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Products and coverage expansions through April 1

Several insurancecompanies disclosed new products and coverage enhancements in recent days.


Munich Re U.S. (Life) and Munich Re Automation SolutionsLtd., in partnership with Disability Management Services Inc., Disability InsuranceMade Easy, or DIME, with NationalGuardian Life Insurance Co. DIME is a customized disabilityinsurance product development and delivery program. Munich Re U.S. (Life) andMunich Re Automation Solutions are part of Munich Re.

Meritain Health will partner with the Banner Health Network in Phoenixto provide an accountable care organization product using Aetna Whole Health.Meritain Health is an AetnaInc. company.

Prudential Retirement collaborated with Student Loan Genius to enablecompanies to reward employees for making student loan payments by providing apre-tax contribution into their retirement accounts. Prudential Retirement is abusiness unit of PrudentialFinancial Inc.

Premera BlueCross willpilot the Quell Wearable Pain Relief device to selected employeeswith chronic pain.

Mutual of Omaha created a disability insurance product, Priority IncomeProtection, which pays a monthly benefit to assist with living expenses when apolicyholder is unable to work due to a covered injury or illness, among other features.

Anthem Blue Cross raised its monthly discount in California to $20 a monthfrom $15 a month for the first year in which members are enrolled in an AnthemBlue Cross Medicare Supplement Plan F. The discount is available to those whoare 65 or older, within six months of their Part B effective date and have acoverage effective date starting March 1 or later.

Also, Anthem Blue Cross and to introduce a tiered EPO/PPOplan that is designed for self-insured large groups, or employers with morethan 101 employees. The plan will launch May 1 in Ventura County, Calif.

Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of .

WisconsinPhysicians Service Insurance Corp. Medicare coverage forAMNIOX Medical Inc.'s NEOX Wound Matrix, including the first umbilical cordallograft available to clinicians to treat chronic, non-healing wounds.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Illinois CancerSpecialists linkedup for an oncology intensive medical home pilot program in Illinoisto provide cost-effective care, in part, through the use of evidence-basedmedical treatment guidelines. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is adivision of Health Care ServiceCorp. a Mutual Legal Reserve Co.

Mercer partnered with Rethink Benefits to provide employers andtheir working parent workforce with tools and resources to care for childrenwith developmental disabilities such as autism. Mercer is a unit of

WellCare ofGeorgia Inc. signed a value-based reimbursements agreement withChoice Health Care Network LLC to serve WellCare of Georgia members in themetro Atlanta area. WellCare of Georgia is a unit of

Lincoln Financial Group rolled out the Earnings Optimizer Death Benefit Rider,available with Lincoln Investor Advantage variable annuity for an additionalcharge. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for and itsaffiliates.

Amerigroup Iowa inked an agreement with McFarland Clinic to giveAmerigroup members access to McFarland Clinic's doctors, specialists,laboratories and facilities across central Iowa.

IA Financial Group unveiled Access Life, a life insurance product offeringcomprehensive coverage with no need for a medical exam. Access Life providesbasic coverage of $10,000 to $50,000 for clients who have trouble getting lifeinsurance. iA Financial Group is a business name and trademark of


The Physicians Protector Plan program, underwritten by ,will provideprofessional liability insurance solutions for physicians on an admitted basisin several states, with future growth into additional states across thecountry. 

Specialty Insurance Group launched an offering for risk exposures of the casinoand gaming industry, ranging from small card or slot parlors to full-fledgedcasinos. The program will be led by Lorrie Miller, senior vice president, andJoseph Zinnecker, director of loss control. Specialty Insurance Group is amember company of Everest ReGroup Ltd.

ChubbLtd. kickedoff an industry practice dedicated to providing insurance coverageand risk management solutions to the health care marketplace. The practice'scoverage options include medical professional liability, and property,builders' risk and boiler and machinery.

The company developed the CODA Premier Mutual Fund IndependentDirector Liability Excess DIC policy for independent fund trustees. The policyalso offers excess follow form coverage for a fund's indemnification of itsindependent directors and incorporates privacy and network security coverage tonon-indemnified directors via endorsement.

Chubb added cyber bullying coverage to its U.S. MasterpieceFamily Protection policy. The coverage provides up to $60,000 in compensationto clients and family members for expenses related to harassment and intimidationcommitted via personal computers, telephones or mobile devices.

MaidenReinsurance North America Inc. released an equipment breakdown reinsuranceoffering, with limits of up to $25 million, BusinessInsurance reported. started to add MetLife Auto & Home on its website togive users more car insurance options to compare. MetLife Auto & Home willbe offering its MetLife Auto Standard product, which is provided through itsnew MetLife Auto & Home MyDirect online experience. The MetLife Auto &Home companies are units of MetLife Inc.

BeazleyPlc made availablethe Beazley Breach Response product in Canada, protecting the personal data ofup to five million individuals per breach.

Uber Technologies Inc. will provide Progressive Insurance'scoverage for drivers operating in Texas, starting April 1, Reuters reported.