Bankers Life and Casualty

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Bankers Life and Casualty Company
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryHealth Insurance
Founded1879
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, USA
ProductsMedigap Policies, Long Term Care Insurance, Home Health Care Insurance, Short Term Care Insurance, Life Insurance, and Annuities
ParentCNO Financial Group
Websitewww.bankers.com
 
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Bankers Life and Casualty Company
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryHealth Insurance
Founded1879
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, USA
ProductsMedigap Policies, Long Term Care Insurance, Home Health Care Insurance, Short Term Care Insurance, Life Insurance, and Annuities
ParentCNO Financial Group
Websitewww.bankers.com

Established in 1879 in Chicago, Bankers Life and Casualty Company focuses on the insurance needs of the retirement market. Bankers Life and Casualty Company, a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group, Inc. (itself formerly Conseco), is a nationwide company that offers a broad portfolio of life and health insurance retirement products designed especially for seniors.

Bankers Life and Casualty Company has 1.4 million policyholders and offers a comprehensive portfolio of insurance products including long-term care and life insurance, annuities, Medicare products including supplement plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and critical illness/specified disease insurance.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Bankers Life and Casualty Company also offers vision and dental plans through a partnership with Humana.[1]

Bankers Life sells its products through a network of over 5,000 insurance agents based in over 275 nationwide offices.

In business since 1879, Bankers Life and Casualty Company was developed and owned by Chicago insurance man John D. MacArthur since 1935. At the time of his death in 1978, control of the company passed to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a major charitable institution in the U.S. The foundation later sold Bankers Life and Casualty Company.

Today, Bankers and Casualty Company is a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group, Inc., a holding company for a group of insurance companies operating throughout the United States.

As of 2012, Bankers has $14.5 billion in assets under management. In 2012, Bankers processed more than 8.5 million claims and paid out more than $1.3 billion in policy benefits. <http://www.insuranceclaimlawfirm.com/Life-Insurance-Lawyer/2012/November/Bankers-Life-and-Casualty-Co-Settled-Charges-tha.aspx>

The company has faced several lawsuits in which they were accused of denying claims to seniors and both Conseco and Bankers have been noted as having a particularly high amount of complaints among long-term care clients: in 2005, Conseco had one complaint for every 383 such policyholders,[2] whereas, according to 2005 statistics, Genworth Financial, the largest long-term-care insurer received one complaint for every 12,434 policies.[2] Bankers Life and Casualty Co. agreed to pay $3.2 million in a settlement with insurance regulators after examiners found that the insurer failed to make suggested updates to its claims practices.[3]

Bankers Life insurance agent at work in a senior's home, in Chicago, in 2014

Research Studies[edit]

Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement conducts studies and consumer awareness campaigns to provide insight and practical advice for how everyday Americans can achieve financial security during retirement.[4] U.S. News and World Report referenced a recent study conducted by Bankers Life and Casualty in an article titled "A Dozen Big Changes in Perceptions About Retirement." The Bankers study, titled "Middle-Income Boomers, Financial Security and the New Retirement," found that nearly 3 of every 4 middle-income Baby Boomers are rethinking their retirement date, and of these, 79% are delaying their retirement by an average of five years. [5]

Charity Funding[edit]

Bankers is a national sponsor of the Alzheimer's Association. Since 2003, the company has organized Forget Me Not Days, its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to collect donations for the Alzheimer's Association and raise public awareness of the disease.

In 2012, Bankers contributed $420,000 to support the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association through the fundraiser and a separate corporate donation, up from $386,000 in 2011.[6] Since 2003, Bankers has supported the Association with more than $2.9 million for care, education and research programs.[7]

Bankers also supports Meals on Wheels Chicago. In 2010, the company made a $20,000 donation to aid Meals on Wheels Chicago. Since 2004, Bankers has transferred $230,000 to Meals on Wheels Chicago for programs, services and fundraising initiatives.[8]

Bankers Life Fieldhouse[edit]

On December 22, 2011, CNO Financial Group, Inc. and Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced that Conseco Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers, would be renamed the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Bankers Life and Casualty Company to Offer Humana Dental and Vision Plans Through Bankers' Career Agents." Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20110516-905928.html.
  2. ^ a b Duhigg, Charles (2009-03-26). "Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  3. ^ Lysiak, Fran Matso “Republican Senators Seek Repeal of Long-Term-Care Provision in US Health Reform” BestWire Services: http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=229815
  4. ^ Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement: http://www.centerforasecureretirement.com
  5. ^ Moeller, Philip (2011-05-23). "A Dozen Big Changes in Perceptions About Retirement". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  6. ^ Bankers Life Increases Forget Me Not Total” National Underwriter: http://www.lifeandhealthinsurancenews.com/News/2011/7/Pages/Bankers-Life-Increases-Forget-Me-Not-Total.aspx
  7. ^ “Bankers Life and Casualty Company Increases Alzheimer's Association Support to $338,000”, ref>Bankers Life and Casualty Company Increases Alzheimer's Association Support to $386,000; Street Donations Grow By 20%” http://cno.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=450
  8. ^ Bell, Allison. "Good Works: MDRT, Sun Life, Allstate, Bankers Life, FBL, Prudential." National Underwriter: http://www.lifeandhealthinsurancenews.com/News/2010/11/Pages/Good-Works.aspx
  9. ^ “Conseco Fieldhouse Renamed Bankers Life Fieldhouse." Pacers Sports & Entertainment: http://www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/news/conseco_fieldhouse_renamed_bankers_life_fieldhouse/.

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