Independence Holding Company is a Delaware corporation (NYSE: IHC) that was formed in 1980. We are a holding company principally engaged in the life and health insurance business with principal executive offices located at 96 Cummings Point Road, Stamford, Connecticut 06902.
In 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission amended the definition of a smaller reporting company to expand the number of smaller companies eligible to comply with scaled disclosure requirements. Under the new definition, a company with a public float less than $250 million is eligible to provide scaled disclosures. IHC qualified for smaller reporting company status and has elected to use the scaled disclosure accommodations in this annual report and subsequent filings.
Since the sale of its stop loss business in 2016, IHC has been primarily known as an underwriter of specialty health and disability products through its three carriers, Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York ("Standard Security Life"), Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. ("Madison National Life") and Independence American Insurance Company ("Independence American"). Standard Security Life focuses on underwriting and selling its New York short-term disability ("DBL") and paid family leave rider ("PFL") products through general agents primarily to small employers. Madison National Life emphasizes underwriting long-term disability and group life primarily to school districts and municipalities in the Upper Midwest through a managing general agent and independent brokers, and is establishing a worksite marketing division. Independence American is our primary specialty health and pet underwriter. Madison National Life, Standard Security Life and Independence American are sometimes collectively referred to as the "Insurance Group." IHC and its subsidiaries (including the Insurance Group) are sometimes collectively referred to as the "Company", or "IHC", or are implicit in the terms "we", "us" and "our".