Great Eastern achieves milestone in agent certification

Insurance Business America | October 30, 2019

Great Eastern has announced that 168 of its financial representatives have been certified by the Financial Services Managers Association (FSMA) and Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF), and subsequently honoured these agents at a graduation ceremony held at CHIJMES on October 25. According to a statement by Great Eastern, its agents have completed the FSMA’s Agency Management Training Course (AMTC) and achieved IBF Standards Level 3 accreditation, and it is now the major insurer with the highest number of agents with those certifications in Singapore.

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While ICHRAs can offer these through employer-defined contribution and better-fit individual coverage plans, they are still new and require a considerable amount of education and awareness. Through this partnership, our efforts are resonating, as evidenced by growing market demand.” “ICHRAs are a great option for a large and growing number of employers and their employees, and we’ve seen many of our client organizations begin reaping their benefits,” said Ross Honig, president, OCA. “Working with Alegeus and HealthSherpa has allowed OCA to market our ICHRA solution as a “one-stop” product that is seamless and easy to use for brokers, employers, and their employees.” “Millions of consumers have enrolled in health insurance through HealthSherpa and experienced the increasing appeal of individual coverage. 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Liberty Mutual Insurance | August 03, 2022

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