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RISMEDIA, September 16, 2009—Keller Williams Realty announced that it has added a new Approved Vendor to the company’s Health Providers Program which now offers all KW associates group annual maximum benefit plans. 

Small Business United Association (SBU) is an association which offers a variety of benefits to its members, and by adding SBU to its roster of Health Providers, Keller Williams associates will be able to enroll in this unique group platform. 

In February of 2009, the company first launched its Health Providers Program which included options for limited medical benefit plans, vision, dental, cancer and catastrophic coverage. The addition of SBU’s plans, including the Maximum Annual Benefit Plans will give KW associates coverage comparable to major medical plans traditionally offered to employees of a company. 

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors®, more than one out of every four Realtors® has no health insurance, and additionally, only 17% of real estate firms offer health care coverage for independent contractors, who are the largest segment of real estate professionals. 

“We are simply thrilled to be able to offer yet another option for our family members to take care of their own and their families’ health,” said Mary Tennant, Keller Williams Realty’s President and COO. “The benefit plans that SBU is offering are very comparable to what they would receive from a regular, full-time employer.” 

She added: “We have been dedicated to finding our associates health options that will make their lives easier and help to ease some of their worries and stresses. We are grateful to SBU for offering this to our family.” 

SBU will also offer Keller Williams associates several 401K plan options for self-employed persons as of October 1, 2009. Additionally, SBU brings a large variety of other services to Keller Williams associates, including Group Term Life, Group Short Term Disability, Group Long Term Disability and purchasing discounts for legal services, human resources services, and more. 

“The plans we are providing for Keller Williams associates are unique because it allows them, for the first time, access to a wide range of health insurance programs on a group basis. All of our health insurance plans are guaranteed issue with no health questions asked and some don’t even have a pre-existing exclusion. In addition, KW associates can now get AFLAC plans to supplement their existing health insurance or our own plans,” said Tom Newby, president of SBU. 

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