For Immediate Release - January 23, 2008

Division of Insurance Unveils Agent Finder Web Site

Massachusetts consumers to benefit from hassle-free insurance shopping

BOSTON - January 23, 2008 - Commissioner Nonnie S. Burnes today unveiled AgentFinder, a Division of Insurance web site designed to make it easier for Massachusetts consumers to find insurance agents and insurance products in the state. AgentFinder connects consumers to insurance professionals based on criteria provided by the consumer and is available at http://www.agentfinder.doi.state.ma.us.

"Shopping for insurance can be a hassle. Our goal at the Division is to cut through the confusion and give consumers the tools they need to make informed choices," said Burnes. "AgentFinder is a powerful site that will help Massachusetts consumers save time and find the best fit for all of their insurance needs."

The Division frequently receives calls from consumers looking for a simple and efficient way to find professionals and companies that sell products ranging from automobile, homeowners, life or health insurance to the more specialized lines of pet, travel and wedding insurance. AgentFinder allows consumers to generate a list of agents from a database of the state's 70,000 licensed insurance professionals based on the geographic, product and company specifications that he or she selects.

The web site's search methods are flexible. Consumers can perform a general agent search by entering their zip code and selecting between auto, homeowners, life or health insurance. They can also conduct a detailed agent search by entering the agent's name, business location, company or product.

"AgentFinder will work in conjunction with the web site we will launch next month to help consumers shop around for the best managed competition auto insurance premiums," said Burnes. "These two resources promise to give consumers the information they need to make the right insurance decisions for themselves and their families."