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APRIL Partners With Tin Leg To Fulfill Travel Insurance Company’s ‘24-Hour Emergency Assistance’ Services

APRIL Travel Protection is partnering with Tin Leg and will function as the travel insurance company's medical assistance provider, fulfilling 24-hour Emergency Assistance needs, including evacuation services.

Backed by the 27-year-old APRIL Group, APRIL Travel Protection has become an innovative force in the U.S. since its 2013 launch and is now partnering with Tin Leg, a market leader whose customer service-oriented approach to travel insurance parallels APRIL’s own policyholder-centric philosophy. APRIL will function as Tin Leg’s medical assistance provider, fulfilling 24-hour Emergency Assistance needs, including evacuation services.

“Immediate and hassle-free 24-hour Emergency Assistance is an extremely crucial component of any travel insurance policy, and we found APRIL’s best-in-class medical support to provide the ultimate solution,” said Megan Singh, Project Management Director at Tin Leg.

As of Dec. 1, Tin Leg began referring all applicable Emergency Assistance medical cases to a dedicated, multi-lingual support team at APRIL for immediate assistance.

“As two forward-thinking companies challenging the status quo in an industry where many of the larger players have lost consumer confidence, Tin Leg and APRIL make a complementary and compatible match,” said Jason Schreier, CEO of APRIL USA.

“Tin Leg is extremely receptive to American travelers’ perception of insurance and, like us, is actively working to build a nurturing relationship with policyholders. We’re eager to contribute to the success of a company that shares our vision,” Schreier added.

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CEGA Group Appoints New Chief Executive To Drive Future Growth Plans

CEGA Group ("CEGA"), the independent medical assistance and claims business, is delighted to announce that it has appointed Alistair Hardie as its new Group Chief Executive with effect from 30th January 2015, strengthening its management team and continuing its on-going investment in its core business.

Alistair will focus on driving an ambitious growth agenda with both existing and new clients, building on international partnerships and developing further propositions for insurers and the increasingly active standalone corporate market. Alistair has 30 years' experience delivering solutions to the insurance and corporate sectors with a particular focus on Travel, Health and Accident Insurance and outsourcing. Most recently Alistair was CEO Europe for Cigna's Individual Health, Life and Accident business, having previously been part of the management team of FirstAssist Insurance Services when it was acquired by Cigna in 2011.

Out-going CEO, Graham Ponsford, who will become Group Chairman, commented, "CEGA has built a market-leading range of propositions from international assistance and medical transfers to claims management and pre-travel consultancy. This further investment will help us drive these further into our chosen markets, both in the UK and internationally through our global partners. As a result of Alistair's appointment CEGA will strengthen its relationships with its blue-chip partners, and develop additional long-term revenue streams."

Alistair Hardie said "CEGA's reputation for excellence in patient care and exceptional customer service is a fantastic foundation on which we can build further success. I look forward to working with the management team and all the committed staff across the business to create a full service, end-to-end range of solutions for insurers, corporates and public sector bodies who have customers or staff requiring medical advice or assistance when travelling, need help in planning or risk assessing their activities, or require cost-effective delivery of outsourced claims services.”

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Oracle Recognizes MedNet International for Expertise in the Administration of Oracle Database and Oracle Exastack Ready Program

MedNet International, has announced that it has achieved Platinum Partner status in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

By attaining Platinum level membership, Oracle has recognized MedNet International for its in-depth expertise and excellence in implementing Oracle Database and achieving Oracle Exastack Ready status for addressing the challenges of joint customers in the Health Insurance Industry.

MedNet International’s software, MedNeXt+, reflects an in-depth understanding of the Health Insurance business and continuous evolution over almost two decades. It is designed to bring quick and tangible business benefits to insurance companies, Healthcare Services Organizations and Third Party Administrators (TPAs). It enables organizations to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s emerging business needs with a comprehensive, flexible and integrated platform combining sophisticated functionality with impressive performance and reliability.

Over the last 20 years, Oracle provided technology continuity and innovation supporting MedNet International’s product evolution strategy. The performance and scalability provided by Oracle Technology helped MedNet International to meet its business objectives and support effectively international customers of different sizes. Recently, the use of Oracle ADF and Oracle ADF Mobile enabled MedNet international to offer state-of-the art technology. Further, Oracle engineered systems together with the Exastack optimization program expanded its capabilities to address large and demanding customers.

“Achieving Platinum Level status has been a new significant milestone in our long-lasting and successful cooperation with Oracle. As an Oracle Platinum level member, we will be able to offer our customers a wider range of solutions and services,” said Gerry Raftopoulos, CEO MedNet International.

“We congratulate MedNet International on achieving the Platinum partner status in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, proving once more that they are a committed and high-performing partner that values and invests in a long-term relationship with Oracle, for the benefit of customers,” commented Pavlos Hadjidemetriou, Alliances & Channel Sales Director, Oracle CEE.

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Aviva And Astra International Sign Joint Venture In Indonesia

PT Astra International Tbk (“Astra”) and Aviva plc (“Aviva”), the UK’s largest insurer, have signed an agreement to form Astra Aviva Life, a 50-50 joint venture to sell and distribute life insurance products in Indonesia.

Astra Aviva Life will be the preferred provider of a range of life insurance products to Astra and its subsidiaries. Subject to regulatory approvals, Astra Aviva Life will enter into distribution arrangements with a number of the Astra group companies, including PermataBank.

The joint venture will also offer life insurance to the wider consumer market through a variety of digital, agency and partner channels. Established in 1957, Astra serves more than 10 million customers per year through market leading businesses in six segments: automotive, financial services, heavy equipment & mining, agribusiness, infrastructure & logistics, and information technology.

Astra consists of 179 companies including subsidiaries, associates and jointly controlled entities and employs more than 197,000 people across Indonesia. Indonesia has 245 million people, the fourth largest population in the world, and recorded 6.2% gross domestic product growth in 2012*. It is one of the fastest growing life insurance markets globally, with low levels of insurance penetration and a rapidly expanding middle class. During the period 2002-2012 life insurance premiums grew at a compound annual growth rate of 25%+.

Prijono Sugiarto, President Director of Astra International, said: “Astra Aviva Life has the potential to become a leader in Indonesia. Leveraging Aviva’s insurance expertise, Astra Aviva Life aims to create significant long-term value for its customers, employees and stakeholders. This joint venture is in line with Astra’s strategy to continue to expand and diversify, entering new business areas in which we believe we can create a market-leading business underpinned by our values and management philosophy.”

Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer of Aviva plc, said: “Astra is a hugely respected household name in Indonesia and the ideal partner for Aviva in one of the world’s fastest growing insurance markets. This joint venture creates a compelling growth opportunity, underlines our commitment to Asia and supports our strategy of cash flow plus growth. This joint venture is good for Aviva, good for Astra and good for our customers.”

The agreement is subject to regulatory approval. The joint venture is expected to be launched later this year.

* World Development Indicators, The World Bank + Swiss Re Sigma Report No 3/2013, World Insurance in 2012. Page 36

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USA Travel Warning Advice News: Extreme Weather

Parts of the US are experiencing extremely cold weather conditions.

Keep up to date with local media, take extra care and follow safety advice issued by the local authorities. The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and can affect US coastal regions. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the US National Hurricane Centre website.

The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa. If you’re arriving by air or sea, you must get an authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) before you travel.

If you’re arriving by land from Mexico or Canada and you qualify for entry to the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, you won’t need to complete an ESTA.

There is a general threat from terrorism. You should be alert to the dangers of car and street crime.

Around 5.5 million British nationals visit the United States every year. Most visits are trouble free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to the USA.

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Indonesia Medical Assistance Company

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine reports on all aspects of the medical assistance business in Indonesia, Asia including a guide to Indonesia Medical Assistance Company profiles.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine provides Medical Assistance Indonesia company, executive, services and industry news including a firm focus of the provision of medical assistance and emergency medical services in Indonesia and across the Asia-Pacific. If you are searching the internet for a medical or travel assistance company in Indonesia, Asia, look no further than iPMI Magazine.

News that travels as fast as your internet connection.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) is the ultimate Health and Medical Insurance Digital Media serving expatriate, corporate, health and travel insurance markets. Due to the nomadic nature of the international healthcare industry iPMI Magazine is an internet based news service, for worldwide healthcare professionals, who need to understand the impacts of healthcare and insurance policy, regulatory, and legislative developments. Combined with in depth health insurance industry analysis, best-in-class health insurance industry data, and exclusive, C-Suite Executive health insurance interviews and round tables, iPMI Magazine bridges an information gap between healthcare payor, provider and patient.

Written by the health and medical insurance industry, for the health and medical insurance industry, iPMIM is supported and designed by leading international medical insurance companies and service providers.

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Indonesia Third Party Administrator Services TPA

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine reports on all aspects of the Third Party Administrator Services TPA business in Indonesia, Asia.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine provides Medical Assistance Indonesia company, executive, services and industry news including a firm focus of the provision of Third Party Administrator Services TPA in Indonesia and across the Asia-Pacific. If you are searching the internet for Third Party Administrator Services TPA in Indonesia, look no further than iPMI Magazine.

News that travels as fast as your internet connection.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) is the ultimate Health and Medical Insurance Digital Media serving expatriate, corporate, health and travel insurance markets. Due to the nomadic nature of the international healthcare industry iPMI Magazine is an internet based news service, for worldwide healthcare professionals, who need to understand the impacts of healthcare and insurance policy, regulatory, and legislative developments. Combined with in depth health insurance industry analysis, best-in-class health insurance industry data, and exclusive, C-Suite Executive health insurance interviews and round tables, iPMI Magazine bridges an information gap between healthcare payor, provider and patient.

Written by the health and medical insurance industry, for the health and medical insurance industry, iPMIM is supported and designed by leading international medical insurance companies and service providers.

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Indonesia Travel Assistance

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine reports on all aspects of the travel assistance business in Indonesia, Asia.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine provides Travel or Medical Assistance Indonesia company, executive, services and industry news including a firm focus of the provision of travel and medical assistance and emergency medical services in Indonesia and across the Asia-Pacific. If you are searching the internet for medical or travel assistance in Indonesia, look no further than iPMI Magazine.

News that travels as fast as your internet connection.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) is the ultimate Health and Medical Insurance Digital Media serving expatriate, corporate, health and travel insurance markets. Due to the nomadic nature of the international healthcare industry iPMI Magazine is an internet based news service, for worldwide healthcare professionals, who need to understand the impacts of healthcare and insurance policy, regulatory, and legislative developments. Combined with in depth health insurance industry analysis, best-in-class health insurance industry data, and exclusive, C-Suite Executive health insurance interviews and round tables, iPMI Magazine bridges an information gap between healthcare payor, provider and patient.

Written by the health and medical insurance industry, for the health and medical insurance industry, iPMIM is supported and designed by leading international medical insurance companies and service providers.

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Indonesia Medical Assistance

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine reports on all aspects of the medical assistance business in Indonesia, Asia.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine provides Medical Assistance Indonesia company, executive, services and industry news including a firm focus of the provision of medical assistance and emergency medical services in Indonesia and across the Asia-Pacific. If you are searching the internet for medical or travel assistance in Indonesia, look no further than iPMI Magazine.

News that travels as fast as your internet connection.

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) is the ultimate Health and Medical Insurance Digital Media serving expatriate, corporate, health and travel insurance markets. Due to the nomadic nature of the international healthcare industry iPMI Magazine is an internet based news service, for worldwide healthcare professionals, who need to understand the impacts of healthcare and insurance policy, regulatory, and legislative developments. Combined with in depth health insurance industry analysis, best-in-class health insurance industry data, and exclusive, C-Suite Executive health insurance interviews and round tables, iPMI Magazine bridges an information gap between healthcare payor, provider and patient.

Written by the health and medical insurance industry, for the health and medical insurance industry, iPMIM is supported and designed by leading international medical insurance companies and service providers.

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Indonesia Inaugurates Nationwide Health Insurance Scheme

Jan 1 2014 and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurates a nationwide health insurance scheme for people living under the poverty line.

The initial service is reported to cover 48 percent of the country's population, expected to reach full nationwide coverage by Jan. 2019.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono commented, "This is a great leap that has been conducted since the independence of Indonesia. With such an enormous service coverage, this institution is apparently unmatched with any insurance agency. Ill people cannot wait. Ease the administration process, everyone must get proper service."

President Yudhoyono inaugurated the Social Insurance Provider Institution (BPJS) for Health, held in Bogor Palace, West Java on Tuesday with the event televised live nationwide. The President expects the BPJS for Health to be able to provide swift and high quality health service for the people who were in need of medical treatment through the program.

The BPJS is the transformation of PT ASKES, a state-run agency tasked to provide health insurance for workers. In initial operation, the BPJS for Health served 121 million people, or 48 percent of the population. Of that figure, 86.4 come from those living below the poverty line. Besides poor people, the BPJS health insurance scheme will also serve the existing members of social insurance scheme for workers, Jamsostek, including troops, and members of regional administrations' health insurance scheme program.

President Yudhoyono's administration has allocated some $1.6 billion to finance the program.

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