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Disability Insurance Awareness Month – A closer look at the numbers

Stats can be tricky, which is why context is always important. For example: a number one selling shoe? Sounds, impressive. But a number one selling shoe at a store that only offers one type of shoe? Not so impressive. So, for Disability Insurance Awareness Month, we thought we’d provide a little more context to some of the stats we see when discussing disability insurance to help drive home the importance of protecting your paycheck.

Posted on May 16, 2019 in Consumer Disability insurance Industry

Understanding the medical gap

Have you ever received a shocking medical bill for an expense you thought would be covered by your insurance? If so, you’re not alone. And, if not, it’s important to understand why this sometimes happens so that you can be prepared. Many people find themselves in this situation due to a medical coverage gap they may not have been aware of.  But what do we mean when we reference this “gap” and where does it come from? Here are a few points to help you better understand and avoid this medical coverage gap.
 

Posted on May 07, 2019 in Consumer Employee Communication Enrollment

Voluntary benefits: Fast food or fine dining?

By: Brent Simmons, Regional Sales Director, Georgia

There are times where it’s okay to trade quality for convenience. In a hurry to get out the door in the morning? Maybe you can skip on using the waffle maker for breakfast. There are also times where it’s best to take your time and aim a little higher. Going out for your anniversary? Maybe fast food isn’t your best bet. Offering voluntary benefits is definitely one of those situations where taking shortcuts isn’t in your best interest.

Posted on May 02, 2019 in Sales

Yes, a hybrid product CAN solve the issue of long-term care

By: Scott Smith, Senior Director of Sales & Reenrollments and Joe Goolsby, Regional Sales Director, Midwest Region

“Necessity is the mother of innovation.” With dwindling options for long-term care insurance and a growing need for consumers to account for care, this phrase rings particularly true. In recent years, we’ve seen that bundling long-term care (LTC) with universal life seems to have been the innovative solution to tackle the need. But as with any new and mold-breaking idea, sometimes there is skepticism: can a bundled product provide sufficient protection to meet consumer needs? 

Posted on April 18, 2019 in Life Insurance

Are you only having half of the life insurance conversation?

By: Dan Johnson, Vice President, Sales & Marketing

A new study from Atidot found that just 26 percent of the life insurance need in the United States is currently being met. The study estimated that this translates to nearly $70 billion in premium on an annual basis. More importantly, this just goes to highlight the risks facing many of today’s consumers and their families. It’s easy to speak to the life insurance gap in broad statistics, but it’s important to remember what that gap means. 

Posted on March 28, 2019 in Life Insurance Sales

It’s not term OR perm, it’s term AND perm

By: Adam Bezman, Senior Director, Product & Innovation

Too often when we look at life insurance options in the workplace, we look at the options as a binary decision: you can have permanent life insurance or you can have term life insurance. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Combining term and permanent life insurance can be a more effective way for most policyholders to get the protection they need.

Posted on March 14, 2019 in Life Insurance

Tips for healthy eating

As the seasons begin to change and we find ourselves a few months into the new year, now is an excellent time to reflect on our diet and overall health. While you should aim for a well-balanced diet year-round, many people struggle with nutrition and developing healthy eating habits. If you feel that you could afford to improve in this area, try some of these strategies:

Posted on March 12, 2019 in Consumer Wellness

It’s time to get proactive about our health and our insurance

By: Frank Morang, Regional Sales Director, Empire Region

Back in June, I shared a personal story about a recent health scare. I was a part of one of those dramatic statistics that we share in our industry, but don’t really think about deeply or apply to ourselves. Since sharing the story of my triple bypass surgery, I’ve had more time to reflect and more time to look closely at why people can be so blasé about the risks. 

Posted on February 26, 2019 in Critical Illness Employee Communication

Benefits beyond benefits

By: Alex Moral, Senior Vice President, Trustmark Voluntary Benefits

We are firmly into 2019 now and the year is already off to an exciting start. Here at Trustmark, this will be our first full year since undertaking our transformation to becoming one Trustmark along with the other businesses in the Trustmark family. As one Trustmark, we’re committed to going beyond―to providing “benefits beyond benefits.” 

Posted on February 14, 2019 in Industry Trustmark

The do’s and don’ts of heart health

February is American Heart Month, which is a great reminder for all of us, even if you consider yourself to be fairly healthy individual, that it’s important to pay extra attention to your heart. Every 40 seconds, a person in the United States has a heart attack and heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths each year.1 Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your chances of experiencing a heart-related complication. Below are some helpful and harmful habits that may affect your heart health.

Posted on February 12, 2019 in Consumer Health & Wellbeing Wellness

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