The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. reports that it has been selected to provide group life insurance, short- and long-term disability, and accidental death and dismemberment coverage for the employees of the State of Arizona.

Every employee will automatically receive group life insurance coverage. Short-term disability (STD) and supplemental life coverage will be offered to employees for purchase. The supplemental life includes accidental death and dismemberment coverage. Long-term disability (LTD) coverage also is provided by the State of Arizona for public safety employees not covered by the state plan.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunity to provide for the financial protection needs of Arizona’s state employees,” said Ron Gendreau, EVP of The Hartford’s Group Benefits Division. “As a long-time leader in the public and education sector, The Hartford will provide the State of Arizona with industry-leading expertise and service that meets its unique needs while removing the burden from benefits administration.”

With The Hartford’s STD clinical claim submission system, Arizona state employees file a claim by phone where they will speak with a clinical intake nurse, who is typically a registered nurse with an average of 20 years experience.

The use of this telephonic system means there are no claim forms, and employees immediately speak to a knowledgeable medical professional. In addition, The Hartford reaches out to the employee’s doctors in order to obtain the medical information necessary to complete the claim submission instead of burdening the disabled employee. The Hartford’s clinical claims system has reduced average STD claims by 4.5 days compared to the industry average, according to the 2008 JHA Disability Fact Book. The Hartford offers telephonic claims for life, STD and LTD insurance.

Through their group life coverage with The Hartford, State of Arizona employees will have funeral planning benefits at no additional out-of-pocket cost to them. Life Conversations from The Hartford is a new service that provides a package of end-of-life services, including funeral planning, online will preparation and travel insurance.

The State of Arizona joins more than 7,000 public and educational employers that have selected The Hartford for their employee benefits programs. Most recently, the County of San Bernardino, Calif., selected The Hartford’s disability insurance for its 18,000 employees.

“We are happy to add the State of Arizona to our growing portfolio of public and education sector clients in the U.S.,” said Gary Robbins, regional sales manager for The Hartford’s Group Benefits office in Phoenix. “We are committed to providing great products and services to those in public service.”

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