Janesville, WI November 5, 2007 — SASid, Inc. and Markel Insurance Company announced today that they have joined together to offer short term health plans for individuals and families. With the new Smart STM plans, consumers will be able to purchase health insurance over the internet or through independent insurance agents or brokers. The plans offer affordable, comprehensive health coverage for a broad array of commonly used health care services, and provide online user reviews and tools to help consumers make educated health care decisions.
Unique features of the Smart STM plans include:
â€¢ Fast and easy online quoting, application, and administration
â€¢ 3, 6, and 12 month options
â€¢ Single payment policies for up to 6 months
â€¢ Access to thirty (30) major medical plans
â€¢ Real-time reporting capabilities for producers
â€¢ Available on a child-only basis, as well as for individuals and families
“More than 46 million people in the U.S. are uninsured, and every year approximately 4.3 million people change jobs, “said Shannon Kennedy, SASid’s President. “SASid and Markel are looking to increase health care access and affordability for people living and working in the U.S. By providing health plans for individuals, along with coverage options for part-time and seasonal workers, Smart STM can become part of the solution.”
Mark Nichols, Vice President of Markel’s Accident & Health division commented, “Short Term Medical
insurance isn’t new, but we have made it significantly better. We wanted to make getting health insurance as easy as possible and to provide options for people in special situations. SASid’s state-of-the-art systems and product flexibility made it all possible. We designed the Smart STM to address the unique needs that arise during particular stages in life such as graduating from college, getting married, becoming a small business owner, being between jobs, retiring early, or seasonal work. Individuals can log on to any of our distributors’ websites to choose the health insurance plans that best fit their current health care needs, receive price quotes, and apply online.”
The Smart STM plans are available to consumers or through independent insurance agents and brokers in Alabama, Arizona, District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland,
Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.