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A destroyed house at San Carlos Island following Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, US, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. Five days after Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida, bringing with it a deadly storm surge, catastrophic flooding and powerful winds, the death and destruction it has wrought are starting to become clearer. Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

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Insurers Stand Up to Support Hurricane Ian Relief Funds

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Life, health and annuity issuers are starting to make large donations to Hurricane Ian recovery and relief efforts.

The hurricane first hit the mainland United States Sept. 28, near Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Officials had confirmed more than 100 hurricane-related deaths as of Tuesday. Verisk has estimated that the storm may have caused about $57 billion in insured losses.

Elevance Health — the Indianapolis-based company formerly known as Anthem — said Monday that it will donate at least $2.7 million to disaster response efforts.

The company will give $1 million to community-run relief efforts in Florida; $1 million to the American Red Cross; $100,000 to medical-relief organization Americares; $100,000 to Direct Relief, an organization that responds to specific requests from local partners; and $500,000 to a partnership that includes Rebuilding Together, Direct Relief and Kelly’s Kitchen, which will provide food, health supplies and home repairs.

Elevance will also continue to match employee donations to its foundation.

In other Ian-related donation news:

USAA has promised to give $1.25 million, with $500,000 going to the American Red Cross, $500, to Team Rubicon and $50,000 each to five U.S. military aid societies. USAA is a multiline insurer that focuses on providing insurance and annuities for U.S. military personnel, veterans, and the families of military personnel and veterans.

Team Rubicon clears routes, mucks out homes and helps with home repairs.

A foundation affiliated with UnitedHealth Group is donating $1 million to the Florida Disaster Fund, the state’s fund for helping communities recover and rebuild from disasters and $200,000 to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Fiona.

The company’s Optum unit is sending mobile clinics to affected communities, and Optum is opening its toll-free emotional support line to people affected by the hurricane. The service is available at (866) 447-3573 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield carrier, is starting by giving $1 million to relief and recovery efforts, including to the American Red Cross, United Way affiliates and the Volunteer Florida Disaster Fund.

The company is also providing free access to Teladoc telehealth visits, at (855) 225-5032, and toll-free access to a free, bilingual emotional support line, at (833) 848-1764.

Humana, a health insurer, is starting by giving $1 million to hurricane response efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico, and it says it will match up to $500 in employee contributions per employee.

Molina Healthcare is donating $300,000 is giving $300,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund, Farm Share, Harry Chapin Food Bank and Latino Leadership.

Hurricane Ian destroyed this house, which is on an island that’s part of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Sept. 28. (Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg)


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