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Cirencester Friendly Children’s Critical Illness Support

November 2019 Cirencester Friendly: IP

Gold

Cirencester Friendly has added children’s critical illness insurance cover to its Income Protection (IP) products for new and existing members. The benefit pays a fixed lump sum of £2,500 if a child under age 21 is diagnosed with one of ten critical illnesses. The ten are serious cancer; open-heart surgery; traumatic brain injury; benign brain tumour; bacterial meningitis; kidney failure; heart valve repair or replacement; loss of hand or foot; major organ transplant, and third degree burns. The child must survive for 14 days after diagnosis and there is no extra premium charged for the benefit. Only one claim per…
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Cignpost Term Life and Cignpost Critical Illness

November 2019 Cignpost: Term

Silver

Cignpost is a new provider offering three types of term insurance: Level. Increasing. Cover increases by 3% a year, while premiums rise by 3.75% pa. Decreasing.  Designed to pay off an outstanding mortgage or loan with an interest rate of 8%. Age range is 18 to 54 at entry and the maximum expiry age is 64, with terms available from five years to 40 years. The sum insured is paid on death or diagnosis of a terminal illness during the policy term. Death due to suicide is not covered during the first 12 months of the policy. Customers can also…
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Royal London Income Protection

November 2019 Royal London: IP

Gold

Royal London has improved its Income Protection plan to now offer tailored cover for NHS medical professionals and other medical professionals on the same sick pay structure. The insurer says this means it can now: Pay out in line with NHS sick pay arrangements. Offer up to 12 months sabbatical cover for eligible medical professionals, provided they meet the conditions in the Plan Details and continue to pay their premiums. Offer a higher minimum benefit for doctors and surgeons, at £3,000 a month. The changes follow other recent improvements to the Income Protection plan, including: An optional five year payment…
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Generali Best Doctors Mental Health Navigator

November 2019 Generali: IP

Gold

Generali UK has launched an innovative new mental health navigator service, adding it at no extra cost to the range of early intervention and rehabilitation services available on its Group Income Protection (GIP) policy. It includes: Expert assessment and signposting to appropriate services by mental health clinicians, reducing pressure on line managers and mental health first aiders, while improving outcomes for individuals and for business. Mental health condition and treatment reviews for anyone who wants a better understanding of an existing condition or prescribed programme. Improved integration of an employer’s existing benefits, services and mental health policies and procedures into…
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Collinson SmartHealth International

October 2019 Collinson: iPMI

Gold

Global customer benefits and loyalty company, Collinson, has launched an international healthcare plan, Collinson SmartHealth™ International, in Nairobi, Kenya. The solution is delivered in partnership with Kenbright, a leading medical insurance provider in Kenya. The product offers a suite of affordable health insurance products aimed at Kenyan companies, wanting to protect and give peace of mind to employees and their families. Employees and their families can flexibly access international medical advice, treatment and support, whenever it is needed, through a global network of health providers and in-house medical assistance 24/7, with each case individually managed and assessed by Collinson’s medical…
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