A search of Unione Italiana Health Insurance Company of America Inc. results in Unione Italiana Reinsurance Company of America, Inc. Unione Italiana is a part of the National Indemnity Company. They sell property and casualty insurance in the commercial sector in most states in the U.S., as well as reinsurance to other insurance companies.
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History of Unione Italiana
The company was founded in 1978 in New York. In 2006, the company moved its headquarters from New York City to Woodbury, New York. The next year it moved again to Flushing, New York. Its headquarters are now that of the National Indemnity Company in Omaha, Nebraska.
Unione Italiana Products
Unione Italiana offers property and liability insurance for businesses and companies to cover a company’s risks to safeguard the profitability of that company.
Commercial auto insurance is offered for many sectors of the commercial auto market. The company has coverage for automobiles used for a business, such as:
- Delivery vehicles
- Company or executive cars
- Farm vehicles
- Delivery vehicles
- Construction equipment trucks
- Children’s transportation such as buses or shuttle vans
The coverage for automobiles covers liability, physical damage, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage (UM and UIM) and medical coverage.
The company even covers those commercial auto sectors that are considered risky from an insurance standpoint. Transit systems such as charter and public buses, taxis and limousines are covered with:
- UM and UIM
- Medical insurance
Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, hazardous commodity haulers, tankers, and tow vehicles can receive coverage from the company with additional cargo and in-tow coverage to cover damages to hauled merchandise or towed vehicles.
Medical transportation vehicles that are often utilized in times of emergency or crisis, such as ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles can also get coverage through the company.
Garage coverage is offered by the company to provide coverage for the business and customers’ autos that are left on the premises for:
- Auto dealerships
- Motorcycle/ATVs dealers
- Motor home dealers
- Garage keepers
General liability is extended to a number of businesses to cover property and bodily liability, personal and advertising injury, and workers’ compensation. Businesses can all receive general liability insurance such as:
- Construction companies
- Manufacturers and distributors
- Installation, service, and repair companies
- Storefront businesses
- Transportation companies
The company can also provide insurance for special events such as:
- Art shows
- Other events
Liability and medical expense coverage can be purchased to cover a single event.
Lastly, the company offers prize indemnification to cover large prizes such as a hole-in-one, half-court basketball shot or record-size fish catch prize offered by golf courses, arenas and other entities.
Unione Italiana Ratings
Unione Italiana’s parent company, National Indemnity, has a high financial rating by A.M. Best. A.M. Best is a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO), authorized by the US Securities and Exchange Commission to assess the financial strength of insurance companies. A.M. Best rated National Indemnity at an A++, or Superior, in 2011. The “++” indicates that the company has a very good chance of increasing the rating to AA or AAA. The rating indicates that the company has the financial strength and credit to honor the insurance the company has underwritten.
Standard and Poor’s, another NRSRO, also recognized the parent company of Unione Italiana as being on very strong financial footing. They rated National Indemnity at an AA+, or Very Strong, for both financial strength and issuer credit in 2010. Again, the “+” shows that the company will likely improve the rating in the future. Standard and Poor’s believes that National Indemnity will be able to honor its financial commitments.
Fitch Ratings, yet a third NRSRO, is in agreement with its contemporaries with an AA+, or Very Strong, rating for National Indemnity in 2011.
Contact Unione Italiana
The home office of Unione Italiana is located at:
National Indemnity Company
3024 Harney Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
Phone number: (402) 916-3000
Fax: (402) 916-3030
Email to send questions or comments to the company is [email protected]
The claims office can be reached at:
4016 Farnam Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
Toll-free phone number: 800-356-5750
Fax number is (402) 916-3031
An email address to reach the claims department is [email protected].
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