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Aviva Expert Select (Protection Review rating: Gold, Adviser score 6.8)

February 2021 Aviva: PMI

Gold

Available from March 2021 as part of its Healthier Solutions and Solutions cover, Aviva’s Expert Select option is a guided hospital option for individuals and SMEs, following its successful introduction for corporate customers last year. Aviva says it gives access to a nationwide choice of hospitals selected based on its clinical governance framework, alongside external clinical ratings from the Care Quality Commission and Health Improvement Scotland. When claiming by phone, a claim consultant will assess the customer's needs and provide a choice of hospitals and specialists - on average three or four. Information is provided to help the customer decide…
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MetLife MortgageSafe (Protection Review rating: Silver, Adviser score 7.8)

February 2021 MetLife: IP

Silver

MetLife has launched a new income protection plan (through a select panel of intermediaries only at this stage) that covers some or all mortgage payments - up to a maximum of £1,500 per month - for up to 12 or 24 months. Premiums are based on age, policy term, smoker status and BMI (body mass index). MortgageSafe is available to new or old homeowners, and offers a choice of three levels of cover: Core. Accident only cover; pays up to 12 months. Essential12. Adds illness cover too; max 12 months’ benefit. Essential24. As Essential12 but maximum 24 month benefit period.…
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April International Care MyHEALTH Hong Kong (Protection Review rating: Gold, Adviser score 8.0)

January 2021 April International: iPMI

Gold

April International Care has announced a number of improvements to its MyHEALTH Hong Kong private international health insurance (iPMI) policy range, and in particular to its Elite module. The changes took effect from the start of December 2020. The annual limit for the Elite module for in-hospital care has been increased from US $3.0 million to $4.5 million and a near doubling of check-up and vaccination cover has been added, giving a total benefit for this now of US $2,000, with no change to policy premiums. In addition, new adult and child health benefits have been added, and are now…
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Aviva Healthcare Solutions & Healthier Solutions (Protection Review rating: Gold, Adviser score 9.0)

January 2021 Aviva: PMI

Gold

Aviva has updated its Solutions and Healthier Solutions products. Solutions is private medical insurance (PMI) for SMEs, while Healthier Solutions is designed for individual clients. From 1 March 2021 a number of enhancements, plus a number of other improvements, will be applied to these products, along with other changes, including the removal of emergency overseas benefit. Full details are set out in two Product Changes guides but include: Expert Select is a new open referral hospital option included in Solutions and Healthier Solutions. It provides a simpler, supported claims journey, and the choice of a number of Aviva quality-approved facilities…
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Legal & General Group Protection (Protection Review rating: Gold, Adviser score 8.0)

January 2021 Legal & General: GIP

Gold

In partnership with FinTech firm Salary Finance, Legal & General Insurance has launched Protect, a mobile-first, group risk insurance solution which the insurer says will revolutionise employee engagement. Aimed at businesses with 500+ employees, Protect is based around the kind of digital experience employees are used to in their day-to-day lives. The insurer says it offers an engaging solution that responds to unmet needs, extending group life cover, income protection and critical illness cover to entire workforces at no extra cost for the employer. Employees can dial up and dial down cover across the three protection products, allowing a level…
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