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.
CORE INSURANCE,RISK MANAGEMENT
Betterview and JMI Reports | December 01, 2022
Betterview, the company leading P&C insurers rely on to identify and manage real property risk, today announced a partnership with JMI Reports, one of the largest providers of onsite property data to the insurance industry. Products from JMI Reports are now available on the Betterview Property Intelligence & Risk Management Platform, allowing users to optimize inspection efficiency in a single, intuitive user interface (UI).
The innovative tools from JMI Reports allow insurers to understand, prioritize and act upon risks to predict and prevent future loss. One of these is QuickVUE, a self-inspection tool that empowers insurers to thoroughly understand property risk without consuming overwhelming amounts of data. Additionally, reliable inspection data from on-the-ground physical inspections is available on the Betterview platform. Using this integration, insurance companies can filter properties based on which require a physical inspection and which ones can be fast-tracked as solid risks.
“The solutions from Betterview and JMI Reports are strengthened by synthesizing them within a single platform, Customers can work with their policyholders to get rapid, accurate views of real property risk. They can then consume that information directly within our platform, gaining an immediate and actionable view of every property in their book, and flagging those that need more attention. Any insurer that uses Betterview and JMI together will see great improvements in inspection efficiency, which should translate to an improved expense ratio as well.”
-Betterview co-founder and chief operations officer, Dave Tobias
JMI Reports also believes that the two companies are ideal partners. Both Betterview and JMI are in the business of understanding risk and helping insurers work better with their insured, Ultimately, we want to turn underwriters and agents into insurance heroes. By integrating QuickVUE and other inspection tools directly in the Betterview platform, I believe we are taking a positive step towards that goal,says Nathan Clark, president and CEO at JMI Reports.
Betterview is the Property Intelligence & Risk Management Platform that leading P&C insurance companies depend on to identify and mitigate risk, improve operational and inspection efficiency, and build a more transparent customer experience throughout the policy lifecycle. By empowering insurers to automate pricing, underwriting, and renewal while focusing strategic action on critical properties, Betterview is transforming the insurance industry from Repair and Replace to Predict and Prevent.
About JMI Reports:
JMI Reports is a risk innovator providing property profiles and data insights to improve efficiencies and profitability for insurance carriers and MGAs. For more than 30 years, our mission has remained the same: to protect your blindside by listening to your needs and delivering actionable, forward-thinking, and cost-saving solutions that make a difference.
WORKERS COMPENSATION,INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
Insurity | November 29, 2022
Insurity, a leading provider of cloud-based software for insurance carriers, brokers, and MGAs, today announced that it had launched a Payroll Validator feature for workers’ compensation carriers leveraging Sure Premium Audit. The Payroll Validator will automate payroll data collection from over 100 payroll service providers and streamline the audit process for both workers’ comp carriers and policyholders. The Payroll Validator feature is available for immediate purchase for existing Sure Premium Audit users.
Sure Premium Audit enables P&C carriers to uncover additional premiums by automatically screening a carrier’s entire book of business to generate audits based on business-defined rules without human intervention. For example, a top 25 P&C carrier recently presented at Insurity’s customer conference, Excellence in Insurance Innovation, that Sure Premium Audit’s automation tools have allowed them to reduce the operational time of their audit staff by over 24,000 hours a year.
Now, with the new Payroll Validator feature, workers’ compensation carriers can further automate their audit process by transferring raw payroll data from over 100 payroll service providers, decreasing wait times as payroll data is imported directly to the field audit tool. Policyholders can log in once and provide permission to pull payroll data throughout the policy period or shortly after.
Sure Premium Audit’s Payroll Validator also reduces the opportunity for fraud. Carriers can increase security by eliminating the sending of sensitive data through email or other unsecured channels and minimize fraud by having the unaltered payroll data come directly from the source of the payroll system.
“The faster and more efficient workers’ comp providers can make their premium auditing process, the faster they can send out bills, and more likely they are to collect payments, Sure Premium Audit’s Payroll Validator automates a historically time-consuming process for workers’ comp providers by capturing that payroll data directly from the payroll service provider. Not only does this eliminate the time auditors must spend obtaining messaging and payroll data from policyholders, but it creates a more streamlined experience for your policyholders.”
-Sylvester Mathis, Chief Insurance Officer at Insurity
Insurity is a leading provider of cloud-based software for insurance carriers, brokers, and MGAs. Insurity is trusted by 15 of the top 25 P&C carriers and 7 of the top 10 MGAs in the US and has over 400 cloud-based deployments. Through its best-in-class digital platform and with unrivaled industry experience and the industry’s most robust analytics offerings, Insurity is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value, empowering customers to focus on their core businesses, optimize their operations, and provide superior policyholder experiences. Insurity is a portfolio company of GI Partners and TA Associates.