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A life insurer has started using new insurance application routing capabilities from Internet Pipeline Inc.

Assurity Life Insurance Company, Lincoln, Neb., has installed the Go/No-Go feature.

The feature, which works with the Web-based iGO system from iPipeline, Exton, Pa., helps an insurer get electronic insurance applications to distributors, general agencies, or offices of supervisory jurisdiction.

The iGO system is an electronic insurance and annuity application processing system.

In other insurance technology news:

- The National Transitions of Care Coalition, Little Rock, Ark., has formed a Health Information Technology Work Group.

The working group will try to develop and promote use of standards and procedures that can ease the process of shifting patients from one type or level of care to another.

One member of the working group will be Charles Smith, an executive at CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia.

- Principal Financial Group Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, has started sending personalized retirement account balance information and other account information through text messages.

Principal also can feed the information into a participant’s iGoogle home page.

Principal introduced the features in mid-May. Since then, 800 participants have installed an iGoogle home page gadget, and 1,500 have signed up to receive updates in the form of text or e-mail messages, the company reports.

- Assurant Employee Benefits, Kansas City, Mo., a unit of Assurant Inc., New York, has developed an electronic tool that producers and others can use to help consumers understand the effects of the company’s new Preventive Max Waiver option.

Consumers who enroll in the company’s Family Share Max dental plan can use the waiver to exclude preventive dental services from their annual benefit maximum.

The new tool can compare stand-alone Family Share Max coverage or Family Share Max coverage with the Preventive Max Waiver option to a dental plan with a rollover option or one with individual maximums, Assurant says.

- CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia, has set up a paperless, “e-onboarding” system for dentists who want to join its dental provider networks.

The system includes an electronic signature system and a system that dentists can use to submit information such as documentation of education and licensure.

CIGNA is starting out by offering the tool to dentists who want to join its preferred provider organization plan network. The company hopes to make the tool available to dentists who want to join its health maintenance organization plan network in the fall.

CIGNA can process the typical electronic dental provider application in about 24 hours, down from an average of about 4 business days for conventional applications.

- National Life Group, a unit of NLV Financial Corp., Montpelier, Vt., has updated its consumer retirement website, at