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CEGA's Medical Screening Solution Attracts Millstream Underwriting

CEGA, a Charles Taylor company, attracts Millstream Underwriting to flexible online medical screening solution.

Global assistance, risk and claims management provider CEGA, a Charles Taylor company, has partnered with Millstream Underwriting to provide its new automated medical screening tool, Antidote, to Millstream's high-net-worth and other travel insurance customers.

Millstream Underwriting, part of the Nexus Group, specialises in tailoring accident and health insurance solutions for commercial and retail customers in the UK and beyond. 

Antidote has been developed by CEGA to further enhance its innovative and end-to-end travel risk management, assistance and claims solutions for global insurers. It provides agile and accurate risk profiling and simplifies travel insurance customers' medical assessment journeys.

Specifically, the tool allows customers to self-declare pre-existing medical conditions easily via logical question sets and is supported by intuitive technology that recognises a comprehensive range of medical conditions. CEGA is fully involved in its implementation; integrating it seamlessly with Millstream's existing systems.

CEGA's head of proposition development, Angela Smith, says, "We're delighted to be working collaboratively with Millstream to offer this flexible, unique and truly customer-focused service that draws on our 25 years' experience of medical screening.

"We expect Antidote to pave the way for enhanced policy renewals and sales; providing Millstream with measurable algorithmic outputs and consistency in underwriting outcomes. Crucially, it also offers ownership of customer data."

Tim Brangwyn, managing director of Millstream Underwriting, comments, "We chose Antidote for its ability to provide a simple, fast and customer-centric medical screening process; enabled by straightforward questions and easy, well-supported technology. Its versatility also allows us to meet the needs of our clients who need a more tailored screening solution.

"CEGA's professionalism, flexibility and alignment with Millstream's goals were key factors in establishing this important partnership."

Read more news and articles from CEGA, visit their micro website on iPMI Magazine, click here.

About CEGA

CEGA, part of the Charles Taylor Group, is a world-class provider of global medical assistance, repatriation, travel risk management and claims services. 

We manage over 45,000 cases per year and have more than 46 years' experience of supporting a blue-chip client base that includes many leading banks, insurance companies, charities, NGOs and other global brands.

About Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor plc ( supports and enables the insurance market to meet the continually evolving challenges it faces.  We provide technical services to make the business of insurance work fundamentally better.  We have been providing insurance-related technical services and solutions since 1884 and today we employ around 3,100 staff in nearly 120 locations spread across more than 30 countries in the UK, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe the Middle East and Africa.

We are unique in our market in that our services support every stage of the insurance lifecycle and every aspect of the insurance operating model.  We develop and operate insurance vehicles on behalf of our clients, manage claims programmes and adjust losses. We handle legacy and run-off portfolios, provide a variety of specialist operational support services and offer solutions and support to drive insurance technology transformation.

Charles Taylor's breadth of services, technical skills and resources and global presence means the Group can manage and resolve virtually any insurance-related matter, wherever and whenever it occurs.


International Assistance Group Supervisory Board: New Chairman, New Members

Mr. Daniel Cornudella has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the International Assistance Group (IAG), the leading global alliance of independent assistance organisations. The Board also sees a number of other appointments from partner organisations within that alliance.

Mr. Cornudella is Assistance Director and Director of International Relations at RACC, Spain’s leading automobile club. RACC is serving to more than 800,000 members and over 5 million different drivers and travellers, providing both medical and roadside assistance. He had previously served on the Supervisory Board before his appointment.

“My intention is to develop the Strategic Plan initiated in 2017, with particular attention to extending the network and quality delivered,” said Mr. Cornudella. He added: “Digitalising process is a key element that will help our Partners interact faster and more efficiently as our services grow in all areas of medical, roadside and security assistance.”

The Supervisory Board is the governing body of the International Assistance Group and composed of senior management of those Core Partner organisations who are also shareholders. It is elected for a two-year term at the Annual General Assembly, the last one being held in Lyon last October. Mr. Cornudella succeeds Mr. Michael Marquardt who will remain on the Supervisory Board.

Joining the Supervisory Board are: Markus Detel (Deputy CEO & CFO, Medicall, Switzerland), Thomas Davidson (President, On Call International, USA), and Peter Tangstrom (Director of Operations, SOS International, Netherlands). They will serve alongside: Will McAleer (President, World Travel Protection, Canada) who will take up the role of Vice Chairman, Michael Marquardt (Chairman, AA International, Indonesia) the previous Chairman, Pascal De Medeiros (Deputy CEO, Filassistance, France), Rodrigo Canasi (CEO, Iké Asistencia, Mexico), and Faruk Ertug (Deputy General Manager, Remed Assistance, Turkey).

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International Assistance Group Strengthens Capability In The Caribbean

Serving large insurers since 2006, International West Indies Assistance (IWIA) has now joined the exclusive alliance of independent assistance companies, the International Assistance Group (IAG), as an Accredited Service Provider for medical assistance in the Caribbean.

Operating across the Caribbean, IWIA relationships with the French University Hospitals in Martinique and Guadalupe provides a channel to access medical treatment under the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) system, an important consideration when looked at cases in North, Central and South America.  Also, with IWIA doctors acting as the regional medical desk for Air France, this will allow commercial airline opportunities to be properly considered, quickly and safely. These are two important aspects of their overall medical assistance capabilities. 

IAG’s General Manager, Cécile Hermetz said: “I am delighted that IWIA has successfully completed the selection process and has now joined IAG’s extensive worldwide network as Accredited Service Provider for the Caribbean.” “The Accredited Service Provider program continues to grow and support our quality strategy. Additionally, we are showing that this is not purely a business relationship, but also where knowledge and support can be given in other areas. This is the essence of the IAG alliance,” she added.


International Assistance Group And Ace Air & Ambulance New Partnership Guarantees Emergency Medical Care In Zimbabwe

International Assistance Group (IAG), the world’s largest alliance of independent assistance companies, welcomes ACE Air & Ambulance as new IAG Accredited Service Provider in Zimbabwe.

ACE Air & Ambulance are remote African Rescue Experts, offering complete peace of mind solutions to patients needing emergency medical care, whether they are in the remotest regions of Southern Africa, or within busy city centers.

With bases in both Harare and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), ACE is strategically positioned to ensure quickest activation times within Southern Africa. Their services include ICU Transfers and Intensive Care Transportation (including newborns), as well as emergency medical training and a range of first aid courses, tailor-made to suit clients in the most challenging of environments.

ACE received the EURAMI accreditation for its fixed wing air ambulance service in 2016 and recently joined the IAG Accredited Service Provider partnership programme, which reaffirms a proven track record in transporting patients, both locally and internationally, with unparalleled expertise and professionalism.

The company’s personnel are registered with the Health Professions Authority (HPA), a regulatory body established for the control of health institutions throughout Zimbabwe, as well as the Allied Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe, thus ensuring the provision of high quality emergency medical services to all patients on a 24/7 basis.

The new IAG Accredited Service Providers has three Beechcraft King aircrafts at disposal which are suited to land at airstrips where most other jets cannot land. The aircraft is fully equipped and permanently configured as an ICU air ambulance, readily available for use at any time.

Cécile Hermetz, International Assistance Group (IAG), General Manager mentioned “It is the IAG mission to enable our Partners to always deliver world-class assistance services whenever their customers are. ACE Air & Ambulance brings an expert solution in such an important and difficult region (Southern Africa) that definitively supports us to deliver on our mission.”

Last year, ACE Air & Ambulance handled 200 air evacuations and 2,500 ground ambulance mission calls.

ACE Air & Ambulance services include: Advanced Critical Care, Fixed Wing Aeromedical Services, Fully Equipped ICU Ground Ambulance Services, Complete Medical Case Management, Accredited Training Academy with the Resuscitation Council Southern Africa, Paramedic Training, Remote Field Paramedic Stations, amongst others.



International Travel Risk Security Advice, Warnings, News And Intelligence

Kenya Travel Advice: Heightened Personal Security During The Christmas Holiday Season

The Kenyan authorities have advised heightened personal security during the Christmas holiday season; on 21 December 2015, the Kenyan Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government issued a public watch notice urging citizens to play a role in counter terrorism and prevention of criminal activities by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity, items and people. 117,000 British residents visited Kenya in 2014. International Private Medical Insurance For Kenya Take out comprehensive international private medical insurance before you travel to Kenya, to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad or emergency repatriation and evacuation. Be sure to read…Written on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:32 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Turkey Travel Warning: Reports Of An Explosion At Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Reports of an explosion at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul at around 2am on 23 December 2015; the circumstances of the incident are currently under investigation; the airport remains open. Over 2,500,000 British nationals visit Turkey every year. Visas British nationals need a visa to travel to Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports who arrive at sea ports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours. If you’re visiting Turkey as a tourist or on business, get an e-Visa online before you travel. Only use the…Written on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 12:03 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Tunisia Travel Warning: State Of Emergency Has Been Extended For 2 Months

State of emergency has been extended for 2 months from 24 December until 21 February 2016. Further attacks remain highly likely, including against foreigners. Security forces are on a high state of alert in Tunis and other locations. You should be especially vigilant and avoid crowded places over the holiday period, including around Mouled (24 December), Christmas and New Year. If you choose to travel to or remain in Tunisia then you should check that your insurance policy provides adequate cover. You should be especially vigilant and follow the advice of the Tunisian security authorities. There are no direct flights…Written on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:08 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

USA Travel Advice: Changes To Visa Waiver Programme (VWP)

18 December 2015 and the US Congress passed a Bill updating the requirements for the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Under the new rules, with effect from 1 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip. Around 3.8 million British nationals visit the United States every year. Most visits are trouble free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa, but…Written on Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:05 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Brazil Travel Warning: Cases Of Zika Virus Reported

Cases of Zika virus have been reported in a number of states; you should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Brazil. Foreign nationals are entitled to emergency medical treatment in Brazilian public hospitals. Public hospitals in Brazil, especially in major cities, tend to be crowded. Private hospitals will not accept you unless you can present evidence of sufficient funds or insurance. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. If you need emergency…Written on Monday, 14 December 2015 15:20 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Philippines Travel Warning: Typhoon Melor (Nona)

Typhoon Melor (Nona) forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the country from 14 December 2015. Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. Most typhoons occur from June to December. There may be flooding and landslides. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. Typhoon Melor (Nona) is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the country, in particular northern Visayas and southern Luzon, from 14 December. Around 133,665 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2014. Take out comprehensive…Written on Monday, 14 December 2015 12:26 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Lebanon Travel Security Warning: Explosions In Southern Suburb Area Beirut

12 November 2015 and there were explosions in the southern suburb area of Beirut. Reports indicate that many people have been killed and injured. iPMIM advises against all travel to the southern suburbs of Beirut. Avoid this area and monitor local media for updates. On 10 January 2015, 9 people were killed and over 30 wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Jebel Mohsen area of Tripoli. On 28 January 2015, there was an attack on the Israeli military in the Shebaa Farms area with reports of cross-border shelling near the towns of Majidiyeh, Kfarshouba, Abbasiye and Wazzani. A…Written on Friday, 13 November 2015 14:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

iPMIM Advises Against All But Essential Travel By Air To Or From Sharm El Sheikh Airport

Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free. 31 October 2015, a flight from Sharm el Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed in North Sinai. Egyptian and Russian authorities are conducting an investigation. There is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device. As a precautionary measure, we are now advising against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh. UK carriers will not take passengers directly to Sharm el Sheikh airport. FCO are working with the Egyptian authorities and air carriers to put special security measures in place…Written on Thursday, 05 November 2015 07:39 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
Philippines Travel Advice: Security Ramped Up For APEC Summit

The Philippines hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Manila on 16 to 20 November. There will be a heightened security presence across the city including at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Scheduled road closures and security checkpoints will cause delays in travel across the city and many schools, government offices and businesses will be closed. If you are flying to or from Manila during this period check with your airline, as flight delays, diversions and cancellations may occur. Around 133,665 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance…Written on Monday, 02 November 2015 14:14 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Egypt Travel Advice

31 October 2015, a flight from Sharm el Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed in North Sinai; Egyptian and Russian authorities are conducting an investigation. Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place from 18 October to 23 November. There may be rallies around the country in the run up to the elections. You should avoid all rallies and demonstrations. On election days tight controls will be in place around polling stations with access restricted to voters and officially accredited observers. In previous elections British nationals have been arrested close…Written on Monday, 02 November 2015 11:20 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

UK FCO: Concerns About Quality Of Medical Treatment In Holiday Resorts In Egypt

The South Sinai Hospital in Sharm el Sheikh is currently under investigation by the Egyptian Ministry of Health; there are alternative state and private hospitals in Sharm el Sheikh. You can find a list of most commonly used hospitals in Egypt on the British Embassy website. In an emergency dial 123 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your travel company and your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment. There are reports of some hotel doctors overcharging for treatment and medicines. Examine your bill closely and challenge excessive charges. Pharmacies outside…Written on Monday, 05 October 2015 11:21 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Tajikistan Travel Warning: Armed Clashes Involving Security Forces Resulting In A Number Of Deaths Reported Close To Dushanbe International Airport

4 September, armed clashes involving security forces resulting in a number of deaths were reported close to Dushanbe International Airport. Tajik authorities are investigating and there is an increased security presence in the area. Given the possibility of further incidents, you should take extra care and monitor the local media. Tourism, health and transport infrastructure is poor and travel requires careful planning. Avoid off-road areas immediately adjoining the Afghan, Uzbek and Kyrgyz borders, which may be mined. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance including evacuation by air ambulance before you travel.Written on Friday, 04 September 2015 10:56 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

International Trains From Budapest Have Been Suspended Until Further Notice

International trains from Budapest Keleti train station have been suspended until further notice due to disruption. Monitor the local media, and check with your carrier and the Hungarian Railways (MÁV) website for further information. Since the end of August 2015 there has been considerable disruption to rail and road transport from Budapest to the Austrian border. This is due to police and border enforcement action as a result of significant numbers of people seeking to transit through Hungary. Around 400,000 British nationals visit Hungary each year. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.Written on Friday, 04 September 2015 10:53 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

India Travel Warning: Flood Warnings For Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam And West Bengal

A flood warning has been issued to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and West Bengal due to the possibility of heavy rainfall in the foothills of the Himalayas over the next few days. The rainfall will also lead to swelling of rivers Kosi, Gandak and Ghaghara, tributaries of Ganga and all tributaries of Brahmaputra. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the Indian Meteorological Department and follow the advice of local authorities and your travel company. Over 800,000 British nationals visit India every year. Before you travel to India, take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance and read the…Written on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:20 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence



International Medical, Healthcare, Travel, Expatriate Insurance and Assistance Newsletter May 2015

Aviva Announces The Acquisition Of Expander Advisors, Second-Largest Network Of Independent Financial Advisors In Poland

Aviva acquired 100% of Expander Advisors from a consortium of financial investors led by Innova Capital; This transaction is to be funded from existing Polish resources and is not expected to impact Polish cash remittances in 2015; Expander is the…Written on Monday, 25 May 2015 06:07 in iPMI Magazine Mergers Acquisitions News

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Expands Crisis Management Team With Experts On Terrorism Insurance

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), the corporate insurer of the Allianz Group, provides stand-alone terrorism cover for international companies' overseas risks. Two new experts will develop and expand insurance products in this area: Björn Reußwig, Executive Underwriter Terrorism, is…Written on Sunday, 24 May 2015 07:59 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Three Quarters Of Consumers Find Conflicting Health Advice Online

Four in five UK adults (79%*) turn to the internet for health advice, online poll shows; Yet, more than three quarters of consumers online (84%) admit finding conflicting health information, leaving many of them confused, frustrated, concerned or anxious; Bupa…Written on Sunday, 24 May 2015 06:09 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

ACE Launches ACE Business Class In Sweden; New Corporate Travel Solution Including Wording And Mobile App

ACE Group have launched its new corporate travel proposition ACE Business Class in Sweden, as it continues to enhance its multinational offering for companies in the Nordic region. ACE Business Class provides comprehensive travel insurance cover by means of a…Written on Friday, 22 May 2015 06:48 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
Employers Should Expect Health Care Premiums To Surge Into 2016Health care insurers report continued rising premiums into 2016 with claim trends exceeding general inflation for at least the next 18 months, according to the Spring Healthcare Trend Survey from Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC).…Written on Friday, 22 May 2015 04:40 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Rosemark Capital Closes First Deal

Rosemark Capital, a new growth capital firm founded 'by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs,' announced today the closing of its first deal, leading the Series C Round for Jiff, a leading health technology company. Jiff's enterprise health benefits platform helps self-insured employers…Written on Friday, 22 May 2015 04:32 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Turkey Emerges As A Global Hotspot For Healthcare

Driven by reforms and private investments, Turkey is steadily emerging as one of the hottest healthcare markets in the global arena. The country has doubled its healthcare spending in the last 10 years, reaching $62.3 billion, with its large population…Written on Friday, 22 May 2015 04:30 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

31 Million People Were Underinsured In 2014; Many Skipped Needed Health Care And Depleted Savings To Pay Medical Bills

Thirty-one million people with health coverage in the United States were underinsured in 2014, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The share of working-age adults who had health insurance all year but were underinsured was statistically unchanged since 2010,…Written on Friday, 22 May 2015 04:28 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

CareFirst Announces Cyberattack;Offers Protection for Affected Members

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) today announced that the company has been the target of a sophisticated cyber attack.The attackers gained limited, unauthorized access to a single CareFirst database. This was discovered as a part of the company’s ongoing Information Technology…Written on Friday, 22 May 2015 04:26 in iPMI Magazine Information Technology News

Zurich Remains On Track To Deliver On 2016 Strategic Objectives

Group expects to deliver on targets for 2014-2016 strategic period; Progress in all three cornerstones of the Group strategy but further actions needed; Continuing focus on operating efficiency expected to deliver additional annual cost savings of USD 300 million by…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 06:12 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

ING Group Injects EUR 57 Million In NN Group To The Benefit Of NN Bank To Fulfil EC Commitment On Capitalisation Of NN Bank

ING Group has made a capital injection into NN Group of EUR 57 million by subscribing for newly issued shares for an aggregate amount of EUR 57 million and ING has provided NN Bank a EUR 63 million facility which…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:40 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Preliminary Economic Impact Of Nepal Earthquake May Reach $5bn

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, launches the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during April 2015. Aon Benfield is the global reinsurance…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:38 in iPMI Magazine Disaster Preparedness Recovery News

Aon and Ponemon Find Tech Assets 39 Percent More Exposed Than Property Assets

The 2015 Global Cyber Impact Report, released today by the Ponemon Institute, a leading research firm on privacy, data protection and information security, and sponsored by Aon plc (NYSE:AON), a leading global provider of risk management and human resource consulting…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:36 in iPMI Magazine Information Technology News

Sun Life Financial Adopts Aon PathWise™ Variable Annuity Platform

Aon Benfield Securities, the investment banking division of global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor Aon Benfield, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), announces that its PathWise variable annuity risk management platform has been adopted by Sun Life Financial…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:35 in iPMI Magazine Information Technology News

Insurance Agents, Brokers Now Benefit From Innovative New Private Flood Product Suite

National Flood Services, a division of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc., is introducing a revolutionary line of private flood insurance products, delivered via the FloodChoiceSM agent system, which unlocks new options for consumers and insurance agents looking for a simplified, cost…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:34 in iPMI Magazine Disaster Preparedness Recovery News

Underwriting Boost For Canadian Flood Risks

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, has developed a fully probabilistic flood model for Canada to help insurers and reinsurers better underwrite and manage their riverine and off-flood plain exposures. The model is licensable and can be rolled…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:32 in iPMI Magazine Risk News

Companies Look To Transition Retirees To Health Exchanges

Aon Hewitt's 2015 Retiree Health Care survey of 349 companies covering 3.2 million retirees found that few companies have already taken action with respect to their pre-65 strategies. Just six percent of companies have already decided to move some portion…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:31 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Consumers Want More Help With The Hard Work Of Health

Nearly half of people (42%) spend five hours a month or more managing and maintaining their health and wellbeing Six in ten (58%) believe that being able to access more healthcare services digitally would make management of their health easier…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:18 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

AXA To Acquire Simplyhealth’s Private Medical Insurance Business

AXA have announced that it has reached an agreement with Simplyhealth to acquire its private medical insurance (PMI) business, subject to approval by the appropriate authorities. Simplyhealth has been operating in the UK PMI market for 13 years. Employing around…Written on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:16 in iPMI Magazine Mergers Acquisitions News
UNWTO Commission For Europe Outlines Policy Priorities

Increased regional cooperation, visa facilitation and the customization of visitor experiences through mobile technologies were some of the topics in focus at the 58th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe and Seminar on Mobile Technologies for Improving the Tourism…Written on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 06:11 in iPMI Magazine Travel News

Healix Wins Global Health And Wellness Award

Healix International has taken the ‘Global Health and Wellness award’ at the prestigious Relocate Global Awards held in London. The Global Health & Wellness award is now in its second year with entry open to the wide range of companies…Written on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 05:38 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Munich Re Kicks Off 2015 With A Quarterly Profit Of €790m

Munich Re has started off 2015 with a pleasing quarterly profit. The consolidated result for the first three months amounted to €790m (same period previous year: €941m). For the full financial year, Munich Re is still aiming for a profit…Written on Monday, 18 May 2015 07:09 in iPMI Magazine Company Results News
Defensive And Strategic Deals Boost M&A In InsuranceMerger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the insurance industry is rising although the number of deals still remains well below levels seen before the financial crisis, says Swiss Re's latest sigma study M&A in insurance: start of a new wave?…Written on Monday, 18 May 2015 07:07 in iPMI Magazine Mergers Acquisitions News

Jelf Group plc: Interim Results For The 6 Months Ended 31 March 2015

Jelf, an independent full service UK based brokerage that supports businesses and individuals, announces its interim results. Financial highlights Strong financial performance continues: Revenues 11.0% ahead of last year at £43.7m (2014: £39.3m) EBITDAE pre-share costs increased by 24.6% to…Written on Monday, 18 May 2015 07:02 in iPMI Magazine Company Results News

Allianz Global Assistance Partners With LBF Travel

Allianz Global Assistance, a leading provider of travel and consumer specialty insurance, have announced that it has launched a partnership with San Diego-based LBF Travel to provide travel insurance to LBF Travel customers. LBF Travel is a leading global travel…Written on Monday, 18 May 2015 06:59 in iPMI Magazine Medical Travel Technical Roadside Assistance Company News

Molina Healthcare To Acquire Medicaid And Michild Assets Of Healthplus In The State Of Michigan

Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: MOH) and HealthPlus of Michigan, Inc. jointly announced today that Molina Healthcare of Michigan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Molina Healthcare, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of the Medicaid…Written on Monday, 18 May 2015 06:56 in iPMI Magazine Mergers Acquisitions News

EASA, IATA Move To Reduce Risk Of Loss Of Control Accidents

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the publication of new training requirements for airline pilots to prevent loss of control situations. The “upset prevention and recovery training” (UPRT) requirements aim to improve…Written on Friday, 15 May 2015 08:33 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
Healix Acquires Capita Global AssistanceHealix International, a global leader in international medical, security and travel assistance services has announced its intention to acquire Capita Global Assistance. Capita Global Assistance provides worldwide medical and travel assistance to business and leisure travellers for its impressive portfolio…Written on Friday, 15 May 2015 06:46 in iPMI Magazine Mergers Acquisitions News

Potential Expatriate Retirees Fear Political Violence & International Health Insurance Coverage

With a growing number of Americans retiring abroad, a poll released by Clements Worldwide indicates that international political instability and terrorism top the list of worries among would-be expatriates. The survey by Clements, a global insurance provider with 68 years’…Written on Thursday, 14 May 2015 09:32 in iPMI Magazine Expatriate Life International Living Global Mobility News

March Passenger Demand Remains Robust

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for March 2015 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 7.4% compared to March 2014. This was an improvement on February, when year-over-year growth was 6.4%. The acceleration…Written on Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:34 in iPMI Magazine Travel News

UNECE And IATA Strengthen Cooperation For Trade Facilitation Implementation

IATA and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their support to developing countries seeking to implement the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement. The Agreement promises enormous potential for…Written on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:41 in iPMI Magazine Travel News

Air Freight Resumes Modest Growth Trend

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets, showing a modest 1.6% rise in volumes in March compared to a year ago, measured in Freight Tonne Kilometers (FTK). The industry’s March performance stands in sharp…Written on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:38 in iPMI Magazine Travel News

Assurant Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ), a premier provider of specialty protection products and related services, have reported results for first quarter ended March 31, 2015. “As previously announced, we are exploring strategic alternatives for Assurant Health and Assurant Employee Benefits given their…Written on Friday, 08 May 2015 08:41 in iPMI Magazine Company Results News

Aetna Names Cain Hayes to Head Mid-America Region

Aetna (NYSE: AET) has named Cain Hayes as president of its Mid-America operations. He is based in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, Hayes oversees profit and loss and full operations for commercial middle market; small group; and individual businesses as…Written on Friday, 08 May 2015 08:36 in iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

Allianz Life Promotes Chris Chambs to Vice President Financial Consulting

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) promoted Chris Chambs to vice president financial consulting in the Finance division. In his role, Chambs drives financial management for all Allianz Life business functions. He oversees the company’s budgeting and…Written on Friday, 08 May 2015 08:35 in iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

Munich Re Stop Loss, Inc. Adds New Regional Sales Director

Munich Re Stop Loss, Inc. announced that Brian Boutwell has joined the group as a Regional Sales Director. Brian will be based in Fort Mill, SC and have responsibility for marketing Munich Re’s Stop Loss product to brokers, consultants and…Written on Friday, 08 May 2015 08:32 in iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

Eastern Connecticut Physician Hospital Organization Collaborates With Cigna to Improve Health and Lower Costs

Cigna (NYSE: CI) has launched a collaborative care initiative with Manchester-basedEastern Connecticut Physician Hospital Organization, Inc. (ECPHO) that aims to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination, and achieve the goal of improved health, affordability and patient experience.…Written on Friday, 08 May 2015 08:29 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Third-Year Enrollment Results In The Aon Active Health Exchange Underscore Long-Term Sustainability Of Private Exchanges

Aon Hewitt announced that the third-year enrollment results from the Aon Active Health Exchange further demonstrate that well-designed private health exchanges can deliver on their promise to control cost, engage consumers and offer broad choice. Aon Hewitt is the global…Written on Friday, 08 May 2015 08:27 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Newly-Insured Claims Data Show Pent-Up Demand for Preference-SensitiveServices

New research released today by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) provides an analysis of claims experience and data that has become available since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) state and federal health insurance exchanges. The report examines…Written on Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:24 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

MetLife Announces First Quarter 2015 Results

MetLife reported operating earnings* of $1.6 billion, up 5 percent over the first quarter of 2014, and up 10 percent on a constant currency basis*. On a per share basis, operating earnings were $1.44, up 5 percent over the prior…Written on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:30 in iPMI Magazine Company Results News

ACE Announces Enhanced Excess Casualty Coverage for Middle Market Companies with Complex Risk Exposures

ACE Group announced a strategic initiative to expand its range of excess casualty corporate risk coverages, specifically designed to provide more extensive protection to middle market clients as a result of this segment’s growth and need to manage emerging risks.…Written on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:33 in iPMI Magazine Risk News

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Of New Jersey Named Among the 2015 InformationWeek Elite 100Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) today announced that for the second consecutive year, the company has been selected as one of the nation’s top business technology innovators, ranking #75 in the annual InformationWeek Elite 100. Horizon…Written on Saturday, 02 May 2015 08:25 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

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A guide to leading international medical and travel assistance companies and providers, operating within leisure, expatriate and corporate business travel markets globally.