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Aflac unveils new accident plan; Beazley bolsters environmental liability policy

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

Life and health

Aflac Inc. has launched Accident Advantage, an accident plan that covers expenses that health insurance does not, including accidental injuries. The plan also offers benefits for emergency room visits, hospitalization, diagnostic exams, X-rays, physical therapy, follow-up visits and others.

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National Life Group introduced a whole life insurance product called TotalSecure. It provides living benefit options and features riders that let customers access their policy in case of a qualifying critical illness or injury, as well as terminal or chronic illness. It is issued by National Life Insurance Co. and Life Insurance Co. of the Southwest.

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Ohio-based insurance agency Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group added a claims estimate emergency hotline to help customers determine if certain emergency veterinary procedures will be covered under their pet health insurance policies. The new service is available for the company's ASPCA Pet Health Insurance and Hartville Pet Insurance brands.

Property and casualty

BiB Underwriters Ltd. launched a specialist liability product named Countryside Liability. The product, which will be offered to small-to-large agricultural contractors, provides up to £10 million of cover for products or pollution, including any costs of defending a claim, and up to £10 million employer's liability cover, youTalk-insurance reported.

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Travelers Canada, a unit of Travelers Cos. Inc., announced new services designed for specialty insurance customers. These services include legal assistance, human resources assistance and emotional support assistance.

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Allstate Corp. widened the coverage of its Uber commercial insurance protection to 15 states and expanded its food delivery service that is available in certain states. The Allstate Business Insurance-managed policies insure the whole Uber trip cycle of both driver and rider.

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Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. and its product development partner, Annexus Group LLC, added a new guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit feature to Nationwide High Point 365 Lifetime Income Benefit rider. The rider will be available with Nationwide New Heights fixed-indexed annuities.

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AXA Partners Holdings Ltd. is entering the mobile phone insurance market of the U.K. and Ireland through its partnership with Pier Insurance Managed Services Ltd. It will offer mobile phone insurance policies under the Loveit Coverit brand, which is owned by Pier Insurance, Insurance Times reported.

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The Climate Corp. announced a platform agreement entered into by its digital agriculture platform, Climate FieldView, and NAU Country Insurance Co. to improve the digital reporting capabilities for farmers.

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Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. partnered with FutureFuel.io, which does business as inspHIRE IO Corp., for a new program aimed at reducing student loan debt.

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United States Cellular Corp. is terminating an agreement with Assurant Inc., effective at the end of 2019.

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South Africa-based insurance intermediary Granadilla launched the country's first on-demand insurance for cyclists that provides two types of coverage for mechanical failures and for hijacks, Coverager reported.

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CRC Group launched Insurisk, a new brand name for its exclusive products, and entered into a partnership with AMRISC LLC to build property products under the Insurisk name for CRC producers to distribute.

The first new product, called Insurisk CAT+, provides up to $15 million limits for catastrophe-exposed accounts. The second product, QSP+, is a quota share facility that provides a follow-form service with up to 50% participation in primary and/or excess layers.

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Beazley PLC enhanced its environmental liability insurance policy ECLIPSE to include blanket pollution liability protection for non-owned locations and warehouses and distribution chains.

Additionally, coverage for costs associated with business interruption and crisis response are now included as standard in the policy.

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Etihad Credit Insurance will provide trade credit insurance to small- and medium-sized businesses under a memorandum of understanding with National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah PSC, Trade Arabia reported.