks utilizes proprietary insurance technologies to provide a client-centric approach to selecting the best possible insurance plans for their customer's unique needs. Based in Chicago, IL, and licensed to operate in 28 states across the country.
Socotra | October 28, 2022
Socotra, the modern core platform provider for innovative insurers, today announced that KOBA Insurance, an insurtech MGA pioneering usage-based insurance products in Australia, is migrating its insurance program onto the Socotra policy core platform.
Currently, KOBA is one of the first insurers to offer pay-per-kilometer personal auto insurance in Australia. Since launching nationwide last November, KOBA is rapidly evolving the car insurance narrative; growing 50% month-on-month, helping Aussies pay-per-KM for over 1,000,000KM across Australia and more importantly, providing a connection between a driver and insurer like never before. Traditional insurance only covers expenses to get you back on the road. But that is not enough. KOBA believes that modern car companies and smart insurers of the future will be about making you safer, helping you avoid accidents, and focus on building a true car-care relationship.
With a data-driven focus, KOBA is nimble and is innovating distribution and product solutions for niche markets. In June 2022, KOBA also launched a car share product in partnership with Uber-owned Car Next Door. KOBA plans to expand its portfolio to include other usage-based insurance products for boats, fleets, rideshare vehicles and motorcycles.
Socotra gives KOBA a platform for international scalability and the ability to introduce new products and innovations quickly as KOBA evolves its distribution model. Socotra also provides cloud-native capabilities and the flexibility to plug in multiple raters, claims systems and a single platform to launch any insurance product for any geography or distribution channel.
“KOBA is empowering mid-sized carriers to activate and scale innovative insurance products—from day one, By partnering with Socotra, we are laying down a rock-solid technological foundation to rapidly launch multiple usage-based insurance products, flexibly white-label them for mid-sized carriers, and scale our insurance-as-a-service platform internationally.”
-Andrew Wong, founder and CEO of KOBA
Usage-based insurance (UBI) is auto coverage that uses data collected from the driver’s vehicle and analyzed by the insurer to determine policy cost. The better the driver, the better the discount.
KOBA’s Insurance as a Service Platform provides carriers access to their line of white-label products on a subscription basis.
Mid-sized insurance carriers have been reluctant to launch usage-based insurance products because such offerings require them to redesign not only their technology platforms, but also their processes and organization structures. But KOBA will enable mid-sized carriers around the world to sell white-labeled versions of its innovative and tech-driven products, without having to spend the time, money and effort to create these products themselves. KOBA will provide insurance-as-a-service with its out-of-the-box pricing models, raters and go-to-market strategies.
KOBA, which designs products for value-driven customers, was the winner of the Excellence in Insurtech award at the seventh annual FinTech Australia Finnie Awards in 2022. It won Mozo Expert Choice Awards’ “Car Insurance Best New Product 2022” and “Excellent Value Car Insurance 2022,” as well as “Best Insurtech Innovation 2022” by Australia’s Finder Awards. It was also recognized, alongside Socotra, as one of the 10 leading insurtech companies in Australia by Insurance Business Australia.
I applaud the team at KOBA for their vision of accelerating innovation for mid-sized carriers, KOBA understands that data is central to better assessing risk and giving customers the types of experiences they have with other technology services daily. With Socotra, they’re creating usage-based insurance products that deliver immense value and cost savings for their customers,said Dan Woods, founder and CEO, Socotra.
Socotra brings unparalleled speed and ease to insurance technology. With Socotra’s modern core platform, global insurers and insurtech MGAs can accelerate product development, reduce maintenance costs and improve customer experiences. Socotra provides open APIs, a product-agnostic data model and out-of-the-box capabilities to manage the entire policy lifecycle, making insurance innovation faster, easier and more affordable.
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.
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.