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Assurant Health Gains Access to Great-West Healthcare's Nationwide Network

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Assurant Health, a Milwaukee, WI-based national provider of individual medical, small group and specialty health insurance products, announced today it entered into an agreement that gives its customers access to Great-West Healthcare's national network of hospitals and physicians.

Under the agreement Assurant Health will offer its PPO product with the Great-West Healthcare network, which will expand access to medical facilities in markets that include: Phoenix, Arizona; rural Colorado; Denver, Colorado; Jacksonville, Florida; Orlando, Florida; metro and rural Tampa, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada and Austin, Texas. Assurant Health customers enrolled in the Great-West Healthcare network will have access to Great-West Healthcare's more than 4,275 hospitals and 578,000 physician and ancillary providers. The agreement is effective for Small Group on January 1, 2008 and for Individual Medical on February 1, 2008.

"Our agreement with Great-West Healthcare means that our customers will now have affordable access to more top-quality medical facilities, doctors and ancillary providers in more locations," said Jack Rogers, Senior Vice President, Provider Management at Assurant Health.

"Assurant Health has earned a solid reputation for providing its individual and small business customers with access to comprehensive, top- quality healthcare services and we are pleased to work with them to continue that tradition," said Kent Boyer, Senior Vice President, Specialty Markets, at Great-West Healthcare.

About Assurant Health

Assurant Health has been in business since 1892 and is the brand name for products underwritten and issued by Time Insurance Company, John Alden Life Insurance Company and Union Security Insurance Company. Together, these three underwriting companies provide health insurance coverage for more than one million people nationwide. Primary products include individual medical, small group, short-term and student health insurance products, consumer-choice products such as Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Arrangements, as well as non-insurance products. With almost 3,000 employees, Assurant Health is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., and has operations offices in Minnesota, Idaho and Florida, as well as sales offices across the country. The Assurant Health Web site is

Assurant Health is part of Assurant, a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and selected international markets. Its four key businesses -- Assurant Solutions; Assurant Specialty Property; Assurant Health; and Assurant Employee Benefits -- have partnered with clients who are leaders in their industries and have built leadership positions in a number of specialty insurance market segments worldwide.

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. Assurant has over $25 billion in assets and $7 billion in annual revenue.

About Great-West Healthcare

Great-West Healthcare, a division of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, is a national employee benefits provider with expertise in self-funding and health care management solutions. Nationally, the division operates a health care network that includes more than 4,275 hospitals and 578,000 providers and provides health care coverage to 2.2 million people. Visit for more information. Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, headquartered in metro-Denver, serves its customers through a full range of health care plans, life and disability insurance, annuities, and retirement savings products and services. It is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Great-West Lifeco Inc. and a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies. Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company is not licensed to do business in New York. Products are sold in New York by its subsidiary First Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, White Plains, N.Y.

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