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  • Turning the Travel Insurance Claims Process Inside Out
    Has this happened to you? You file a claim and submit all the necessary documentation, only to find out weeks later the claim was never covered in the first place. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, has reinvented the claims process to make sure that doesn't happen. Before requesting any documentation, Squaremouth's claims team talks directly to every claimant to assess their situation and better understand what coverage they may have. "The way we do it is significantly more expensive for us as a company, however it provides a much better customer experience," says Squaremouth Co-Founder and CEO Chris Harvey.…
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    Written on Sunday, 21 May 2017 08:05 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • PASSENGER LUGGAGE INSURANCE: Passengers With Electronic Devices Carried In The Holds Of Airlines Not Covered
    iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News: Passengers with electronic devices carried in the holds of airlines following the recent ban on carrying them as hand luggage, may not be fully insured for the contents of their luggage. Most passengers don't realise they have limited insurance cover for their possessions including their prized electronic devices. Most travel insurance policies will not cover electronic items that can be worth as much as £500 - £1000, especially when checked in as hold luggage. Rather than leave your prized iPad, laptop, DVD player or handheld gaming console at home, there is another solution according to…
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    Written on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:40 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • P J Hayman Includes Consularcare ConsularAssist In Its Extended Stay Travel Insurance Policies
    UK-based Consularcare, a pioneering provider of global consular assistance, has announced that its ConsularAssist solution is now included in P J Hayman's Longstay and Backpacker Travel Insurance. Mike Jones, Consularcare Co-founder and Commercial Director, says: "We initially announced our partnership to provide consular assistance services through P J Hayman, in June 2016, when it added ConsularAssist to its revamped Travel Plus scheme. We are delighted that the company has recognised the added value ConsularAssist gives to its travel insurance policies and chosen the backpacking community as the next recipients of ConsularAssist." Founded in 1990, P J Hayman works closely with…
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    Written on Friday, 31 March 2017 09:08 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • High-Impact Incidents To Drive Travel Insurance In 2017
    AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte. Ltd. (AIG Singapore) forecasts that high-impact incidents such as extreme weather events, medical outbreaks and socio-political volatility are the top emerging risks for local travellers over the next 12 months. Claims data from AIG Singapore reveals that these high-impact incidents are becoming more common. Compared to three years ago, AIG Singapore has seen an 85 per cent increase in travel claims made for such incidents, with natural disasters being the costliest with an average claim amount of S$2,610. AIG Singapore predicts that these trends will continue throughout 2017, resulting in a 10 per cent rise…
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    Written on Friday, 31 March 2017 09:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Travel Insurance Policyholders Inventing Circumstances Of Claims
    iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News: A rising number of travel insurance policyholders are lying about the circumstances of claims to increase their chances of having them paid, according to claims and assistance providers CEGA. Travel insurance customers who have claims turned down are then citing different circumstances that are more likely to be accepted, says CEGA's Special Investigations Unit. "In the last year we've seen a rise in the number of customers submitting alternative, fabricated evidence to back up a claim," says CEGA's Head of Technical Claims, Simon Cook. "For example, we've seen missed flights blamed first on something not…
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    Written on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:44 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • How To Make Sure A Winter Travel Insurance Claim Is Paid With Dr Tim Hammond, Chief Medical Officer CEGA
    Make sure that you're registered with a GP; be open and honest about your medical history when you buy travel insurance and don't drink excessively on holiday. This is the advice for winter holidaymakers from Dr Tim Hammond, Chief Medical Officer at CEGA, the claims and global assistance providers. Ignoring it could invalidate a travel insurance claim for medical expenses. Dr Hammond's first warning is made more pertinent by NHS England plans that could see patients removed from GPs' lists if they do not contact their surgery for five years. "Even if a visit to the doctor isn't necessary, it's…
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    Written on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:24 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Travel Insurance Fraudsters To Get Zero Tolerance Message Via BBC
    Travel insurance fraud won't be tolerated, nor will its perpetrators escape detection. This is the message that CEGA is to give BBC viewers as it starts filming this week for BBC One's latest Claimed and Shamed series. Simon Cook, CEGA's Head of Special Investigations and now a regular participant on Claimed and Shamed, expects millions of BBC viewers to tune into the programme: drawn by blow-by-blow accounts of outrageous travel insurance claims and the ever-more sophisticated measures taken to detect fraud. "The travel insurance industry will go to great lengths to validate or negate a suspicious claim," says Cook. "If…
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    Written on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 13:34 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Allianz Global Assistance Launches AgentMax Online Enhancements
    Allianz Global Assistance has launched an enhanced version of its award-winning AgentMax Online platform for travel agents that will make offering travel insurance faster and easier. Enhancements launching in November include the ability to speed up customer payments by scanning credit cards using the camera on a smartphone, generate faster quotes using an improved QuoteMax tool, create detailed customized analysis and reports as well as provide product recommendations based on real-time trip information. Originally created as a software-based platform, AgentMax Online was launched at the end of 2015 to remove the barriers associated with software, such as restrictions on operating…
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    Written on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 13:13 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Earthquakes and Travel Insurance Fact Sheet: Squaremouth Explains Coverage For Affected Travelers
    Following the major earthquake on New Zealand's South Island, travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has established the New Zealand Earthquake and Travel Insurance Information Center to explain coverage for travelers affected by the earthquake. It is too late to purchase a new policy with coverage for the earthquake, but affected travelers who had a policy in place before the earthquake occurred may be eligible for a number of benefits. "Travelers currently in New Zealand should contact their travel insurance provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance as soon as possible for help," said Squaremouth spokesperson Rachael Taft. "Travelers with an upcoming trip to…
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    Written on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 13:09 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Simplified Travel Insurance With More Coverage And Less Restrictions
    Manulife has announced the launch of the Manulife Premium Protection PlanTM, travel insurance coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical, baggage loss and delay and accident insurance. Canadians can confidently purchase knowing that they can be covered for an unexpected event that impacts their travel plans. “We have reduced the policy to 14 pages from over 40 and eliminated 37 exclusions while providing more coverage,” said Robert Iafrate, Assistant Vice President, Travel Insurance, Manulife. “Our goal was to create a simple product that was easy for Canadians to understand their coverage.” How Manulife simplified the Manulife Premium Protection Plan…
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    Written on Thursday, 10 November 2016 09:13 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • BBC Viewers To Get Regular Dose Of Travel Insurance Fraud Warnings
    BBC viewers are to have twice-weekly doses of travel insurance fraud warnings - starting next week - as fraud specialist Simon Cook takes to the screen in BBC One's popular Claimed and Shamed programme. Simon, who is Head of Special Investigations at claims and medical assistance group CEGA, will talk more than a million potential viewers through far-fetched travel insurance claims: hammering home the message that the penalties for fraudsters are harsh. He says, "Travel insurance fraudsters come all walks of life and include doctors, celebrities and even solicitors. But I want to let potential fraudsters know that there is…
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    Written on Sunday, 16 October 2016 06:09 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Ingle International Launch Canadian Student Travel Insurance Plan
    Ingle International have launched the Canadian Student Travel Insurance Plan, an outbound travel insurance product that serves travelling Canadian students and chaperones from the majority of school boards across Alberta. Students and chaperones can expect all-inclusive coverage backed by 24/7 emergency medical and security assistance. Coverage is arranged on a group basis through Ingle International. This plan was created to provide comprehensive, convenient insurance coverage for all school trips over the course of the year, as well as duty of care solutions to take on an ever-changing world. "Alberta school boards were on the lookout for a product that meets…
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    Written on Thursday, 15 September 2016 07:46 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Ingle International Unveils Canuck Voyage
    Ingle International Inc. has launched Canuck Voyage, an outbound travel medical insurance plan designed to meet the challenges Canadians face while travelling abroad or outside of their home province within Canada. Canadians can expect coverage for single trips up to 365 days or multi-trip annual plans up to 100 days per trip. Coverage is available online, via mobile, over the phone, or through insurance and travel agents, as well as associations and affinity groups. The plan was created to offer a comprehensive, versatile, competitively priced travel medical insurance option for Canadians that addresses gaps in existing plans in the market.…
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    Written on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 07:44 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • CEGA Supports Travel Insurers With Health And Safety Guide For Travellers
    Research the area that you're staying in, get the right vaccinations and email yourself photocopies of all your important documents. This is just some of the advice being given out to business and leisure travellers by assistance and claims company CEGA, in its ​new ​"Travel Essentials" guide. The guide, which also includes (among other tips) advice about the safest floor on which to book a hotel room, what to expect from a travel insurance policy and the dangers of road accidents in developing countries, aims to educate travellers about overcoming security and health threats, wherever they are going. It is…
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    Written on Thursday, 25 August 2016 08:18 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • CEGA Sees Surge In Number Of Travel Insurance Fraud Savings
    CEGA's Special Investigations Unit reports close to a 20% rise in the number of fraud savings made on travel insurance claims over the last 12 months. The achievement follows CEGA's considerable investment in fraud awareness initiatives and training across the company's entire travel claims and assistance operation. This has included preparing multi-disciplined staff, both within and beyond its fraud unit, for fraud investigation qualifications. "Maximising fraud awareness and skills amongst both our investigators and our front-end staff has been fundamental in increasing our investigations and number of client savings," says CEGA's Head of Special Investigations, Simon Cook. "The results are…
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    Written on Monday, 08 August 2016 15:16 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Voyager Insurance Services Launches - Flexible Unique ‘UK Style’ “Anywhere to Anywhere” GlobalVoyager Travel Insurance Product
    Voyager Insurance Services Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new and unique travel insurance product designed specifically for international and expatriate residents worldwide. With the world becoming a smaller place to travel or do business, especially online, brokers and Intermediaries often come across travel insurance requests from customers abroad, or who may not be eligible for their ‘standard’ travel insurance, or who have already travelled. Their websites will often have up to 50% of visitors from overseas that is wasted traffic if they can’t offer a solution. GlobalVoyager is the world’s first flexible comprehensive ‘UK style’…
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    Written on Monday, 08 August 2016 07:28 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Parents Of Travelling Teens Reassured By Faster Travel Insurance Payments
    Teenagers travelling abroad are using faster payment apps like Barclays Pingit to be reimbursed for travel insurance claims almost instantly: taking the pressure off the "bank of mum and dad". Payments via Pingit have more than doubled in the last year, with 18-25 year olds among those particularly inclined to use the app, according to claims and assistance providers CEGA. "A faster payment app like Pingit lets insurers rather than parents take the immediate financial strain of a teenage mishap overseas," says CEGA's Head of Claims Richard Gibbons. "It reassures parents that their offspring won't be stuck the other side…
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    Written on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 08:54 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • CEGA Uses BBC To Promote Fight Against Travel Insurance Fraud
    Over a million BBC viewers are, again, to be warned against the severity of travel insurance fraud, thanks to CEGA's Head of Special Investigations, Simon Cook. Simon, who starts filming this week for a new series of BBC One's successful Claimed and Shamed programme, is to talk viewers through several travel insurance scams, in a bid to raise public awareness of the industry's zero tolerance towards fraud. "It's essential to keep educating the public about insurance fraud and warning that exaggeration is as bad as fabrication when it comes to dishonest claims," says Simon, who has appeared in three previous…
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    Written on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 12:27 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Travel Insurers Pay Out £1 Million Every Day
    Every day, ABI members pay out £1 million to help cover the costs of medical treatment abroad, cancelled trips, or other travel troubles. However, more than one in five people still risk travelling uninsured.* Figures from ABI members show: Last year, insurers paid out £365 million, equating to £1 million a day, to 494,000 individuals and families who needed help when they were abroad. The main cost of claims was for emergency medical treatment, with insurers paying out over £196 million to cover travellers’ medical expenses and repatriation. More than 166,000 travellers claimed for medical treatment. An annual travel insurance…
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    Written on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:52 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Future Generali India Insurance Launches Its First Exclusive Online Travel Insurance Products
    Future Generali India Insurance Company Limited (FGII), a joint venture between Future Group and Generali has announced the launch of two online travel insurance products for the international travelers - Future Easy Travel Worldwide and Future Easy Travel Schengen. The plans are specially designed keeping in mind the uncertainties of today’s times right from loss of documents to sudden illness while on a foreign land. The benefit of both the online products include cashless claim settlement, Universal International Free phone number (UIFN), Worldwide emergency, medical and travel assistance along with the flexibility to choose from different plans in each product…
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    Written on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 07:50 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Aviva Reveals 2015 Claims Statistics For Cancelled Travel Plans
    Aviva has revealed it paid out over £19.2m1 last year to UK holidaymakers whose holidays had to be cancelled before they started. Despite the number of holiday cancellations, just a quarter2 of would-be holidaymakers take out insurance at the same time as booking their trip. A third (32%), buy it the month before their trip and 10% of travellers don’t bother with insurance at all, leaving themselves at risk from hefty medical bills or losing their holidays altogether. Across its travel insurance business, the insurer received 30,0001 claims from disappointed travellers whose holiday plans had to be put on hold…
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    Written on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 06:26 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Global Rescue Teams Up With IMG To Introduce Comprehensive Travel Insurance Program
    The Global Rescue group of companies announced the introduction of Global Rescue Signature Travel InsuranceSM, a comprehensive travel insurance program. Global Rescue has selected International Medical Group® (IMG®), a leader in global benefits and travel insurance services, to provide Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance for its travelers worldwide. “We chose IMG to help develop Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance to be the industry’s leading travel insurance platform,” said Global Rescue CEO and Founder Dan Richards. “For over a decade, Global Rescue has set the standard for field rescue, medical evacuation and security extraction services. Now our members can protect themselves…
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    Written on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 19:43 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Innovative Program Designed To Revolutionize Travel Insurance Experience
    Allianz Global Assistance Canada announced its plans to test a new and innovative way for travellers to pay for medical claims while travelling. A first in Canada, the unique solution will allow for payment of eligible outpatient medical expenses in real-time, eliminating any out of pocket expenses for the traveller and removing the typical claims process and paperwork which travellers are accustomed to. Customers who purchase a travel insurance plan included in this limited program will receive a payment card for no additional fee to take with them on their trip. If they require emergency medical help while travelling, they…
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    Written on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:16 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Allianz Global Assistance Named Preferred Travel Insurance Provider Of Hickory Global Partners
    Allianz Global Assistance USA announced that it has become the preferred travel insurance provider of Hickory Global Partners (HICKORY), a travel management services company providing innovative service, distribution and technology to its network of travel agency and supplier partners. The agreement provides HICKORY-affiliated travel agencies with access to Allianz Travel Insurance products and a new Business Travel Protection plan. Allianz Travel Insurance products* include coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delays, baggage delays and loss, as well as for medical and dental emergencies and 24/7 travel assistance to customers who may need help while they’re traveling. The new Business…
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    Written on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 08:54 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Seven Corners Launches Roundtrip® International
    Seven Corners, Inc. has announced it will now offer comprehensive trip protection packages to non-U.S. residents through its latest product RoundTrip International. The new product allows non-U.S. residents traveling outside of their home country to purchase all-encompassing trip cancellation, medical and baggage and personal belongings protection. Global travelers outside of the U.S. can enjoy RoundTrip International’s protection against unforeseen events that may occur before or during a trip, covering financial investments and the health of the traveler. RoundTrip International’s trip protection package benefits include: Trip cancellation: In case of an unforeseen event that prevents travel and jeopardizes a financial investment,…
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    Written on Thursday, 28 April 2016 05:16 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Vacationers Concerned About Extreme Weather, Political Unrest And Viruses
    Travel insurance can’t prevent bad things from happening on a vacation, but it may be able to protect your financial investment, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “For many consumers worried that an extreme weather event or political unrest might affect their vacation plans, travel insurance can provide useful coverage,” said Jeanne M. Salvatore, the I.I.I.’s chief communications officer. “But it’s important to understand exactly what it covers and when it makes sense to purchase it.” Asking some key questions can help determine whether you should consider purchasing travel insurance: If I had to cancel my vacation, would I…
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    Written on Thursday, 07 April 2016 07:20 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Are Age UK Overcharging Their Customers For Travel Insurance?
    Travel insurance from Age UK is nearly double the cost of a comparable policy from PayingTooMuch.com, potentially leaving customers feeling ripped off and perhaps even putting them off going on holiday.According to a press release published by PayingTooMuch.com a two week single-trip policy for a 78 year old male, with pre-existing medical conditions, to the Canary Islands was £158.16 from Age UK, whereas the same level of cover from PayingTooMuch.com was £79.94.If you are prepared to reduce cancellation cover from £5k to £3k (more than enough for most travellers) and baggage cover from £2k to £1k, PayingTooMuch.com can provide a…
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    Written on Friday, 12 February 2016 07:16 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Starr Companies Announces Travel Insurance And Assistance Services To Cuba
    Starr Companies (Starr) is pleased to announce the availability of travel insurance and assistance services for travel to Cuba*. These plans provide trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance as well as accident and sickness benefits. In addition, the plans provide the coordination of medical and assistance services for travelers during their travel and visit to Cuba. “With the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, we expect that an increasing number of U.S. citizens will visit the country. Starr is offering plans that meet both traveler demand and the U.S. legal requirements,” says Bridget Whalen, Vice President at Starr. The Cuban…
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    Written on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 07:12 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Travel Insurance Claims Soar As Families Hit The Slopes
    February half term is the most dangerous time of the year for a trip to the slopes, with more than twice the average number of winter sports travel claims this week, compared to the rest of the ski season. This is according to travel insurance claims data revealed by Aviva.1 New research from the travel insurer also reveals that six out of 10 (57%) parents would consider taking a winter sports break with their family2, citing good activities for children (23%) and health and fitness benefits (22%) as their main reasons. Accessibility and location (15%) are also popular motivations for…
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    Written on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 06:59 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • AXA Publishes Latest Insurance Claims Stats
    Since January 2015, AXA has published online the overall percentage of claims made which are paid, and is pleased to now display that information at the product level for Motor, Home and Travel. AXA believes that increased transparency is crucial to lifting consumer trust, and addressing the concern, held by some, that insurers seek to avoid claims. To the contrary, AXA will quickly pay a valid claim, but has a duty to its customers to ensure their premiums are not inflated by the cost of paying fraudulent claims, or claims not covered by the policy purchased. AXA understands that there…
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    Written on Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:35 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • BBC Highlights Travel Insurance Fraud With CEGA
    Thousands of BBC viewers will find out about the folly of travel insurance fraud in February, when Head of Special Investigations for CEGA, Simon Cook, takes to the screen to explain that no stone is left unturned in the industry's quest to expose fraudsters - wherever they are in the world. BBC One's Claimed and Shamed will see Simon talking viewers through a supposed car break-in near Mumbai, a fictitious death in Nigeria and cosmetic surgery posing as emergency medical treatment in Lebanon - all exposed with the help of CEGA's investigators "on the ground" overseas. Meanwhile, Simon and his…
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    Written on Thursday, 28 January 2016 13:09 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Travel Insurance After the Istanbul Bombing
    The terrorist bombing of a tourist area in Istanbul, Turkey may cause concerns among travelers with upcoming trips to the destination. Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance website, answers the top three questions about travel insurance coverage related to the Istanbul bombing. Am I covered to cancel my upcoming trip to Istanbul? On Tuesday, January 12, the U.S. Department of State officially declared the Istanbul bombing an act of terrorism. This means travelers who purchased a travel insurance policy prior to January 12 may be able to cancel an upcoming trip to Istanbul, depending on their policy's coverage. In order for…
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    Written on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:36 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • 2015 Travel Insurance Trends Reveal The State Of The Travel Industry
    Throughout the past year, major events, from restored diplomatic relations with Cuba to terrorist attacks in Paris, left a lasting impact on the way people travel. Squaremouth reveals how the top travel insurance trends of 2015 indicate the state of the travel industry. Travelers Sought Travel Insurance Instead of Canceling Trips After Paris Terrorist Attacks Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, and a subsequent issuance of a Worldwide Travel Alert, travelers showed an increased concern about terrorism impacting their travel plans. Squaremouth.com saw a 38% increase in visitors and a 17% increase in the number of…
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    Written on Thursday, 31 December 2015 15:23 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Bellwood Prestbury Agree Partnership With Voyager Insurance To Launch A New Affordable Online Travel Insurance Plan
    Specialist global insurance intermediary Bellwood Prestbury has selected Guildford based Voyager Insurance Services as their preferred provider to launch a new on-line travel insurance plan created for both UK and EEA residents. With a choice of three core plans: single, multi-trip and long stay cover for up to 24 months - business trips are included as standard and all plans are available to individuals and groups with the option to include most pre-existing medical conditions. The new plan offers automatic cover for a huge range of leisure activities at no additional charge including bungee jumping, snow skiing, hot air ballooning,…
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    Written on Monday, 02 November 2015 19:21 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • ACE Launches Enhancements To ACE Travel Smart
    ACE Group today launched two further enhancements to its ACE Travel Smart duty of care proposition for European business travel insurance buyers. The first of the new services is an innovative online dashboard for HR and risk managers, which enables them to locate and send messages to travelling employees anywhere in the world via 3G or a Wi-Fi connection. This market- leading feature has been developed in response to client feedback. It recognises that, in an increasingly globalised environment with employees travelling to far-flung destinations, timely and accurate information is vital to helping companies fulfil their duty of care. It…
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    Written on Friday, 02 October 2015 10:17 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • BIBA Confirms Syndicate DTW1991 As Holiday Travel Scheme Provider
    The new Holiday Travel + policy provides a wide range of benefits for customers including financial failure and covers many activities as standard including trekking to any height and motorcycling holidays. It also has the benefit of not excluding terrorism. The Holiday Travel + scheme has been enhanced to include cover specifically designed for golfing holidays, including loss of Green Fees as well as cover for loss of, or damage to clubs and accessories. BIBA members will continue to benefit from a web-based solution that gives them the ability to sell travel insurance using their own websites. In addition, new…
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    Written on Friday, 02 October 2015 08:18 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Survey Reveals What Canadians Don't Know About Their Travel Health Insurance
    Canadians need to better understand their travel health insurance policies if they want to ensure they aren't in debt for out-of-country medical expenses, based on findings from a Travel Health Insurance Association (THiA) survey. Forty-seven per cent of respondents have never reviewed their policies even though 23 per cent have required medical care while travelling. "Policies vary from provider to provider. It's important to understand what will impact your coverage for medical expenses outside of Canada, or even within Canada," said Alex Bittner, THiA President. "Everyone should have a carefree holiday and not worry about unexpected medical expenses". A survey…
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    Written on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:20 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Travel Insurance: What Are Pre-Existing Medical Conditions?
    Travel and medical insurance plans can cover many pre-existing medical conditions however if you have a pre-existing medical condition or illness, you need tell the insurer when you purchase your insurance policy. If in doubt, declare it.
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    Written on Saturday, 26 September 2015 06:26 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • RAC Appoints Hood Group To Launch Its New Travel Insurance Product
    The new offering developed by Hood Group for RAC aims to give customers a choice of great value travel insurance packages plus a range of additional cover options including gadget cover, excess waiver, winter sports, golfing holidays, weddings and cruises. RAC travel insurance customers will also benefit from a free Driving Holiday Pack if they are already an RAC member. The pack provides additional assistance for those specifically taking driving holidays such as the costs of emergency car hire cover should their own vehicle break down, cover for shopping, driving licences and any camping equipment they may take with them.…
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    Written on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 07:43 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Travel Insurance Warning For Gap Year Travellers
    As thousands of young Brits leave the UK this month for adventurous gap years, the chief medical officer of leading independent assistance and travel claims company, CEGA, has warned of the perils of setting off without travel insurance – not just because an accident or injury overseas may be cripplingly expensive, but also because travelling without cover can make it difficult to reach the right medical care in an emergency. Dr Tim Hammond's warning comes after recent ABTA research shows that an increasing number of young people are shunning travel insurance when they go overseas. The organisation revealed that one…
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    Written on Friday, 11 September 2015 06:57 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • ABTA Report Reveals One In Five Still Travelling Uninsured
    ABTA is warning travellers about the dangers of travelling overseas uninsured as new ABTA research* has found that one in five holidaymakers (20%) are still travelling overseas uninsured. Holidaymakers travelling uninsured run the risk of substantial medical bills which can run into thousands of pounds, particularly if an air ambulance is required to fly them home. The numbers travelling overseas uninsured are similar to last year’s figures, when 22% travelled overseas uninsured, however there has been a big rise in young holidaymakers travelling uninsured. A third (33%) of 16-24 year olds are travelling uninsured, up from 22% in 2014. A…
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    Written on Thursday, 10 September 2015 07:13 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Zurich launches Live2Play Working Holiday Insurance Plan
    Zurich have announced the launch of Zurich Live2Play Working Holiday Insurance Plan in Hong Kong. In recent years, taking working holidays overseas has become popular among young people, however, they may encounter various difficulties from visa application, departure to the arrival on their destinations. Live2Play Working Holiday Insurance Plan provides thoughtful benefits and support to young people who take working holidays with 13 benefits covering their whole journey, including medical cover, personal accidents, personal liability, travel delay, cancellation and curtailment of trip, personal baggage cover, course tuition fee, and rental vehicle excess, comprehensively taking care of their various needs. Ms.…
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    Written on Monday, 24 August 2015 07:33 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • InsureMyTrip Reports High Demand For Comprehensive Travel Insurance Plans In 2015
    A new consumer report from travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip finds nearly 75 percent of all their customers choose a comprehensive travel insurance plan for both domestic and international travel. This latest consumer data is based on all transactions for travel insurance from InsureMyTrip customers in 2015 thus far. This percentage includes insurance purchases for a variety of trips - including cruises, tours, group travel, and long-and-short trips internationally or within the US. "The data suggests that the majority of travelers are selecting comprehensive plans because they provide broader coverage to protect their needs," say InsureMyTrip CEO Jim Grace. Comprehensive…
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    Written on Monday, 10 August 2015 09:28 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • Allianz Global Assistance Signs Partnership With Dynamic International Airways
    Allianz Global Assistance USA announced that it has launched a partnership with Dynamic International Airways, a Greensboro, NC-based air carrier offering world class air travel between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Caracas (CCS) and between New York (JFK) and Georgetown, Guyana (GEO). The agreement provides Dynamic customers with access to Allianz Travel Insurance products* through airdynamic.com or by calling Allianz Travel Insurance. Allianz Travel Insurance products include coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delays, baggage delays and loss, as well as for medical and dental emergencies and offers 24/7 travel assistance to customers who may need help while they're traveling.…
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    Written on Monday, 10 August 2015 09:24 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News
  • CEGA'S Holiday Advice Aims To Reduce Insurers' Exposure To Risk
    Extreme travel insurance claims have included luggage stolen from a treetop room by indigenous warriors, a home destroyed by a digger that veered off-course and a fire display that consumed its tourist audience, according to leading medical assistance and claims handler CEGA. But not all travel mishaps are as unpredictable. Many can be avoided or resolved with minimum stress, says CEGA, as it launches a media campaign to advise the millions of Brits expected to travel abroad this summer and to reduce their insurers' exposure to risk. CEGA's campaign urges holidaymakers (over a third of whom are expected travel to…
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    Written on Thursday, 16 July 2015 05:12 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News

Medical Travel Assistance

Medical, travel and technical assistance companies may provide out-of-hospital emergency healthcare services and manage medical cases for healthcare payors under member healthcare, medical, expatriate and travel insurance programs. Global Healthcare Insurance Companies rely on Medical, travel and technical assistance companies to provide a myriad of international assistance services. Medical, travel and technical assistance companies are located all over the world and act as an extended arm of assistance for expatriates, business travelers and tourists. Medical, travel and technical assistance companies may offer 24/7 Third Party Administration; Cost Containment and Medical Case Management Services; Air Ambulance Services including MEDEVAC, Non Medical Evacuation, Medical Escorts on Commercial Airlines and Repatriation Services.