Marsh Affinity Group Services Integrates Both Tradition and Technology With

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Marsh Affinity Group Services, a service of Seabury & Smith, announces the launch of its website, The website provides nursing professionals with the ability to purchase insurance over the web, in real time. With its launch, will serve as an important online information resource with interactive capabilities for Marsh Affinity Group Services' clients. Additional healthcare occupations will be added shortly.

Marsh Affinity Group Services, a leader in the design and administration of professional liability coverage for associations since 1949, now blends its traditional channels of expertise with technological advancements to continue its record of excellent insurance and health benefit services. The initial phase of this launch allows nursing professionals, a sector that Marsh Affinity Group Services has served for over 50 years, to conveniently purchase professional liability over the net.

The Chicago Insurance Company is the underwriter for the professional liability program. The applies to the Chicago Insurance Company, one of the Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies, and as a partner in the Allianz Group, with 25 member companies specializing in property/casualty, life/health and asset management. Allianz holdings, including the Chicago Insurance Company, represent in excess of $53 Billion in annual revenues and over $650 Billion in assets under management making it the largest insurance enterprise worldwide.

Marsh Affinity Group Services is the leading provider of insurance programs for affinity organizations with more than 200 affinity clients across the United States representing some 16 million members, mainly in the professional, military, alumni, education and retiree sectors. Marsh Affinity Group Services' 5,000 insurance and customer support personnel design, administer and market customized programs for insurance, financial and retirement plan services for affinity organizations, corporations and small businesses.

As part of the many changes that Marsh Affinity Group Services has implemented in the past year, the development and launch of adds even more value to the strong relationships the company has with its clients and their members. This change will reinforce Marsh Affinity Group Services' commitment to customer satisfaction by recognizing the need for convenience through the internet as a means of broadening these relationships. Marsh Affinity Group Services is committed to integrating insurance experience with new channels of information transfer -- channels that clients and customers can easily access.

As a pioneer in the concept of insurance program management, Marsh Affinity Group Services offers a host of professional services, including: third party administration, program design, marketing and advertising, research and development, claims, underwriting, customer service and payroll deduction plan development.

Marsh Affinity Group Services is a unit of Marsh Inc., which includes the risk and insurance services businesses of MMC. A global professional services firm with annual revenues exceeding $9 billion, MMC also is the parent company of Putnam Investments, one of the largest investment management companies in the United States; and Mercer Consulting Group, a major global provider of consulting services.

Updated March 13, 2002