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Amalgamated Life Insurance Partnering with United Hearing Services, Inc. to Offer Hearing Aids Savings Benefit

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White Plains, NY -March 21, 2016 - Amalgamated Life Insurance Company (White Plains, NY), a leading provider of insurance solutions including group life, disability, worksite/voluntary products and medical stop loss, announced today that it is partnering with United Hearing Services, Inc. (Pasadena, CA, www.unitedhearingservices.com).  United Hearing Services, Inc. is a full-service hearing aid supplier, with benefits administered by the HearUSA Hearing Care Network of over 4,000 providers nationwide. HearUSA offers a complete portfolio of hearing aids, consisting of 12 different manufacturers and over 350 hearing models, to provide a comprehensive hearing aid savings benefit to businesses, Taft-Hartley multi-employer trust funds, and municipalities.  The benefit program, titled Amalgamated Savings for Hearing, will deliver hearing aid savings of 20%-60% over retail prices, along with full concierge services that support individuals on their journeys to better hearing, from provider selection and appointment scheduling to follow-ups.  Organizations that bring the Amalgamated Life offering to their employees/members enable those individuals to secure significant savings for purchases of hearing aids for themselves and family members.

According to John Thornton, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Amalgamated Life Insurance Company, “We have been expanding our employee benefits portfolio over the past few years and adding a hearing-related benefit was a natural progression. We are especially excited to be teaming up with United Hearing Services and HearUSA, giving us the opportunity to bring one of the nation’s most robust, high-quality hearing benefits to our customers and their employees.”

Amalgamated Life’s Savings for Hearing will be offered to organizations both with and without a hearing benefit. Hearing aids purchased through the Amalgamated Life program can be fully paid for by employees and/or using company-paid hearing benefit dollars. Once an organization brings Amalgamated’s hearing aid savings benefit to its employees/members, there is a dedicated account manager assigned, and the issuance of ID cards giving employees/members access to United Hearing Services’ hearing aid products and services, administered by HearUSA. In addition to gaining deep discounts on a wide selection of hearing aids, they will also be entitled to access a 10% discount on hearing aids parts and supplies.

Hearing aid sales in the United States continue to soar due largely to the graying of America and its workforce. According to the Hearing Industries Association (HIA, Washington, D.C.), hearing aid sales increased by 8.8% in the first half of 2015.

More about Amalgamated Life Insurance Company

Amalgamated Life is a leading provider of comprehensive insurance solutions. Founded in 1943, Amalgamated Life has a long history of serving diverse businesses, unions, and health and welfare funds. Since 1975, Amalgamated Life has consistently earned the A” (Excellent) Rating from A.M. Best Company.  Amalgamated Life is a member of the Amalgamated Family of Companies which include: Amalgamated Agency, a property and casualty brokerage; AliCare, a third-party administrator; AliCare Medical Management, a medical care management firm; AliComp, a mainframe outsourcing and Information Technology solutions provider; and AliGraphics, a full-service printing and mailing company.   For more information, visit: www.amalgamatedlife.com.

About United Hearing Services, Inc.

United Hearing Services, Inc. is a full-service Hearing Aid supplier with a contracted network of over 4,000 providers nationwide consisting of 10 different manufacturers with 250 plus models of aids. UHS is headquartered in Pasadena, CA with the fulfillment, network and service operations provided by HearUSA which is based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. UHS has over 1.1 million members across the country. For more information, visit: www.unitedhearingservices.com.

About HearUSA

HearUSA is a recognized leader in hearing care. The company partners with managed care organizations across the nation. Through its Hearing Care Network of nearly 4,000 independently practicing audiologists and hearing care professionals, HearUSA administers hearing benefits and provides related products and services to both third party and self-referred clients. For more information, visit: www.hearusa.com.

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