SSQ Insurance successfully rolls-out new electronic application form

Insurance Business America | April 18, 2019

SSQ Insurance has announced the successful roll-out of its new electronic application form for life and critical illness insurance. The electronic form was launched last month and enables financial security advisors to fill out a policy application with customers in person or remotely.  “SSQ Insurance is proud of the successful reception it has garnered across the country,” the firm said in a statement. “Popular for its practicality and user-friendliness, the new tool conforms perfectly to the reality of advisors and customers, enabling them to save time and be more efficient.” We are proud to have an easy-to-use online tool that cuts down on processing time and paper,” said Éric Trudel, senior vice president of strategies and offer management at SSQ Insurance. “The new individual insurance electronic form will definitely improve our customers’ experience as well as that of our advisors.

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Bringing a new puppy into your family is exciting. To get your bundle of fur off to the best start in life, there are a few things to think about from a health perspective. Vaccinations Vaccinations are the best way to protect your puppy from several dangerous diseases. We vaccinate puppies against canine parvovirus, canine distemper virus, infectious canine hepatitis, and infectious canine tracheobronchitis (kennel cough).

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Inszone Insurance Services Continues Expansion in Texas with the Acquisition of Proctor Insurance

Inszone | October 20, 2022

Inszone Insurance Services: a rapidly growing, national provider of benefits, personal and commercial lines insurance, announced today the acquisition of Proctor Insurance, providing the fifth acquisition in the state of Texas. Founded by Jeff Proctor in 1988, Proctor Insurance has been a pillar in the Houston area. Jeff started in his community founding two grocery stores in the Houston area, but when those were sold to a local chain, he begun looking for a change of pace which would allow him to provide for his wife and three small children and lead him away from the 7-day work week. After consulting with a friend in the insurance industry, Jeff decided to open his agency and built it from the ground up. He built a reputation of success among small hotels and motels, who appreciated the honesty and dedication of him and his team. Getting ready to retire, Jeff knew he wanted to find a company to provide opportunity for advancement and further education to his employees while also providing great resources to his clients. Proctor Insurance customers will continue to receive the service they are accustomed to, under the Inszone Insurance brand. “Jeff of Proctor Insurance told us his team was his true success story, and he was 100% right, we couldn’t be happier to provide them with the resources to continue their great work under the Inszone brand, We are excited to see our service footprint grow in the state of Texas and look forward to many years of success with the team from Proctor Insurance.” -Norm Hudson, CEO of Inszone Insurance Services Inszone Insurance is expected to announce a number of important acquisitions in the upcoming months as it continues to build its national presence. About Inszone: Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Sacramento, California, Inszone is a full-service insurance brokerage firm which provides a broad array of property & casualty insurance, along with employee benefits solutions. With a strong, experienced management team, Inszone continues to grow organically, as well as through acquisitions. With 31 locations across California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Texas and Illinois, the company is looking to further expand throughout the United States.

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OneAmerica® Launches Variable Universal Life Insurance

OneAmerica | September 21, 2022

The companies of OneAmerica announce the expansion of their product portfolio to offer OneAmerica® Variable Universal Life (VUL) insurance. Distributed through the Individual Life and Financial Services (ILFS) line of business, this new product provides customers with a strong vehicle for protection, while also offering them the opportunity to invest in the financial markets. VUL customers have the flexibility to use the policy for life insurance protection, cash value accumulation or other financial needs. "We're excited to bring our unique VUL product to today's marketplace, The product's guarantees and transparency make it an attractive, new option for people to help protect their loved ones and create an opportunity for potential financial growth." -Dennis Martin, president of ILFS The OneAmerica VUL life insurance policy includes a guaranteed death benefit provision and fully guaranteed policy charges, which are first-of-its-kind in the VUL space. These guarantees offer customers confidence that their policy charge structure won't change in the future. They also add an additional layer of protection against policy lapse and loss of the death benefit. In addition, the OneAmerica VUL offers two investment-related differentiators to the marketplace. The product offers a low-cost, transparent fund lineup of well-known industry asset managers, and it includes two defined outcome funds — again, a first in the industry for a VUL product. The investment lineup offers customers more than 50 diverse investment options, customizable to their portfolios and goals. These innovations reflect the client-centered approach that OneAmerica brings to the marketplace. VUL will give our distribution channels a strong product to match the needs of new and existing customers, Ultimately, our VUL is a robust product built on our strong foundation and commitment to deliver on our promises when customers need us most,said Mark Scalercio, senior vice president and head of distribution for ILFS. The new product also includes extra protection and added benefits through optional riders. OneAmerica VUL is currently available through the OneAmerica career agency distribution channel in all states except California, Florida, New York, North Dakota and South Dakota. About OneAmerica A national provider of insurance and financial services for more than 140 years, the companies of OneAmerica help customers build and protect their financial futures. OneAmerica offers a variety of products and services to serve the financial needs of their policyholders and customers. These products include retirement plan products and recordkeeping services, individual life insurance, annuities, asset-based long-term care solutions and employee benefit plan products. Products are issued and underwritten by the companies of OneAmerica and distributed through a nationwide network of employees, agents, brokers and other sources who are committed to providing value to our customers.

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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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