Good News: WLS Reboots #CUZCOVID

Women’s Leadership Summit Reschedules!

We’re really excited that the CAHU Women’s Leadership Conference recently announced a new date for it’s rescheduled CAHU Women’s Leadership Summit. Of course, this event was pushed a few times #CUZCOVID. It will finally take place March 14-16, 2022, at Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas.  More info to come soon!

HEALTH


Extra ACA Subsidies Available to Unemployed

Head’s up: People who are receiving unemployment benefits this year are eligible to sign up for heavily subsidized health insurance plans through Affordable Care Act exchanges. Premiums may be as low as $0 per month, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Unemployed people who are already enrolled in a health plan should resubmit their data to see if they qualify. Read more here.

LIFE

Black American Life Insurance Ownership Increased During Pandemic

Newly released findings from the 2021 Barometer Study reveal the majority of Black Americans own life insurance (56%), up three percentage points from 2020 and four percentage points higher than the general population. Yet this still represents a 19-point gap from the 75% of Black Americans who believe they need life insurance.

INNOVATION

Have You Heard About The Granite List?

This is definitely something to explore. Connect Healthcare Collaboration has launched The Granite List. It’s a platform where employers and brokers can search, source and compare benefits solutions. Vendors can also gain visibility and insight on the most direct leads. The company says the Granite List works similarly to a comparison-shopping engines or a virtual marketplaces  like Amazon or TripAdvisor.  From the written release:

With The Granite List, employers can find solutions with the most value. They can search and compare benefits that improve the health and wellbeing of their workers, function as a tool to attract and retain talent, or provide workers comp—all while being cost-conscious. For brokers, The Granite List is a way to stay competitive, with access to real time information about vendors and unbiased reviews from clients and members. While The Granite List offers vendors a choice between three paid subscriptions, it also offers a free option for them to create a page. The subscriptions give vendors complete control over their listing, access to page analytics, and more, but the free option means any vendor can advertise at no cost, and everyone has a seat at the table.

Learn more at www.thegranitelist.com.

CAL BROKER

California Broker magazine will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and there’s no better way to do it than at the 9th Annual Senior Summit at Pechanga August 31. Stay tuned for more info. But in the meantime, see below for information on registering for the Senior Summit  — as well as the virtual Medicare Expo!

MEDICARE


Medicare Events for You

Don’t forget Medicare events on the horizon! Two separate events — one in person and the other virtual. Of course, we think you should do both.

In person —

  • 9th Annual Senior Summit: Chart Your Course and Navigate Into the Future, in person at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, August 31-September 2. Online registration is open through August 19. Register here.

Virtual —

  • California State Medicare Expo: Unmasking Medicare – August 26-27. Register here.

GA

Warner Pacific launches new website

General Agency Warner Pacific recently launched a redesigned website. The new site is said to reflect “the company’s dedication to innovation, as illustrated by a modern design, new user-friendly features and streamlined access to all things Warner Pacific.” Watch this vid for more info.

AQUISITION


AmeriLife Acquires MSB

AmeriLife announced it has acquired Maximum Senior Benefits (MSB), a retail insurance marketing organization that distributes final expense insurance.  Founded in 2011, MSB provides extensive training and sales models to agents that allow them to capitalize on cross-selling opportunities to grow their business. MSB is headquartered in Utah and a majority of their agency partners are located in the Western United States, which will diversify AmeriLife’s geographical footprint, according to the company.

INSURTECH

InsurTech Hartford Announces Innovation Challenge Winners and In-Person Symposium in October

InsurTech Hartford (ITH)  announced the winners of the organization’s recent Global InsurTech Innovation Challenge. ITH also announced it will hold an in-person edition of the InsurTech Hartford Symposium for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsored by Travelers Insurance, Launch Hartford, Amica Mutual, Beazley Group, Hartford Steam Boiler, CGI, and Appian, with support from the Connecticut Insurance Department, Connecticut Insurance & Financial Services (CIFS), and the University of Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the 2021 Global InsurTech Innovation Challenge drew nearly 100 submissions from 12 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

PainWorth was the top winner in the Travelers Emerging Product category, with Saya and Sola in runner-up positions. In the Judges’ All-Around Favorite category, Otonomi came in on top, followed closely by Serenus and Protosure. Finally, the judges selected CoverHero in the Best Emerging InsurTech category with WeAnalyze and MotionsCloud as fast followers.

ITH will hold the 2021 InsurTech Hartford Symposium in person October 26-27.  The company says there are a wide range of exhibiting and sponsorship packages available. Those interested in attending may join the waitlist at www.insurtechhartfordsymposium.com.

InsurTech NY Opens Applications for 2021 Cohort

InsurTech NY is now accepting applications for its growth-stage InsurTech accelerator. The application window will be open from July 7 to August 2 and applications will be accepted through the InsurTech NY website. The program is designed for growth-stage companies, with an existing customer base, in funding stages between Seed and Series B. Last year, applications were accepted from over 20 countries.

EVENTS

  • NAIFA Zoom Happy Hour, Thursday, July 15, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.”SUCCESSFUL PARTNERING=POWER PARTNERING” Register here.
  • BenefitsPro Broker Expo, in person in San Diego, August 16-18. Save 15% with promo code RIGHTPLAN. Agenda here, register here.
  • 9th Annual Senior Summit: Chart Your Course and Navigate Into the Future, in person at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, August 31-September 2. Online registration is open through August 19. Register here.
  • California State Medicare Expo: Unmasking Medicare, virtual, August 26-27. Register here.
  • American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance, National Medicare Supplement Insurance Industry Summit, Sept 8-10, in person at Schaumburg Convention Center, Chicago area. Info here.
  • SIIA 41st Annual National Educational Conference & Expo, In-Person & Virtual, October 3 – 5, JW Marriott, Austin, TX. Info here.