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COUNTRY Financial and Hartville Pet Insurance Group Extend Coverage to All Members of the Family

BLOOMINGTON, IL and AKRON, OHIO, Aug. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Beginning today, pet parents can turn to COUNTRY Financial for help in caring for and planning for all members of the family, including their pets. COUNTRY Financial, and Hartville Pet Insurance Group, one of the oldest and largest providers of pet health insurance in the U.S., have joined forces to provide assistance to pet parents.

With roughly 50 percent of U.S. households enjoying pet ownership, many families have sought a trusted partner to assist with their pet insurance needs. The COUNTRY Financial and Hartville Pet Insurance Group agreement brings two recognized and respected brands together.

"At COUNTRY Financial, we believe in offering consumers a wide variety of protection products," said Fanette Singer, senior vice president of marketing at the COUNTRY Financial group. "With the inclusion of Hartville Pet Insurance we will be able to help families limit the risk of out-of-pocket expenses for family pets by brokering coverage for unexpected accidents and illnesses."

Hartville Pet Insurance plans, underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, have been around for nearly 20 years. Plans offered include injury, illness and advanced care. The insurance offered through COUNTRY Financial will include a range of plans as well as two levels of optional wellness coverage. The plans can start at $12 per month for cats and $16 for dogs depending on breed, age, zip code and coverage selected. There are no limits to the number of claims that are covered, and customers can visit any licensed veterinarian, specialist or emergency clinic in the US and Canada and there are no network restrictions.

"A partnership like this is something we strive to achieve," said JoAnne Novak, assistant vice president, new business development, Hartville Pet Insurance Group. "We can offer pet parents the ease of going through a company they already trust to cover these important dependents."

"COUNTRY Financial has a mission that aligns with Hartville Pet Insurance," said Dennis Rushovich, senior vice president, Hartville Pet Insurance Group. "We both strive for excellent service to our clients as well as a top product."

For more information and tips about COUNTRY Financial and the new pet insurance offerings, visit www.countryfinancial.com.

Products are offered through CC Services, Inc. and issued by an unaffiliated third-party insurer. Plans are underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company and administered by Fairmont Specialty Insurance Agency (FSIA Insurance Agency in CA), members of the Crum & Forster Enterprise.

About the COUNTRY Financial® group

The COUNTRY Financial® group (www.countryfinancial.com) serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States and offers a full range of financial products and services from auto, home, business, farm and life insurance to retirement planning services, investment management and annuities.

About Hartville and Pet Insurance

Hartville Pet Insurance Group is one of the oldest and largest providers of pet health insurance in the United States. In 2006, Hartville was named the only strategic partner for pet insurance of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), in recognition of the company's commitment to pet health and its humane coverage philosophy.

All of the company's insurance plans are underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company and administered by Fairmont Specialty Insurance Agency, (FSIA Insurance Agency in CA), members of the Crum and Forster Enterprise.

Hartville Pet Insurance Group is a trademark of United States Fire Insurance Company. United States Fire Insurance Company and Fairmont Specialty Insurance Agency may be individually or collectively referred to as Hartville Pet Insurance Group or Hartville.

C &F and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company.

The Crum & Forster Enterprise, which is part of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, is comprised of leading and well-established property and casualty business units.

CONTACT: Liz Watson, AVP of Marketing liz.w@hartvillegroup.com Office: 330-484-9750 Cell: 330-957-3175 Stephanie Duffy, Public Relations Stephanie@whitespace-creative.com Office: 330-762-9320 Cell: 300-340-2268

Source:Hartville Pet Insurance Group