(PRWEB) December 21, 2004
Greensboro, NC December 20, 2004 Â The acquisition, which was announced last January, positions Jefferson Pilot with more than $1 billion of group life, disability and dental insurance premium. Jefferson Pilot now ranks tenth in new sales of group life insurance, and sixth in both long-term and short-term disability insurance sales, based on the second quarter 2004 LIMRA rankings.
Jefferson Pilot Benefit Partners President Robert D. Bates said the Canada Life business has been transitioned to Jefferson PilotÂs platform ahead of schedule and the acquisition provides Benefit Partners with enhanced distribution and presence in the marketplace.
ÂOur vision is to be a market leader in profit, growth, customer satisfaction and market presence in group insurance. This acquisition was intended to help Jefferson Pilot achieve our near-term objective of increasing distribution and manufacturing scale and we have already begun to see those results. The Canada Life distribution network has blended nicely with Benefit PartnersÂ footprint throughout the country and has accelerated our planned expansion into new markets, such as New York. We have found the marketplace to be receptive of Jefferson PilotÂs business model, product portfolio and strong financial ratings,Â Bates said.
ÂFor Canada Life customers, the completion of the integration means all group life, disability and dental insurance policies have been transitioned to Jefferson PilotÂs business platform,Â said Sandra Callahan, Senior Vice President-Customer Loyalty for Jefferson Pilot Benefit Partners.
ÂPolicyholders now have access to our products and excellent customer support services, all backed by Jefferson PilotÂs exceptional financial strength. Our JET Claims Services, for example, provide prompt and accurate processing and payment of claims and we provide policyholders the options and flexibility to decide how they want to manage their insurance and to submit claims as they prefer Â on-line, via the telephone, or through traditional paper submission,Â Callahan said.
ÂFor employers, completion of the integration means they also can enjoy the added capabilities that Jefferson PilotÂs business and technology platform provides, including real-time, on-line services that dramatically reduce the expense, time and administrative burdens long associated with managing voluntary group benefits.Â
As part of the acquisition, Jefferson Pilot Benefit Partners has expanded its underwriting and claims payment operations with the addition of an Atlanta service center that will support brokers, employers and policyholders.
About Jefferson Pilot Benefit Partners
A division of Jefferson Pilot Financial Insurance Company, Benefit Partners markets ancillary (non-medical) group and worksite insurance products including life, long-term and short-term disability, dental and employee assistance programs through a distribution system consisting of 25 regional sales offices in addition to the home office in Omaha, NE.
About Jefferson Pilot Financial
Jefferson Pilot Corporation, a holding company (NYSE:JP), is one of the nationÂs largest shareholder-owned life insurance companies. Jefferson PilotÂs life insurance and annuity companies, principally Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company, Jefferson Pilot Financial Insurance Company, and Jefferson Pilot LifeAmerica Insurance Company (serving the New York market), together known as Jefferson Pilot Financial, offer full lines of individual and group life insurance products as well as annuity and investment products. Jefferson Pilot Communications Company owns and operates three network television stations and 18 radio stations, and produces and syndicates sports programming. Additional information on Jefferson Pilot can be found at http://www.jpfinancial.com.
Contact: Julie Fried
Jefferson Pilot Benefit Partners
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