One of the nation’s leading pet insurance agencies is set to celebrate its 7-year company anniversary during the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s (NAPHIA) National Pet Health Insurance Month.
Dr. Jack Stephens, the veterinarian who founded the first U.S. pet insurance agency and issued the first pet insurance policy to celebrity TV dog Lassie in the 1980s, said the company’s 7-year anniversary on Sept. 17 is particularly special to him because it also falls within National Pet Health Insurance Month and within the same year as the 30th anniversary of U.S. pet insurance as a whole.
“It amazes me to reflect on the introduction of the country’s cat and dog insurance industry,” Dr. Stephens recalled. “As a veterinarian, a client once brought her dog into my practice and decided to euthanize her instead of providing treatment because of the cost alone.”
Dr. Stephens said he ran into the family a few weeks later, and the client’s young daughter remembered him as “the man who killed” her dog.
“This encounter is what ignited my decision to find a better solution than euthanasia for pet owners who cannot afford to treat their sick animals,” Dr. Stephens said. “And so, U.S. pet insurance was born.”
After pioneering the nation’s pet health insuranceindustry, Dr. Stephens was an integral part in the formation of NAPHIA, which is a comprised of pet health insurance companies and industry professionals who aim to set and keep industry transparency and standards high.
Dr. Stephens said the pet insurance agency plans to celebrate its anniversary during NAPHIA’s National Pet Health Insurance month with a veterinarian “Yappy Hour” open house event in September at the Pets Best Insurance headquarters.
“We’re overjoyed to be celebrating another successful year at Pets Best Insurance,” Dr. Stephens said. “And as the human-animal bond continues to grow stronger, we’ll be here to help owners and their beloved animals afford the best health care they can get.”
About Pets Best Insurance
With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the health and well-being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance president Dr. Jack Stephens founded pet insurance in the United States in 1981. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens presented the first pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet health care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team is comprised of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value.
Pet insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit ihcgroup.com. In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut will underwrite policies. Each insurer has sole responsibility for its own products. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit petsbest.com/underwriter or call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.
For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at http://www.petsbest.com or call 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow Pets Best Insurance on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance.
Dr. Jack Stephens is available for interviews.