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Crum & Forster Closes Monitor Life Acquisition

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What You Need to Know

  • Crum & Forster is a P&C company that likes the accident and health space.
  • Monitor Life has been part of AmFirst.
  • Crum & Forster says it will be using Monitor Life to add new products soon.

Crum & Forster Accident & Health has bought a small, New York state-based life insurer that it can use to introduce new products.

The Eatontown, New Jersey-based specialty insurance business said Tuesday that it has received regulatory approval to acquire Monitor Life Insurance Co. of New York from AmFirst Insurance Co.

Crum & Forster, AmFirst and Monitor Life

Crum & Forster is part of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., a Toronto-based insurance, reinsurance and investment services company.

AmFirst is a Ridgeland, Mississippi-based company best known for selling dental insurance and supplemental health insurance products.

Monitor Life has its headquarters in Utica, New York. The company began operation in 1972, as an issuer of group term life insurance and individual life insurance products.

AmFirst acquired Monitor Life in 2011.

Monitor Life has been selling international life and health insurance products. In 2017, the company took responsibility for about 4,300 life insurance policies issued by a program offered by the United Nations Federal Credit Union. New York state regulators ruled that the program did not meet state standards.

Monitor Life now has authority to operate in 27 states and the District of Columbia, according to Crum & Forster.

New Products May Be Coming Soon

Crum & Forster says it’s applying for the certificates of authority Monitor Life needs to operate in other lines of business.

Crum & Forster’s accident and health unit already offers products such as pet insurance, overseas travel medical insurance and international student coverage.

Gary McGeddy, president of the accident and health unit, said in the Monitor Life acquisition announcement that the unit hopes to use Monitor Life to extend Crum & Forster’s line of medical insurance products in ways that will appeal to insurance agencies.

“We are in the product development phase, evaluating which A&H products to make available on Monitor Life paper, and are looking forward to a formal launch later this year,” McGeddy said.