The Hartford is making its award-winning AARP-branded auto insurance program available through Focus Financial Services, Inc., Washington.

Focus Financial Services, Inc. was chosen after satisfying a number of eligibility requirements, which included: demonstrating a commitment to community service; meeting a high-level of business and ethical standards; and completing a training program designed to address the needs of the 50-plus population.

“For more than 25 years, the industry-leading AARP-branded auto insurance program from The Hartford has been extremely popular,” said Jim Flynn, vice president, The Hartford. “Much of the success of this program is due to innovative product features and a commitment to truly understand and support our customers. We are thrilled to now be able to offer these benefits through our independent agent partners.”

According to research from The Hartford, the majority of AARP members prefer the advice and counsel of a local agent when making decisions about their insurance. Based on this research and strong customer demand, The Hartford is offering the AARP-branded auto insurance program through select, authorized independent agents. These products were previously only available from The Hartford by phone, the Internet and by mail. The AARP-branded auto insurance program is designed in consultation with The Hartford Advance 50 Team, which helps to tailor products and services specifically to the interests and needs of Boomers and older adults. Other unique hallmarks of the program include:

• Lifetime Continuation Agreement — ensures that the customer’s insurance policy will not be dropped as long as a few simple requirements are met.

• RecoverCare — helps customers pay for assistance with daily errands and responsibilities, like cooking, cleaning, shopping, dog walking, transportation and yard work if they are injured in an auto accident.

• Standard 12-month rate protection versus the traditional six month policies offered by most companies.

Spencer Nothum was born and raised in the Washington area. After attending Brigham Young University, Idaho, he joined a large captive insurance company where he obtained his property and casualty, and life and health insurance licenses.

Later he joined Focus Financial Services and came home to Washington to grow his business.

In Washington, the AARP program is underwritten by Trumbull Insurance Company. AARP does not employ or endorse agents or brokers. AARP and its affiliates are not insurers. For more information, contact Nothum at Focus Financial Services, Inc., located at 1351 Jefferson St., Suite 120, Washington, 636-283-0559.