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Ashley Shope is assistant vice president of product and market development for Unum, a leading provider of financial protection benefits. In this role she specializes in disability insurance and other types of supplemental insurance such as accident, hospital and critical illness.
Shope began her career in actuarial development program working in experience analysis for Unum's Individual Disability Insurance business. She has held various finance roles including performance metrics for Unum's Voluntary Benefits product line and pricing for the company's permanent life products.
Penn State University: B.S., Actuarial Science 2007
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- Fellow : Society of Actuaries
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New Critical Illness Product From Unum Designed For Life Stage
Unum (NYSE: UNM), an industry leader in financial protection benefits, launched a new Critical Illness (CI) product that provides an option to protect people during a life stage, giving them access to greater coverage at a more affordable price and allowing them to focus on what matters most – their health.
“The updated approach reflects trends in how people use CI, with experts finding they typically keep coverage for 3-5 years during the life stage they think they need it most, rather than a whole lifetime,” said Ashley Mehrer, assistant vice president, product and market development for Unum. “For employers, offering employees coverage for a life stage can provide better protection against the financial strain associated with a critical illness.”
Critical illness sales opportunities rise along with the growth of high-deductible healthcare plans
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Ashley Mehrer, assistant vice president, product and market development at Unum, agrees. “While advances in medical treatment have improved the prognosis for many serious health events, the need for critical illness coverage remains significant, if not even more essential. Enhanced and experimental treatments often come with greater expense and durations, which leads to additional exposure for employees and their families,” she says.
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Employees can benefit from the offering regardless of their age or stage of life, and that’s true for younger workers, too.