WVAFP Appoints Insurance “Agent-of-Choice”

Effective September 1, 2012, the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (WVAFP) has appointed the West Virginia Medical Insurance Agency (WVMIA) as its insurance agent-of-choice.

WVAFP Executive Director, Gerry Stover, indicates that the appointment of WVMIA, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA), is a benefit to WVAFP members for two reasons:  (1) it will provide unparalleled service to our membership from an insurance agency whose only clients are physicians and (2) it will create educational funding for the WVAFP.  He said “I certainly recommend that members of WVAFP contact the WVMIA for assistance with any or all of their insurance needs.”

The WVMIA is managed by Steve Brown, who has worked in insurance regulation, has handled insurance claims, has been an underwriter for medical professional liability insurance and is a former hospital risk manager.  Stover said “with this background, Steve Brown certainly has the ability to advocate for our physician membership.”  Brown said “we look forward to working with the WVAFP and its individual members.  Our only clients are doctors and we strive to assist their insurance needs with products specifically designed to meet those needs.”  He mentioned specifically the property- casualty products of The Hartford, which have been designed with specific terminology and coverages for medical practices, and Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation which has a disability insurance product which has a 15% discount for members of the WVAFP.

For additional questions or to determine how best to utilize the services of the WVMIA contact Steve Brown, agency manager, at 1-800-257-4747 ext 22 (304-925-0342 ext 22); e-mail steve@wvsma.org or by cell at 304-542-0257 or visit the WVMIA web-site at www.wvmia.com.  Also see the WVAFP web-site for more information (www.wvafp.org).

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