GALVESTON, Texas, June 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American National Insurance Company, one of the leaders in Life Insurance Living Benefits announces enhanced Living Benefits for life insurance policyholders through the expansion of their Accelerated Benefit Riders (ABRs). The enriched ABRs will now give the policyholder the added option to accelerate a portion of their death benefit in the case of a qualifying event while keeping the policy in force. American National Insurance Company announced it unveiled, on June 7, 2014, NEW Partial Accelerated Benefit Riders for Critical, Chronic and Terminal Illness to go with its Full Accelerated Benefit Riders providing more Living Benefit options for customers. These living benefits, offered at no additional premium, cover 16 critical illnesses, chronic and terminal illness in the form of Accelerated Benefit Riders. In the event of a qualifying illness, the policy owner may choose between partial or full death benefit acceleration. When the death benefit is accelerated, it is reduced by an actuarial discount based on the insured's future expected mortality in addition to an administrative fee (up to $500). These benefits will be offered on the ANICO Indexed Universal Life, Executive Universal Life, Executive Universal Life Simplified Issue, Affinity Whole Life and ANICO Signature Term TM Life. David A. Behrens, Executive Vice President of American National Insurance Company stated, "American National's expanded Partial and Full Accelerated Benefit Riders for Critical, Chronic and Terminal Illness provides more options for customers at a time of need while still offering protection for their family's future." About the Company American National Insurance Company (American National), headquartered in Galveston, Texas, was founded in 1905 and is licensed to conduct the business of insurance in all states except New York. American National is also a family of companies. The family of companies offers a broad line of products and services, which include life insurance, annuities, health insurance, credit insurance, pension products, and property and casualty insurance for personal lines, agribusiness and targeted commercial exposures. For more information, including company news and investor relations information, visit the company's web site at www.anico.com . Financial Strength Ratings American National Insurance Company has been evaluated and assigned the following ratings by nationally recognized, independent rating agencies. The ratings are current as of June 10, 2014.
|A.M. Best 1||A|
|Standard & Poor's 2||A|