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LIFE Foundation Announces 2008 realLIFEstories Award Recipients to Illustrate Benefits of Life and Disability Insurance
Date:9/2/2008

in in the family home and provide for his two children thanks to smart insurance planning.

-- Kassie Bennett, Account Manager, CIGNA, Charlotte, N.C., and Jan Cox, Human Resources Manager, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, S.C. Ashley Tew was at the start of her nursing career when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, rendering her unable to work. Forced to take disability leave, Ashley thought her nursing career was over. Fortunately, her employer, Spartanburg Regional Hospital, had worked with CIGNA Group Insurance to put in place a strong employee benefits package that offered much-needed support to Ashley. Short- and long-term disability coverage replaced a portion of Ashley's income to help her make ends meet while she couldn't work. Through its "return to work" program, CIGNA assigned Ashley a vocational counselor to help her get physical therapy and assistance in finding a new job in her field. After six months, Ashley successfully found a new job as a chart auditor at Spartanburg Hospital's heart center, and her life and career are back on track.

To be considered for the realLIFEstories Client Service Award, insurance professionals must submit an application and essay describing how insurance benefited one of their clients at a time of great financial need. After an initial screening process that determines the top 20 finalists, an independent panel of judges chooses the four stories that get featured in Newsweek.

About LIFE

The Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) was founded in 1994 in response to the public's growing need for information and education on life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. LIFE also seeks to remind people of the important role insurance professionals perform in helping families and businesses safeguard their financial futures. To learn more about these topics, please visit http://www.lifehappens.o
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