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Bright Road Recovery Contracts with Magellan to Provide Eating Disorder Treatment for Blue Shield Subscribers

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Bright Road Recovery, the Inland Empire's Premier Eating Disorder Treatment Program, announced today that they are now in-network with Magellan Healthcare. This is good news for Blue Shield subscribers in the Inland Empire who are looking for help with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or ARFID. Since Magellan is the mental health benefits administrator for most Blue Shield policies, many who have Blue Shield of California, or other Blue Shield policies, will have more access to excellent care, closer to home.

"We are so pleased to be able to provide services for more individuals in our community who are seeking help for their eating disorder," said Bright Road Recovery's Executive Director and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor, Tamson Overholtzer, LMFT, CEDS-S. "The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the need for support and treatment, and we look forward to being there for those who need us."

The pandemic has affected how everyone receives mental health or medical care; however, Bright Road Recovery was among the first eating disorder treatment programs to transition both their intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs to a telehealth format, maintaining almost completely uninterrupted services at the beginning of the shutdown in March.

"It was an amazing sight to see our team swing into action when it became clear that in-person programming wasn't going to be safe and a shutdown was imminent," Overholtzer stated. "We talked about how to make sure not to lose any of the effectiveness of the program, and then everyone pitched in to make sure their part was handled. We made the switch in only five days, and with almost zero glitches."

"We know that doing everything remotely on the computer is challenging and exhausting for everyone. We are proud of the ways we've kept the fidelity of our in-person program, so that there's no drop off in quality for our patients," says Katie Ingram, Program Manager. "We've also managed to keep many of the personal touches that help our patients feel connected to us and to the program. For patients who live nearby, we have daily meal pickups and a chance to receive materials for the day's group sessions--and for those who aren't nearby, we accommodate to make sure their needs are met in a different way."

While the Bright Road Recovery team looks forward to the days of in-person programming in the future, for now, they feel confident that they are providing excellent care of all their patients--including, now, those who have Blue Shield insurance---or other insurers who have partnered with Magellan for their behavioral health needs.

About Bright Road Recovery:

Bright Road Recovery has been the Inland Empire's premier eating disorder treatment program since 2014, providing intensive outpatient program (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) care. Bright Road Recovery also offers outpatient psychotherapy for individuals and families as well as professional nutritional counseling by registered dietitians.

Bright Road Recovery is accredited by the Joint Commission, and is the first eating disorder treatment center to receive accreditation from MET(T)A Protocol, which recognizes this program as having trauma-centered, mindfulness-based, EMDR-integrated program.

Located in the historic Claremont Village, Bright Road Recovery has easy freeway and Metrolink access. Parking is easy and plentiful in their private lot. For more information, please visit

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OutcomeRx, a unit of CareMetx, announces First Independent Reinsurance Product for Rare Disease Specialty, Cell and Gene Therapies

BETHESDA, Md. -- OutcomeRx (ORx), a division of CareMetx, LLC, announced today a new reinsurance product to provide coverage access to high-cost specialty drugs including therapies in the emerging cell and gene therapy market(1)(2).

The Patient Access to Costly and Curative Therapies (PACCT)(3) carve-out reinsurance product initially provides first-dollar coverage for payers including PBMs, health plans and employers related to three costly therapies: Spinraza®(4) and Zolgensma®(5) for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Luxturna®(6) for Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)-an inherited retinal disorder.

By offering a first-dollar coverage reinsurance product, PACCT provides payers coverage (without deductibles) for these therapies with the goal that payers will in turn lower the cost burden on patients with SMA and LCA. The new reinsurance product will be available with a coverage effective date of January 1, 2021.

OutcomeRx has partnered with Crum & Forster Accident and Health and IronHealth, a division of Ironshore to bring the reinsurance carve-out to leading PBMs, health plans, employer groups and benefit administrators to help change how high-cost therapies, including emerging cell and gene therapies are covered and reimbursed.

"We are excited to create this innovative reinsurance product in partnership with Crum & Forster to help ensure that families and patients needing these life-changing therapies are not hindered by the cost and coverage of treatment," said Mark Hansan, President and CEO of CareMetx, LLC. "We are confident PACCT is the most comprehensive and cost-effective reinsurance product to help protect payers from the sudden financial impact of the high-cost therapies needed to treat these rare genetic conditions."

Gene therapies are among the newest pharmaceutical innovations to treat and potentially cure disease. It is estimated that by 2025, 10 to 20 new gene therapies will be approved each year(7)(8). Today, the drug cost to treat a patient with these gene therapies ranges from $850,000(9) to ~$2.1 million(10), and future cell and gene therapies are estimated to cost $2-3 million(11).

Gary Nidds, Senior Vice President and head of Crum & Forster's Medical Business Unit, said "Our support for this program continues our tradition as an innovator in the accident and health insurance space. We are excited to sit at the cutting edge of coverage solutions for therapies that could, and likely would, otherwise be unattainable for those most in need."

Added Lainie Dorneker, President of IronHealth, a division of Ironshore, "We are excited about this opportunity to provide a much-needed solution to employers and patients and to partner with OutcomeRx and Crum & Forster in the pursuit of achieving positive outcomes and driving patient access."

"We invite all payers to sign up for PACCT as we have developed it as a carve out product available to all payers that purchase reinsurance, regardless of insurer affiliation, to help patients and their families have streamlined access to innovative SMA therapies," said Brooks Wildasin, Associate Vice President of Strategy for OutcomeRx. "The PACCT solution covers multiple therapies in the SMA disease state to ensure that most treatment journey scenarios are addressed, such as a need for both Spinraza and Zolgensma. Coverage will include a per patient per therapy cost limit for the two SMA therapies as well as for Luxturna and be available on a Per Member Per Month (PMPM) basis. We believe all types of payers can benefit from PACCT including health plans of all sizes, reinsurers, commercial group plans, and even state Medicaid plans that require financial risk containment."

Hansan added "Our team at CareMetx has been working for ten years with pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers to help patients access and afford specialty therapies. Our division, OutcomeRx is creating the next generation of affordability solutions including insurance and financial products that are supported by both payers and manufacturers. We are really proud to launch PACCT and we look forward to expanding to other rare diseases that have high cost therapies, such as CAR-Ts and traditional specialty drugs."

For more information on the PACCT reinsurance product please contact Brooks Wildasin at

About OutcomeRx

OutcomeRx (ORx) is a division of CareMetx, LLC formed in 2019 to address the patient, manufacturer, and payer challenges in the evolving Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) market. CareMetx's founding team members have a 35-year commitment to helping patients through advocacy, services and technology. OutcomeRx represents the culmination of these efforts by creating next generation reinsurance and financial products that bridge the divide between drug manufacturers and payers. OutcomeRx, in conjunction with its partners, develops and markets financial, reinsurance, and warranty products that address the efficacy and actuarial risk associated with specialty therapies including Cell and Gene Therapies, while lowering the access and affordability burden on patients and their families.

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About Crum & Forster

Crum & Forster,* rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best (2019), is a national property and casualty insurance company wholly owned by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Since 2000, Crum & Forster's Accident & Health Division has offered a robust portfolio of specialty insurance and reinsurance products nationwide, including medical stop loss, pet, travel and other voluntary and affinity benefits.

In 2019, following seven years of writing product in the captive insurance space, the division scaled to include international product capabilities through its wholly owned offshore captive facility, Crum & Forster Segregated Portfolio Company (SPC). Situated in the Cayman Islands and registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, Crum & Forster SPC is a Cayman Islands company that reports through United States Fire Insurance Company. Additional global relationships with other Fairfax entities provide our partners with even broader flexibility in underwriting solutions.

We place a strong focus on product development and creative distribution methods, along with excellent client service and support. The qualities and capabilities of Crum & Forster Accident & Health demonstrate our philosophy of building meaningful, long-term partnerships and our dedication to providing alternative strategies in an ever-changing insurance market.

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*Crum & Forster is a registered trademark of United States Fire Insurance Company.

About Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company

Ironshore, a Liberty Mutual Company, provides broker-sourced specialty property and casualty insurance coverages for varying risks. Ironshore is prepared to meet clients' complex needs promptly, with a local service and in-depth underwriting experience across a broad spectrum of industries.

Following Ironshore's acquisition by Liberty Mutual in 2017 and integration as a key part of the newly formed Global Risk Solutions, Liberty Mutual enables us to bring even greater scale, expertise, innovation and product offerings to market. As a combined operation with approximately $17.5 billion in gross written premium, brokers have access to a top-tier insurer with greater capacity and product lines for a wide range of risks.

Within the Stop Loss space, our mission is to be a leader through outstanding services, relationship building and innovative products. We understand that relationships are one of the driving forces in our industry today. We are committed to meeting the special needs of our broker partners and, most importantly, our self-funded employers. Through every step of the way, we pay great attention to details and respond promptly to all different aspects of the industry. When you partner with Liberty Mutual, you benefit from the financial strength, security, and capacity of a Fortune 100 carrier.

The information contained herein is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any product or service. Any description set forth herein does not include all policy terms, conditions and exclusions. Bound insurance policies, rather than summaries thereof, govern. Not all insurance coverages or products are available in all states and policy terms may vary based on individual state requirements. Some policies may be placed with a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers generally do not participate in state guaranty funds and coverage may only be obtained through duly licensed surplus lines brokers


(1) Not affiliated with any specific health plan or PBM and available to all financial risk takers.

(2) Availability subject to applicable state insurance department approval

(3) PACCT offered through OutcomeRx Insurance Management Services LLC

(4) Registered Trademark of Biogen MA Inc.

(5) Registered Trademark of Novartis AG

(6) Registered Trademark of Spark Therapeutics, Inc.

(7) Quinn, Casey, et al. "Estimating the clinical pipeline of cell and gene therapies and their potential economic impact on the US healthcare system." Value in Health 22.6 (2019): 621-626. Available at

(8) FoCUS Paying for Cures Toolkit. Expected availability to 2031. Accessed April 2020.

(9) Luxturna: FDA documents reveal the value of costly gene therapy. Accessed August 2020.

(10) Sinal Muscular Atrophy Therapies: ICER Grounds the Prcie to Value Conversation in Facts. Accessed August 2020.

(11) Hopkins, Jared. Accessed August 2020


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Papa Inc. Adds Reliance to Its Growing List of Medicare Advantage Plans to Provide ‘Family on Demand’ to Their HMO Population

MIAMI, Fla. -- Papa Inc, the leading technology-enabled platform for companionship & assistance for older adults & families, today announced it has been selected by Reliance Medicare Advantage to provide services beginning January 1, 2021 to their Michigan HMO population in order to enhance their quality of life through the eradication of social isolation and loneliness.

Papa has created a new category of care through technology by turning a large supply of talent (students, stay-at-home parents and young professionals) into a new category of provider that Papa calls "Pals."

As a partner, Papa will provide Reliance HMO members a program that bridges the gap between generations and offers seniors a unique at-home experience that can enrich their lives and combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Papa "Pals" can provide help with:

* Companionship - Whether it is board games, great conversation, or just enjoying each other's company, Papa provides valuable interactions either virtually or in-person;

* Transportation - Whether it is door to door, or door through door, Papa provides transportation to medical appointments, volunteer or work engagements, the grocery store, or even a visit to the park for a change of scenery;

* Technology Assistance - Papa Pals can assist with technology such as cell phones, computers and tablets to make sure members are staying connected to family and friends;

* Light Chores - Changing seasons can bring opportunity for Papa Pals to assist with light chores around the home such as gardening, snow removal, food preparation

"Loneliness and social isolation have many negative effects on older adults, including issues associated with the lack of transportation, independence and technical savvy," said Founder and CEO Andrew Parker. "National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) explains that more than one-third of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. Considering the Census Bureau data that there will be 78 million people 65 and older by year 2035 compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18, we have an immediate responsibility to provide solutions that will result in positive long-term effects like lowering medical costs and improving their quality of life for this beloved population."

"Reliance chose Papa for their unique task-driven companionship services and mission to support families throughout the aging journey," said Jacob Nysson, Reliance COO. "We look forward to working with Papa to further evaluate our ageing members' needs and providing services to address those needs."

About Reliance

As Michigan's only doctor owned Medicare Advantage plans, Reliance Medicare Advantage is proud to provide southeastern Michigan residents on Medicare with a different kind of healthcare plan. For more information, visit:

About Papa Inc

Papa is a platform of curated companions that provide support and assistance to older adults and families nationwide. Papa was founded in 2017 in Miami, FL. For more information, visit:

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SimpleNexus Collaboration with Progressive Insurance Brings Home Insurance to Mobile Mortgage App Used by Nearly 3 Million Borrowers

LEHI, Utah -- SimpleNexus (, developer of the leading digital mortgage platform for loan officers, borrowers, real estate agents and settlement agents, today announced the availability of home insurance quotes from Progressive® (NYSE: PGR, within the SimpleNexus digital mortgage app.

Home insurance is a requirement for nearly all single-family home purchase and refinance loans. If a borrower fails to provide proof of home insurance in time for the loan closing, the loan cannot be finalized and funded. Such delays are costly to lenders and inconvenient for all parties. SimpleNexus' collaboration with Progressive makes it easy for borrowers to secure a home insurance policy in the same app they use to complete other loan-related tasks. Borrowers can also use Progressive's HomeQuote Explorer(tm) to compare quotes from multiple carriers.

"With SimpleNexus, any mortgage lender can give its customers a cohesive experience from home search to home closing - and now that includes home insurance," said SimpleNexus Founder and CEO Matt Hansen. "We're delighted to collaborate with a household name like Progressive to make it easy for borrowers to close their loans on time and obtain much-needed peace of mind."

"Working with SimpleNexus, we're excited to offer more choices to millions of U.S. borrowers as they become homeowners or are refinancing their existing loans," said Progressive Business Leader of Direct Property Quoting Tammy Loucks. "A home is likely a person's most valuable asset, and this integration makes it easy to obtain a home insurance policy."

About SimpleNexus, LLC:

SimpleNexus is the digital mortgage platform that enables lenders to originate and process loans from anywhere. The company's best-in-class, easy-to-use app connects loan officers to their borrowers, real estate agents and settlement service providers to easily communicate and exchange data in a single location throughout the entire loan life cycle. Loan officers can manage their loan pipelines, order credit, run pricing, send pre-approvals and sign disclosures - all on the go.

Twitter: @SimpleNexus @Progressive #digitalmortgage #homeinsurance

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Lee Duncan Succeeds John Craft, Becomes Second CEO of Alliance Group

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Alliance Group, a national insurance marketing organization (IMO), announced Monday that it has appointed Lee Duncan as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Duncan previously occupied the role of Chief Marketing Officer.

"Lee has worn a lot of hats for us, and if we're being honest, he's probably been playing the role of CEO for several years now," said Alliance Group Chairman Jerry Stratton. "This thing has been in the long-term game plan for several years now, and it's really personally fulfilling to watch Lee assume a role he's been preparing for, literally, since the day he came on board 17 years ago."

Since joining the company in 2003, Lee has played an integral role in the growth and development of Alliance Group, from a $8m production total in 2003 to a record $45m in 2019, which marked the eighth consecutive year of setting a new production record.

"We've come a long way, but we've got even loftier goals," said Duncan. "I'm so proud ofour team and what we've built together at Alliance Group, and this just represents the next chapter and the next challenge. I'm excited to get to work and continue the tradition of excellence that John Craft and Jerry Stratton have stamped into the DNA of this company."

Along with announcing the promotion of Duncan, Alliance Group also announced that company founder and long-time CEO John Craft will be retiring. Craft founded Alliance Group in 1998 and says he is looking forward to spending more time with family and pursuing his hobbies.

"John will always be a partner, a mentor, and a friend - his role in building this company from the ground up is what has made it possible for us to be where we are today," said Duncan. "I'm humbled and honored to take that torch from him and lead this company into what is a very bright and promising future".

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About Alliance Group:

Founded in 1998, Alliance Group is the nation's leading IMO in Living Benefits life insurance. With more than 4,500 independent agents nationally, Alliance Group is currently protecting over 130,000 American families with more than $28 billion of Living Benefits coverage.

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After, Inc. awarded ‘Disruptor of the Year 2020’ by the Internet Marketing Association for its QuickReg™ Smart Registration Platform

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Internet Marketing Association held its annual IMPACT Conference on October 2, 2020, where After, Inc., a global leader in warranty and after-market services for some of the largest manufacturers in the world, received the "Disruptor of the Year 2020" Award for its QuickReg™ Smart Registration Platform.

The IMA's conference, "IMPACT20 - The Year of Reinvention," brought together a record 117,000 professionals who explored best practices for identifying new markets, businesses, and innovations with thought leaders and senior executives from Apple, Google, Oculus VR, Amazon, Microsoft,, as well as the country's premier venture capitalists, educational institutions, and non-profits.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to be recognized by the IMA as Disruptor of the Year," said Nate Baldwin, CEO of After, Inc. "We designed QuickReg - a best-in-class, intelligent, cloud-based product registration tool - to help our manufacturing clients drive higher registration rates, customer satisfaction, loyalty and lifetime value throughout the product lifecycle. Just by scanning a QR code, taking a picture of - or texting - the model number, consumers can initiate an automated, personalized registration process that takes less than 60 seconds to complete."

Sean Conrad, CEO of the Internet Marketing Association, shared why it chose After, Inc. for its coveted 'Disruptor of the Year 2020' Award: "After, Inc.'s innovative QuickReg technology will be a game-changer for brands, and represents a unique and differentiated approach to curating the customer experience after the sale. It's the type of innovation that is synonymous with the IMPACT awards, and we congratulate the After, Inc. team on this well-deserved honor."

About Internet Marketing Association (IMA) & IMPACT Awards

The Internet Marketing Association ( is one of the fastest growing Internet marketing groups in the world. Since its inception in 2001, IMA has accrued one of the largest databases of professional members in various fields including sales, marketing, business ownership, programming and creative development.

The Internet Marketing Association's annual IMPACT Awards ( exemplify best-in-class creativity, expertise and results achieved by the top practitioners of Internet marketing across every business segment.

About After, Inc.

After, Inc. - - is a global leader in the Warranty Services industry, providing predictive analytics, data-driven marketing strategies, reporting and program administration to some of the world's top brands. After helps manufacturers transform their warranty businesses, driving customer satisfaction post-purchase, higher product reliability, deeper brand equity and additional revenue / profit opportunities. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn. and with offices in New York City, After, Inc. is part of EPIC Portfolio Group, a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm with 1,300 employees across the United States.

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Texas Firm Launches New Product to Help Support Collegiate Sports This Fall

AMARILLO, Texas -- In response to the national discussion surrounding collegiate sports, Texas-based Fairly Group and sister-company OccuNet have unveiled an insurance product which covers medical expenses for collegiate student-athletes who contract COVID, bringing a relevant solution to the intense national discussion regarding collegiate sports.

The news, first reported today on, is a game-changer for collegiate student athletes and the colleges and universities where they are enrolled.

"COVID-19 has taken a toll on every aspect of our lives, including our ability to play and enjoy sports," says Fairly Group CEO Alex Fairly. "We wanted to support collegiate athletes who desire to get back on the field, as well as their parents and the courageous collegiate athletic departments attempting to move forward with fall sports."

Inspired by the viral #wewanttoplay campaign created by Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields, the policy is a solution directed at the need for NCAA schools to be able to provide financial protection for student athletes and their parents. By providing $250,000 in medical coverage for COVID illnesses, the policy helps colleges and universities shoulder the potential financial burden of serious COVID cases for student athletes in a cost-effective manner.

"When the NCAA mandated member schools be responsible for medical expenses related to COVID, we immediately began working on a solution." says Caleb Fairly, OccuNet's president. "We hope this brings a level of confidence for students and parents who send their talented young men and women off to play college sports."

The wheels were put into motion for developing this product when the Big Ten and Pac-12 initially postponed their fall 2020 football seasons. If a student athlete ends up hospitalized due to COVID-19, the financial implications to the university could be substantial and currently, all products which collegiate athletic departments purchase to cover student athletes exclude coverage for communicable disease.

Colleges and universities interested in learning about coverage details can do so at .

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About Fairly Group:

Fairly Group - - is a risk consulting/brokerage firm advising clients throughout the United States and in over 100 countries in multiple business segments including corporate risk, human capital and benefits, and a broad array of risk consulting specialties. OccuNet ( is a cost containment technology firm, which delivers industry-leading solutions which reduce the rising cost of healthcare.


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After, Inc. announces its Platinum Sponsorship of the 11th Annual Extended Warranty and Service Contract Innovations Conference on October 13-15, 2020

NORWALK, Conn. — After, Inc., a leader Warranty Analytics Solutions since 2005, announced today that it will be the Platinum Sponsor for the 11th Annual Extended Warranty and Service Contract Innovations Conference, to be held virtually due to COVID-19. The company will host multiple sessions over the two-day event including: “Alternative Revenue Streams in a Pandemic”, “Emerging Product Registration Technologies”, and “Sales and Marketing Strategies Designed for Today and Post-Pandemic – Capitalizing on Emerging Trends.”

“After, Inc. has over 15 years of experience delivering innovative warranty offerings to some of the world’s largest manufacturers,” says Dan Hulkower, SVP of Business Development for After, Inc. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the Platinum Sponsor of Warranty Innovations this year. COVID-19 has brought new challenges and opportunities for manufacturers, especially as it relates to connecting with customers and building alternative revenue streams. Paul Swenson, After’s EVP of Business Development, and I look forward to sharing our experiences around these topics and gaining new insights from the incredible list of industry heavyweights that will be speaking at and attending the conference.”

About After, Inc.

After, Inc. ( is a pioneer in the warranty business – providing product registration, marketing, analytics, and program administration to warranty organizations across a wide range of industries. Founded in 2005, After has over 15 years of experience delivering innovative warranty offerings to manufacturing clients.

After, Inc. partners with some of the world’s top brands to help transform their warranty businesses, driving customer satisfaction post-purchase, higher product reliability, deeper brand equity and additional revenue/profit opportunities. Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, and with offices in New York City, After, Inc. is part of the EPIC Insurance Group, an innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm with 2,800 employees across the United States.

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The Medicare Resource Center Now Open in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The Medicare Resource Center - created by AMA Insurance Agency, an unbiased insurance agency that works with major insurance companies to offer Medicare supplement and Medicare Advantage plans - has opened its Santa Barbara location at 121 South Hope Ave., Unit A101, in La Cumbre Plaza. The store's insurance agents are dedicated to educating Medicare-eligible individuals on all of their options at no cost.

Choosing a Medicare plan is one of the most important decisions any American 65 and older needs to make. It is also one of the most confusing. Unfortunately, in this time of Covid-19 it is also harder to find answers due to closures of Social Security offices, Senior Centers, and Libraries. But not anymore.

Due to the complexities surrounding Medicare enrollment, The Medicare Resource Center provides impartial advice while highlighting different benefits and premiums from a variety of insurance companies. Licensed agents offer in-store appointments, as well as over-the-phone and safely done home appointments to aid eligible residents in finding the best insurance plan for their needs.

"It's a much-needed resource, particularly for those just turning 65 who have lots of questions and are being inundated with aggressive marketing campaigns from health plans that all look and sound alike," said American Marketing Administrators President Neil Booth. "This unique Resource Center will help consumers discern the different types of Medicare insurance available to them (Medigap, Advantage, Prescription) and explore Medicare plans that best meet their specific needs, preferences and budget."

The new Medicare Resource Center is particularly timely as the current pandemic has created a new collection of Medicare-eligible individuals seeking coverage-seniors who chose to continue working past age 65 and now find themselves suddenly unemployed due to layoffs or business closures.

"These newly uninsured seniors comprise one of the tragic but seldom talked about consequences of the coronavirus," said Booth. "These seniors had coverage under their employer's health insurance but now need to quickly enter the individual insurance market and shop for a Medicare plan. The Medicare Resource Center can help them through the process so they don't lose precious time, becoming Medicare eligible with appropriate coverage."

During the one-on-one appointments, agents explain Original Medicare, then discuss how Medicare insurance plans like Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans work. Agents also provide a full review of prescription drug plans to ensure that residents are not overpaying for their prescription drug coverage.

The Medicare Resource Center works with most national and regional providers of Medicare products.

To learn more about Medicare eligibility, residents are also invited to attend one of many free 45-minute-long information webinars. Call 888-600-1432 for more information, or to make an appointment to talk with an Agent.

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About American Marketing Administrators Inc. Insurance Agency:

American Marketing Administrators Inc. Insurance Agency is headquartered in Calabasas, California. AMA and its hundreds of independent agents throughout CA are focused on helping Seniors understand Medicare and its many complexities.

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FIDUCIARY INSURANCE SERVICES LLC to provide Integrative wealth management and insurance advice to sponsoring financial institutions

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC (FIS) announces its launch today as a provider of strategic consulting, insurance advice, and investment advice, on an hourly or retainer basis, to financial institutions seeking to participate in a growing trend for insurance distributed via fiduciaries.

"Insurance has always been provided through the sale of a product," says Michelle Richter, FIS founder. "But product selling does not mesh well with the fiduciary advice community, which comprises a growing proportion of the financial professional population."

According to Richter, "Few new insurance ideas make it to market, for two reasons. First, it's expensive to launch and wholesale a new category of product. Second, there's a mistaken notion that the sale of risk protections should be completed by insurance agents only in isolation from broader planning and wealth management decisions."

"Programs, as distinct from products," Richter added, "can be deployed as service mark-able, tech-enabled frameworks. They can systematically and responsibly weave together, or provide metrics that allow the adviser to combine, existing insurance and investment products in ways that improve on existing silo-ed product sale frameworks."

FIS is currently exploring five (5) program constructs spanning several arenas:
* Institutional annuity/managed accounts
* Structured annuity/long term care combos
* Retail life insurance in investment advice
* Other institutional risk-pooling arenas
* FIS seeks to provide advocacy, business plan creation, and program design services to insurers, recordkeepers, and other financial institutions for use with their advisers and clients

In strategic consulting and business operating roles, Richter has demonstrated expertise in the integration of wealth management, life insurance, annuities, and asset management concepts, for retail and institutional businesses.

Richter has a proven track record launching new businesses and re-engineering existing operations at a Fortune 100 life insurer. She managed a $27 million operating budget and team of 70 experts in product management, marketing, operations, compliance, wholesaling/distribution, and training, prior to her foray into motherhood in 2010. Richter is also a named inventor on a patented method for insurance investment product decision modeling, and is an advisor member of the Institutional Retirement Income Council.

Richter has earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Wesleyan University, and an MBA in Management and Finance from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. Richter is an investment adviser, and she holds an insurance consulting license in New York.

For more information about services offered by FIS, please contact Michelle Richter at (347) 871-0823. Email:, or visit

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