AIA to launch Vitality in NZ

Insurance Business America | April 22, 2019

Insurance firm AIA New Zealand is set to offer discounts and up to $4,000 a year in rewards for people who eat healthily, exercise, and sleep well. AIA New Zealand will introduce AIA Vitality in June, NZ Herald reported. AIA Vitality is a wellness programme aimed at tackling the four main lifestyle risk factors: physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, smoking, and excess alcohol consumption. It allows users to measure how healthy they are by recording the information on devices like Fitbits or a Garmin. The idea is that users will download an app and fill out a health survey which will give them a “lifestyle age” and an instant discount off their insurance. AIA Australia and New Zealand chief executive Damien Mu told the publication points are accumulated daily depending on how many steps a policyholder is recorded taking, going to gym and taking part in organised sporting events (including a marathon). The points will give them access to rewards including discounted flights and accommodation, movie tickets, gym membership and supermarket vouchers.

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Socotra | May 21, 2022

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Roamly Launches Nationwide Pet Insurance Product

Roamly | March 24, 2022

Today, Roamly, the first embedded insurtech for travel enthusiasts with unique RV insurance offerings, announced it is marking new territory with the launch of its pet insurance product. Roamly will market pet insurance to all U.S. pet owners, including customers of Outdoorsy, the most-trusted online recreational vehicle rental and outdoor travel marketplace. Since Outdoorsy's inception in 2014, we've noticed a glaring disparity in the amount of Outdoorsy guests opting to hit the road with their pets and the percentage of those pets who are covered by insurance." says Roamly's Chief Insurance Officer Aaron Ammar Roamly is now unlocking the ability for American pet owners to purchase the right insurance for their pets. More information on the pet insurance product offered through Roamly can be found online at roamly.com/pet-insurance. According to the most recent RV Industry Association survey, 72 million Americans plan to go RVing over the next year, up from 61 million in 2020. As the number of Americans hitting the road continues to grow, so does the number of travelers taking their four-legged friends on the road with them — and the travel industry is responding by making more accommodations for pet owners. Starting today, pet insurance offered through Roamly will be marketed to Outdoorsy customers as well as all U.S. pet owners, allowing both Outdoorsy guests and hosts to put in place insurance that covers their pets for illnesses, accidents, dental diseases, and behavioral issues. Before we founded Outdoorsy, my co-founder Jen Young and I hit the road in an Airstream with our cockapoo puppy, Lucy, and we've taken her on every road trip since, One of our goals in starting Outdoorsy was to make the road trip experience as stress-free as possible for all guests. Through Roamly, we've been able to bring a product to market that helps insure travelers and now we're thrilled to be able to help them look after the wellbeing of their most loyal companions — their pets." Outdoorsy's Co-founder and CEO Jeff Cavins. Through the Roamly Pet Insurance program, pet parents can select plans for dogs and cats that includes coverage for exam fees, diagnostics, and treatments for accidents, illnesses, cancer, hereditary conditions, behavioral issues and dental disease. Pet parents can also add preventive care coverage for an additional cost to help cover pet care necessities such as vaccines, flea, tick and heartworm medication, and dental cleanings. Other coverage offerings include wellness exams and screenings. This new addition to Roamly's suite of product offerings comes after the insurtech's parent company, Outdoorsy Holdings, received $125M in fresh funding last June to accelerate the company's product innovation and international expansion. In January, Roamly announced it had completed an insurance integration with Wheelbase, the RV industry's most powerful professional software product for fleet operators. In February, the insurtech announced it had booked $40 million in premium in the past year. About Roamly Roamly Insurance Group (Roamly) is the first full stack insurtech for enthusiasts with an embedded offering, unlocking RV insurance to make owners' vehicles 'rent ready.' Roamly provides unique digital insurance products that eliminate the commercial use exclusion clause that prohibits online renting activity. Our insurance provides the clarity that owners need to ensure their vehicles are affirmatively allowed to be rented on platforms like Outdoorsy. About Outdoorsy Outdoorsy is the most trusted on-demand RV rental and outdoor travel marketplace on the planet. Founded in 2015, we have offices worldwide in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, and the UK. Our mission is to mobilize the 54+ million idle RVs around the world to ensure everyone has the access, choice, and opportunity to safely enjoy outdoor experiences and travel while we empower RV owners to realize life-changing financial benefits.

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Acclaimed Central Coast Insurance Agency, Morris & Garritano, Expands its Reach to Serve Orange County and San Diego Clients

Morris & Garritano Insurance Agency | December 22, 2021

Morris & Garritano Insurance has a longstanding legacy of more than 135 years insuring and protecting many of the region's most valuable businesses. A four-time winner of Insurance Journal's Best Agency to Work For as well as being named the 2021 "Large Business of the Year" by the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce, the agency is routinely recognized for its incredible service, culture, and advocacy, particularly during these last few difficult years. The company's longtime headquarters is based in San Luis Obispo, but the agency is rapidly expanding its service and presence into neighboring regions. Providing coverage for businesses of all sizes, Morris & Garritano goes above and beyond offering personalized education and advocacy for their clients regarding commercial coverages, employee benefits, workers' compensation, human resources, and compliance services. "We are really proud of the work we do here at Morris & Garritano,To us, providing insurance coverage is protecting what matters most. We do that for our clients through building meaningful relationships, being a trusted advisor and a fierce advocate in their time of need." When asked about the agency's goals moving forward, he says, "We are passionate about supporting the communities we serve and through that we are thrilled about the opportunities this expansion into Southern California holds. We look forward to further developing connections with the region's best and brightest." -CEO Brendan Morris. Longtime commercial advisor, Mark Anelli, is heading up Morris & Garritano's expansion into Orange County and the surrounding territory. Relocating to head up the company's efforts, Anelli will lead the agency's presence and client services in the region, building relationships with clients and local businesses. "I'm looking forward to connecting with clients and extending Morris & Garritano's exceptional service to the valuable businesses of Orange County. Our goal isn't just to generate clients but to build genuine relationships," Anelli says. "The opportunity to serve San Diego County as an Employee Benefits Advisor representing Morris & Garritano Insurance is very exciting for me, Becoming a trusted advisor for clients is something I am very passionate about. Developing meaningful relationships is certainly the highest priority for me, but it is clear that it is a high priority for the people of San Diego as well. I am excited to see Morris & Garritano grow with San Diego, and to see the community of San Diego grow with us." -Benefits Advisor Daniel Miller With this growth and development, businesses in Southern California will have increased access to the service and resources offered by Morris & Garritano allowing for premium employee benefits brokerage as well as stronger, comprehensive, and more competitive commercial insurance to better protect their assets and advocate for their employees. About Morris & Garritano: Founded in 1885, Morris & Garritano is an independent, full-service insurance agency focusing on business insurance, workers' compensation, employee benefits, personal lines, surety, and life insurance. This includes services in the areas of loss control, compliance, claims management, and human resources.

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InsureMyTrip Reports Travel Insurance Claims Increase, Delays Possible

InsureMyTrip | February 23, 2022

Travel insurance companies have reported a significant increase in travel insurance claims in recent weeks, according to licensed travel insurance agents at InsureMyTrip. With an upsurge in recent claims submissions, travelers should anticipate possible delays. "Many trips were affected by the Omicron surge and other factors, especially during December and January. Those travelers, who have coverage, are likely in the process of submitting claims to their insurance company. This high volume may lead to subsequent delays," - InsureMyTrip Travel Insurance Expert Meghan Walch. When filing a travel insurance claim, InsureMyTrip says travelers can help prevent additional lag time by understanding requirements in advance and supplying the proper paperwork to the travel insurance company: Specific forms may be required for each benefit within a policy. If documents are missing, this may cause a claim to be delayed. Use your travel insurance company's online portal to submit a claim or check the status of an existing claim. Obtain and save all receipts and documents related to an incident to help verify a claim. Once you return home from a trip, it can be more difficult to obtain documentation from travel suppliers or medical facilities. For travelers seeking additional help, InsureMyTrip travel insurance customers have access to Anytime Advocates, a claims assistance service. About InsureMyTrip It's simple. InsureMyTrip finds you the right travel insurance plan, every time. InsureMyTrip is the authority on travel insurance. We are committed to empowering travelers to make the best possible insurance decisions by leveraging our technology, data intelligence, and expertise. InsureMyTrip is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.

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Although Brad Hoffner believed he no longer had a need for a whole life insurance policy after he lost both his partner and his mom in a short space of time, his financial representative convinced him to stay the course, providing Brad with a resource he would appreciate as a new chapter in his life began.

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