Symetra has introduced three new value-add programs to its group life and disability income (DI) insurance offering. The following new benefits are available to covered employees and their families on new group life and/or DI policies — at no additional cost to the employer:

Travel Assistance Program: Offers a variety of 24/7 travel services — from help finding a physician to medication or eyeglass replacement to legal assistance — in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Employees are covered whether they are traveling on business or for pleasure on a trip 100 miles or more from home, lasting 90 days or less.

Identity Theft Resolution Program: Helps employees protect themselves against identity theft and provides support in the event their identity is stolen. Whether it’s replacing lost credit cards, offering translation services or providing access to emergency cash, help is just a phone call away, anywhere in the world.

Beneficiary Companion Program: Offers relief from the confusion and frustration many people face trying to manage a loved one’s final affairs. Dedicated beneficiary assistance coordinators can offer guidance on how to obtain death certificate copies for final notification as well as manage notifications to entities like government agencies, credit card companies and financial institutions.

“Our new value-add programs provide welcome benefits to employees and their families,” said Tom Foran, Symetra vice president, Group Life & Disability.”These enhancements help employers offer a more compelling benefits package at no additional cost, which can be a genuine advantage in a competitive marketplace.”

The three programs are offered through Symetra by Europ Assistance USA.

Symetra announced plans in January 2011 to expand its group life and DI operation, with a focus on mid-sized businesses. Since then, the company has assembled a seasoned leadership team and continues to expand in-house underwriting, claims, actuarial and field sales capabilities. Next week, Symetra’s Connecticut-based medical stop-loss insurance and group life and DI operations will move from South Windsor to a new, larger location in nearby Enfield.

For more information about the Symetra Group Life & Disability Value-Add programs, visit

About Symetra

Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation (NYSE: SYA), a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit

Symetra Group Life and Disability Income Insurance is insured by Symetra Life Insurance Company, 777 108th Ave. NE, Suite 1200, Bellevue, WA 98004, and is available in all U.S. states except New York. The policies are not available in any U.S. territory. Employee Assistance and Value-Add Programs are not available in all U.S. states or any U.S. territory.

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