GEICO launches separate jewelry insurance policy

insurancebusinessmag | July 08, 2019

GEICO has launched a new insurance product that can help consumers better protect their jewelry.The insurer has teamed up with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group to offer a separate jewelry insurance policy. The policy covers the entire value of a piece of jewelry or entire collection in the case of loss, damage or theft. A release explained that the premium for the coverage costs about 1-2% of the item’s total value each year.

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Chubb | May 24, 2021

Chubb has launched a new insurance product, Benchmarq Package, for the lower middle market segment, setting the standard for package plans based on broader, more scalable coverage and performance. Benchmarq provides a more comprehensive base coverage offering of both property and liability, resulting in insurance protection that is more robust than typical industry package policies. Although Benchmarq's base product is best suited to smaller or less complex package risks, coverage can be scaled up by higher limits and additional endorsements to build completely customized solutions for clients' unique and evolving needs in an underserved middle market space. "Benchmarq addresses a gap in the lower middle market that isn't traditionally filled by a standard plan or company owners insurance scheme," said Ben Rockwell, Division President, Chubb Middle Market. "Chubb's latest modernized package broadens our presence in the middle market and allows us to include the esteemed insurance programs and offerings for which we've been popular to an ever wider range of customers, at a time when exposures in this space begin to emerge." We assume that the scalability, quicker quoting, and simplified product architecture would help agents and brokers—all backed by Chubb's advanced underwriting experience, excellent risk engineering, and claims scalability. Benchmarq's key product features provide comprehensive and flexible property and general liability coverages that protect customers against the risks they are most likely to face within the sectors in which they specialize, which include education, food, manufacturing, professional services, real estate, retail, technology, wholesale, and wineries, with plans to expand into additional industries. Benchmarq is currently accessible via field underwriters in 29 states, with more to follow in the coming months. Benchmarq will be available in the Fall of 2021 on Chubb's award-winning digital platform, the Chubb Marketplace. The Chubb Marketplace is intended to modernize the placement of insurance policies. About Chubb Chubb is the largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance corporation in the world. Chubb, which has operations in 54 countries and territories, offers a wide range to clients commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance, and life insurance. We assess, assume, and manage risk with insight and discipline as an underwriting company. We service and pay claimants in a fair and timely manner. The company is also defined by its broad product and service offerings, extensive distribution capabilities, exceptional financial ability, and global-local operations. Chubb Limited, the parent company, is a member of the S&P 500 index and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Chubb has executive offices in Zurich, New York, London, and Paris, among many other places, and employs about 31,000 employees globally.

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NAU Country Launches Grain Cart Reporting with Agrimatics™

NAU Country Insurance Company | September 08, 2021

NAU Country Insurance Company, one of the largest crop insurance providers in the U.S., and Agrimatics, a leading agricultural software technology company, announced a partnership to help their customers – the American Farmer – more efficiently report production for their crop insurance policies. This partnership certifies the digital file output from Agrimatics' Libra Cart is compatible with NAU Country's EASYwriter Pro® processing and adjusting suite of software. This certification means that farmers now can transfer their on-farm storage production information easily from field to truck to their crop insurance agent or adjuster. In turn, that data will be imported into NAU Country's system where the agents and adjusters will associate it to the corresponding unit and location. As always, farmers have complete control on what information (if any) will be shared with NAU Country's system. Agrimatics' Libra Cart is a tablet and smartphone-based grain cart weighing and data management system. The Libra Cart hardware device mounts directly onto a grain cart and wirelessly communicates with the Libra Cart app running on a compatible mobile device in the tractor cab. Libra Cart's patented technology simplifies and streamlines harvest data management, providing load tracking from field to truck to destination. NAU Country is America's original Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) company and one of the largest federal crop insurance providers in the United States, specializing in MPCI, Crop-Hail, and Named Peril insurance products. The company is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, a global insurance leader focused on helping customers solve unique risks worldwide. "We're about keeping crop insurance simple," said NAU Country Chief Marketing and Technology Officer, Michael Deal. "NAU Country thrives on creating agricultural risk management tools through the use of technology and customer service," added Deal. "The integration with Agrimatics empowers our insureds to utilize technology to efficiently report production data while in the office, in the field, or on the go. Creating happier customers and agents." About Agrimatics™ Agrimatics is Bitstrata Systems' agriculture brand, which focuses on creating smarter, simpler equipment monitoring, control, and data management solutions for farmers and their farms. Located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Bitstrata rests in the agricultural heartland of Western Canada. The Bitstrata team has decades of collective experience creating and delivering products for the tough environments of the agricultural, telecommunications and weighing industries worldwide. About NAU Country NAU Country Insurance Company, a QBE Insurance Company, is a leading multi-peril crop insurance company passionate about serving the American farmer and supporting their agents in the continental U.S. Headquartered in Ramsey, MN with branch offices in 10 locations, NAU Country has grown over the years by providing outstanding customer service and leading-edge technology. NAU Country is currently licensed in 48 states and employs over 800 field and office staff across the country. As a division of QBE Insurance Group Ltd., a leading global insurer, NAU Country has the financial strength for today's insurance environment.

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Motus Insurance Services Partners With Beazley via BHI Digital, Launching Its Earthquake Product in All 50 States

The Motus Solution | March 02, 2022

Motus Insurance Services, LLC has added Beazley PLC via BHI Digital to provide an elective earthquake program for residential and commercial associations. Beazley is a publicly traded company (LSE:BEZ) with over $3 billion in premium and maintains an A rating by AM Best with a stable outlook. Beazley will give residential associations and their individual unit owners access to the leader in catastrophic deductible buydown insurance in the market, adding more flexibility to the Motus product set with a carrier that can properly underwrite this targeted risk. "This is an important step for Motus and for our clients, We can officially write our earthquake program in all 50 states, and adding Beazley as our 4th insurance carrier further validates our unique earthquake insurance program for associations. Each of our carriers takes a different view on earthquake risk, and the addition of Beazley adds additional capabilities to our program. This means we can offer the most competitive pricing to our clients, whether they're focused on full coverage in the case of a major earthquake, or paying for minor repairs." -CEO Dan Wallis. "Motus Insurance Services, in my opinion, is as innovative of a company in the insurance industry as there is today Through our partnership with Motus Insurance Services, together we are able to provide lower Earthquake deductibles to individual residential owners in an association than are typically available in the insurance marketplace. Instead of being handcuffed with a massive deductible in the event of a loss and the prospect of potential cash flow issues, unit owners are able to purchase through Motus Insurance Services a lower deductible amount that best fits their desires and needs. The team at Motus Insurance Services is as good as there is and we are glad to be partnering with them not just in California, but now throughout the United States." -Kevin Ware, co-founder of BHI Digital. Motus was founded to provide residential association boards and membership with a third option: a custom elective earthquake insurance program that offers individual unit owners the benefits of commercial underwriting and commercial coverages without placing a burden on the association budget. The Motus Opt-in Earthquake Program offers a better option for associations struggling to manage risks within increasingly challenging financial constraints. About The Motus Solution The Motus Opt-In Earthquake Program is designed to bring all the benefits of a traditional master earthquake insurance policy to the more than 30,000 associations and 2.2 million condo owners who are not covered by one. Only a master earthquake policy can allow a condo owner to fully protect the equity in their home. This is because only a master policy can fully cover damages to residential buildings, foundations, garages, underground pipes, and other common areas within the community. Traditional unit owner policies (which are unavailable to many condo owners) were designed to supplement a traditional master policy – not replace the coverage they provide. These traditional unit owner earthquake policies depend on zip code rates and cap critical coverages like loss assessment coverage or contingent liability. Each Motus program is custom-built based on the specific exposures of the association. Once the board approves the Motus program for their association, each unit owner then has the option to purchase their pro-rated share of a master policy – covering unit interiors, residential buildings and common areas. No more mind boggling exclusions.

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