AGCS boosts environmental coverage with response services

insurancebusinessmag | May 22, 2019

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) is now offering expanded emergency response services to complement its environmental impairment liability (EIL) coverage.The specialty insurer has established strategic partnerships with GM Consultant (for global clients) and HETI (US and Canada) to provide immediate support and claims investigation services for clients. The support services are available through both GM Consultant and HETI on a 24/7 basis.During an emergency, dedicated specialists from either GM Consultant or HETI will help AGCS EIL clients assess the root cause of an environmental incident, as well as design and implement a crisis response -which could include containment measures,support communication and third-party coordination, a release explained.

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CITIZENS NATIONAL ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF CRITICAL ILLNESS PRODUCT

Citizens National Life Insurance Company | January 24, 2022

Citizens National Life Insurance Company ("Citizens National"), a subsidiary of Citizens, Inc. (NYSE: CIA) announces the launch of its new Critical Illness Coverage product. This will be Citizens National's third product launched in the past 12 months. The company is focused on developing products that provide value and benefits for their policyholders. Citizens National new Critical Illness Coverage product pays benefits directly to the policyholder to assist with added expenses in the event of a qualifying critical illness. The Critical Illness Coverage is unique in that a policyholder with a qualifying illness is directly paid benefits and decides where to spend the money – its uses are flexible and can be used for anything from medical deductibles to everyday expenses such as rent, food or childcare. "We are excited to be launching our third product just months after our Whole Life product Longevity Max. Critical Illness is an exceptional product designed to give policyholders coverage where they need it and help supplement their Health insurance to give them protection if they were to have a critical illness. One of the best features is it gives the policyholder the power to decide where to spend it. We are proud to continue to develop products that can help our policyholders." -Bob Mauldin, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Citizens National Citizens National offers an exclusive, customized service with its understanding of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and the Hispanic culture so customers can be confident in making the most informed decisions. The entire customer and agent experience is provided in a choice of Spanish, Portuguese and English languages. Our broad trajectory and experience in the life insurance market in Latin American, along with our excellent digital and customized service, make Citizens National a top option. About Citizens National Life Insurance Company Citizens National Life Insurance Company is a member of the Citizens, Inc. group of life insurance Companies. Citizens National was incorporated in the State of Texas on June 2, 1965 and began transacting business in 1966. CNLIC is licensed in 9 states. The company gains additional financial stability through the long trajectory and strength of its holding company, Citizens, Inc., which adds value to each of our policies by providing state-of-the-art technology systems, strong investment strategies and streamlined operational leadership. About Citizens, Inc. Citizens, Inc. is an insurance holding company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CIA. The Company utilizes a three-pronged strategy for growth based upon worldwide sales of U.S. Dollar-denominated whole life cash value insurance policies, life insurance product sales in the U.S. and final expense and limited liability property product sales in the U.S.

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Insurance fintech Bestow signs first enterprise deal with Equitable Financial

Digital Insurance | December 14, 2021

While some insurance providers are turning to fintech to expand agents’ ability to offer financial planning, investment management and even cryptocurrency, at least one is looking to digitize how it sells actual life insurance. Equitable, a financial services company that was previously owned by AXA Group, has partnered with fintech startup Bestow to launch an entirely digital term life insurance product. Called Term-in-10, the product will only be available through Equitable’s network of financial professionals, including financial advisors on its brokerage, Equitable advisors. After working with an advisor to determine a client’s specific life insurance needs, Bestow’s technology lets clients apply for a policy entirely online. A medical exam is never required, and if the application is approved, coverage begins immediately, reducing a traditionally weeks-long process down to about 10 minutes while providing a more accurate risk assessment, according to Bestow co-founder and CEO Melbourne O’Banion. “There are substantial advantages to using a financial professional and life insurance agent who understands the specific requirements each client needs to protect their family and provide them with a comprehensive financial strategy,” - Dave Karr, chairman of the firm’s brokerage, Equitable Advisors. This is Bestow’s first deal with a large financial services firm, and it will be the sole infrastructure provider for the entire sale and administration process — from application to underwriting to policy servicing. Launched in 2017, the fintech has raised $150 million in funding and successfully acquired Centurion Life Insurance. The company did not disclose how many clients it serves or its assets under management. The company is trying to make life insurance more accessible to underserved families by selling directly to consumers, partnering with insurance firms and through financial advisors, O’Banion said. There are 102 million Americans who believe they need to buy life insurance or increase their coverage, according to LIMRA, but there has been a lack of digital innovation to help carriers reach the modern consumer, O’Banion said.

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The Evolution of Cyber Insurance in 2021 Through the Lens of expert.ai's Artificial Intelligence

expert.ai | December 28, 2021

Expert.ai (EXAI:IM), the premier artificial intelligence (AI) platform for language understanding, today released a new Expert IQ Report, "How Cyber Insurance Has Evolved in 2021." The report provides insurers with insight into unprecedented change and risk being driven by the pandemic, causing costs to soar and confusion to spread across the marketplace. In the first half of 2021 alone, threat research shows global cyber-attacks climbed 29%, ransomware incidents jumped 93% and demands rose an astounding 518%. Report findings are produced using expert.ai's advanced natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities. The technology takes a unique approach to AI by combining symbolic human-like comprehension and machine learning (ML) to create practical applications that deliver real business impact and measurable benefits. With deep understanding of any kind of document (presentations, contracts, emails, claims, reports, posts, social media messages, etc.) it helps organizations turn unstructured language details into structured data at speed and scale. This augments discovery capabilities and streamlines the automation of complex, knowledge-centric processes. The Expert IQ Report is a regular series that provides deep content analysis from massive amounts of language data on a given subject. For "How Cyber Insurance Has Evolved in 2021," expert.ai analyzed a sample of approximately 1,130 articles, published in a range of insurance industry outlets between January 2021 and November 2021. Focused on insurance news, opinions and analysis, the analysis identified the cyber-related issues discussed most online, capturing the main topics, trends and sentiment expressed about them. A few of the cyber insurance findings in the report include: Products and impact: Cybersecurity and cyber risks were common themes with data clearly showing both a need for more suitable insurance products and the potential impact on existing contracts. Insurers struggle with risk: A strong correlation between cyber threats and COVID-19 appears to show that underwriters are struggling to evaluate their exposure to pandemic-generated vulnerabilities. Resilience and relevance: Cyber risks have been testing the ability of organizations to prepare for, respond to and recover from attacks. As a result, resiliency emerged as the main topic across 67% of cyber-related articles in the sample analyzed, proving the insurance sector is still relevant to global improvements in cyber resilience. "What makes policy review and comparison especially complex for cyber is that threats are evolving and growing. Contracts may exceed 100 pages – it's not easy to streamline the review process to avoid unintended risk exposure while ensuring coverage certainty, With NLU, we augment underwriters by making policy reviews faster, more consistent and accurate. We help them overcome new challenges - like those posed by 'silent cyber' - by improving the reading, identification and extractions of critical information around explicit and implicit coverages." -Pamela Negosanti, head of sector strategy for financial services and insurance at expert.ai. "The right AI approach can provide enterprises competitive advantage by automatically generating fast, accurate market understanding from existing business documents. You can identify emerging risks and trends, gain a detailed picture of sentiment, design more effective and profitable products, seize new opportunities and more. It's insight today for decision-making that'll shape your future and provide strategic advantage." -Keith C. Lincoln, expert.ai CMO About expert.ai Expert.ai (EXAI: IM) is the premier artificial intelligence platform for language understanding. Its unique hybrid approach to natural language combines symbolic human-like comprehension and machine learning to extract useful knowledge and insight from unstructured data to improve decision making. With a full range of on-premises, private and public cloud offerings, expert.ai enhances business operations, accelerates and scales natural language data science capabilities while simplifying AI adoption across a vast range of industries, including insurance, banking & finance, publishing & media, defense & intelligence, life science & pharma, and oil, gas & energy. Expert.ai has cemented itself at the forefront of natural language solutions and serves global businesses such as AXA XL, Zurich Insurance Group, Generali, The Associated Press, Bloomberg INDG, BNP Paribas, Rabobank, Gannett and EBSCO.

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Bubble Launches Online Embedded Insurance for Housing Industry in the Wake of $1.75M in Funding

Next by Pacific Life | January 14, 2022

Bubble, the company that has made getting tailored home and life insurance an instantaneous online process, today launched its turnkey Insurance-in-a-Box offering on the heels of $1.75M in pre-seed funding anchored by The House Fund with participation from Tuesday Capital, Correlation Ventures, and North Coast Ventures. With Bubble, real estate and mortgage companies are able to embed digital homeowner's and life insurance seamlessly into real estate transactions. This enables people buying a home or refinancing a mortgage to easily – often in just a few minutes online – protect their homes as well as their families' futures at the same time as making a home/loan purchase. Bubble's Embedded Insurance-in-a-Box offering includes widgets, APIs, white-labeled or co-branded consumer sites and referral URLs that real estate companies can use to embed accurate home and life insurance quotes into home and loan purchase flows. Combining data from home and mortgage transactions with its own extensive database and proprietary analytics, Bubble delivers custom-tailored quotes in real-time. Through Bubble's online portal, customers can further personalize their coverage, maximize discounts, complete their applications, and have their policies approved and issued in a matter of minutes. Bubble integrates directly with top-rated insurance companies to match customers with customized policies instantly online. Its AI-guided recommendation engine, Bubble LifePal, currently finds the products with optimal coverage from Stillwater for homeowner's insurance along with SBLI and Pacific Life for term life, and integrations with other insurers are forthcoming. Customers are presented with transparent, personalized insurance packages, and often are able to get underwriting decisions and have their policies issued, all online in minutes. "We are excited to offer our range of home insurance products on Bubble's all-digital platform, Bubble's intuitive online flows demystify the process while giving users the flexibility to customize coverages to their needs. Together with Bubble, we're making insurance buying as easy as pie." -Stillwater VP of Inside Sales and Sales Systems, Alisa Ruenprapan. Recognizing that home ownership is a key catalyst to life insurance purchase, Bubble pairs two unique term life products especially suited for younger home buyers: Next by Pacific Life & SBLI's Simplified Issue Term Life. "With Next Term Life, you don't have to anticipate the future and buy more life insurance than you need, You start with the coverage you need today and can increase or decrease at key life events, such as buying a house, without additional underwriting. It's an innovative product that lets you 'lock in' your health rating, typically when you're young and healthy. Bubble's online platform that integrates life insurance at this key milestone is the perfect entry point for Next Term Life." -Joe Kordovi, AVP of Innovations at Pacific Life. The other term life product by SBLI offers a completely fluid-less (i.e., no medical test) underwriting process and provides instant online decisions in minutes, a perfect complement for busy home buyers that already have their hands full. "SBLI is very happy to work with Bubble and offer a unique and simplified issue digital term insurance solution to Bubble customers through this valuable partnership. This strategic collaboration supports SBLI's continued commitment to build diversification in both our product and digital distribution areas," said Denis Clifford, SVP of Sales & Distribution at SBLI. "Bubble streamlines the natural flow of life events: starting a family, buying a home, insuring it, and insuring everyone living there, Millennials especially stand to reap the benefits of bundling life and home insurance while they're young and healthy. They can lock in a great rate for the next several decades. Our mission is to make it as simple and straightforward as possible for them to do that." -Bubble Co-founder & CEO Avi Gupta. Bubble's digital Insurance-in-a-Box helps real estate companies minimize friction and speed transactions by enabling customers to quickly get insurance when they're buying a home. Lenders and loan servicers also mitigate the risk of default with term life policies covering borrowers. These companies in the housing ecosystem can even monetize insurance by sharing commission splits or referral fees with Bubble under certain circumstances. Dan Zettler, partner at Barnstable Mortgage Group, noted: "As mortgage brokers for nearly 20 years, partnering with Bubble allows us to leapfrog our offerings into the digital world with a completely online experience for personalized home and life insurance. Taking the pain and hassle out of insurance purchases is a no-brainer!" About Bubble Bubble's mission is to help homeowners protect their homes, loved ones and everything under their roof with the right insurance coverages, at the right time for the right price. By embedding online insurance into the path of a home or mortgage purchase, Bubble's sophisticated AI algorithms combine data from the real estate transaction with its own extensive library, to streamline the process of buying insurance, from an online quote to application to instant approval. About Next by Pacific Life Next by Pacific Life was created to provide a better, seamless digital experience for the modern customer. Offering an innovative insurance product built for customer engagement, Next by Pacific Life easily integrates with key digital distribution partners like Bubble. About SBLI (The Savings Bank Mutual Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts) For over 115 years, SBLI (The Savings Bank Mutual Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts) has specialized in providing hassle-free, affordable life insurance. Whether it be term life, whole life or a plan that combines the two, they offer dependable protection, at a fair price.

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