NU Online News Service, Dec. 22, 2004, 5:27 p.m. EST

An Alexandria, Va., insurer has agreed to use a benefit enrollment system from a Westbrook, Maine, vendor.[@@]

The 5 Star Insurance Company, a unit of the Armed Forces Benefit Association, says it will be using the system, from Common Census Inc., to provide employee benefits for members in the military and federal agencies.

Benefits counselors will be able to use the system to enroll employees for group or voluntary benefits using telephone call centers or a combination of laptops and the Internet, Common Census says.