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Product and coverage expansions through Oct. 13

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

Property and casualty

Axial Benefits Group, a benefits management company, entered into a strategic collaboration with QBE North America, which will provide an exclusive medical stop loss arrangement for the former's health care purchasing coalitions.

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Starr Cos. announced commercial primary auto coverages in all provinces and territories in Canada. 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.

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Hudson Insurance Group launched its new wholesale brokerage facility that will underwrite primary commercial casualty on an excess and surplus lines basis. Hudson Insurance Group underwrites specialty primary and excess insurance on an admitted basis through Hudson Insurance Co. and on a nonadmitted basis through Hudson Specialty Insurance Co. and Hudson Excess Insurance Co. Hudson Insurance Group is the U.S. insurance division of OdysseyRe, which is wholly owned by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

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Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings GmbH announced the launch of the ForceField Investment Management policy. The policy offers protection for the complex management and professional liability exposures in the asset management industry.

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Sun Life Financial Inc. and Pareto Captive Services partnered to offer a new stop-loss group captive solution, Legend Re, that aims at reducing claims volatility for small and medium self-funded employers or fully insured employers transitioning to self-funding. The solution will be available for Jan. 1, 2018, policy effective dates.

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Plymouth Rock Assurance introduced two new insurance options to help part-time New Jersey rideshare drivers cover medical expenses, car damages and more while working for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft. Plymouth Rock Assurance is a marketing name used by a group of separate companies that write and manage P&C insurance in multiple states. Insurance in New Jersey is offered by Plymouth Rock Management Co. of New Jersey on behalf of Palisades Insurance Co., High Point Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Teachers Auto Insurance, Palisades Safety & Insurance Association and their affiliates.

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Roundstone Management Ltd. and Hub International Ltd. announced a strategic partnership for self-funded medical captive programs.

Life and health

Anthem Blue Cross expanded its Medicare Advantage plans with plans in six additional counties in California for 2018, bringing the total to 21 counties in the state. The additional counties are Kings, Madera, Tulare, Merced, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California.

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Ohio National Financial Services introduced a new indexed universal life insurance product that offers the flexibility and protection of a universal life policy with indexed account options to help build cash value.

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AMERIGROUP Washington Inc. is offering its zero-premium Medicare Advantage plans in the King and Snohomish counties in Washington in 2018.

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Symetra Life Insurance Co. expanded its universal life portfolio with the introduction of Symetra Accumulator IUL, a flexible premium adjustable life insurance policy with index-linked interest options.

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Empire BlueCross is expanding its zero-premium Medicare Advantage plans for 2018, covering 17 counties in New York. Empire BlueCross is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance Inc.

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia expanded its zero-premium Medicare Advantage plans with 46 new plans in 34 additional counties for 2018, bringing the total to 75 counties in the state. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Virginia Inc.

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Optum, the health services company of UnitedHealth Group Inc., will provide the beneficiaries of Military Health System with worldwide nurse advice line services.

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio and UC Health announced that the University of Cincinnati Medical Center will join Anthem's Medicare Advantage and Medicare Select provider network, effective Oct. 1. Separately, the insurer said it is collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic to offer a zero-premium health insurance plan, Anthem MediBlue Prime Select. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio is the trade name of Community Insurance Co., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada is offering its zero premium Medicare Advantage plans with five plans in the state's Clark County. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital & Medical Service Inc.

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UNC Health Alliance and its physician-led network have entered into an agreement to join WellCare Health Plans Inc.'s provider network.

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Bartell Drugs has joined Aetna Inc.'s Medicare national network of preferred pharmacies.

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Humana Inc. will include hearing care and hearing aid benefits within more of its Medicare Advantage plan offerings through expanding its existing relationship with hearing healthcare company TruHearing. In 2018, the benefit will be offered in a total of 34 states.