Independent agencies Peel & Holland, Riddle Insurance announce merger

Peel & Holland | February 04, 2020

Peel & Holland Insurance has merged with Madisonville, KY-based Riddle Insurance and its subsidiary, R. Barga and Company Insurance in Benton, KY. The independent insurance agencies all offer business P&C insurance, surety and bonding, family insurance, and employee benefit plans, as well as workplace wellness programs. A release noted that the merger – which was finalized at the start of 2020 – combines teams totaling 83 employees in seven regional office locations across Western Kentucky. Each of the units will continue to function as independent insurance agencies, maintaining access to multiple carriers. “Our companies are built on very similar legacies totaling 198 years of service. We have seen many changes, but this opportunity to unite is one of the most exciting ever,” commented Peel & Holland president Roy Riley.

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Securian Financial collaborates with “BenefitBump” to enhance education among expectant parents

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. ABOUT SECURIAN FINANCIAL At Securian Financial, we’re here for family. And we’re here because of it. We’re guided by our purpose: helping customers build secure tomorrows. Since 1880, we’ve been building a uniquely diversified company that has outlasted economic ups and downs while staying true to our customers. We’re committed to the markets we serve, providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most.

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Inszone Insurance Services Completes Acquisition of Kirsch Insurance Group

Inszone | December 05, 2022

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HSB Adds WhiteHaX® App to Cyber Insurance for Consumers

HSB | December 07, 2022

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