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MAJOR HEALTH INSURERS FORM NEW MARKETING ALLIANCE

 TROY, Mich., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Excess Re, a health care reinsurance marketing firm, has forged a unique alliance with Northwestern National Life Insurance Company to market life and excess- risk insurance products, it was announced today.
 Under terms of the July 1 agreement, Global Excess Re, Inc. will offer Minnesota-based NWNL's life and excess-risk insurance products through Global's nationwide network of more than 100 third-party administrators or TPAs.
 "We are pleased to be part of this strong alliance," said Global President and CEO J. Patrick Bryan. "Northwestern National Life Insurance Company's size and reputation and Global's marketing skills create a dynamic force to expand the life and excess-risk business in the employee benefits market."
 Northwestern National Life Insurance Company, founded in 1885, is the largest subsidiary of the NWNL Companies (NYSE: NWN). NWNL's Employee Benefits Division offers life, health, disability and long-term care insurance, claim administration, flexible benefits administration and regional managed care programs.
 The NWNL Companies ranked 205th on the Forbes 500 list of the largest public companies in the United States. The NWNL Companies have total assets of more than $9.0 billion, with insurance in force topping $107 billion in 1992. Northwestern National Life ranks eighth for group life premium and 10th for group life in force among U.S. insurers. The firm holds an "A" rating from A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's and an "AA" rating from Duff & Phelps.
 "This alternative distribution arrangement is the first of its kind for Northwestern National Life," said Ron Fellers, national sales director, special products and services for NWNL's Employee Benefits Division. "Through this alliance with Global, we're able to reach a much larger market for our life and excess-risk products."
 Global Excess Re offers "stop-loss" health coverage to self-insured businesses throughout the United States. Global projects sales of $50 million for 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Ann Hockmuth of Global Excess Re, 313-585-2150; or Bruce Babiarz of BAB Associates, 313-585-3570, for Global Excess Re/
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CO: Global Excess Re; Northwestern National Life Insurance Company;
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