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Product and coverage expansions through Oct. 6

Some insurance companies disclosed new products and coverage enhancements in recent days.

Property and casualty

United Heartland, a national workers' compensation insurance company, announced its launch in South Dakota. The company currently markets its products in 18 states. United Heartland is the marketing name for United Wisconsin Insurance Co., a member of AF Group.

Starr Cos. announced commercial auto coverage for aviation insureds. Starr Cos. is the marketing name for the operating insurance and travel assistance companies and subsidiaries of Starr International Co. Inc. and for the investment business of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. and its subsidiaries.

Pie Insurance, a digitally enabled direct distribution workers' compensation insurance business startup, launched an interactive price predictor tool that allows small- and medium-sized businesses improved insight into their workers' comp rates. The company will offer insurance policies in 2018. The company raised $4.3 million from investors, including specialty insurer and reinsurer Sirius Group.

HCI Group Inc. unit Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Co. Inc. received regulatory approval to write flood insurance in North Carolina.

Chubb Ltd. partnered with StarHub, an integrated info-communications company in Singapore, to launch a new product, HomeInsured, a complimentary 12-month insurance plan which provides coverage for renovations, fixtures, fittings and home contents for StarHub customers.

Markel Corp. announced the availability of new coverage to meet the emerging needs of biomedical and life sciences companies in the U.S. primary insurance segment. Coverage is available for product liability, professional liability, general liability, clinical trial liability, and related medical professional liability.

Life and health

UPMC for Life, the Medicare Advantage product of UPMC Health Plan, announced the launch of new health maintenance organization plans and preferred provider organization plans in several new counties in 2018. The plans will be offered in Ohio's Delaware County, nine counties in central Pennsylvania, three additional counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, 28 counties of western Pennsylvania, and in Pennsylvania's Berks and Susquehanna counties.

Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center, and Humana Inc. partnered to create two new zero-premium Medicare Advantage health plans. The Humana Cleveland Clinic Preferred Medicare Plans will offer access to expert doctors, nurses and facilities for people with Medicare in Cuyahoga County.

Humana also signed a new value-based agreement with Community Care Physicians to provide in-network access for Humana Medicare Advantage members at the latter's facilities.

Humana and Iora Health teamed up to add additional Iora primary care practices to the insurer's Medicare Advantage Plan network in Arizona.

LifeSecure Insurance Co. and BCS Financial Corp., a company that builds solutions for Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, announced a strategic arrangement to bring ancillary health solutions to Blue plans across the country. The partnership initially aims at offering accident, critical illness, hospital indemnity, and long-term care insurance alongside participating Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plans beginning in the fall of 2017.

WellCare Health Plans Inc. unit WellCare of Nebraska Inc. received a data sharing contract from Nebraska Health Information Initiative that will allow for a secure data exchange of health information. Physicians and other providers in the WellCare network will use Nebraska Health Information Initiative's database of electronic health records to deliver healthcare services to members.

WellCare of New York signed a value-based agreement with Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The agreement will emphasize payments based on quality care instead of number or type of procedures completed for Medicaid and Medicare Advantage members.

Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Wisconsin expanded its zero-premium Medicare Advantage plans offering with four plans in two additional counties for 2018, bringing the total to 28 counties in the state. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield is the trade name of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, Compcare Health Services Insurance Corp. and Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Co.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia Inc. is expanding its zero-premium Medicare Advantage plans with four plans in 16 additional counties in the state for 2018, bringing the total to 43 counties.

Simply Healthcare Plans Inc. expanded its zero-premium Medicare Advantage plans with six plans in three additional counties – Hernando, Palm Beach and Pasco – for 2018, bringing the total to 11 counties where Simply will make plans available to Medicare-eligible Floridians.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance notified AmeriHealth Caritas of its intent to contract with the insurer to provide managed Medicaid and long-term services and supports statewide under the Diamond State Health Plan and Diamond State Health Plan-Plus programs. The contract starts Jan. 1, 2018. AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group Inc. in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Mutual Insurance Co.

Health Net Inc. is partnering with Canopy Health in 2018 to provide more Health Net members in the San Francisco Bay Area with access to the combined doctor and hospital networks of Canopy Health, which includes John Muir Health and UCSF Medical Center.

Anthem Blue Cross in California began offering a Medicare Supplement Innovative Plan F, starting Oct. 1. The plan provides hearing and vision benefits as well as 24/7 nursing support via Nurse HelpLine. Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California.