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Doing Our Job

By: Jim Eick September 12, 2019
I’m often caught off guard when someone thanks me for getting back to them. It feels odd being acknowledged for doing my job. With all the technology we have at our fingertips, I have to wonder how anyone survives in this business without being responsive, since that quality is so important to sustaining relationships. I suppose, in the day-to-day, some may forget common courtesies as they focus on checking off to-dos. But those gestures that demonstrate you truly care are what help you stand out, and I don’t ever want to lose sight of them. I want to do right by my partners and clients.
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What Does Unlimited Mean?

By: Mark Lawrence July 16, 2019
At HM Insurance Group (HM), we’re very proud of our financial strength. Our Stop Loss paper is rated “A” by A.M. Best, and we have a combined surplus of more than $1,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeroes. This capital is the financial bedrock of the promise we make to employer groups – we will pay their claims. The Stop Loss market has changed a lot in the past ten years. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, we issued limited policies, meaning they had annual or lifetime policy maximums of $1,000,000 or $2,000,000. As an underwriter at that time, it was hard to envision claims reaching those policy limits. But now it’s something that happens with frequency.
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Why Data Matters

By: Matt Presutti May 22, 2019
Data. Big data, small data – it doesn’t matter. All data is currency in today’s world. In the insurance business, data is the word that sets the hearts of actuaries and underwriters aflutter. It’s the facilitator to their ability to deduce, determine and decide what moves to make. But further, to their Stop Loss companies, data quite likely is the difference between a win and a loss. And I don’t mean just winning an account or not – I mean winning financially or taking a loss – and that extends to everyone involved.
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Data-Driven Decision-Making: All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

By: Nick Sarneso March 14, 2019
There’s a bit of a change taking place in company circles. After many years of being at the end of a variety of “nerd” jokes, actuaries are gaining some popularity for what we have to offer. The large claims trend is creating a number of challenges in the business, and our knowledge is vital to efforts that can help to minimize the impact. This, dare I say, has caught the attention of those in all segments of the company because actuaries have what everyone needs to make smart decisions in challenging times – the ability to turn data into action.
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Client Variety with Commitment Across the Board

By: Greg Wilden February 13, 2019
Large carriers often offer Stop Loss insurance among their many lines of business; it’s one more product to sell if requested by a customer. Our approach is a little different. Stop Loss is what we do – and our focus is on developing strong relationships as we work to deliver the right solutions for the client at hand. Stop Loss is not a commodity, but an integral part of the financing of our policyholders’ health plans.  
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