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New Group Health Plan to Benefit HFIA Members

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The Home Furnishings Independents Association (HFIA) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Trustmark Affinity Markets, a division of Trustmark Life Insurance Company, to offer a health insurance program designed exclusively for HFIA member firms with two or more employees. The health plans are underwritten and administered by Trustmark Affinity Markets, and are designed to help members better manage their health insurance costs and combat the rising cost of healthcare. “HFIA has always been the choice and voice of the independent-thinking home furnishings professional,” says Jana Sutherland, Group Health Insurance Administrator of the Dallas-based home furnishings association, with members in all 50 states. “We are dedicated to helping our members succeed.” The health insurance program, available for effective dates of February 1, 2009, and later, offers nationwide network access and provides medical, prescription drug, dental and life/AD&D coverage in one convenient program. Additionally, the program offers a unique comprehensive suite of wellness and condition management tools through Healthy Foundations® to help maximize the health potential of every plan participant, and easy enrollment online or via phone with Express Connect® paperless employee enrollment. “Using Express Connect expedites the underwriting and enrollment process substantially, reducing typical industry delays of incomplete applications and local brokers needing to collect data. Everyone wins,” states Sutherland. For further information, contact Jana Sutherland, HFIA, at (800) 942-4663. About Home Furnishings Independents Association: HFIA, founded in 1923, is the choice and voice of independent-thinking home furnishings professionals, and offers business tools and solutions to help members operate more efficiently and, in return, more profitably. Members in the trade organization enjoy benefits designed specifically for their businesses which help members save money, streamline operations and stay better informed about the industry, which in turn allows them to offer exceptional service to their customers. About Trustmark Affinity Markets: Trustmark Affinity Markets has more than 50 years of experience serving associations and other affiliated organizations. Products sold or administered by Trustmark Affinity Markets are underwritten by Trustmark Life Insurance Company or Trustmark Insurance Company, both subsidiaries of Trustmark Mutual Holding Company. As a mutual holding company managed for the benefit of policyholders, Trustmark is committed to providing outstanding value and unsurpassed personal service with nearly a 100-year track record of solid performance. Trustmark has a reputation of long-term financial stability and is rated “A-”(Excellent) by A.M. Best, the industry’s most-watched analyst of financial stability, and rated “A-” (Strong) for insurer strength by Fitch Ratings.

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