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Family Heritage covers lives in crisis

Family Heritage staff include (from left) CEO Kevin Meyers, Brandi Schlauderaff, Hannah Meyers, Amanda Thielen-Welken and Chuck Kraig. Together they work to cover the lakes area with supplemental insurance policies that bridge the gap between clients and major medical. KRISTIE FRITZ/DL NEWSPAPERS

Life can turn on a dime.

That’s why officers at a new business in Detroit Lakes are making it their business to take care of yours.

Family Heritage is supplemental insurance company with a presence around the country, and although they have had a representative around the area since 2003, it has now expanded into a full-blown bricks and mortar business.

Located at 1111 Highway 10 East in Detroit Lakes, the company officially set up shop four months ago when Kevin Meyers came from an office in Alexandria to join forces with Chuck Kraig, who was already selling policies to farmers, small business owners and self-employed workers.

Together, they recruited two other professionals in the field, Director of Operations Brandi Schlauderaff and Amanda Thielen-Welken for sales,  to begin further spreading the word of their services.

“We’re kind of like an Aflac on steroids,” said Meyers, who is the CEO of the Detroit Lakes business, “So when people have insurance the payments go straight to the hospitals and doctors — you never see the money.  With us, the money goes straight to your paycheck.”

That means while insurance companies pay for portions of medical bills, a policy with Family Heritage will then cover all of the other expenses not touched by insurance.

“House payments, food, gas money, deductibles — any expenses that somebody might have trouble paying because they’re out of work,” said Meyer, “We bridge that gap.”

Kraig says he has already gotten feedback from local clients who have had to use the policies, and says for some, it’s protected their entire livelihoods when tragedy struck.

“There is hardly a family that isn’t affected by cancer, heart attack, stroke or serious accident,” said Kraig, “and we have five different levels that you can invest in, so it’s affordable for anybody’s budget.”

And Meyers and Kraig do use the term “invest,” because they say when a policy turns 20 years old, its holder gets back everything that wasn’t used throughout the years.

“So it’s set up to be a win-win for everybody, because if nothing ever happens and you don’t ever have to use the policy, you get all that money back,” said Meyers, adding that if somebody with a policy passes away, the money still goes to the beneficiaries.

Schlauderaff works with employers, setting up group plans and things like payroll deduction.

She says the Affordable Care Act, or “Obama-Care” is going to help their newly formed Detroit Lakes business as they help individuals take more stock of their own health coverage.

“They want employees to put more effort into taking care of themselves, going in for preventative maintenance,” said Schlauderaff, “Our plans help bridge that gap where employees can have a higher deductible health plan, and then we have plans that help offset the larger things that could happen that would make employees get to their deductible faster.”

Meyers says Family Heritage policies provide a way for people to be able to go in for screenings, checkups and preventative maintenance, which he says will save lives.

Meyer’s Cancer Care

Another leg of the new Detroit Lakes Family Heritage business is what CEO Kevin Meyers has created and calls “Meyer’s Cancer Care.”

“It’s an organization I started where I can take money from our company, me being an officer in the company, and I can pick and choose churches and community organizations I want to work with and partner up to give to individuals that are going through crisis,” said Meyers, who says he is creating this identity using a blue bow tie to symbolize awareness for male-related cancers.

“You see the pink ribbons everywhere … all about women and cancer,” said Meyers, “but nothing do you ever see about men.  We’re taught that cancer is for old people and us men are invincible and we’re stubborn.”

Meyers says he knows firsthand how easily those stubborn men can be taken down when they’re not regularly screened.

“My cousin died at 19 from leukemia; his family lost everything two and a half years ago,” said Meyers, “A buddy of mine, Steve, at 47 they gave him nine days to live, and I have a cousin, Kyle, 39… stage four pancreas cancer.”

Meyers says he wants his blue bowtie to become the universal symbol for cancer awareness for men.

“Starting right here in Detroit Lakes,” he said.

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