The Hartford announced that it is making its award-winning AARP-branded auto and homeowners insurance program available through Palumbo Insurance Associates, 130 N. Bond St., Suite 203, Bel Air.

Palumbo Insurance Associates 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-and-older population.

"For more than 25 years, the industry-leading AARP-branded auto and homeowner's insurance program from The Hartford has been extremely popular," Jim Flynn, vice president of The Hartford, said in a news release. "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 benefit 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 the research and strong customer demand, The Hartford is offering the AARP-branded auto and homeowner's insurance program through select, authorized independent agents, such as Palumbo Insurance Associates. These products were previously only available from The Hartford by phone, Internet and mail.

The AARP-branded auto and homeowner's 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 – assures 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.