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Generali Global Assistance Partners With Lyft For Non-Emergency Medical Personnel Transportation

Generali Global Assistance has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., to bring new levels of connected customer service and cost containment to its clientele of insurance companies and multinational corporations. Generali Global Assistance provides a suite of services to help travelers in times of need – from minor inconveniences to life-threatening medical situations – and everything in between.

Generali Global Assistance counts more than 50 of the top accident, health, property and casualty insurers among the clients that utilize their assistance services – in addition to their own travel insurance business unit. The partnership with Lyft will help ensure that set-up and billing for covered transports for insured and corporate travelers can be managed more efficiently and effectively with less travel interruption and higher productivity for travelers – by booking ground transports through Generali Global Assistance team members with direct access to Lyft's "Concierge Platform." Additionally, the partnership, which is one of the first-of-its-kind, will reduce the overall cost of ground transports which will be passed through to Generali Global Assistance's clients.

Chris Carnicelli, CEO of Generali Global Assistance, commented on today's news, "We are thrilled to collaborate with Lyft and to provide reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions. This is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of our plans to integrate Lyft's services across our business lines. We look forward to updating the market on these new initiatives as this partnership progresses."   

Generali Global Assistance, formerly Europ Assistance USA, is a division of Europ Assistance Group, a leading provider of assistance services for more than 50 years and part of Generali Group, the 3rd largest insurer in the world. Europ Assistance Group manages 10,000 medical transports annually and provides medical and personal assistance services every two seconds worldwide. 

"This partnership with Generali Global Assistance enables us to get one step closer to our mission of improving people's lives with the world's best transportation," said Dan Trigub, Head of West Coast Healthcare Partnerships at Lyft. "Together, we're working to provide even more customers with an efficient and effective transportation solution in a variety of situations – improving transit options for millions of their customers across the country."

The potential integrations of Lyft's services that Generali Global Assistance will explore are numerous. For example, Lyft already has an integration with CareLinx, a leading digital marketplace that provides in-home care solutions for seniors, which Generali Global Assistance recently acquired. Through the partnership CareLinx and Lyft created CareRides, a convenient and reliable door-through-door transportation service to increase freedom and mobility for millions of individuals who need extra support across the U.S. The partnership makes Lyft's ride-sharing service available through CareLinx's mobile application, enabling their elderly customers to easily order a car to get to doctor's appointments, run errands, or visit friends and family with the assistance of a professional caregiver.  

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Astrenska And Intana Represent Re-modelling Of Collinson Insurance Group

Move is an affirmation of the Group’s strategy to focus on core capabilities and develop market-leading products and services through the expansion of specialist areas of expertise.

David Evans, Managing Director, Insurance and Assistance of the Collinson Group said, “I am delighted to announce the launch of Astrenska and Intana to the market. “By consolidating our core capabilities under specialist divisions we are able to provide competencies specific to distinct market needs. By aligning these brands through the Collinson Group we can deliver a seamless service to clients when both capabilities form part of the customer solution. “With the existing skills and expertise we have and a clearly defined strategy for future development and growth, Intana and Astrenska are set to make a serious impact on the market.”

Astrenska is the new underwriting division led by Gareth Absalom, Group Head. Astrenska combines Collinson’s range of products and expertise in non-core personal lines insurance into one focused area of specialism. Gareth has over 25 years’ experience in the London insurance market and will manage a team of underwriting specialists. The consolidation creates a division that underwrites over £100m of GWP for its carriers, including A+ paper across key areas such as IPMI, personal accident, health and travel. With the flexibility to deliver co-branded, white labelled and fully managed products to market, Astrenska is well positioned to support its clients in accessing key growth areas of the non-core personal lines insurance market. CIB (formally known as Collinson Insurance Brokers), remains a key area of specialism for Collinson Group, delivering partnership capability in technology led models and traditional broker services.

Intana is the new claims and assistance division led by Martin Weintz, Group Head. Intana has been created by adopting best practice in assistance and customer experience management from capabilities established through both acquisition and organic growth to deliver a fresh approach to assistance services.

Intana offers emergency medical assistance, claims handling, roadside assistance and home emergency support. The brand also provides pre-trip screening, travel guidance and security advice. It will also place focus on the creation of new propositions for nonemergency services.

Martin has over 30 years’ experience in assistance and was previously at AXA Assistance where he worked in a number of senior roles in France and Germany, most recently as Chief Executive of AXA Assistance Germany.

David Evans, Managing Director, Insurance and Assistance of the Collinson Group said, “I am delighted to announce the launch of Astrenska and Intana to the market. “By consolidating our core capabilities under specialist divisions we are able to provide competencies specific to distinct market needs. By aligning these brands through the Collinson Group we can deliver a seamless service to clients when both capabilities form part of the customer solution. With the existing skills and expertise we have and a clearly defined strategy for future development and growth, Intana and Astrenska are set to make a serious impact on the market.”

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Travel Advice and Warnings Italy: Large Demonstrations Are Expected To Take Place In Rome On 18 And 19 October

Over 2.5 million British nationals visit Italy every year. Most visits are trouble-free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Large demonstrations are expected to take place in Rome on 18 and 19 October. You should take extra care and avoid all demonstrations.

Local public transport strikes may affect travel at short notice.

If you are visiting a ski resort you should take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and familiarise yourself with local skiing laws and regulations. 

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Allianz Global Assistance Launches New and Enhanced Products for Travel Agent Channel

Allianz Global Assistance, one of the largest travel insurance and assistance providers in the U.S., today announced that it has launched a new portfolio of Allianz Travel Insurance core retail plans sold by travel agents.

The company's popular "Classic Plan" is now a family of plans that include optional additional coverage to better fit the needs of travelers. The company is also introducing an inexpensive "Essential Plan" for travelers who do not require post departure benefits such as medical and baggage protection.

"As the country's leading travel insurance provider, we pay close attention to trends in leisure travel and we are continually innovating to meet the changing needs of today's traveler," said Brad Gray, director of retail channel management for Allianz Global Assistance USA. "This new portfolio provides travel agents with the simplest and most competitive line of products that we have ever offered."

The new core retail lineup includes these plans: Essential Basic Classic (base plan) Classic with optional Required to Work enhancement Classic with Trip+ Classic with Cancel Anytime The company's "Classic" family of plans now includes a base plan as well as optional benefit enhancements such as Required to Work, which provides coverage for specific work obligations; and Trip+, which has double the coverage limits compared to the base plan, for benefits that include missed connections, emergency medical and dental, emergency medical transportation, baggage loss/damage and baggage delay.

"Classic with Cancel Anytime," provides 100% cash back when trips are canceled or interrupted due to a covered reason, and 80% cash back for most other unforeseen reasons. On all Classic plans, kids 17 and under can be added for no additional cost when traveling with parents or grandparents.

The company's former "Deluxe" product has been retired, but many of that product's benefits can now be found in Classic with Trip Plus.

"Agents told us to make selling travel insurance simpler, which is why we're so excited about the entire Classic family of products," said Gray. "They only need to learn one product -- Classic -- and then add coverage options. Classic with Trip+ solves an age-old conundrum for agents who sold international trips to families: Do they offer the value of kids being added at no additional cost or do they offer a product with more coverage? Classic with Trip+ solves this problem by including higher coverage limits while still insuring kids 17 and under at no additional cost when traveling with their parents or grandparents."

The new Essential Plan offers a cost-effective insurance option for agents who sell domestic air trips to their clients who already have domestic health insurance. It was designed for people who need some cancellation coverage and existing medical conditions coverage to protect their domestic air investments. As with all Allianz Travel Insurance products, the Essential Plan doesn't have any non-commissionable processing fees which means agents get credit for 100% of their customer's purchase.

* - Not all situations are covered. Nothing in the above should be interpreted to suggest that any other particular situation would be covered. Terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions apply to all plans and benefits described herein. For a complete description of the coverage, carefully review the terms and conditions of the certificate of insurance. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, Ill), rated "A-"(Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 102-C series or 102-P series, or Jefferson Form No. 105-C series or 105-P series, depending on the insured's state. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of this plan and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage because of the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company.

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MAPFRE ASISTANCE Launches "Rent a Car Pack" For Car Rental Companies

MAPFRE ASSISTANCE just launched Rent a Car Pack, a suite of products aimed at car rental companies and their customers and focused on providing support and warranty programs.

This product package includes coverage of the most common contingencies that may occur during the time when the customer has a rental car, and tire damage or loss of keys and Roadside Assistance Services.

As new, MAPFRE ASSISTANCE offers coverage of the amount deposited by customers as collateral and the problems that may arise if they make a mistake when refueling the vehicle. For example, if diesel refuel a vehicle that runs on gasoline. These two coverages are highly appreciated by customers when renting a car.

Moreover, Rent a Car Pack offers car rental companies Roadside Assistance services for breakdowns or accidents and Mechanical Warranty, so they can sell their fleets with that competitive edge when matching their vehicles on the used market hand. With this release, MAPFRE ASSISTANCE introduced into the market an innovative product suite that meets all of the insurance needs of the car rental industry, providing coverage to rental companies and customers the same.

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Companies Focused on Global Expansion and Opportunity have A New Option for Travel Risk Management

Companies focused on expansion and taking advantage of global opportunities now have a new option for travel risk management - one that brings together the expertise of two companies specializing in the fields of individual crisis protection and international business risk consultancy.

Europ Assistance USA today announced the launch of Asterisk™, a travel risk management service designed to support companies' global ambitions. Launched in conjunction with security partner, Drum Cussac, Asterisk™ provides companies with the intelligence to better understand the environments in which they wish to do business and the tools and support to minimize and mitigate the risk associated with international business travel. Asterisk™ representatives will be onsite at the ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2013) in Chicago this week, giving attendees access to industry experts.

"Our approach to travel risk management stands apart from what's available today in the market and is focused on going beyond duty of care," said Guillaume Deybach, CEO Europ Assistance USA. "Asterisk was really modeled with the forward-looking company in mind, no matter its size," Deybach continued. "We want to be a true partner to our clients in every sense of the word, ensuring the services we offer are not only tailored to their needs, but also help them achieve and secure their global ambitions."

The Asterisk™ suite of products include location-based travel risk intelligence, traveler tracking, travel security awareness training and access to 24/7 response centers to assist travelers with medical and/or security incidents.

For more information about Asterisk™, please visit http://www.europassistance-usa.com/asterisk.

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