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Disability Customers Give Assurant Employee Benefits High Scores for Satisfaction

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Disability Customers Give Assurant Employee Benefits High Scores for Satisfaction09:15 EDT Tuesday, May 22, 2012KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Assurant Employee Benefits' long-term disability customers give the benefits provider significantly higher satisfaction ratings for several key measures compared to the industry average. In addition, a high percentage of short-term disability customers are satisfied with the company's overall claims handling, according to a just-released satisfaction survey conducted in 2011 by Gen Re, a leader in life/health reinsurance and research. These findings highlight Assurant Employee Benefits' dedication to providing exceptional claims management and customer service, and its commitment to helping customers by doing the right thing at the right time. "Our promise to customers is not just to process claims, but to be true partners who help employees return to productive lives after disability," said Sheryle Ohme, senior vice president of claims at Assurant Employee Benefits. "We take pride in providing support and in playing a supporting role in our customers' successes, and proactively have made many communication and process enhancements to assist them, so we're pleased to know we're exceeding their service expectations." Claimants with Assurant Employee Benefits' long-term disability products expressed significantly higher satisfaction than industry averages for 10 key attributes, including keeping people informed about their claim, timeliness of receiving claim decision notification, frequency of providing updated documentation, and contact's ability to and timeliness in answering questions. Among people who file short-term disability claims, almost 90 percent of Assurant Employee Benefits' customers are satisfied with the company's overall handling of their claims and with the accuracy of the benefit payment amount. More than 80 percent are satisfied with its timeliness of decisions and clear explanation of the claims process.  For more information, visit www.assurantemployeebenefits.com. About Assurant Employee Benefits  Assurant Employee Benefits specializes in quality employee benefits and services, including long-term and short-term disability, life insurance, voluntary benefits such as cancer, critical illness and accident, dental and vision coverage, and disability reinsurance management services. Assurant Employee Benefits is the brand name for insurance products underwritten by Union Security Insurance Company and for prepaid dental products provided by an affiliated prepaid dental company. In New York, insurance products are underwritten and prepaid products are provided by Union Security Life Insurance Company of New York, which is licensed in New York and has its principal place of business in Syracuse, New York. Plans contain limitations, exclusions and restrictions. www.assurantemployeebenefits.com Assurant Employee Benefits is part of Assurant, a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and select worldwide markets. Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. www.assurant.comFollow Assurant Employee Benefits news on Twitter @AssurantEmpBene and by subscribing to the RSS feed in our media room at www.assurantemployeebenefits.com. SOURCE Assurant Employee BenefitsFor further information: Renee Robinson, Assurant Employee Benefits, Direct: +1-816-556-7815, Cell: +1-816-813-7411, renee.robinson@assurant.com