Hiscox USA Expands Ask Kodiak Engagement

Originally implemented only for key digital lines of business, Ask Kodiak will now support Hiscox’s direct small commercial product appetite and eligibility in the U.S.

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Hiscox USA, the New York-based small business insurance subsidiary of Hiscox Ltd. (Bermuda) has expanded a partnership with Ask Kodiak (Winchester, Mass.), an API platform providing real-time appetite and eligibility for commercial lines insurance companies, agents, and brokers. Originally used only for key digital lines of business, Ask Kodiak now enables Hiscox to communicate its direct small commercial product appetite information in real-time to partners.

Kevin Kerridge, EVP, Small Business Insurance, Hiscox USA.

“Hiscox is one of the truly leading digital carriers that understands the value of offering its distribution partners the most efficient way to access their insurance risk appetite,” comments Michael Albert, co-founder of Ask Kodiak. “Ask Kodiak uses the most precise and granular classification code system—NAICS HD—to ensure our carrier partners efficiently classify and underwrite profitable risks.”

Given the complexity of underwriting classes and rapidly changing eligibility rules in the insurance industry, it is challenging for agents and brokers to know the current appetite of any insurance company partner before submitting insurance risks for coverage, an Ask Kodiak statement notes. In fact, many insurers still update and distribute spreadsheets and PDFs reflecting risk appetite to producers by email or snail mail.

Michael Albert, Co-founder, Ask Kodiak.

Utilizing the Ask Kodiak platform, insurance companies like Hiscox can store, update, and share this vital information with any distribution partner for maximum efficiency and quote-to-bind speed, the vendor statement says. By communicating the product and appetite information to wholesale partners in real-time, before a quote is requested, agents and underwriters can save time and energy otherwise spent on out-of-appetite risks.

Single Source of Hiscox USA’s Risk Appetite

“Ask Kodiak is a great partner, which is why we decided to increase our utilization of their platform to make it the single source of Hiscox USA’s risk appetite, to be used both internally and for our wholesale distribution partners,” comments Kevin Kerridge, EVP, small commercial, Hiscox USA. “As the leading online insurer of small businesses in the U.S., we understand the value of partnering with best-in-class technology partners to offer our producers and small business customers the finest and most robust solutions.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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