New information site brings health care reform into focus

Unum launches learning center to help brokers and employers keep up with changes

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Unum (NYSE:UNM) has launched a website on health care reform to help benefits professionals and businesses stay up to date on the changes and their effects. The site offers straightforward information and analysis through updates to health care reform law, reports and podcasts.

“New health coverage requirements will significantly impact the way our sales partners and customers do business,” said Jim Hettenbach, director of market development for Unum. “Our online learning center will stay current on the law, offering up-to-date material that will change as the situation changes. This will be a valuable resource to help brokers and businesses understand the opportunities and their responsibilities in the changing landscape.”

Although Unum’s benefits offerings – such as disability, accident, critical illness and supplemental health coverage – will not be directly impacted by the new regulations, the company has taken a leading role in helping the employee benefits industry evaluate the full effects of health care reform.

“Our products complement health insurance coverage, offering working Americans more complete financial protection against the impact of illness or injury,” Hettenbach said. “As our customers have shared their anxieties about health care reform, we’ve stepped in to provide as much information and perspective as possible.”

The launch of an online tool that will be regularly updated enables Unum to keep information current. In addition to being a source for health care reform news and material, the site also has information on benefits that can help employers learn how to build reform-friendly benefits strategies.

“Disability, accident and critical illness insurance provide billions of dollars in benefits each year to wage-earners who are sidelined because of illness or injury,” said Hettenbach. “In this new reform environment, there is an even greater need to educate employers and employees about the importance of financial protection benefits and how they can be used to help fill gaps in coverage that medical insurance does not address.”

To learn more about health care reform and its impact on today’s employers, their workers and the benefits industry, visit

About Unum

Unum ( is one of the leading providers of employee benefits products and services in the United States and the United Kingdom. Through its subsidiaries, Unum Group paid approximately $6 billion in total benefits to customers in 2010.


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