HM Insurance Group to Partner with the National Kidney Foundation

New York (February 9, 2010) –– HM Insurance Group (HM) has made a commitment to support two major National Kidney Foundation (NKF) programs—the NKF Golf Classic and the Kidney Walk. HM Insurance will serve as presenting sponsor of the local NKF Golf Tournament series and platinum sponsor of the 2011 Kidney Walk events.

Through the partnership, HM Insurance Group and the National Kidney Foundation share in the effort to improve lives and achieve better outcomes for the millions of Americans whose lives are touched by kidney disease.

“As one of the leading insurance carriers for employer stop loss insurance, HM Insurance Group protects employers that self–fund their employees’ health insurance by providing catastrophic, or stop loss insurance. Conditions such as kidney disease can lead to catastrophic claims, as seen firsthand by HM,” says Michael Sullivan, HM President and COO. “We have paid $44 million in kidney disease–related claims over the past five years, making kidney disease among the top five claim categories at HM,” explains Sullivan.

“Through this partnership, we can help improve early detection and awareness efforts and improve treatment. This has the potential to reduce health care costs and enhance the quality of life for patients and their families,” continues Sullivan.

The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk events are held throughout the year in nearly 100 communities nationwide, totaling 75,000 walkers. HM Insurance Group will form a national team participating in the Kidney Walk program and will recruit Kidney Walkers in 12 cities. HM employees will take part in fund raising and marketing initiatives on the local level.

The National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic, a nationwide series of more than 45 golf tournaments held across the country, is the premier amateur golf event for charity. HM Insurance will support local events in 12 cities as well as the annual National Finals held in Pebble Beach, California.

In Pittsburgh, where the company is headquartered, HM Insurance Group will serve as presenting sponsor of the local NKF Golf Tournament and Kidney Walk in 2011.

“The National Corporate Partnership Program is the fastest–growing segment of both our NKF Golf Classic series and our Kidney Walk campaign,” says John Davis, National Kidney Foundation CEO. We are excited to have HM Insurance Group join us and hope that others follow their lead in supporting events that help the National Kidney Foundation raise funds for critical programs in early detection, public education, research, patient advocacy and organ donation.”

HM Insurance Group is a recognized leader in stop loss and reinsurance, offering employer stop loss, provider excess and HMO reinsurance. HM’s product portfolio also features workers’ compensation and voluntary worksite products (critical illness, accident, disability income, term life insurance and limited benefit medical plans).

HM Life Insurance Company, HM Life Insurance Company of New York, HM Casualty Insurance Company and Highmark Casualty Insurance Company have “A–” (Excellent) ratings from A.M. Best Company. Through its insurance companies, HM Insurance Group holds insurance licenses in 50 states and the District of Columbia and maintains 25 regional sales offices across the country. For more information about HM Insurance Group, visit www.hminsurancegroup.com.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney disease, improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by this disease and increasing organ donation. For more information on the NKF Golf Classic, visit www.nkfgolfclassic.org and to learn about the Kidney Walk visit www.kidneywalk.org