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ProAssurance Acquires Mid-Continent General Agency to Expand Ancillary Healthcare Insurance Business
Date:12/15/2008

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE: PRA) announced today that it will acquire Mid-Continent General Agency for an undisclosed price. Mid-Continent is a Managing General Agent, based in Houston, producing about $25 million a year in premiums from ancillary healthcare providers and other professional liability coverages. Through the third quarter of 2008, Mid-Continent has underwritten approximately $1.5 million of premium for ProAssurance. The transaction is expected to close in January 2009.

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"We have worked with Mid-Continent for a number of years, and have been impressed by the quality of the people and the business they have produced for us," said Stan Starnes, the Chief Executive Officer of ProAssurance. He added, "Bringing Mid-Continent into our organization will not only provide a steady stream of well underwritten, profitable business, it will expand our presence in the growing market for ancillary healthcare providers. This is a segment of the medical professional liability market that we think will continue to experience significant expansion as healthcare evolves in the coming years."

"We're excited about the opportunity to become part of ProAssurance," said Philip G. Cabaud, the President of Mid-Continent. He said ProAssurance's expansion into this segment of the healthcare market will fill an important niche. "The market we serve is looking for a stable, high-quality specialty insurer such as ProAssurance. There are a number of opportunities that we believe we can capitalize on with the backing of ProAssurance and its financial strength," Cabaud said.

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