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Royal London Critical Illness

January 2018 Royal London: CI

Gold

Royal London has introduced a number of changes to its critical illness plans and now also makes total and permanent disability (TPD) cover optional rather than automatically included. If customers choose not to add it, their premium will be lower. Three new full payment definitions have been added (full definitions shown): 1. Benign spinal cord tumour - resulting in permanent symptoms or specified treatment. A non-malignant tumour or cyst in the spinal cord, spinal nerves or meninges, resulting in any of the following: permanent neurological deficit with persisting clinical symptoms; or surgical removal of all or part of the tumour;…
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Status Medical Insurance Solutions European Health Cash Plan

January 2018 Status Medical Insurance Solutions: HCP

Silver

This is the first product from Status Global Insurance’s (SGI’s) new brand, Status Medical Insurance Solutions, which will offer a range of worldwide medical insurance products and is the first product of its kind available to the European Economic Area (EEA).  The European Health Cash Plan pays cash benefits for everyday healthcare expenses, typically those out-of-pocket costs which are not fully covered by national healthcare systems or by private medical insurance. The plan is underwritten by Astrenska Insurance Ltd. There is a simple application process with guaranteed acceptance and there are four benefit levels. The main benefits (with any annual…
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Care Plus Master International

January 2018 Care Plus: iPMI

Gold

Care Plus is the leading premium health insurance company in Brazil, having been founded 25 years ago and was acquired by Bupa Global in December 2016. Master International is an international private medical insurance (iPMI) plan that allows organisations to offer their employees healthcare around the world. Customers can access healthcare through Blue Cross Blue Shield Global in the USA and through Bupa Global outside the USA. The plan is available to Care Plus’s existing clients with its Master I plan (around 35% of its customers), and to new customers with compatible plans and an additional 2,000 new customers are…
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National Friendly Grace Care

January 2018 National Friendly: Later Life

Platinum

National Friendly has grouped together this product with its Assisted Living Insurance plan under the wider heading of ‘Later Life Care’. For Grace Care, all customers have to do is contact National Friendly on 0330 221 1171 to be put in touch with an expert adviser at Grace Care. Grace has long been established as a provider of high quality help and advice around long term care and this service is available through National Friendly at just £60 (half the normal cost). The adviser will: Talk to the customer in confidence about the needs and wishes of their elderly loved…
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Legal & General Critical Illness

December 2017 Legal & General: CI

Gold
Poll Results

Legal & General (L&G) has added two new services to its Critical Illness policies that are sold through intermediaries. The first is the Legal & General Nurse Support Service, which enables customers to benefit from practical advice and emotional support delivered by a team of qualified nurses, when they are diagnosed with a serious physical illness. It will also extend to support for mental health conditions, trauma and bereavement as well as eldercare and carer support for the customer and their close family members. To promote the product, Legal & General has created new videos and product animations to help advisers…
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