State Farm, Assurant Health Renew National Distribution Alliance

MILWAUKEE, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- State Farm Insurance and Assurant Health have renewed the national marketing alliance that makes Assurant Health's individual medical insurance products available through State Farm agents nationwide. The original alliance became official in July 2000 and marked the first time that State Farm had joined forces with a national health insurance provider.

"Over the past four years, our alliance with Assurant Health has made it possible to provide our customers with a complete portfolio of quality individual medical insurance products -- from traditional health coverage to innovative High Deductible Health Plans that can be combined with Health Savings Accounts to help manage qualified healthcare expenses," said State Farm Health Vice President, Sharon McAuley. "Continuing this alliance will allow us to do the same for many more of our current and future State Farm customers."

Nearly 17,000 agents currently sell State Farm insurance products and State Farm customers now comprise about one of every four households in the United States. Assurant Health is one of the nation's leading providers of individual medical and small group health insurance products.

"Our alliance with State Farm has proven to be beneficial to everyone involved," said Assurant Health President and CEO Don Hamm. "We are extremely pleased to be continuing this great relationship into the future and look forward to continued work with State Farm, our largest business alliance."

State Farm(R) insures more cars than any other insurer in North America and is the leading U.S. home insurer. State Farm's 17,000 agents and 72,000 employees serve nearly 73 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 18 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit or in Canada .

In business since 1892, Assurant Health provides health insurance coverage for more than one million people nationwide. With almost 3,000 employees, Assurant Health is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., and has operations offices in Minnesota, Idaho, and Florida, as well as sales offices across the country. Assurant Health products are underwritten and issued by Fortis Insurance Company, John Alden Life Insurance Company and Fortis Benefits Insurance Company. Assurant Health is part of Assurant, which offers specialized insurance products and related services in North America and selected other markets. Assurant is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ.

Press Contact: Amie DeLuca 312-240-2731 Phil Supple 309-766-9921

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CONTACT: Amie DeLuca, +1-312-240-2731, , forAssurant Health; or Phil Supple, +1-309-766-9921, for State Farm

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