Insurers show support for federal government’s reforms to drug pricing regulations

Insurance Business Magazine | August 12, 2019

Insurers are backing the federal government’s changes to drug pricing regulation, welcoming the government’s efforts to make medicines more affordable and accessible. The federal government recently announced the final amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations, which aims to give the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) the right tools to ensure that medicine prices in Canada are properly priced. Broadly speaking, the amendments do the following to help control drug prices: Change the “basket” of countries Canada is compared to when setting drug prices. This means Canada’s drug prices will be judged against countries that actually resemble Canada’s population, economy and approach to healthcare.

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This paper will outline key risks that retired married couples will face, how, like a Swiss army knife that has multiple uses, permanent life insurance can be used to mitigate these risks, and why a financial payoff will always occur if a policy is in place during retirement.

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This paper will outline key risks that retired married couples will face, how, like a Swiss army knife that has multiple uses, permanent life insurance can be used to mitigate these risks, and why a financial payoff will always occur if a policy is in place during retirement.

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Joins MIT-led Global Alliance on Innovation to Combat Climate Change

Liberty Mutual Insurance | August 03, 2022

Liberty Mutual Insurance today announced its membership to the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC), supporting the acceleration and implementation of large-scale, real-world solutions to address climate change. Liberty Mutual joins 17 other member companies in the Consortium's efforts to inspire transformative climate progress across industries and the globe. We believe collaboration is a critical component to combatting climate change, As an insurer we continually see and learn more about climate change, and we're eager to bring this knowledge to MCSC and help advance the Consortium's important, urgent work, said Liberty Mutual Chief Sustainability Officer Francis Hyatt, who will serve on MCSC's industry advisory board. Liberty Mutual will participate in several workstreams that support MCSC's key objectives: To accelerate the introduction of large-scale, feasible solutions to address the threat of climate change. To advance proposals regarding sustainability opportunities, training for innovators, regulatory policies, and the development of business models across sectors. To catalyze links between academic innovations and commercial scalability. To materialize sustainable practices that are action-oriented and incorporate social justice, economic equity, and respect for the environment. "We are excited to welcome Liberty Mutual to the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium and look forward to the perspective and expertise they bring from the insurance and risk management industry, Liberty Mutual will contribute to the dialogue and solutioning currently underway within the Consortium." -Jeremy Gregory, PhD, Executive Director of the MCSC As two renowned organizations in Massachusetts, Consortium membership is just the latest step in Liberty Mutual's long-standing relationship with MIT. In 2019, Liberty Mutual launched an artificial intelligence research collaboration with MIT Quest for Intelligence, is a member of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, and is one of the founding members of the MIT Mobility Initiative. About Liberty Mutual Insurance At Liberty Mutual, we believe progress happens when people feel secure. By providing protection for the unexpected and delivering it with care, we help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow. In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, today we are the sixth largest global property and casualty insurer based on 2021 gross written premium. We also rank 78th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2021 revenue. As of December 31, 2021, we had $48.2 billion in annual consolidated revenue. We employ over 47,000 people in 29 countries and economies around the world. We offer a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, specialty lines, reinsurance, commercial multiple-peril, workers compensation, commercial automobile, general liability, surety, and commercial property.

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Patriot Growth Insurance Services Joins Forces with Mccormick & Sons of Massachusetts

Patriot Growth Insurance | July 01, 2022

Patriot Growth Insurance Services, LLC (Patriot), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing insurance agencies, announces a new partnership with Massachusetts' McCormick & Sons Insurance Agency. McCormick & Sons Insurance, based in Avon and Waquoit, has been serving the communities of Norfolk and Barnstable County as an independent agency since 2007. McCormick & Sons, led by David McCormick, offers personal and commercial insurance to over 2,000 customers. The McCormick agency will merge with FBinsure, a Patriot partner agency, and the entire customer service team will continue to serve their clients with the same high-level professional care they have come to expect. It was important for us to ensure our clients would be able to work with the same familiar faces they have trusted for years, all while increasing their access to additional products and services. This partnership is right for our clients and employees, and the benefits will be felt for years to come." David McCormick, President of McCormick & Sons. We are delighted to welcome McCormick & Sons Insurance Agency to the FBinsure family. We are delighted that, as a well-known agency in a new community, they have chosen Patriot and FBinsure to propel their agency forward while maintaining critical client relationships. We are confident that their clients will notice a difference in their future experiences." Russ Martorana, President and CEO of FBinsure. This is Patriot and FBinsure's fifth collaboration in the last year. Tino's Insurance Agency joined in January, followed by the Durand Insurance Agency of Seekonk, Exchange Insurance, and Paul B. Sullivan Insurance.

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Tokio Marine establishes strategic partnership with Arbor Ventures to accelerate innovation in the insurance industry

Tokio Marine and Arbor Ventures | August 12, 2022

Tokio Marine Asia Pte. Ltd. today announced a strategic partnership with Arbor Ventures, a leading global Fintech / InsurTech-focused venture capital firm, headquartered in Singapore. This partnership, established through its Innovation Lab in Singapore, marks Tokio Marine's commitment to accelerating the digital transformation of the global insurance industry. The Tokyo-headquartered insurance group has been promoting transformational digital initiatives on a global basis, leveraging on collaborations with startups and service providers with key strategic capabilities. To accelerate the identification and development of new business models, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. (Tokio Marine Holdings) has announced earlier in April 2022 on the launch of its corporate venture capital (CVC) fund partnering with World Innovation Lab, Tokio Marine Future Fund, to invest in early-stage startups. Tokio Marine will identify and invest directly in high-growth potential startups through the CVC Fund in addition to partnering with Arbor and other leading VCs for unique insights and access to promising startups leading the digital transformation in Insurance. Arbor's addition to Tokio Marine's group of collaborative VCs significantly heightens its future opportunities. Arbor is a global FinTech/InsurTech-focused VC with offices in Singapore, USA, Japan as well as a presence in EMENA. Arbor's global connectivity and portfolio as well as its engagement in local markets will further enable Tokio Marine group's innovation labs, spread across seven cities, including Singapore, to collaborate broadly with synergy beyond borders. "Arbor's target to create the future of FinTech resonates with Tokio Marine's digital strategy. With Arbor's network and astute scouting of startups with strong potential in the FinTech space, it will greatly complement Tokio Marine's collaborative efforts to serve innovative products and services in insurance industry and beyond." -Masashi Namatame, Group Chief Digital Officer at Tokio Marine Holdings Melissa Guzy, Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures, similarly commented: Tokio Marine is a world-renowned leader that Arbor is proud to add as a strategic partner in building the future of FinTech / InsurTech. Arbor looks forward to building the next generation of transformational InsurTech startups together. About Tokio Marine Group Tokio Marine was established in the year 1879 as the first insurance company in Japan and has grown over the decades, now offering an extensive selection of General and Life insurance products and solutions in 46 countries and regions worldwide. About Arbor Ventures Founded in 2013, Arbor Ventures is a global investment firm focused on companies that leverage advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, composable service offerings and blockchain applications to facilitate, broaden or fundamentally change the way financial services are served, consumed, and managed. Arbor uses its global vantage point, extensive network and deep sector knowledge to identify key trends and partner closely with leading entrepreneurs to build transformational companies. Notable investments include Paidy, True Accord, Forter, Nomi Health, Tabby, Fundbox and HiBob.

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