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Insurance Industry News, including Long Term Care Insurance (LTCi)

NEWS: (KIRKLAND, Wash.) The best way to buy long-term care insurance is through an independent agent, according to many experts. But agents vary. How do you pick a professional who is right for you? 'We recommend asking six key questions,' says Denise Gott, CEO of ACSIA Partners, one of America's largest long-term care insurance agencies.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that the firm's Marketing, Communications and Design Team has received the 'Gold Award of Excellence and the 'Silver Award of Distinction' from the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards, the leading international awards program honoring communication professionals for creative excellence.

NEWS: (ATLANTA, Ga.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Irv Morris has joined the firm's Employee Benefits Consulting team in Atlanta as a Senior Benefits Consultant.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that David McNeil, a principal in the firm's Inland Empire division, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the California Association of Mutual Water Companies Joint Powers Risk and Insurance Management Authority (CAMWC-JPRIMA).

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has announced continued expansion of their operations in the Sacramento Region with the additions of Victoria McKinney and Robin Neer. Both will be based in EPIC's Gold River office, under the leadership of Regional Director of Employee Benefits, Beth Barr.

NEWS: (KIRKLAND, Wash.) Rate increases by some long-term care insurance carriers should not scare people off, according to Denise Gott. 'Even if a particular policy's premium seems high,' she says, 'it may be a bargain compared to the alternative, family caregiving.' Gott is CEO of ACSIA Partners, one of the nation's largest long-term care insurance agencies.

NEWS: (BRADENTON, Fla.) Bradenton personal injury lawyer, and Florida Justice Association board member, Bernard F. Walsh took note of the successful effort by Florida Justice Association members to block extreme reduction in personal injury claim awards.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) Energi, a leading provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry, has recognized Mark Niebuhr of EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants as a 2016 Energi Elite Producer. At Energi's third Elite Producer Conference in Miami, Florida, Energi acknowledged Niebuhr and 64 other leading producers for their outstanding performance and dedication to promoting energy insurance products and services.

NEWS: (OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) American Fidelity Assurance Company recently learned of an incident that involves personal information of some of our Customers. The information did not include Social Security numbers.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Penny Miller has joined the firm's Employee Benefits Consulting team. She will be based in San Francisco and report to David Wiesner, Regional Director Employee Benefits.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that Senior Risk Control Consultant Chuck Simpson will present at the Sulphur World Symposium 2016 being held at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada on April 11 to April 13. Simpson is a member of EPIC's National Energy Construction Practice.

NEWS: (IRVINE, Calif.) LIBERTY Dental Plan has reviewed the recommendations of the Little Hoover Commission Report, released April 1, 2016, which recognized the need for innovative, comprehensive and collaborative action, along with a vote of confidence for the preventive oral health care model of Dental Managed Care (DMC) program.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that its Regional Director of Employee Benefits Tiffany McClellan will present at the Human Resource Executive Health and Benefits Leadership Conference at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, March 30 to April 1. McClellan will speak on 'Strategies for Creating Impactful Employee Communications' alongside Cari Graham of Guidance Software Inc.

NEWS: (ATLANTA, Ga.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Stephen McKenzie has joined the firm's Employee Benefits Consulting team in Atlanta.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) Wholesale Trading Co-op Insurance Services, a privately-held wholesale insurance specialist serving a group of leading retail insurance brokers, announced today that The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) has agreed to acquire a majority stake in wholesale insurance broker JenCap Holdings, LLC and the assets of Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance Services, which will be re-named Wholesale Trading Insurance Services, LLC.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today the addition of veteran construction broker Brian McDonnell as a managing principal, and the formation of the EPIC National Construction Specialty Group.

NEWS: (IRVINE, Calif.) LIBERTY Dental Plan continues to innovate and be a champion for whole health by partnering with the Center for Oral Health and medical providers to create a program that will help increase the number of children receiving fluoride varnish - a critical treatment that helps prevent further dental issues later in life.

NEWS: (KIRKLAND, Wash.) If you're in the market for long-term care insurance, you may be suffering from sticker shock. 'The cost may seem out of reach,' says Denise Gott. 'Many people feel this way, so they put off protecting themselves. That's a shame, because in their case, Uncle Sam may pick up part of the tab.' Gott is CEO of ACSIA Partners, one of the nation's largest long-term care insurance agencies.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and ATLANTA, Ga.) In the world of risk management, captive insurers are taking on a major role for companies of all sizes. As the number and types of captive insurers are expanding, so too have the types of risks that captive owners are funding through these alternative-risk financing structures, says EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) For the third time in a row, Ascende Wealth Advisers, Inc. (AWAI) has been named one of PLANADVISER'S Top 100 Adviser Teams in America. Nominated by several clients, vendors and peers, AWAI now qualifies for the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year award - a prestigious recognition the team almost brought home in 2014 when placing as a finalist just three years into AWAI's existence.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) Business leaders are too often faced with spiraling health costs that take a financial toll on their organization. However, these costs can be confronted through health and wellness programs that not only promote a healthier workplace, but also increase productivity. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced its Way2Wellness webinar on Health and Productivity Management (HPM) on March 15, 2016 from 10 to 11 a.m. PT.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a unique and innovative national retail insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announced today that Steve Hall has joined the firm as a property and casualty insurance broker/producer.

NEWS: (CONCORD, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a unique and innovative national retail insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announced today that Trish Drew has joined the firm's Northern California Construction Practice.

NEWS: (KIRKLAND, Wash.) ACSIA Partners, a national distributor of long-term care insurance and education, recommends preemptive action against the impact of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. 'Cognitive decline is a big and growing reason Americans need long-term care,' says Denise Gott, CEO, 'and the best time to plan for it is before symptoms arise.'

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC), a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Mark Niebuhr has been recognized as a 2016 Power Broker in the Manufacturing sector by Risk and Insurance Magazine.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC), a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that risk control professional Joshua Allen has joined the firm as West Region Risk Management Loss Control Specialist. In this role, Allen will be responsible for providing comprehensive safety management and loss control services to EPIC's larger, more complex 'risk management' clients.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC), a unique and innovative national retail insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announced today that Renee Crow has joined the firm as Vice President and West Region Hospitality Practice Leader.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) Protector Holdings, LLC, a joint venture of EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center) and Dowling Capital Partners, announced today that Rick Genest has joined Premier Insurance Services as the company's President. Premier Insurance Services, acquired by Protector Holdings in 2013, targets the growing Hispanic Community in California and the West.

NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a unique and innovative national retail insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announced today that Clarence Bates has joined the firm as a Principal in the Employee Benefits Practice.

NEWS: (AUSTIN, Texas) Wearing smiles and purple wigs, a gathering of normally serious professionals mingled festively in 'Wiggin' Out,' a fundraising event held at Maggie Mae's in Austin, Texas, Saturday evening, January 16. 'We achieved two objectives,' says Denise Gott, CEO of ACSIA Partners, hosts of the event. 'First, we raised some money to help fight Alzheimer's. And second, we raised awareness of the growing need for long-term care as the disease progresses.'

NEWS: (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a national retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that Sacramento native Cameron Rappleye has joined the firm as a property and casualty insurance broker/producer.

NEWS: (ATLANTA and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a unique and innovative national retail insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announced today that Carlton 'Carl' Pilger has joined the firm as Director of Employee Benefits Compliance in Atlanta

NEWS: EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Ken Glanton has joined the firm's Birmingham-based National Energy Construction Practice as a Risk Consultant. Glanton joins a rapidly growing team of risk management and insurance professionals serving larger, complex construction and energy companies across the country.

NEWS: Ascende, Inc., a premier human capital and employee benefits consulting firm, and EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a unique and innovative national retail insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announced today that they have joined forces.

NEWS: Leading national long-term care insurance agency ACSIA Partners is joining the fight against Alzheimer's disease, a mind-robbing neurodegenerative illness which affects over 5 million Americans. In Austin, Texas, January 15 through 17, 2016, the company will unveil its battle plan in a company conference and an affiliated fund-raising event supporting the Alzheimer's Association.

NEWS: EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that it has been named a 2015 'Excellence in Achievement' award winner by The BoardRoom magazine as the 'Insurance Provider of the Year.'

NEWS: EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that it has been ranked #5 among the 2015 'Best Places to Work in Insurance' in the medium employer category (250-999 U.S. employees) by Business Insurance Magazine and Best Companies Group.

NEWS: EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants ('EPIC'), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that it has been named a 2015 Elite Agency by Insurance Business America, a publication that reports on the latest achievements in insurance and also provides the latest in business best practices in a continually evolving industry.

NEWS: November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month, and it's also National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. 'Both topics warrant attention this Thanksgiving,' says Denise Gott, CEO of ACSIA Partners, a leading long-term care insurance agency. 'The risk of Alzheimer's looms large, and the risk of needing long-term care looms even larger.'

NEWS: EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Daniel Garcia has joined as a property and casualty insurance broker/producer in the firm's Petaluma office. He will report locally to North Bay managing principal, Mike Ryan.