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Baker & Baker Benefits adds two new online insurance products

Toronto, ON (Apr. 2, 2021) – Ontario-based insurance brokerage Baker & Baker Benefits is pleased to announce the addition of two new insurance products to their online services: group conversion health and dental plans as well as visitor to Canada insurance.

Craig Baker, President of Baker & Baker, says the addition of the group conversion plans to their online services is in part because of the need for it due to job losses here in Canada resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve seen an increase in Canadians contacting us about health and dental insurance options after losing their group coverage as a result of COVID-19,” he explains. “Many Canadians don’t know that there are health and dental plans specifically designed for people who’ve recently lost their group coverage. Now they can learn more about these guaranteed issue plans at our website, and we can also recommend a specific plan if they want.”

Group conversion plans are guaranteed issue, with no medical questions asked. To qualify for a conversion plan you must have lost your group benefits coverage within 60 to 90 days (depending on the carrier and plan).

“Our goal is to continuously improve our online services in order to empower Canadians when it comes to getting the right insurance coverage,” said Craig. “We also have some exciting new website features coming soon that I think our clients will really enjoy, since it gives them more online control over their benefits.”

One example of a popular group conversion plan they offer is FollowMe health insurance from Manulife Financial.

About Baker & Baker Benefits

Baker & Baker Benefits is a fully licensed insurance brokerage. The experienced brokers at Baker & Baker have been helping Canadians get insured since 1991. It is their mission to make it as easy as possible for Canadians to learn about and get the insurance coverage that best suits their situation. For more information, please visit bakerandbakerbenefits.com.

SOURCE: Baker & Baker Benefits

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Digital health, telehealth and wellness: Attitudes to risk and insurance revealed in new research by Beazley

Global survey reveals extent of underinsurance of key risks in burgeoning digital health and wellness sector; more than a third of firms struggle to find the right insurance for their specialist needs

London, UK (Mar. 29, 2021) – Insurance companies and brokers need to go further to support the fast-growing digital health and wellness sector with more specialist coverage that meets its specific risk requirements and helps companies to navigate the complex risk landscape.

These are among the findings published today in a new report, Spotlight on digital health and wellness, highlighting attitudes to risk and insurance among digital health and wellness leaders in North America, Asia and Europe.

The report is based on a survey commissioned by Beazley of more than 350 executives from established telehealth and telemedicine companies to those at the forefront of newer sub-sectors including mobile-health, health software platforms and life science technology. It reveals their views on the drivers of and barriers to growth, the risks that impact their businesses, and their insurance-buying habits and coverage gaps.

A key theme to emerge from the report is that, despite broad optimism about the future and an influx of capital into the sector, many businesses are unnecessarily exposed to financial and reputational damage through underinsurance. Of concern is the lack of specialist insurance in place to protect against the particular risks this sector faces. This includes the risk to physical health that can be caused by lost or false data, system failure or cyber breach leading to misdiagnosis, inappropriate or failed treatments.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Although 89% perceive the sector to be relatively high risk, optimism is high, with nine in 10 businesses expecting to grow this year.
  • While 85% are confident they know what insurance coverage they need, 70% are only covered for one or two of these key risks.
  • Despite the risk of something going wrong with the technology, more than two thirds lack insurance coverage for bodily injury claims arising from system failure or cyber breach.
  • 36% have struggled to find insurance that is right for their business.
  • 33% don’t know what types of risk they need to be covered for.
  • More support from the insurance industry would be welcome – a third want more education on the risks they need covered.

Jennifer Schoenthal, Global Virtual Care Product Leader at Beazley, said: “Digital health and wellness leaders have said they want our industry to improve how we communicate, share knowledge and collaborate, to deliver more appropriate coverage, more effectively. There is a huge opportunity for brokers and insurers to heed these messages. In particular, we need to work together to build holistic insurance solutions that focus more closely on the integrated risks these clients face to help them avoid risky gaps in their coverage.”

Evan Smith, Global Head of Miscellaneous Medical and Life Sciences at Beazley, said: “Since we wrote our first telehealth risk in 2009, the digital health sector has continued to evolve in line with technological advancements and changing attitudes towards remote care among patients as well as health practitioners, governments and investors. However, the sector has grown exponentially from the beginning of the pandemic, fueled by an impressive track record in innovation, a wave of fresh capital, expansion plans and demand.

“In striving to deliver better risk mitigation and risk transfer, we can provide the protection and support digital health and wellness firms need to continue to strengthen their businesses and raise capital, and to develop the solutions that will play a key role in supporting public health and enabling future economic growth.”

Read the report: Spotlight on digital health and wellness.

About Beazley

Beazley plc (BEZ.L) is the parent company of specialist insurance businesses with operations in Europe, United States, Canada, Latin America and Asia. Beazley manages six Lloyd’s syndicates and, in 2019, underwrote gross premiums worldwide of $3,003.9m. All Lloyd’s syndicates are rated A by A.M. Best.

Beazley’s underwriters in the United States focus on writing a range of specialist insurance products. In the admitted market, coverage is provided by Beazley Insurance Company, Inc., an A.M. Best A rated carrier licensed in all 50 states. In the surplus lines market, coverage is provided by the Beazley syndicates at Lloyd’s.

Beazley’s European insurance company, Beazley Insurance dac, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and is A rated by A.M. Best and A+ by Fitch.

Beazley is a market leader in many of its chosen lines, which include professional indemnity, cyber, property, marine, reinsurance, accident and life, and political risks and contingency business.

For more information, please visit www.beazley.com.

SOURCE: Beazley

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