LOS ANGELES (October 18, 2012) — SAG-AFTRA announced that it has negotiated a contract specifically designed for SAG-AFTRA members and franchised talent agents nationwide. These products are being made available in order to assist those seeking additional insurance or for members who do not currently qualify for either the SAG-Producers Health Plan or AFTRA Health Plan.

In conjunction with Marsh U.S. Consumer, a broker and administrator of affinity insurance and membership programs, SAG-AFTRA has launched a new user-friendly “Health Mart” website that empowers members and franchised agents to access a multitude of competitive health care options with major insurers. SAG-AFTRA’s agreement with Marsh, which operates a U.S.-only call support center, provides insurance opportunities in many areas, including health, Medicare supplement, dental, home, auto, life and long-term care.

“In light of hardships caused by rising health care costs, we are excited about providing this one-stop online shop for health insurance options that we believe will prove beneficial to our members and to agents.” said SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White.

“Our efforts are designed to help members who may be in the market for insurance or who may not currently qualify for a union health plan and are looking for assistance in sorting through insurance products available to them,” said SAG-AFTRA Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. “We are thrilled to be able to extend this to our franchised agents as well, and it is another example of the importance we attach to the relationship we have formed with our agents across the country.”

Earlier this year, the union also negotiated an agreement with Aflac, an indemnity/lump sum provider, to allow interested members and franchised agents access to supplemental insurance products at competitive rates and reduced underwriting.

SAG-AFTRA members can learn more about available insurance options online by logging in to their member account at SAGAFTRA.org.

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