SECURIAN FINANCIAL | September 30, 2022
To provide greater assistance to employees growing their families, Securian Financial in a first among insurance carriers is adding “BenefitBump” as a value-added service. The BenefitBump service can be used with Securian Financial’s group hospital indemnity insurance issued by Securian Life Insurance Company.
BenefitBump improves outcomes for both employers and employees by helping growing families navigate their employers’ benefits and time off programs to build plans for balancing work and life. The program was designed for all paths to parenthood, including childbirth, adoption and families seeking fertility support. Participants are provided with education tools and live support from licensed emotional health clinicians.
“Employees expecting a new child are often overwhelmed with information and unaware of all the benefits available to them through their employers, BenefitBump’s trained care navigators are experts in workplace benefit programs for expecting parents. They guide parents through the journey of growing their families from pre-birth planning to post-birth childcare while ensuring that they are maximizing their available benefits. For employers, this can be a powerful tool for retention, especially of working mothers.”
-Darin Reeser, regional director of supplemental health benefit sales for Securian Financial
According to ongoing BenefitBump participant survey responses, 66% of participants say the service reduces stress and anxiety and 83% say it increases benefit awareness and utilization. In addition, a 2021 study of program participants found that 98% successfully returned to work.
Group hospital indemnity insurance is a workplace supplemental health policy that pays a pre-determined benefit to insured employees who experience a hospital stay covered by the policy. Employees can use the benefit to pay for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by their major medical insurance, or however they wish. With Securian Financial, insured employees do not have to experience a hospital stay to use BenefitBump. In fact, according to BenefitBump, since the service’s inception, nearly one-fifth of participants have engaged the service while family planning.
Workplace supplemental health benefits on the rise
According to a study conducted by benefits broker WTW, more employers are turning to supplemental health benefits to help protect employees from big medical bills and loss of income. The study, conducted between February 23 and March 12, 2021, found that among 238 organizations employing 3.7 million people, 42% offered group hospital indemnity insurance and 57% offered group critical illness insurance. By 2022, 65% of the organizations said they would offer hospital indemnity insurance to their employees, and 76% said they would offer critical illness insurance.
Additionally, LIMRA, a life insurance researcher and trade organization, reported recently that workplace supplemental health benefit premium rose 6% in 2021, to nearly $2.6 billion.
A group insurance leader
Securian Financial offers group life, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) and supplemental health insurance products to employers nationwide. The company specializes in large public and private employer plans with 1,000 or more participants. Since issuing its first group life insurance policy in 1917, Securian Financial through its subsidiaries, Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company has grown to become the third-largest direct writer of group life insurance in the United States. The company is the top provider of group life insurance to state governments, 16, and has an extensive list of Fortune 500 employer clients, including 18 of the Fortune 100.
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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.
MetricStream | November 01, 2022
MetricStream, the global market leader in integrated risk management (IRM) and governance, risk, and compliance (GRC), and C-Risk, a leading international authority in cyber risk quantification (CRQ), today announced a partnership to jointly offer MetricStream’s CyberGRC and C-Risk’s CRQ enablement and training services to customers. The combination of MetricStream’s CyberGRC that includes advanced CRQ and Simulation, and C-Risk’s enablement services will enable faster time to value and help operationalise CRQ initiatives for organisations.
Cyber risk management has become a critical business issue for companies of all sizes and industries. However, decisions concerning insurance, controls to be implemented, investments in IT and security projects, tools, and resources are often made without understanding the plethora of risks that exists in each scenario and how a proposed solution can reduce those risks in monetary terms. CRQ, in particular the Factor Analysis of Information Risk™ (FAIR™) standard, allows modelling of risk scenarios and quantification of the financial impact using statistical and probabilistic techniques.
"Cyber risk quantification is a decision support tool that helps organisations present risk in financial terms to general management, justify and prioritise cyber security budgets as well as optimise a company's cyber insurance. It is the obvious next step in the GRC program of any organisation wanting to improve its cyber security governance,”
- Christophe Forêt, President of C-Risk
CISO’s and cyber leaders across industries are looking to prioritise and address their cyber risks, as well as drive maximum ROI from their cyber investments, We are excited to partner with C-Risk to accelerate the value of MetricStream’s CRQ capabilities with targeted FAIR™ training and enablement,said Raghuram Srinivas, Senior Vice President, Product Management, MetricStream.
MetricStream is the global SaaS (Software as a Service) leader of Integrated Risk Management and GRC solutions that empower organizations to thrive on risk by accelerating growth via risk-aware decisions. We connect governance, risk management and compliance across the extended enterprise. Our ConnectedGRC and three product lines – BusinessGRC, CyberGRC, and ESGRC – are based on a single, scalable platform that supports you wherever you are on your GRC journey.
MetricStream is headquartered in San Jose, California, with an operations and R&D center in Bangalore, India, and sales and operations support around the globe.
C-Risk provides solutions to quantify information security and technology risk in financial terms. We help organisations understand information risk in business terms, decide how to prioritize investments to improve cyber resilience and information security compliance.
Recognized internationally for its expertise in cyber risk quantification (CRQ), C-Risk offers training on the FAIR™️ methodology, CRQ as a Service as well as Cyber Risk Quantification Enablement Services to help organization build their internal risk quantification capabilities and improve their overall information security governance.