Guardian Accident Insurance Delivers Industry-First Injury-Free™ Benefit and Rainy Day Fund – PR Newswire

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New features pay employees back when injury free for five years and provide extra "back-up" for treatments that might normally exceed policy limits
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Jun 05, 2019, 10:00 ET
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NEW YORK, June 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian) Accident Insurance now includes benefits that employees want most: money back if they go injury-free and payment for treatments that might normally exceed policy limits. As healthcare costs continue to soar, many families find it harder than ever to cover their expenses1. When 60% of Americans have less than $500 in savings2 and the average out-of-pocket expense for a hospital visit costs $1,0003, one accident or injury can be financially devastating – and the problem is compounded as health plans continue to increase deductibles.
Accident insurance helps families offset the expense of injuries requiring treatment that they might normally have to cover out-of-pocket to meet their plans’ deductible. In simple terms, it pays employees directly for common injuries and associated medical treatments and services. Driven by consumer insights, Guardian’s accident insurance now features:
“We asked consumers what they wanted most in an accident product to better understand what they would value and appreciate. Our latest enhancements provide maximum coverage to give them what they want – a return on their investment,” said Mike Estep, Vice President, Group Products & Worksite Leader, Guardian. “Offering Guardian Accident Insurance can help employers strengthen the financial security of their workforce and help employees manage high healthcare deductibles.”
Accidents happen, this product can help
Employers can offer this employee-paid insurance coverage to enhance their overall employee benefits package and help boost employees’ financial protection.  As an example of how Guardian’s new Rainy Day Fund feature helps with the unexpected, consider the following scenario:  Joe is out bowling with his family when he drops a bowling ball on his foot and fractures three toes.
Joe was paying $39 a month for Guardian’s Accident Plan (Platinum) covering his family
Additional key features of Guardian’s Accident insurance:
Unexpected injuries can impact a family’s financial wellbeing and lead to increased stress. According to Guardian’s 6th Annual Workplace Benefits Study, 44% of working Americans in HDHPs say they have avoided receiving medical care in the past year because of their high deductibles. For the first time, employers can offer their employees accident insurance that can pay them back while backing them up.
Guardian’s enhanced accident product is now available for quoting in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Virginia, and Vermont.
To learn more about Guardian’s Accident coverage, please click here.  
About Guardian®
Every day, Guardian provides Americans the security they deserve through our insurance and wealth management products and services. Since our founding in 1860, our long-term view has helped our customers prepare for whatever life brings whether starting a family, planning for the future or taking care of employees. Today, we’re a Fortune 250 mutual company and a leading provider of life, disability, dental, and other benefits for individuals, at the workplace and through government sponsored programs. The Guardian community of 9,500 employees and our network of over 2,700 financial representatives is committed to serving with expertise when, where and how our clients need us. Our commitments rest on a strong financial foundation, which at year-end 2018 included $8.5 billion in capital and $1.6 billion in operating income. For more information, please visit guardianlife.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedInTwitter and YouTube
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The Rainy Day Fund does not apply to benefits without frequency limitations, or Wellness claims. Covered benefits include: air ambulance, ambulance, blood/plasma/platelets, chiropractic visits, diagnostic exam (major), doctor follow-up visits, emergency dental work, epidural anesthesia pain management, eye injury, family care, fractures, gunshot wound, hospital confinement, hospital ICU confinement, joint replacement, knee cartilage, lodging, outpatient therapies, rehabilitation unit confinement, ruptured disc with surgical repair, surgery (cranial, open abdominal, thoracic, hernia), surgery (exploratory and arthroscopic), transportation, and x-ray. Automatic Increase Option: Covered person must be insured under the certificate for 12 consecutive months before the first adjustment is applied. Does not apply to disability, hospital confinement due to sickness, and wellness benefit.  Guardian’s Accident Insurance is underwritten and issued by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, NY.  Products are not available in all states.  Policy limitations and exclusions apply.  Optional riders and/or features may incur additional costs.  Plan documents are the final arbiter of coverage.  This policy provides Accident insurance only.  It does not provide basic hospital, basic medical or major medical insurance as defined by the New York State Department of Financial Services. IMPORTANT NOTICE –THIS POLICY DOES NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR SICKNESS. 2019-80511 (6/21)
1 Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Costs, 2019
2 Bankrate Money Pulse Survey, Jan. 5-8, 2017
3 Guardian; How to cope with health care uncertainty, 2019
SOURCE The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
www.guardianlife.com

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