A trusted employee benefits leader in the governmental and educational space

From small cities and big municipalities to school districts and support services, we're the smart choice as a benefits provider for public sector organizations. Our suite of voluntary benefits complements traditional benefits and helps you compete with the private sector to retain top employees - all without impacting your budget.

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Proudly serving the public sector

Put our expertise to work for you

In 1955, our first payroll deduction account was a state highway patrol, and they are still a customer today. Since then, we’ve come to serve more than 10,000 public sector accounts and 500,000 public sector employees.

We’ve carved out a niche as a public sector expert. Why? Because it’s the most challenging benefits environment we could find. And we know that if our solutions work there, they’ll work for businesses anywhere.

We're trusted by:

  • More than 40 state governments
  • More than 3,000 educational entities
  • More than 5,000 local governments

Create better connections

Gain new insights and perspectives through our long-standing relationships with these organizations

National League of Cities (NLC)

The NLC’s 49 state municipal leagues help the leaders of more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns build stronger communities. We were invited by NLC leadership to be a corporate partner and share ideas that can help strengthen local government and encourage economic competitiveness.

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO)

The NBC-LEO, a constituency group of the NLC, works to ensure that NLC policy and program recommendations reflect African-American concerns. We help them tap into research and other resources to better leverage employee benefits in pursuit of their goals.

Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)

The HELO, a constituency group of the NLC, provides the NLC board guidance on major public policy issues affecting the Hispanic and Latino communities. We supply them with insights and data to enhance their effectiveness.

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG)

The WIMG, a constituency group of the NLC, works to raise awareness about issues of concern to women and encourage women to seek public office. We support their work by providing information and strategies that help advance their efforts.

International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR)

The IPMA-HR represents the interests of more than 5,000 human resource professionals at the federal, state and local levels. We received their preferred provider designation for voluntary benefit solutions.


GOVERNING provides state and local leaders with nonpartisan information, insights and intelligence to help them work effectively. We partner with them to develop and deliver research and educational opportunities that help these leaders contain costs while managing the quality of employee benefits.


Sourcewell facilitates the competitive bidding process on behalf of its 50,000 member organizations. We earned a contract for voluntary benefits that Sourcewell members can leverage to fulfill their bidding requirements, provided all statutory requirements and obligations are satisfied.

The School Superintendents Association (AASA)

The AASA represents more than 13,000 education leaders internationally, helping shape policy and advance the goals of public education. We assist them by providing strategies and insights for more effectively recruiting, retaining and rewarding educators and administrators.

State and Local Government Benefits Association (SALGBA)

The SALGBA provides municipal, county, school and state government professionals with continuing education and accreditation in public sector benefits. We support their mission by developing educational materials and through conference support.

Employee benefits and cost management solutions

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Our latest public sector resources

Colonial Life sponsors Public Official of the Year

The public sector is simultaneously dealing with a retiring workforce and budget constraints that make it challenging to attract and keep skilled workers.

Colonial Life sponsors new teacher success program

The path to success for new teachers could be a little smoother, thanks to a new University of South Carolina teacher induction program sponsored by Colonial Life.

Benefits Modernization

Traditionally, a culture of stability and better benefits attracted workers to the public sector, but budget cutbacks, job losses, furloughs and pay freezes have increasingly made government less appealing for potential employees.