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Affinion Group Survey Reveals That Underinsured Consumers Need Alternate Solutions in Light of Current Economic Climate
Date:5/7/2009

ts of this survey confirm some of our worst suspicions: this economic climate has exposed consumers to a toxic combination of underemployment and underinsurance," said Ron Clarke, Senior Vice President of Insurance Services at Affinion. "The high cost of insurance and the out-of-pocket expense associated with a hospital stay of as little as a day or two are leaving a substantial portion of the country at risk of being unable to afford the security and peace-of-mind that they need."

Considering Loved Ones and Alternatives to Going Without

Of the adults surveyed, more than half expressed that they were either "concerned" or "extremely concerned" that their loved ones would be financially vulnerable in the event of an accident or the death of the respondent. At the same time, many participants did not understand the cost savings that can be offered by having a less costly alternative Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) plan, with only 25 percent of respondents correctly identifying the savings of a $100,000 AD&D plan is more than $75 over that of a typical $100,000 annual term life insurance policy. Affinion Group encourages consumers to work with a trusted financial institution, credit union or association to gain access to AD&D Protection, which is typically offered on a group rate basis, and underwritten by leading, highly rated insurers, and presents a viable alternative for coverage to protect against unforeseen events.

"Many of the participants of the study did not understand the cost savings and security that an AD&D plan can offer to them and their families," continued Clarke. "Managed appropriately, AD&D is the type of supplemental insurance alternative that families can turn to in order to secure their financial well being in the event of an emergency."

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