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We received an email from our friends at L.A.’s Dickerson Insurance Services that made us truly understand the power of this industry when it’s determined to do something good. In a nutshell:

Orion Risk Management, Dickerson Insurance Services (GA), Centennial Group and Armstong, Robitaille, Riegle — all affiliates of Alera Group, Inc. — announced the alleviation of $3.1 million of healthcare debt in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties. This gift is part of more than $18 million in healthcare debt being relieved by Alera Group employees for struggling households across the country. Alera worked directly with the debt-forgiveness nonprofit RIP Medical Debt to identify people with outstanding healthcare-related bills in the markets they serve. RIP is able to purchase medical debts for those most in need, in bundled portfolios for a fraction of their face value.

Thousands of Americans have received letters of debt forgiveness because of Alera employees. These letters will be delivered throughout the winter targeting those living below 200% of the poverty level. Hallelujah! We encourage you to tweet some praise to @AleraGroupUS.


Hats off (and sunglasses on) to Daniel Hack and his San Diego-based company Gr@titude Lenses. The sunglass company features inspirational messages on the stems of the glasses and offers purchasers of the glasses membership to the Gr@titude Community, where they get exclusive access to a Daily Gr@titude Affirmation app and an online community of positive-conscious people who provide encouragement and reminders to slow down and be grateful.

Hack launched the company and movement in the wake of his father’s suicide. The aim, says Hack, is to encourage people to look at life through the lens of gratitude.