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Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan And Blue Care Network Remain Top Choice For Michigan Health Insurance Buyers

In one of the nation's most competitive markets for health insurance coverage, 225,000 Michigan residents selected individual health insurance plans offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan or Blue Care Network on the Marketplace during the second annual open enrollment period that concluded Feb. 15.

Adding in members that enrolled off Marketplace, directly through the companies, Blue Cross estimates its combined enrollment at over 323,000 in individual health plans. About 341,000 Michigan residents in total selected health plans on the Marketplace from among the 16 health insurers offering them. The number of health plans offering coverage in Michigan makes the state one of the most competitive markets in the country.

"In a dynamic retail marketplace, Blue Cross coverage was the leading choice of Michigan residents. We are very thankful for the trust people continue to place in us for their health coverage," said Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. "It's particularly gratifying – in our first year as a nonprofit mutual insurer – that we were able to offer a diverse array of product choices and that the Michigan Marketplace offered a record number of insurance competitors. These are good things for consumers."

Sixteen insurers offered products on the 2015 Marketplace, making Michigan tied for the most competitive state on Healthcare.gov. Michigan ranks third-highest in the nation for the average number of product choices per county, with 64 options.

"Michigan residents had more options – from price to network – when choosing a health plan, and they overwhelmingly chose Blue Cross," said Terry Burke, vice president for individual business at BCBSM. "Like our competitors, Blue Cross saw what products worked with consumers in 2014, and made changes that consumers wanted to see. Michigan is truly a competitive, retail market."

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.4 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit www.bcbsm.com and www.MiBluesPerspectives.com.

 

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Bupa Launches New Dental Network

Bupa has announced the launch of a new national Dental Network to help dental insurance customers find high quality and trusted dental practices.

The new Bupa Dental Plus Network will be formed of Bupa’s own dental centres, along with an ever-growing network of partner dental centres. It is expected that by March the network will reach 200 practices across the UK. The launch comes as nearly a quarter (24%) of respondents in a Bupa survey said they would visit the dentist more often if their dental clinic was in a more convenient location and it was easier to get an appointment at a time to fit around work.

Bupa insures over 130,000 employees through employer dental health plans. The new network will help them to find dental centres that are close to their home or place of work, as well as offering them a 20% discount on general dental treatment.

Patrick Watt, corporate director at Bupa, said: “We know how important it is for businesses to offer their employees access to high quality healthcare, including good value dental care, provided by dentists they can trust. That’s why we’ve established our new dental network – to give employers confidence that the dental care that their employees receive is high quality and trusted by us.”

The healthcare group has operated dental centres since 1999, providing customers with high quality, affordable dentistry in major UK cities. They are on track with their plans to own 50 dental centres by the end of 2015, becoming one of the largest private dental chains in the UK. All practices in the network are quality-assured and meet standards set out by the Care Quality Commission.

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Defining International Assistance In 2014 And Beyond Part 1

 

In A Closed Door Exclusive Round Table Business Forum International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Spoke With Industry Leaders From The International Assistance Market.

The 1st In A Series Of VIP Assistance Round Table Business Forums, we focus on the definition of medical, travel and technical assistance services in 2014 including service capability, geographic reach, memorable cases, custom networks, the benefits of outsourcing and the adoption of new technology.

Featuring C-Level Executive Commentary From Allianz Global Assistance, Athens Assistance, Europ Assistance, Medic Assistance International, REUTER Consulting And Rowland Brothers.

International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals. Despite the current global economic climate, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014 the UNWTO forecasts 4% to 4.5% growth, above the long term projections. Demand for international tourism was strongest for destinations in Asia and the Pacific (+6%), Africa (+6%) and Europe (+5%). The leading sub-regions were South-East Asia (+10%), Central and Eastern Europe (+7%), Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+6%) and North Africa (+6%). The UNWTO forecasts international arrivals to increase by 4% to 4.5% in 2014, again above its long-term forecast of +3.8% per year between 2010 and 2020.

“2013 was an excellent year for international tourism. The tourism sector has shown a remarkable capacity to adjust to the changing market conditions, fuelling growth and job creation around the world, despite the lingering economic and geopolitical challenges. Indeed, tourism has been among the few sectors generating positive news for many economies.”
Taleb Rifai UNWTO Secretary General

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International Medical Insurance Broker Intermediary

International Medical Insurance Broker Intermediary

You may be a business traveler, student studying abroad, an expatriate, leisure or medical health tourist searching to source, compare and select the best International Medical Insurance Broker Intermediary. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical information about International Medical Insurance Brokers and Intermediaries to individuals, groups, corporate clients, brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand International Medical Insurance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate health and medical insurance plan for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes. International Medical Insurance Companies comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the International medical health insurance company, plan, costs and fine print.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine represents many leading International Medical Insurance Brokers and Intermediaries and operates a worldwide network of underwriters, providers, brokers and intermediaries.

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International Medical Insurance Company

International Medical Insurance Company

You may be a business traveler, student studying abroad, an expatriate, leisure or medical health tourist searching to source, compare and select the best International Medical Insurance Company. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical information about International Medical Insurance Companies to individuals, groups, corporate clients, brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand International Medical Insurance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate health and medical insurance plan for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes. International Medical Insurance Companies comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the International medical health insurance company, plan, costs and fine print.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine represents many leading Global Medical Insurance Companies and operates a worldwide network of underwriters, providers, brokers and intermediaries.

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MyAssist Offers Free Assistance to Typhoon Hiayan Victims in the Philippines

MyAssist™, the United States' leading provider of personal-assistance services and connection-generated data, announced today that it has opened its international MyAssist Disaster Relief Services free of charge for anyone affected by the Philippines Typhoon Hiayan.

Typhoon victims and their friends and families can call the international collect number 715-303-6338 and instantly get connected to MyAssist agents who will help coordinate emergency medical assistance, communicate with response groups, organize emergency travel arrangements and assist in helping with emergency needs. Super Typhoon Hiayan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippine providence of Leyte.

About 70-80 percent of structures in its path were destroyed. An estimated 9.5 million people were affected and over 630,000 people were forced from their homes and served within and outside evacuation centers.

"We are committed to helping people in times of need," said John Noel, president and CEO of MyAssist. "Those who need coordination of emergency assistance for themselves or for loved ones can call upon us for assistance. We are here 24/7 to provide a live connection to assist with emergency medical assistance or to help with emergency needs."

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MSO is a new IAG Assistance Partner in South Africa

Since January 2012, International Assistance Group has set the course for a new strategy: forge partnerships with quality providers. Meant to help its 49 partners grow organically, offering true quality and health-focused outcomes, IAG constantly develops, recruits and trains a comprehensive global network of quality assistance experts and accredited provider partners.

Today, International Assistance Group is happy to inform you that a 14th Partnership has been signed since January. MSO (Medical Services Organisation) has been approved as a new IAG Assistance Partner after a strict selection process. MSO, located in South Africa, is operational for medical cases in Republic of South Africa as well as in sub-Saharan countries.

Glenn Staples, Business Dev Director is happy to present MSO: "MSO International provides healthcare risk management services to the African and South African market with over 1 million contracted lives from private healthcare and insurance companies. MSO's strategy of providing a comprehensive managed care solution across Africa provides healthcare funders with significant and unique advantages that improve their competitive position. Since 2008, MSO has expanded its operations to include a dedicated international division with over 50 staff to manage claims, cases and admissions for international clients with members in Africa. With its head office based in Johannesburg, South Africa and access to more than 6,000 contracted providers across the African continent, MSO International provides the optimal healthcare solution for Africa".

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A New Successful Partnership Signed With D&G Cars, Which Becomes An Assistance Partner In The UK.

In January 2012 International Assistance Group launched a new Partnership Program dedicated to major assistance companies as well as medical or roadside service providers. To develop this comprehensive global network, International Assistance Group recruits and trains quality assistance experts and accredited provider partners.

With a footprint reaching 180 countries, International Assistance Group provides a wide range of medical, travel, roadside and technical assistance services, via a unique global alliance of Core Partners and Assistance Partners and Preferred Providers. The primary objective of this network is to help its Partners grow organically, offering true quality and health-focused outcomes. International Assistance Group is happy to announce a new successful partnership signed with D&G Cars, which becomes an Assistance Partner in the UK. This specialized company supplies Roadside assistance services in UK and Southern Ireland.

Since 2011 D&G Cars had been cooperating with the International Assistance Group as Correspondent in the UK, and decided in 2012 to join formally the International Assistance Group partnership program.

Mike Kenny, Business Development Manager, presents his company: "D&G Cars was established over 25 years ago by our Managing Director, Dennis Harding. During this period it has evolved into what it is today, one of the leading vehicle recovery operators within Great Britain and Europe. Our core business is vehicle recovery, movement and storage. From our Recovery Control Centre based at Upminster, Essex, we provide assistance 24 hours per day. We have fully trained call centre staff on site and operate a fleet of vehicles to service our contractual agreements with major motoring organizations, police forces and government bodies. Our control centre also handles calls for nationwide assistance for a number of major companies such as Hoyer Group, Scania and MAN. Once the call is logged we then organize assistance either ourselves or through our network of contractors. Some breakdowns and recoveries, such as petrol tankers, require very specialist expertise. To this extent a number of our drivers are ADR certified. ADR is The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). We are also proud to have our own, fully Petroleum regulated bay, which is one of only a few in the UK. Aircraft ground movements are taken care of through our subsidiary company D&G Aviation, this again requires careful planning and expertise. For a vast number of years we have provided Motorsport Recovery to our local, world famous racing circuit Brands Hatch. We provide vehicles and staff throughout the racing season come rain or shine. In more recent years our reputation has spread and we now also provide assistance further a field at Silverstone and we have even worked as far Abu Dhabi."

Employing a multilingual team, D&G Cars is the core recovery and assistance contractor for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. There is staff based on the main Olympic site 24/7 plus they have vehicles and staff sited all over London.

About International Assistance Group 

International Assistance Group is a limited incorporated company in Paris (France) regulated under the French law and owned by its Partners. This worldwide commercial alliance of independent companies spanning all the links in the assistance value chain was formed in 1992 by five European companies with the aim of helping each other offer quality assistance to cases.

The group's success has attracted accredited companies from every continent and it now boasts 50 partners and a turnover of over €678 million. More than 6,800 employees take care of 77 million end users. Last year, International Assistance Group® handled over 3.9 million cases and 30,000 repatriations, through 54 continuously attended medical call centres.

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Largest Spanish Automobile Club Joins International Assistance Group As Core Partner in Spain

  • International Assistance Group has recently approved that RACC joins its organisation as Core Partner in Spain.

RACC is the largest automobile club in Spain which provides personal, family, breakdown and urgent medical assistance to one million members as well as to a wide range of companies that have hired the club's services. RACC performs more than 1 million assistance interventions per year (817,000 roadside and travel assistances, 125,000 medical assistances and 187,000 home assistances).

Within these fields of action, it offers a wide range of services to companies, with quality being the common factor for them, based on innovation, technology and staff training.

Daniel Cornudella, RACC Travel Assistance Director explains: "For the RACC, quality is the key. The integration into an organization as International Assistance Group, offers us the chance to improve the assistance we provide to our members and customers during their international trips, extending our ability to assist them worldwide. It also gives us the opportunity to contribute with our experience to the solution of complex cases, which is our speciality, and to do it within International Assistance Group, an organization with which we share our stake in quality and innovation."

Urgent Medical Assistance

The Automobile Club RACC is a specialist in urgent medical assistance. To provide these services RACC relies on an operational team of emergency physicians and nurses and own means of medical transport, including ICU ambulances, helicopters. RACC does also offers services to health insurance companies, mutual insurance companies and companies from the banking/insurance sector. The RACC's Medical Service is internationally represented as member of the AMPA (Air Medical Physician Association) and the EHAC (European Hems & Air Ambulance Committee).

International Assistance Group is a limited company incorporated in Paris (France) and owned by its Partners. This worldwide commercial alliance of independent companies spanning on all the assistance value chain was formed in 1992 by five European companies with the aim of helping each other to provide quality assistance to cases. The group's success has attracted accredited companies from every continent and now is proud to count with 51 partners. More than 6,800 employees take care of 77 million users. Last year, International Assistance Group® handled over 3.9 million cases and 30,000 repatriations.

The synergies between RACC and International Assistance Group which fostered this new partnership became rapidly obvious in view of the large activity of RACC abroad. This requires the access to a consolidated network of Partners and an array of solutions developed by International Assistance Group including cost containment solutions, a database of accredited medical and technical providers worldwide as well as bulk purchasing power and exchange of know-how. On their side, the Partners of International Assistance Group will benefit from the powerful solutions and experience offered by RACC, a leading player in Spain.

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International Assistance Group welcomes European Air Ambulance in its Partnership

International Assistance Group is steadily extending its network of Partners and Preferred Providers, in order to provide the best operational solutions to its Core Partners and their customers. Since January 2012, 17 new Partnerships have been contracted and International Assistance Group boasts today 52 Partners companies in the world. Assistance companies, roadside companies, medical correspondents, air ambulance companies, medical facilities, funeral companies as well as medical escorts companies joined the group. All of them agree on the business opportunities and the power of the knowledge sharing events that International Assistance Group organizes for them three times a year.

After the successful application and selection process of European Air Ambulance, International Assistance Group is happy to announce the entry of this new player in its Partnership Program. European Air Ambulance (EAA) is one of the largest specialised air ambulance service providers in Europe and is offering worldwide air ambulance repatriation with outstanding end-to-end patient care.

EAA founders DRF Luftrettung and Luxembourg Air Ambulance have a combined record of over 45 successful years of experience in air ambulance services. Both together operate more than 50 helicopters and 7 air ambulance aircraft and have performed over 650.000 missions. Together, DRF Luftrettung and Luxembourg Air Ambulance gather medical repatriation experience from over 150 countries worldwide, giving EAA one of the broadest expertise in the air ambulance industry. EAA can also rely on a dense network of international co-operation agreements, which ensures speedy and smooth execution of intensive care transports with bed-to-bed service.

By combining the strengths of DRF Luftrettung and Luxembourg Air Ambulance, European Air Ambulance also improves customer service by providing a single point of contact. Specialised, multilingual staff at the Sales & Mission Control Centre can handle everything from quote to invoice via the safe delivery of the patient to the destination hospital. EAA Fleet is composed of 7 dedicated air ambulance aircraft (5 Learjet 35A and 2 Learjet 45XR). EAA is in the process of renewing its fleet changing gradually from Learjet 35A to 45XR with the next 45XR expected in early 2013.

These aircraft are based in Luxembourg (ELLX) and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (EDSB). All EAA missions are staffed by an experienced intensive care medical team consisting of at least 1 physician and 1 flight nurse or paramedic. EAA can choose the physician from a large pool of anesthetists, neonatologists, pediatricians, gynecologists, obstetricians or other specialists, depending on the patient's medical condition.

EAA members, DRF Luftrettung and Luxembourg Air Ambulance, are compliant with the latest aviation regulations, the JAA (Joint Aviation Authorities) and have the following certifications: EHAC European HEMS & Air-Ambulance Committee AAMS Association of Air Medical Services FSF Flight Safety Foundation JAA Joint Aviation Authorities ISO International Organization for Standardization.

About International Assistance Group

International Assistance Group is a limited incorporated company in Paris (France) regulated under the French law and owned by its Partners. This worldwide commercial alliance of independent companies spanning all the links in the assistance value chain was formed in 1992 by five European companies with the aim of helping each other offer quality assistance to cases. The group's success has attracted accredited companies from every continent and it now boasts 52 partners and a turnover of over €678 million. More than 6,800 employees take care of 77 million end users. Last year, International Assistance Group® handled over 3.9 million cases and 30,000 repatriations. 

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