IPA Family is Excited to Announce Expansion Into New, Niche Markets, Including Pet Insurance with Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC

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Parent company American Independence Corp. (NASDAQ:AMIC) presided over the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock market on November 12, 2012, marketing the company’s expansion into new niche markets, including pet insurance.

IPA Partner - Pet's Best at NASDAQ

We are committed to continuing our innovative track for the consumer driven market with products that allow consumers in the marketplace to choose what is best for them and their families, including their pets.

IPA Family, LLC (IPA) and its “Good News Crew” announced their excitement for President and COO Mr. David Keeler, who attended the closing bell ceremony at the NASDAQ stock market on November 12, 2012 to celebrate growth and expansion into new niche markets. New partner company Pet’s Best Insurance was the guest of honor at this event, with Greg McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, and its President and Founder, Dr. Jack Stephens and his Chihuahua, Torrey, ringing the closing bell, along with Jeff Smedsrud, President of American Independence Corp (AMIC). Dr. Stephens is recognized as the founder of pet insurance in the United States and issued the first pet insurance policy to TV dog Lassie in California in the 1980’s.

Pets Best Insurance Plans are offered by IPA Family, is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a member of The IHC Group, and is rated A- Excellent by AM Best Company, Inc. The North American pet insurance market is expected to grow an average of 20% annually through 2014.(1) At this rate, the North American pet insurance market will grow to over $880 million by the end of 2014.(2) Pets Best is the fourth largest pet insurance company in the U.S. and has had 20 percent yearly sales increases since 2005.(3) Pet Insurance can help pet owners by reimbursing up to 80 percent of veterinary bills after a selected deductible. Pet Insurance plan features include, but are not limited to, coverage for accident and illness, wellness cancer treatments, which can be very costly, even for a dog or cat! For more information, contact an IPA representative.

IPA’s President and COO, Dave Keeler comments, “We are committed to continuing our innovative track for the consumer driven market with products that allow consumers in the marketplace to choose what is best for them and their families, including their pets.”

IPA strives to stay ahead of the curve with innovation, product development and implementation and sales strategies, creating a win for marketplace customers, their advisors serving them, as well as its fellow companies. IPA advisors have a diverse portfolio to offer consumers in their local markets --- from consumer/business benefits and access to association endorsed insurance coverages offered to individuals at small businesses and the self-employed through a non-profit association to a variety of insurance coverages including major medical plans, fixed indemnity guaranteed issue plans, life insurance with final expense plans, and pet insurance .

Due to IPA’s culture, continuous growth, state of the art technology and market expansions, IPA is currently accepting both Regional and Area Leadership application inquiries for existing and new markets. For more information about IPA Family and the companies it represents, visit http://www.ipafamily.com or contact direct at 813-983-2900 or 1-800-772-8667 and indicate that you saw our press release.

About IPA Family, LLC (IPA)
Independent Producers of America is a national marketing organization that distributes major medical insurance plans and other health insurance plans and consumer benefit association membership programs across the nation. IPA’s trained professional sales associates, referred to as the “IPA Family,” provides information and a product portfolio that can meet the needs of most small business owners and self-employed individuals and families. Headquartered in Tampa, Fl., IPA is accredited and has an excellent reputation with the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org) and is a member company of The IHC Group.

About Independence American Insurance Company
Independence American Insurance Company (IAIC), a member of The IHC Group, is rated A- (Excellent) for financial strength, by A.M. Best, Inc., a widely recognized rating agency that rates insurance companies on their relative financial strength and ability to meet policyholder obligations. (An A++ rating from A.M. Best is its highest rating.) In business since 1973, IAIC is domiciled in Delaware and headquartered in New York. IAIC is licensed to conduct business in 49 states and the District of Columbia. IAIC products include: pet insurance, short-term health, employer medical stop-loss, provider excess loss, small group major medical and major medical for individuals and families. Product availability varies by state.

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(1) Packaged Facts, Pet Insurance in North America, 4th Edition, November 2010.
(2) Industry statistics & Trends in 2012. American Pet Products Association. http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp
(3) More Owners Buy Pet Insurance for Furry Pals. Sarah Meehan. USA Today. March 7, 2012. http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/insurance/story/2012-03-06/pet-insurance-veterinary-expenses/53388516/1

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