NAILBA Perspectives Perspectives Fall 2018 - Page 20

carrier updates Mutual of Omaha Announces New Guaranteed Plus Whole Life Policy with Funeral Planning Services Innovative new solution to simplify funeral planning process for customers U nited of Omaha, a Mutual of Omaha company, today recently announced Guaran- teed Plus Whole Life insurance, an innovative new life insurance policy with a no additional cost rider that helps simplify the funeral planning process for consumers. Created through a strategic alli- ance with Everest Funeral Concierge Service, Guaranteed Plus includes the benefits of a Guaranteed Whole Life policy from United of Omaha, plus funeral planning services from Ever- est, including 24-hour personalized funeral planning assistance, secure online planning tools and online will preparation services. Guaranteed Plus will be available for consumers to purchase online or over the phone in select states be- ginning Nov. 5, 2018. “After spending a great deal of time listening to our customers, we learned they want to make funer- al planning simple and affordable, both for themselves and for the loved ones they leave behind,” said Brian Poppe, Senior Vice President at Mu- tual of Omaha. “Guaranteed Plus was designed with these needs in mind. Through our collaboration with Ever- est, we’re excited to be able to offer this innovative new solution that makes the funeral planning process more simple and affordable. Not only will it provide our customers added peace of mind, it will allow their families to grieve rather than worry about all of the little details that go into planning a funeral.” In February, Mutual of Omaha sur- veyed life insurance consumers to learn more about their needs. The re- sults of the survey showed 81 percent 20 perspectives FALL 2018 of consumers want a more simplified funeral planning process, while 76 percent want help finding a funeral home that offers fair prices for their funeral. “Everest exists to advocate for families, to be their champion and to offer support and independent advice during one of life’s most challenging times,” said Mark Duffey, President and CEO of Everest Funeral Concierge. “We’re very pleased to collaborate with Mutual of Omaha to help make funeral planning simple and afford- able for life insurance customers.” Highlights of Guaranteed Plus in- clude: •  Available in face amounts up to $25,000 • No medical exam required • Guaranteed death benefits as long as premiums are paid •  24-hour funeral concierge assis- tance to help consumers with fu- neral decisions, including gather- ing and presenting funeral pricing in an easy-to-understand format and negotiating prices with funer- al homes and other funeral-related service providers • Cost comparison tools to help con- sumers compare costs at local fu- neral homes • Secure online planning and stor- age tools, which allow consumers to put wishes in writing and com- municate those wishes to family members •  Online services to help create a will, healthcare directive, or power of attorney •  Expedited payment of life insur- ance proceeds to help cover funer- al costs For more information about whole life insurance from United of Oma- ha, visit www.mutualofomaha.com/ life-insurance or refer to the policy for additional details. Founded in 1909, Mutual of Omaha is a Fortune 500 organization offer- ing a variety of insurance, banking, and financial products for individu- als, businesses, and groups through- out the United States. In the individ- ual market, Mutual is a leader in the Medicare Supplement, life, long-term care, disability, and annuity lines. The company also offers a portfolio of employee benefit and retirement solutions and banking products and services through Mutual of Omaha Bank. For more information about Mutual of Omaha, visit www.mutua- lofomaha.com. Everest is the first nationwide fu- neral concierge service. An indepen- dent consumer advocate, Everest was created to provide a world-wide ser- vice to help streamline and simplify the funeral process for grieving fam- ilies. Its sole purpose is to provide information and independent, expert advice to consumers when they need to make informed choices about fu- neral-related issues. Serving as an impartial consumer advocate, Everest is not a funeral home, nor does it sell funeral goods or services and does not receive commissions from funeral homes or other providers in the fu- neral industry. Today, Everest services are available to more than 25 million people in the United States and Can- ada. Visit www.EverestFuneral.com for more information.