updated 12/28/2010 10:16:04 AM ET 2010-12-28T15:16:04

STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported declaration of a semi-annual cash dividend of $0.025 per share of common stock, payable to stockholders of record on January 6, 2011, with a payment date of January 20, 2011.

About Independence Holding Company

IHC is a holding company principally engaged in the life and health insurance business and the acquisition of blocks of policies through its insurance company subsidiaries (Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company) and its managing general underwriters, third-party administrators, and marketing affiliates. Standard Security Life markets medical stop-loss, small group major medical, short-term medical, major medical for individuals and families, limited medical, group long and short-term disability and life, dental, vision and managed health care products. Madison Life sells group life and disability, employer medical stop-loss, small group major medical, major medical for individuals and families, short-term medical, dental, vision, and individual life insurance. Independence American offers medical stop-loss, small group major medical, short-term medical, and major medical for individuals and families. IHC owns certain subsidiaries through its majority ownership of American Independence Corp. (Nasdaq:AMIC), which is a holding company principally engaged in the insurance and reinsurance business.

CONTACT:  Independence Holding Company
          David T. Kettig
          (212) 355-4141
          www.ihcgroup.com

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