Hub continues M&A spree

Hub International | September 24, 2019

Hub International Limited has continued its M&A spree with the acquisition of the assets of Inter-Mountain Retirement Partners (MRP), a Colorado-based retirement-plan services firm. MRP provides investment and retirement-plan consulting to corporations and governmental and non-profit organizations, as well as serving individual investment clients. The company works with more than 250 organizations and more than 50,000 employees and individuals nationwide. MRP President and CDEO Chad J. Larsen has been recognized as one of Barron’s “Top Institutional Consultants” and one of Financial Times’ “Top 401 Advisors”.

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All too often, the same question is asked. What is Professional Indemnity Insurance? Given how many professionals work in Australia, it’s benefits should be more well known. In this infographic, professional Indemnity Insurance is explained simply and easily so you can get the most out of your business insurance.

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Brown & Brown, Inc. announces the asset acquisition of Smithwick & Mariners Insurance, MidCoast Insurance and Chapman & Chapman Insurance

Brown & Brown, Inc. | September 14, 2022

J. Scott Penny, chief acquisitions officer of Brown & Brown, Inc., and Scott Smithwick and Chris Smithwick, today announced that Brown & Brown of Massachusetts, Inc., a subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc., has acquired substantially all of the assets of Smithwick & Mariners Insurance, MidCoast Insurance and Chapman & Chapman Insurance (collectively, Smithwick & Mariners). Originally founded in 1987 to service the marine industry (marinas, yacht clubs, boat builders, fishing vessels, tug operations and yachts), Smithwick & Mariners has evolved its capabilities to provide innovative risk solutions to business owners and individuals throughout Maine and greater New England. The Smithwick & Mariners companies are led by Scott Smithwick and Chris Smithwick. Following the acquisition, the Smithwick & Mariners team will continue doing business from their existing offices in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire and will operate within Brown & Brown’s Retail segment. Scott and Chris will continue to lead the team and will report to Don McGowan, a regional president in Brown & Brown’s Retail segment. “The Smithwick & Mariners companies are recognized in Maine and throughout New England for their experience and industry knowledge in the commercial fishing, marine and personal yacht space. Scott, Chris and their dedicated team have a long and mutually successful relationship with their carriers, allowing them to deliver best-in-class insurance solutions to their customers. We are confident we share the same culture of customer-first solutions and are excited to welcome them to the Brown & Brown team.” -Don McGowan Scott Smithwick stated, The Smithwick & Mariners team is excited to be partnering with a firm like Brown & Brown who shares the same level of commitment to its customers, carriers and employees that we have for the past 35 years. We are very confident that this partnership will help to further strengthen Smithwick & Mariners’ product offering and level of service to both our marine and non-marine related customers. About Brown & Brown, Inc. Brown & Brown, Inc. is a leading insurance brokerage firm, delivering risk management solutions to individuals and businesses since 1939. With over 14,500 teammates in 450+ locations worldwide, we are committed to providing innovative strategies to help protect what our customers value most.

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Award-Winning Insurtech Company Launches Quility Life Lessons Scholarship Program

Quility and Life Happens | August 24, 2022

Quility, an award-winning insurtech company, has partnered with Life Happens, a non-profit dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of life insurance. This collaboration marks Quility's inaugural college scholarship. Since 2005, Life Happens has provided financial support to college-bound seniors and college students who have experienced the death of a parent or guardian with little to no life insurance. To date, they've awarded more than $2.5M among 750+ students. Quility is thrilled to collaborate with Life Happens and to announce MaKayla Cook as the recipient of the 2022 Quility Life Lessons Scholarship. "These days, receiving a college education is a huge financial burden for many families, I cannot begin to imagine the added financial hardship of losing a parent, with little to no life insurance, while simultaneously navigating the cost of higher education. The Life Happens Scholarship Program offers both an incredible way to support students who have suffered loss, and an opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of life insurance. The student Quility selected has shown grace and perseverance that is, and will continue to be, a wonderful lesson in life for us all. We are truly grateful to Life Happens for creating such an impactful program and we look forward to supporting many more students in the years to come." -Whit Zeh, Quility's Senior Director of Corporate Well Being and Community Outreach About MaKayla: Makayla's mother passed away unexpectedly on August 5, 2021. Just two weeks before her passing, her mother lost her job and all employer-provided benefits, including life insurance. MaKayla paid for her mother's funeral with money she had saved throughout high school and friends and family pulled resources to help with other immediate expenses. MaKayla's resilient spirit and determination have carried her through grief and the collective stress brought forth by the pandemic. Today, she is working 40 hours per week in addition to her coursework at Appalachian State University. When she graduates, MaKayla will be the first in her family to achieve a college degree. As a corporate sponsor, Quility will financially support MaKayla for one full academic year. The company plans on sponsoring additional students in the coming years and is encouraging its large network of agents to do the same. You can learn more about applying for a scholarship, making a donation, or becoming a corporate sponsor by visiting the Life Lessons Scholarship Program. You can also explore the many ways Quility serves its communities through sustainable engagement by reviewing Quility's Impact. About Quility: Quility uses innovative and proprietary technology to modernize the process of qualifying for and purchasing life insurance. The Quility digital platform offers clients the option to apply for life insurance online through a ten-minute application or with the support of a licensed insurance agent. About Life Happens: Life Happens is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers take personal financial responsibility through the ownership of life insurance and related products. The organization does not endorse any product, company or insurance advisor. Since its inception in 1994, Life Happens has provided the highest quality, independent and objective information for people seeking help with their insurance buying decisions.

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Alegeus and HealthSherpa Experience Significant Momentum for ICHRA

Alegeus, HealthSherpa | July 19, 2022

Alegeus, the market leader in healthcare payment solutions, and HealthSherpa, the leading enrollment platform for individual ACA health coverage, have outpaced the industry in individual coverage health reimbursement arrangements (ICHRA) since announcing an integration partnership in the summer of 2020. With updates to their partnership in 2022, both companies are poised to increase their ICHRA enrollments even faster. HealthSherpa, which has seen more than 10X growth in ICHRA pipeline, has enrolled more than three million individuals on its platform in just the last year. ICHRAs, which were launched at the start of 2020, allow employers to reimburse employees for individual coverage insurance premiums in place of offering them a traditional group-sponsored health plan. ICHRAs can also be used by employees to pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Organizations administering consumer-directed health benefit programs can set up an ICHRA with Alegeus, and then HealthSherpa helps ICHRA-eligible employees search for and enroll in the best on-exchange and off-exchange individual health plans. This integration bolsters the health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) experience from Alegeus and gives third-party administrators (TPAs) and health plans a strategy for increasing employer and employee participation in health benefit accounts. “We’re excited about the growing demand our partners have seen for ICHRA since announcing our integration partnership with HealthSherpa,” said Mark Waterstraat, chief customer officer, Alegeus. “Our joint solution is helping employers to deliver quality and cost-effective benefits quickly and efficiently to their employees. 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. With our new off-exchange options, employers and brokers alike have more options for employees looking to make the transition away from group-sponsored health insurance,” said George Kalogeropolous, CEO, HealthSherpa. “Millions of consumers have enrolled in health insurance through HealthSherpa and experienced the increasing appeal of individual coverage. With our new off-exchange options, employers and brokers alike have more options for employees looking to make the transition away from group-sponsored health insurance,” said George Kalogeropolous, CEO, HealthSherpa. “ICHRA is changing the dynamic of the relationship between employers and employees on the critical question of health insurance, and we’re thrilled to partner with Alegeus to help employers understand the benefits and communicate them with their employees.” Alegeus and HealthSherpa recently presented a webinar, “The (Present and) Future of ICHRAs,” showcasing how to simplify the administration of ICHRA benefits and make it easier for consumers to find the care and coverage that meets their needs. To learn more about ICHRAs and view the webinar presentation, please click here or visit https://www.alegeus.com/webinars/. About HealthSherpa HealthSherpa builds technology that increases access to health care. We provide end-to-end solutions for consumers, insurance carriers, and agents, delivering a superior ACA marketplace experience to fulfill our mission of connecting people to health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The HealthSherpa Marketplace, our flagship health insurance enrollment platform, services more than 45,000 agents, 38 carriers, and 9 million consumers. About Alegeus With more than 25 years of growth and innovation, Alegeus is the market leader in SaaS-based benefit funding and payment solutions. Our highly flexible, white-label platform powers account-based benefit programs such as HSAs, FSAs, HRAs, COBRA, wellness incentives, lifestyle benefits and beyond. We deliver exceptional user experiences and differentiated capabilities that help our partners strengthen their product offerings, operate more efficiently, and unlock their full growth potential. 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