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Yacht Crew Health Insurace Blog - 1

It's hard to believe that it has been over 30 years since we first introduced health benefits for crew members in the marine industry. At that time, we had to work hard to convince the industry that captains and crew members deserved access to the same type of health insurance benefits enjoyed by shoreside employees.

Today, crew have come to expect benefits as part of their compensation package. With so many more health insurance plans for crew on the market, deciding the best plan for your group can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. We’re here to help!

Here are essential points to consider when selecting a Yacht Crew insurance plan for your group.

The Benefits

What coverage will you need?

First, it's important to figure out what you’re trying to achieve. Are you looking for a comprehensive plan or a plan offering basic coverage? Are you addressing attraction and retention concerns or protecting the owner’s liability and financial interests? The answer could play a significant role in the plan you select.

Assess the limits of each plan

Once you have identified a few group plans to review, carefully assess the coverage and limits. You'll want a plan that works alongside your boat’s P&I coverage and envelops medical expenses, such as hospital stays, emergency medical treatment, surgeries, emergency medical evacuation, mental health and well-being, and prescription medications.

It's crucial to ensure repatriation is also included in the policy should a crew member need to be returned to their home country in case of severe illness, injury, or death.

Check if the policy covers pre-existing conditions and the terms associated with pre-existing. Pay attention to the importance of wellness benefits such as annual checkups, preventative care, vision, and dental. If wellness benefits are not included as standard, consider adding these valuable benefits to demonstrate your care for the health and well-being of your crew.

Lastly, given the active lifestyle of crew members, the policy must include adventure sports coverage, either as a standard feature or as an optional add-on. The plan's overall price shouldn’t be the deciding factor, but budgets definitely need to be part of the consideration process.

Geographical Coverage

The boat’s itinerary is also important when arranging insurance for your group. Crew health insurance policies often have geographical limits that can restrict coverage. For example, if the boat splits its time between the Med, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, you should still consider getting US coverage. If an emergency occurs and an evacuation is necessary, there is a good chance that the crew member will be evacuated to the US. If US cover isn’t included in the policy, either the owner or the P&I, or both, could be responsible for the crew member’s medical expenses and their repatriation back home.

Flag and Crew Nationalities

Remember that the flag and the nationality of the crew can affect the choice of insurance plan. For example, if the boat is US-flagged, you may need a health plan that is based in the US because the boat is considered a US entity. In addition, UK insurance companies do not always offer health insurance options for boats with EU flags. Regarding crew nationalities, some insurance providers do not offer coverage to US citizens or residents. In contrast, others may only provide coverage if there is a low percentage of Americans or US residents.

Selecting the best insurance coverage for you can be confusing, but MHG will help you understand each of your options.

P&I Insurance

The boat's P&I insurance may significantly impact the Crew Health plan you choose. P&I often encourages, and in some cases warrants, that there is a Crew Health plan to provide coverage before the P&I coverage kicks in. Additionally, with high P&I deductibles, selecting a comprehensive Crew Health plan is important. Choosing a more comprehensive plan can help protect the owner from costly compensation disputes that may arise from a crew member's injury onboard.

Charter Yacht vs Private

When determining crew health insurance obligations, whether the boat is used for private use or charters makes a difference. If the boat is used for charters, it is most likely subject to the requirements of MLC. This places responsibilities on the owner in terms of liabilities to the crew. For instance, a charter yacht owner may be required to cover pre-existing conditions, whether insured or not. Additionally, they may need to provide a minimum of 16 weeks' wage cover in the event a crew member suffers a disability, as well as cover the cost of repatriation for almost any reason.

Finding The Right Insurance Partner

Insurance may be complicated, but partnering with the right insurance broker can make all the difference. At MHG, we’re known for our Crew Health expertise and high level of service, which are shown through our 5-star Google Reviews and reviews on Yachting Pages.

We work with the industry’s leading crew health insurance providers to bring you the best solution for your group. We’re not attached to one crew health plan and have options no matter whether you’re based in the Caribbean or Med. We understand the complexities of yacht crew insurance and will simplify the process for you. Learn more about our world-class marine crew offerings at www.mhginsurance.com/Insurance/Marine-Crew-Insurance.

Once the plan is in place, we’ll be here to answer questions about the coverage and assist with claims. Navigating insurance can be challenging, but with the proper guidance, you can ensure a smooth voyage for you and your crew.

Discover the ideal Yacht Crew Benefits Plan! Tailored insurance solutions should fit every crew member. Explore your options today!

Navigating Mental Health at Sea: A Guide for Seafarers - Navigating Mental Health at Sea: A Guide for Seafarers

Whether you work in yachting or onboard cruise ships, life at sea can be thrilling. You get to travel, meet new people from around the world, and save money, among other perks, but it also comes with its unique challenges. There are long days and nights, you're away from family and friends, demanding guests, and little free time, which can take a toll on you mentally. Here are some proactive tips you can start including in your day-to-day life and resources if you find yourself needing mental health and wellbeing support.

Find Your Inner Zen

One of the best practices for improving your mental health is taking time to meditate. Finding a quiet moment amid the chaos of daily life can seem impossible, but even short meditation sessions can work wonders in managing stress. Consider taking a few minutes each day to focus on your breathing and clearing your mind. You might be pleasantly surprised by the peace it brings. Apps such as Calm and Headspace are a great way to get started.

Find Your Circle of Trust

At some point, we will all face adversity at work and in our personal life. Rely on your support system. When you have a circle of friends that you can trust to listen to your worries, concerns, and upsets, you will feel uplifted. Take time to reach out to friends who don't work directly with you but understand your situation. That way, you are not causing more anxiety among crewmembers but still relieving your own stress by talking through issues.

Sharing your concerns with others can have a profound impact on mental health. When individuals open up about their worries, fears, or struggles, it not only reduces the burden of carrying these thoughts alone but also fosters a sense of connection and support. Verbalizing difficulties can help in processing emotions, gaining new perspectives, and receiving advice or reassurance from others who might have faced similar challenges. This act of sharing can be incredibly therapeutic, as it often leads to a decrease in feelings of isolation and stress.

Prioritize Exercise

Depending on your role onboard, you may already be quite physically active. If you're not, try to carve out time for exercise. Physical activity isn't just about getting in shape; it also has immense mental health benefits. When you exercise regularly, your body releases endorphins, those feel-good hormones that can lift your spirits. Whether a walk onshore, a swim, or an onboard workout, prioritize physical activity to boost your mood and energy levels.

Your Sleep Routine

This is tough when you're working onboard, but getting a good night's sleep is another crucial pillar of mental health that often gets overlooked. Quality sleep is vital for your body's recovery and mental rejuvenation. Consider it an essential part of your self-care routine. From rings and activity trackers to apps, many tools and wearable devices can help you fall asleep and track your sleeping habits.

Embrace Free Time Ashore

When you're able to make it ashore, take some time for yourself. Whether it's visiting your favorite shop, grabbing a coffee, or catching up with friends and family back home, do something you enjoy. Skip alcohol and other activities that aren't great for your overall health and wellbeing, and focus on activities that will leave you feeling mentally refreshed and rejuvenated.

It's OK to Ask For Help

Some causes of mental distress aren't fixable by meditation, exercise, or a good night's sleep. Whether you're experiencing trouble at work, such as bullying, sexual harassment, or violence, or you're just having problems coping in your personal life, it's ok to reach out for help.

While there's more work to be done, there's a lot more awareness about the mental health struggles that seafarers face and the resources that one can turn to. If you have Health insurance, check your policy to see if it includes mental health counseling and services. Depending on the plan that you're on, you may be able to access mental health services without paying a deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance or involving your HOD or management. Check your policy for details.

If you ever feel like your work environment, worries, anxieties, or stress are impacting your day-to-day life, reach out for help before it becomes a bigger issue. As maritime professionals, your mental health matters, and seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Here is a list of services that are designed specifically for seafarers:

  • SeafarerHelp: 24/7 free and confidential support for seafarers.
  • Yacht Crew Help: 24/7 free and confidential support for yacht crew.
  • Seas the Mind: Offers mental health first aid training for yacht crew.
  • Safer Waves: Support for seafarers who have experienced sexual harassment, violence, and gender discrimination.
  • Professional Yachting Association: This association represents professional yacht crew.
  • Nautilus International: International trade union representing seafarers providing advice and legal support.

Talk To MHG

At MHG, our goal has always been to make the marine industry a better place to work and live. We understand the unique challenges you face and the Health insurance coverage you need to help keep you fit and healthy. Contact us today to learn more about our Health insurance plans for yacht and cruise ship crew and how we can tailor coverage to suit your needs.

Seafarers, prioritize your mental health and wellbeing! Discover practical tips and explore resources designed specifically for you.

The Best Places in the World to Network for New Yacht Crew Jobs - The Best Places in the World to Network for New Yacht Crew Jobs

When trying to get into the yachting industry, one of the best assets to have is connections. Not only can they let you know about jobs that may not necessarily be posted online, but you can also get an excellent recommendation from someone already in the industry. Here's your guide to how to network for yacht crew jobs.

How to Network Away From a Port

While one of the best options for building your network will likely be in a city with lots of ports and yacht crews, you may also want to make some connections before moving or visiting a port city. There are plenty of online groups and forums that you can join where you can introduce yourself and let people know you may be in their area. Some groups also post jobs or let users post CVs or resumes.

The downside to these groups is that they're usually large, and getting people's attention is hard. Many job postings on these forums will also be competitive. While it's an excellent way to get a head start on building your network, the best option is to meet people in person.

Fort Lauderdale, USA

As the yacht capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale is one of the best cities in the world to network. The city hosts the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, one of the largest yacht shows globally, attracting both professionals and enthusiasts from around the globe. The port city has numerous crew agencies, training centers, and yacht-related businesses, making it an excellent place to kickstart your career.

There are also amazing local nightlife scenes to check out to meet other yacht crew. Tap42, Bar Rita, and Waxy's are all infamous bars within walking distance of the yachting district of Fort Lauderdale, and it's a great place to meet people in yachting.

On October 24th, 2023, MHG Insurance will be hosting a networking event for yacht crew, right before the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The event promises to be a great opportunity to meet others in the industry. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP here: https://www.popup-club.co.uk/events/fort-lauderdale-international-boat-show-usa/

Antibes, France

Antibes, located on the French Riviera, is a hotspot for yacht crew networking. After the vibrant summer tourism season, yacht crews are easy to find in the small, picturesque town. Especially as the world’s luxury yachts enter the Mediterranean for the annual Monaco Yacht Show, Antibes is one of the busiest networking areas in Europe.

Yoga and fitness classes are popular among docked crew who find gym memberships hard to keep up with. Many have classes at the beach or parks, and they may be an excellent opportunity to make connections to the industry. There are also bars like Le Blue Lady and The Hop Store or crew houses that offer networking opportunities.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca, nestled in the Mediterranean, is another popular destination for yacht crew networking. The city is vibrant, full of marinas, crew houses, and training centers. Palma also hosts the Palma Superyacht Show, a significant event that attracts industry experts and potential employers.

Hogan's Burger Bar is a yacht crew's favorite Irish bar that makes all their food from scratch. Corner Bar and Escape Bar are other hotspots to check out. The city is also filled with outdoor sports to get involved in, like scuba diving, paddle boarding, and surfing, which crew love.

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, known as the "City of Sails," is one of the most significant yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. With stunning harbors and world-class sailing facilities, it's hard not to love Auckland. The city hosts the Auckland On Water Boat Show, which attracts yacht enthusiasts and industry insiders alike.

While the main attractions for crew on off days are outdoor activities and sports, there are a few hotspots to check out, including Captain's Bar and Carousel. These locations can be great places to meet yachting friends or network.

For anyone in the yachting industry, you're going to need to think about how to insure yourself or your crew. Visit www.mhginsurance.com/contact to find out what options you have in yacht crew insurance.

Have any other recommendations? We'd love to hear them! Visit us on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram to send us a message.

When trying to get into the yachting industry, one of the best assets to have is connections. Not only can they let you know about jobs that may not necessarily be posted online, but you can also get an excellent recommendation from someone already in the industry. Here's your guide to how to network for yacht crew jobs.

Luxury yacht moving in sea against blue sky.Selecting insurance for an entire group can be an intimidating task. After all, choosing something for yourself can be difficult, but when everyone has different requirements or interests, trying to make everyone satisfied and happy is a challenge for sure. That’s where we come in!

First off, there is a lot of research to be conducted, quotes to consider, difficult conversations to be had, and potential compromises to be made. That’s before getting into the nitty-gritty of ever-changing rules and regulations. Which is why you should have a basic understanding of yacht crew insurance benefits, because even when you leave it for the experts, you need to know what you are getting yourself into. The different benefit options to be aware of are:

· Medical/Health Insurance

· Life Insurance

· Accidental Death and Dismemberment

· Personal Accident

· Temporary Disability Insurance

· Hospital Indemnity

Medical/Health Insurance

Medical/Health Insurance is typically at the forefront of all benefits packages. Oftentimes being the only benefit offered. While most people are familiar with health insurance, there are still a number of details that need to be reviewed and considered. How much is the deductible? Is there a co-pay? What is the co-insurance? Does it include dental, vision, and/or disability? Feeling overwhelmed? Please feel free to contact us for assistance and guidance on what plan would fit your yacht crew best.

Life insurance

Many consider life insurance as a personal or “luxury” option, but there are a growing number of yachts that are including life insurance coverage as a part of their overall benefits package. Offering coverage for your crew can give them some assurance that if anything happens to them while they are at sea, their loved ones will be better protected financially back home. Typically, coverage amounts are fixed in increments of $10,000, up to $100,000.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Accidental death and dismemberment, also known as AD&D, is very similar to life insurance. The difference is that there is only a benefit from an accidental death, or dismembering injury. This type of insurance typically provides coverage 24/7, not just while at work.

Personal Accident

Often referred to as PA cover, personal accident insurance will pay out a sum of money for permanent injury (and sometimes permanent illness). It is often confused with medical insurance; however, it doesn’t provide coverage for any medical bills or doctors’ appointments, it simply provides a one-time payment after experiencing a permanent injury or illness.

Temporary Disability Insurance

Temporary Disability insurance is a great way to offer coverage for your crew in the event they get sick or hurt and cannot work for a short period of time. Having this policy will cover a percentage of the person’s wages if they are unable to perform their occupation and can last for up to two years due to an injury or illness. If the disabling event becomes permanent, the personal accident (if purchased as above) may kick-in and pay a lump sum.

Hospital Indemnity

Hospital indemnity insurance is similar to disability insurance, in that it provides an added benefit. Depending on the policy, it provides a benefit each day your crew member is in the hospital. For example, if someone were hurt on the job and had to go to the hospital, the insurance would pay that person $100 per day that they are admitted in the hospital. This does not cover their hospital bills; it just provides the person with an added benefit.

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea or docked at a shipyard. MHG is your specialized broker when it comes to crew insurance. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668.

Selecting insurance for an entire group can be an intimidating task. After all, choosing something for yourself can be difficult, but when everyone has different requirements or interests, trying to make everyone satisfied and happy is a challenge for sure. That’s where we come in!

Shot of a young businesswoman using a laptop while working in her home officeA new year is upon us, which means that many of you are planning out the year ahead and have a general idea of your goals and targets. But one area you may not have considered thinking about is your insurance. More specifically, how using a broker can help you!

Time and time again, we come across people who have the wrong idea of what an insurance broker is and why they are actually advantageous to the consumer. So, how can using a broker help you have a successful year, you might ask? Simple, we work for you! Think of us as another employee or someone you have contracted to work to get you the best coverage, the best price, and continue to work on your behalf all the way through any potential claims. It is important to take the time to find a quality, reputable broker to work with you in fulfilling your insurance needs. Not only will it be time well spent in the beginning when finding a plan, but it will also serve you well for the entire time that you have private health insurance needs, on a yacht or wherever your travels may take you.

What Does a Broker Actually Do That You Cannot Do Yourselves?

First, they spend all day, every day dealing with insurance. They know the insurance industry, they live and breathe insurance, and they understand all the confusing terminology and phrases, which hopefully they can explain to you in a straightforward, no-nonsense way. They also know the insurers, and the people who work there, which is a significant advantage over you calling a toll-free number and hoping for the best.

Second, insurance brokers evaluate and research the marketplace on a regular basis. A reputable broker knows the dynamics of the insurance industry, what the headlines are, what is no longer relevant, and which carriers provide consistent service. Nothing is more frustrating than finding an insurance plan that fits your needs, only to realize at time of claim that the company does not deliver.

Finally, as stated before, a broker advocates and works on your behalf. When a situation arises where a helping hand is needed, you can turn to your broker for assistance, leaving you to continue to concentrate on your work.

But What About Costs?

Have you ever heard the saying, “brokers make you broker”? That saying could not be further from the truth. In contrast, working with a broker can save clients both time and money, in addition to frustration. Insurance brokers receive their compensation from insurers, but that does not (or should not) cloud the judgment of a good broker to recommend whatever policy is most appropriate to the situation as presented by you, the client. At the end of the day, utilizing an expert for the same price as doing everything yourself can only have a positive impact on your bottom-line.

Brokers Can Offer More of a Selection

One benefit of an insurance broker is the selection of policies and plans. Typically, brokers can help you select insurance from a variety of different companies. Different insurance companies offer different plans, so having access to plans from multiple companies can afford you the opportunity to find the coverage that fits you best and fits your budget best.

Also, depending on the insurance brokerage they may sell different types of insurance, allowing you to have a one stop solution for all your insurance needs.

Brokers Do Much More Than Sell Insurance

While brokers may act as the middleman between you and the insurance company, they can be so much more than that. An insurance broker will conduct research for you, file and assist you with the claims process, and work to get you the best coverage option for your situation. Often times a broker has direct connections with decision makers at the insurance companies so you may not have to sit on a 1-800 line for a long time, only to learn someone doesn’t have the authority to help you. Brokers also know which carriers provide consistent service, allowing you to avoid companies that may not deliver the level of care that you deserve at time of claim.

We Work for You!

As brokers, we do not work for any insurance company, we work for you! Our goals are to please you, and make sure all your questions and concerns are handled. If you think about it, with all the benefits of using an insurance broker, it is certainly better than just going out and buying a policy from an insurance agent. Will an agent fight for you and your best interests?

What sets MHG apart from other brokers?

MHG is one of the leading companies to push for crew benefits across both the yachting and cruise industries. 30 years ago, the marine industry started to boom, and MHG has been there from the beginning championing the wellbeing and livelihoods of crew members around the globe. So really and truly, MHG is more than an insurance broker, we are a wellness company!

With our growth in the industry and MHG becoming more and more diverse, MHG also began to offer other areas of coverage such as travel, travel medical and life.

As you can see, using an insurance broker offers a number of benefits, from saving you time, money, stress, etc., helping you focus on your upcoming year ahead. Are you interested in working with an insurance broker to help you achieve your goals? Contact MHG today! Give us a call at 954-828-1819, or visit mhginsurance.com.

A new year is upon us, which means that many of you are planning out the year ahead and have a general idea of your goals and targets. But one area you may not have considered thinking about is your insurance. More specifically, how using a broker can help you!

picture of yacht crew memberOne trend that comes and goes over the years is insurance companies offering cheap plans to grow their business. However, businesses can’t afford to continue to operate on low (or negative) margins, so the customers are the ones who end up suffering. Low-cost insurance rarely ever means low cost in the long run. It seems to happen more and more, insurance companies offering lower cost insurance, but when customers go to use their benefits, the struggle begins. Insurance is an intangible product, which means one must put trust into it. So, when promises aren’t kept, or proper due diligence isn’t followed, you can see why low-cost insurance is rarely ever low-cost.

Pick Two

Good, quick, and cheap. It’s impossible to have all three. Often, the one that gets sacrificed unknowingly is good, as people value their time and money. Therefore, when it comes to trying to save money on insurance, one can expect to receive delayed quotes, slower service, claims issues, just to name a few. Saving time and money now, very well could cost you a lot of time and money when it comes time to use your policy.

Save Now, Pay Later

Now it’s time to get to the nitty gritty on how a low-cost insurance policy will cost you later. The main reason, those who opt for cheaper insurance end up paying more in the long run because of a lack of coverage that was unknown to them when trying to use their insurance, or even worse, no coverage at all. Picture yourself being involved in an emergency situation that ends up with you being in the hospital requiring medical attention. The last thing you want to worry about in that scenario is being on the hook for the entire hospital bill which could end up being tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

David vs. Goliath

“If I don’t receive the benefits that were in writing, I can always hire a lawyer!” While this is true, insurance companies are usually very large, so going toe to toe with one is no easy task if you have a dispute with the plan that you have purchased. Even if the consumer is completely in the right about a particular claim or situation, the costs and time involved can be substantial.

The Benefit of a Broker!

Insurance Brokers often get a bad reputation but using a reputable insurance broker can help you avoid situations like this. For one, the majority of brokers are well-versed with the ins and outs of the insurance industry and can help you avoid a negative trend that you may otherwise know nothing about. Not to mention, brokers work for you! Brokers typically operate at no extra cost to you, just as it would be if you went straight to the insurance company to get your plan. Only with a broker, you have someone else working on your behalf. If you would like to learn more details of using an insurance broker, read our previous blog, “Why You Should Use an Insurance Broker”.

Having proper insurance is important in every aspect of life. Whether you are at sea needing international coverage, looking for proper life insurance coverage, going on a vacation, etc. MHG is your specialized broker. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com.

Low-cost insurance rarely ever means low cost in the long run. Read more!

Yachts docked at a marinaMaking a decision on behalf of a group of people can be a difficult task. The pressure of making everyone happy tends to be a challenge no matter what the decision pertains to. So, making a decision for a group when it comes to their healthcare and wellbeing, the stakes get raised. We know how hard the process can be trying to decide a yacht crew insurance plan for an entire group, when each individual has different wants and needs. That is where we excel, using our experience to navigate benefits, budgets, and stress levels. Use the following points when trying to select a yacht crew insurance plan for your group!

Factors to consider include how many crew will be on the plan, as well as the ages of the crew, and what type of policies you are looking for. You should also be considering plan features such as dental and/or disability, as it is difficult to find and keep good crew members! Call us at 954-828-1819 if you have any questions or would like a quote.

Medical/Health Insurance

Medical insurance speaks for itself. Many of us are familiar with it because of the amount of times that we use it. However, there are many different aspects of a plan to consider. What’s the deductible? Is there a co-pay? What about co-insurance? Does it include dental and vision? If you feel overwhelmed, please feel free to contact us for assistance and guidance on what plan would fit your yacht crew best.

Life insurance

While having life insurance is a personal option, there are yachts that include life insurance coverage as part of their benefits package. Offering coverage for your crew may give them some assurance that if anything happens to them while they are at sea, their loved ones will be more able to cope financially back home. Typically, the coverage amount is fixed in increments of $10,000, up to $100,000.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Accidental death and dismemberment, also known as AD&D, is very similar to life insurance. The difference is that there is only a benefit from an accidental death, or significant dismembering injury. This type of insurance typically provides coverage 24/7, not just while at work. Generally, the benefit is 3 times the person’s salary.

Personal Accident

Personal accident is a crucial insurance policy for your crew members. Oftentimes referred to as PA cover, personal accident insurance will pay out a sum of money for permanent injury (and sometimes permanent illness). It is often confused with medical insurance, but it doesn’t provide coverage for any medical bills or doctors’ appointments, it simply provides a one-time payment after experiencing a permanent injury.

Disability Insurance

Disability insurance is a great way to offer coverage for your crew in the event they get hurt and can’t work for a short period of time. Having this policy will cover a percentage of the person’s wages if they are unable to perform their occupation and can last for up to two years due to an injury or illness. If the disabling event becomes permanent, the personal accident (if purchased as above) may kick-in and pay a lump sum.

Hospital Indemnity

Hospital indemnity insurance at first glance would make you think that it covers hospital visits, however that is not the case. Think of this type of insurance as a poor man’s disability insurance. Depending on the policy, it provides a benefit each day a crew member is in the hospital. For example, if someone was hurt on the job and had to go to the hospital, the insurance would pay that person $100 per day that they are admitted in the hospital. This doesn’t cover their hospital bills, it just provides the person with an added benefit.

Features That Are Not Features

While the above list is not exhaustive of every option and feature, one thing to note is that some insurance providers tout features that do not hold true. For example, there is no such thing as a Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) compliant yacht crew insurance. It sounds good, but it means nothing. Another thing to be wary of is a plan that says ‘unlimited coverage’. Almost always with international policies, there are restrictions and limitations on the benefits such that the ‘unlimited’ part is actually quite ‘limited’.

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea, or docked at a shipyard. MHG is your specialized broker when it comes to crew insurance. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. For more information on preparing to work on a yacht, read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Terms 101”.

Use the following points when trying to select a yacht crew insurance plan for your group!

Aerial View of Luxury MotoryachtIt’s not easy trying to decide what the best yacht crew insurance benefits plan is for yourself, let alone an entire group of crew members. After all, everyone has different needs and wants, and trying to accommodate everyone so that all parties are happy and satisfied is nearly an impossible task. To start things off, there is a ton of research to be done, quotes to look over, and conversations to be had. That is before getting to the part of trying to address the potential turnover among crews, ever-changing rules, and regulations, and most importantly setting your vessel up to try and attract the top talent out there. Which brings us to our next point, offering a competitive benefits plan can be the key to keeping existing crew members happy ad engaged. Don’t know where to start? That is where we come in!

Medical/Health Insurance

Health or medical insurance can speak for itself. While most people are aware of or have experience with health insurance and what comes with it, there are many different aspects of a plan that needs to be considered. How much is the deductible? Is there a co-pay? What is the co-insurance? Does it include dental, vision, and/or disability? Feeling overwhelmed? Please feel free to contact us for assistance and guidance on what plan would fit your yacht crew best.

Life insurance

While most people may consider life insurance as a personal option, there are a growing number of yachts that are including life insurance coverage as a part of their overall benefits package. Offering coverage for your crew can give them some assurance that if anything happens to them while they are at sea, their loved ones will better protected financially back home. Typically, the coverage amount is fixed in increments of $10,000, up to $100,000.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Accidental death and dismemberment, also known as AD&D, is very similar to life insurance. The difference is that there is only a benefit from an accidental death, or dismembering injury. This type of insurance typically provides coverage 24/7, not just while at work.

Personal Accident

Personal accident is similar to dismemberment coverage and is an important insurance policy for your crew members. Often referred to as PA cover, personal accident insurance will pay out a sum of money for permanent injury (and sometimes permanent illness). It is often confused with medical insurance; however, it doesn’t provide coverage for any medical bills or doctors’ appointments, it simply provides a one-time payment after experiencing a permanent injury or illness.

Temporary Disability Insurance

Temporary Disability insurance is a great way to offer coverage for your crew in the event they get hurt and cannot work for a short period of time. Having this policy will cover a percentage of the person’s wages if they are unable to perform their occupation and can last for up to two years due to an injury or illness. If the disabling event becomes permanent, the personal accident (if purchased as above) may kick-in and pay a lump sum.

Hospital Indemnity

Hospital indemnity insurance at first glance would make you think that it covers hospital visits, however that is not the case. Think of this type of insurance as a poor man’s disability insurance. Depending on the policy, it provides a benefit each day your crew member is in the hospital. For example, if someone were hurt on the job and had to go to the hospital, the insurance would pay that person $100 per day that they are admitted in the hospital. This does not cover their hospital bills; it just provides the person with an added benefit.

Features That Are Not Features

While the above list is not exhaustive of every option and feature, one thing to note is that some insurance providers tout features that do not hold true. For example, there is no such thing as a Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) compliant yacht crew insurance. It sounds good, but it means nothing. Another thing to be wary of is a plan that says, ‘unlimited coverage’. Almost always with international policies, there are restrictions and limitations on the benefits such that the ‘unlimited’ part is quite ‘limited’.

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea or docked at a shipyard. MHG is your specialized broker when it comes to crew insurance. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. For more information on preparing to work on a yacht, read our previous blog, “ Yacht Crew Insurance Terms 101

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Young woman with suitcase staring at view We have all thought about it at one point. What would it be like living abroad? The allure of diving into a new culture, discovering opportunities, and learning about yourself is something that many have at least thought about. Some get to experience this due to their job and have to work in a place outside of their home country. While living the life of an expat can certainly have its positives, there are some stressful situations you can find yourself in. One very important reason that comes to mind is assuring you have the proper medical coverage you need, especially being in a foreign place.

What is the best expat health insurance?

If you are an expatriate, and are in the market for expatriate health insurance, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the options of plans to select. So, rather than asking, “What is the best expat health insurance?”, try asking “What do I want or need in my expat health insurance. Let me explain.

What do I need in my expat health insurance?

First and foremost, you need to make sure your medical plan will cover you internationally, as many U.S. health insurances do not include international coverage. It is also important to do some research about the health insurance requirements of your destination country. A number of countries will not let you relocate unless you have health insurance coverage in place, and some require specific coverage, such as medical evacuation or repatriation. Also, if you work will require additional travel, you will need to make sure you will have coverage in those destinations as well. 

What do I want in my expat health insurance?

What you want in your policy really begins to go in line with your budget. For example, how much coverage do you want now that your necessities are covered? Do you have an idea of what you want your deductible or copays to be? Once your needs are met, depending on your budget, you should be able to customize your health insurance to fit your particular lifestyle and budget.

How can I assure that I have everything I want and need?

That is easy, work with a top-rated insurance broker! When looking for the best insurance plan for you and possibly your loved ones, it is always a good idea to work with the experts. For one, they are up to date on everchanging laws and regulations, which benefits you, as you have enough on your plate planning a move to a foreign country. Second, they are experts in the field of insurance, and will be able to help you on all the tricky lingo, such as deductible and max-out-of-pocket. Brokers also have access to a multitude of carriers, so if you have a list of coverage options that you want, they will not be limited to one insurance company, and should be able to offer you a “menu” of different options depending on your budget.

Many of us at MHG are expats ourselves and we understand the global insurance needs of international businesses, and individuals and families living and working around the world. Our Insurance Specialists have the experience, knowledge, and access to multiple international insurance carriers to find you the most suitable plan based on your budget and future plans. Our commitment to your well-being does not end once you have purchased a plan; through our “Concierge Broker Service”, we will continue to assist you with questions about your policy and provide assistance throughout the claims process. Call us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help finding expatriate insurance coverage for you, your family or business!

If you are an expatriate, and are in the market for expatriate health insurance, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the options of plans to select. That's why we're here!