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Noyo Partners with Namely to Power Seamless, Accurate Connections with Leading Insurance Carriers

Noyo, Namely | December 09, 2020

Noyo, the main API platform driving the age of connected insurance, today declared an organization with Namely, the main HR platform for moderate sized organizations. Through this association, Namely will grow and upgrade convenient information trade with driving insurance transporters to additionally advance its advantages organization platform.

For some, organizations, benefits organization is a difficult assignment that expects businesses to explore an unpredictable commercial center to choose, interface, and direct a huge number of transporters and plans. Noyo's finished infrastructure arrangement incorporates adaptable, transporter rationalist APIs for sure fire information trade, full circle affirmation conventions that guarantee exchanges happen precisely true to form, and unrivaled examining abilities to proactively recognize enlistment and qualification mistakes before they happen. By collaborating with Noyo, Namely further lifts the client experience through smoothed out and consistent associations with a portion of the business' driving insurance transporters.

“Our customers depend on Namely for accuracy, efficiency and reliability,” said Larry Dunivan, CEO of Namely. “Activating Noyo for our platform gives us deeper connections to carriers throughout the industry, which means faster and more reliable services for our members. We are pleased to partner with Noyo to stay on the cutting edge of benefits administration and further our mission to build better workplaces.”

“In the age of connected insurance we are setting a new standard, one that unlocks new possibilities for innovative companies searching for better benefits solutions and integrations,” said Shannon Goggin, CEO and co-founder of Noyo. “Through a single integration, Noyo’s infrastructure makes it easier to manage data exchange and carrier connections with unprecedented speed and transparency. We are excited to work with Namely to power an intelligent, modern insurance experience directly within the Namely platform.”

About Namely
Namely is the #1 HR Software company that empowers mid-sized businesses to build better workplaces. Its cloud-based software brings HCM, benefits, insights, payroll, and time into a single-view platform to help modern HR teams make data-driven decisions about their people and understand what's really going on in their workforce. The Namely ecosystem includes powerful integrations with market-leading applicant tracking, identity management, ERP, compliance, E-Verify solutions, and more. Serving more than 1,400 clients with 230,000 employees globally, the company is backed by leading investors, including Altimeter Capital, GGV Capital, Matrix Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital, and True Ventures.

About Noyo
Noyo is the leading API platform powering the age of connected insurance. Founded by leaders in insurtech and API technology, Noyo is the connections gateway that enables modern, intelligent benefits experiences. Noyo’s complete, integrated infrastructure solution connects health insurance carriers, benefits platforms, and a growing ecosystem of innovators through a new industry standard for fast, accurate, and secure real-time data exchange.

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KBRA Assigns Insurance Financial Strength Rating to Tower Hill Insurance Exchange

KBRA | December 30, 2021

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Insurance Navy Names The Most Affordable Used Cars to Buy Car Insurance For

Insurance Navy | April 18, 2022

Sedans are some of the best-selling used cars in the auto world. These cars asking prices, gas mileage, and longevity are appealing to drivers of all ages, even those who just got their drivers license. Being one of the best sellers of autos, sedans are also one of the most commonly insured cars. Insurance Navy, the fastest-growing car insurance broker in Illinois, handles car insurance policyholders with sedans regularly as well and has noticed some correlations in how much a sedan driver will pay for their car insurance coverage. Some sedans are less to insure than others, There are certain vehicle makes and models that have better safety features and are more reliable in the long run. Another great thing we found out about insuring cars such as sedans is that repairs and parts cost less. Solid cars like these have lower auto insurance premiums than average." Insurance Navy CEO Fadi Sneineh Insurance Navy is a provider of non-standard auto insurance, selling products in over 30 storefronts, a call center, and online in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, and California. In addition to auto insurance, the company sells other financial products and services, including homeowners insurance, renters insurance, and roadside assistance. Insurance Navy provides non-standard car insurance to drivers for liability coverage that meets their state's minimum limits. Insurance Navy specializes in providing SR22 insurance, which is a certificate of financial responsibility for high-risk drivers. They also offer homeowners insurance, renters insurance, and roadside assistance to complement their auto insurance offerings. Insurance Navy is dedicated to helping our customers connect with trusted companies to find the best and most cost-effective insurance policy. Regardless of your level of risk, Insurance Navy provides options for auto, home, and life policies that make being covered easy and affordable. Above all, Insurance Navy prides itself on high-tier customer service.

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Paychex Wins Two Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards

Brandon Hall Group, Inc. | December 23, 2021

Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of human resources, payroll, benefits, and insurance solutions, has won two Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards. The company's Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) Service was recognized by Brandon Hall Group with a gold award for Excellence in Technology in the "Best Advance in HR or Workforce Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses" category, and Paychex Pre-Check received a silver award for "Best Advance in Business Strategy and Technology Innovation." This is the ninth consecutive year that the research and analyst firm has recognized Paychex technology solutions. "HCM solution providers must be experts and visionaries in technology, but they also must have the ability to anticipate the diverse needs of employers as they work to adapt to ongoing change, This requires a blend of curiosity, empathy and agility that is difficult to achieve. We have seen an extraordinary level of insight and creativity from our Excellence in Technology winners that has been exciting to see." -Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) helps businesses claim tax credits on qualified wages paid to employees and health plan expenses in 2020 and 2021. Paychex introduced a new offering – the Paychex ERTC Service – to help businesses retroactively identify tax credits and file amended returns to claim the credit based on wages already paid. The Paychex ERTC Service leverages the Paychex Flex® technology to streamline and automate the amendment process, providing support for customers to identify and access government stimulus funds that could keep their business open. To date, the company has helped its customers apply for $6 billion in total tax credits in addition to $65 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) stimulus funds. "It is an honor for Paychex to be recognized by Brandon Hall Group for our ERTC service, which is a perfect blend of our compliance expertise, leading technology, and powerful customer support, Our team's speed and agility in implementing this solution has resulted in billions of dollars in stimulus for Paychex customers at a time when they need it the most to offset wage increases and address supply chain challenges." -Martin Mucci, Paychex CEO. Also recognized for advancements in technology innovation is Paychex Pre-Check. The Pre-Check technology provides employees the opportunity to preview their paycheck with a self-review of the gross-to-net paystub on a device of their choice to confirm its accuracy before payday. Payroll is the foundation of the employer-employee relationship. When errors occur, employers may increase the risk of losing trust and compromising retention. 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Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs.

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Integrity Adds Limitless Insurance Services to Offer Compelling New Opportunities for Agents and Agencies

Integrity Marketing Group, LLC | April 22, 2022

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Integrity's best-in-class marketing and back-office resources place Limitless Insurance Services in a position to focus on exactly what they're phenomenal at — supporting agents and serving clients. I'm beyond excited to see where they will progress with Integrity and grateful to have such a hardworking, energetic agency join our team." Bryan W. Adams, Co-Founder and CEO of Integrity. Limitless Insurance Services specializes in providing life insurance, final expense insurance, mortgage protection and annuities to families across the United States. The firm pioneered a unique approach to recruiting by using social media platforms to help make potential agents aware of the opportunities an insurance career can provide. Recently, Limitless Insurance Services also launched an easy-to-use virtual sales platform that helps agents provide solutions to clients remotely. The virtual platform perfectly aligns with Integrity's long-held commitment to meet consumers where they are — in person, online and over the phone. Limitless Insurance Service's boundless energy and innovative spirit has propelled the firm to reach significant growth milestones each year, as it consistently meets the protection needs of thousands of Americans. Partnering with Integrity will allow Nina and me to excel at what we do best — hiring new agents and training them to be the best they can be, We can now expand our product portfolio to serve even more Americans, which motivates our current agents to sell at an even higher level and build their own businesses. Adding Integrity's innovative marketing capabilities and ever-expanding suite of technology to our virtual sales platform and online recruiting approach positions us for sustained future success. We have an amazing journey ahead of us with plenty of fuel in our tank and we can't wait to get started." 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About Integrity Marketing Group Integrity, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of innovative solutions for wealth management and retirement planning. Through its partner network, Integrity helps millions of Americans protect their life, health and wealth with a commitment to meet them wherever they are — in person, over the phone and online. Integrity's cutting-edge technology helps streamline the insurance and financial planning experience for all stakeholders. In addition, Integrity develops products with carrier partners and markets them through its distribution network of agencies, brokerages and RIAs throughout the nation. Integrity's nearly 5,500 employees work with more than 420,000 agents and advisors who serve over 10 million clients annually. In 2021, Integrity helped carriers place more than $7 billion in new sales and oversaw more than $20 billion of assets under management and advisement through its RIA and broker-dealer platforms. About Limitless Insurance Services Limitless Insurance Services, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a leader in the life insurance space. They specialize in mortgage protection, final expense, life insurance and safe money retirement for clients, providing support both in person and virtually. With agents across the country, Limitless Insurance Services helps make the shopping process for life insurance as simple as possible for the over 50,000 clients they serve.

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