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,WORKERS COMPENSATION
Inszone Insurance Services | January 06, 2023
Inszone Insurance Services, a leading national supplier of benefits, personal, and commercial lines insurance, has acquired Employers Choice Insurance Services Inc.
As part of the acquisition, Employers Choice Insurance Services staff and the current site in Oceanside, CA, will be retained by Inszone Insurance Services.
Employers Choice Insurance Services, founded in April 1998, has become the go-to firm for workers' compensation in Oceanside and the surrounding areas. Over the years, Employers Choice has successfully grown into one of California's premier commercial insurance agencies.
Employers Choice Insurance specializes in workers' compensation and also provides general liability, group health, commercial auto, and payroll insurance to its commercial clients.
Founded in 2002 in Rancho Cordova, CA, Inszone Insurance Services has grown into one of the big players in the insurance sector with offices in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Texas and Illinois, serving all the 50 states. With a customer-centric mentality, it focuses on the relationship between agents and customers, ensuring customer satisfaction above all else. Inszone Insurance Services is a full-service insurance agency that can handle both personal and commercial insurance needs. With experienced and expert insurance professionals' insights, it simplifies shopping strategies for customers, making an otherwise complex process simple and streamlined.
RISK MANAGEMENT,INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
Vouch | December 27, 2022
Vouch, known as the 'Insurance of Tech,' recently launched the first insurance solution for Web3 companies. Under this, it will cover Web3 companies with insurance policies, including smart contract vulnerabilities, DAOs, crypto, and more.
"The global insurtech market size is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51.7% from 2022 to 2030."
- Grand View Research
In the past year and a half, about 3,000 startups have raised almost $40 billion. Many of these are run by founders who are building strong companies that solve real problems for real users. Till now, Web3 companies had to settle for insurance that didn't meet their needs or make do with what they already had, which eventually slowed their growth.
Vouch has become the most trusted partner by getting $160 million from the best companies in Silicon Valley. Its newest market includes Web3 companies, while Ansible Labs, Bitwave, Stardust, and Utopia Labs are some of its launch clients.
Traditional policies tend to leave crypto out, but Vouch's Web3 Protection Policy covers that. In addition, the policy includes four coverages that can be expanded to cover key Web3 risks based on the needs of the client:
Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance helps protect the company and the personal assets of its founders, officers, and board members from claims of wrongdoing, such as misrepresentation or breach of fiduciary duty, as well as the costs of responding to or defending against the claims.
Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance protects the company when a customer claims that the company's services caused them to lose money.
Cyber: It helps pay for data breaches caused by mistakes, hacking, and social engineering. It also protects against privacy violations, security failures, and system failures.
Crime: Helps protect the company from employee theft, forgery, and fraud, as well as some digital assets.
Vouch has built a strong partner network to meet the needs of its Web3 customers in addition to its coverage. In the partner network, Fireblocks is responsible for direct custody technology, Silicon Valley Bank for banking, Upside for token management, and Tactic for accounting.
Vouch Insurance is a new type of insurance platform for startups that is trusted by the startup industry's biggest names, including Y Combinator and Silicon Valley Bank. Everything has been designed for startups by experienced founders, from onboarding to claims. The company, which has offices in San Francisco and Chicago and whose fully digital coverage can be activated in minutes, assists clients in managing, mitigating, and avoiding risks.