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MHG Insurance Brokers, a national brokerage in the United States specializing in life and health insurance for groups and individuals as well as business insurance, is pleased to announce and welcome Tom Nickerson to our Ft. Lauderdale team in the role of Account Executive. 


Tom will be tasked with managing the day to day administration of our Life & Health client accounts.  In addition to life and health products for groups and individuals, health care reform guidance and employee benefits solutions, MHG also offers a full line of business insurance solutions.

Tom grew up in North Eastern US (Connecticut, New Jersey & New York), where he attended the New York University, graduating in Communications.  He began his career as an insurance agent, working his way up to Underwriting Support Manager.   He is experienced in customer support and process improvement, as well as sales and sales support. 

“We have high expectations for our Account Executives,” said Stephen Beck, Manager of the Life & Health Division. “Tom’s years of experience and technical aptitude will be a great asset to our team.” 

Tom is a supporter of the organization Ability Beyond Disability, an organization individuals with disabilities to pursue more independent lives. In his spare time, Tom pursues his passion for videography.    

About MHG Insurance Brokers 

MHG Insurance Brokers is a full-service insurance brokerage, assisting clients with marine crew insurance, life and health insurance, MLC 2006 and healthcare reform guidance, employee benefits solutions and business insurance.  With over 20 years of industry experience and access to multiple US and international carriers, our insurance specialists can advise which insurance and financial services providers and products are best suited to address the needs of employers as well as individuals. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of advice and support in order to deliver solutions that offer the best scope, service and value. MHG has offices in Fort Lauderdale, the Isle of Man, and Hamburg as well as representation on the Cote d’Azur. For more information about MHG Insurance Brokers, please visit mhginsurance.com.

Tom Nickerson Joins MHG Insurance Brokers in Fort Lauderdale

Vacation Medical Insurance

Vacation Medical Insurance For those living, working, or vacationing abroad, accessing high quality, reliable health insurance is vital. No one wants to find him or herself in a foreign country facing an urgent health crisis without proper medical coverage.

  

It is essential to have a sound medical plan in place to protect you and offer you peace of mind, knowing that in the event of an emergency, you will have access to superior health care and your medical expenses will be taken care of. MHG Insurance Brokers is a full-service brokerage offering a comprehensive range of international health care plans from well-known insurance carriers. 

One such plan offering marine officers and crew affordable medical coverage while at home or on vacation is the Shoreside Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). This vacation plan may be customized to meet your requirements as well as to fit within your budget. The Shoreside Health Insurance Plan offers benefits such as:

  • Coverage at any hospital with any doctor – worldwide.
  • Treatment costs covered for up to six months from onset of condition.
  • Accidental death benefit of $25,000.
  • Options to add coverage for extreme sports.
  • Options to exclude coverage in the United States or Canada to boost premium affordability.
  • Easy enrollment, next day coverage available.

MHG Insurance Brokers has over twenty years experience in providing insurance to the marine industry. We have established relationships with the very best insurance industry professionals, enabling them to provide you with the widest range of superior health care plans. MHG’s team of experts are dedicated to helping seafarers access premium health care that is affordable and best suited for their needs. Our service to you doesn’t end after we’ve worked with you in determining which health insurance plan best meets your coverage requirements. 

Our relationship will continue to grow, as it is our goal to provide you with the highest level of support. Whether it means being available to answer any questions regarding your medical plan or to assist you with your claim, our team of representatives is here for you.  MHG Insurance Brokerage remains at your side, even when you are far away. 

MHG is always available and ready to assist you in obtaining reliable, sound healthcare abroad. Let us work with you and identify your health care coverage requirements. Contact us today by visiting mhginsurance.com, or call +1 954 828 – 1819 and speak with one of our knowledgeable insurance representatives. Obtain that peace of mind you seek in knowing you are fully protected during your travels.


Vacation Medical Insurance

Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 30, 2013 – As the latest company to join the IGY Anchor Club as Partners, MHG Insurance Brokers has further expanded its reach in the superyacht business sector. The IGY Anchor Club provides its partners the opportunity to reach IGY customers all over the network in 7 countries and 13 marinas with relevant messaging of top goods and services within the industry. 

 

MHG and IGY’s interests to meet its customers’ needs are one and the same, and those aligned interests have culminated in a partnership to reach the IGY network through its Anchor Club. MHG’s goal is to relay the importance of all types of insurances, but particularly health, life and disability insurance for yacht captains and crew. 

“Captains and crew are exposed to hazards that could seriously affect their short and long term financial goals.” says Clayton Swart, Manager of Business Development for MHG. “In addition, given the recent changes in Health Care Reform and the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), we want to take this opportunity to reach out to captains and crew who have concerns and questions as well as to simply pass along what we know to those that do not.”

The company has formed MHG University with which it plans to educate captains and crew on the changes that have recently taken place and how best to approach those changes on an individual basis. With its unique experience and detailed knowledge, MHG will channel its insight through the IGY Anchor Club, where it will open its proverbial doors to any questions regarding healthcare and insurance decision-making. 

To kick start the program, MHG’s first avenue of communication to those who would like to learn more about the reforms or anything insurance-related, is by contacting Clayton. MHG encourages any and all who would like to learn more, to write directly with their insurance or reform questions or concerns to: Clayton Swart Manager, Business Development T: 954 383 3635 mhginsurance.com 

ABOUT MHG Insurance Brokers

MHG Insurance Brokers is a full-service insurance brokerage, assisting clients with crew insurance, life and health insurance, MLC 2006 and health care reform guidance, employee benefits solutions and business insurance.  With over 20 years of industry experience and access to multiple US and international carriers, our insurance specialists can advise which insurance and financial services providers and products are best suited to address the needs of employers as well as individuals. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of advice and support in order to deliver solutions that offer the best scope, service and value. With a team of over 30 employees, MHG has offices in Fort Lauderdale, the Isle of Man and Hamburg as well as representation on the Cote d’Azur. For more information about MHG Insurance Brokers, please visit mhginsurance.com

ABOUT IGY 

With yachting destinations spanning the Americas, IGY has redefined the luxury marina experience. Founded in 2005, IGY focuses on acquiring, managing, and servicing luxury-yacht marinas and lifestyle destinations. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, IGY also has offices in New York, NY and St. Thomas, USVI. Island Global Yachting marinas operate under the signature Yacht Haven Grande Collection and the IGY series brands, as well as several private labels. IGY’s network of properties is setting new standards for service and quality in nautical tourism throughout the world. The company now offers an unprecedented collection of 13 marinas in the Caribbean, Pacific and the Americas, all catering to a variety of vessel types including sportfishers, cruisers, sailing & motor yachts, as well as being exclusive home ports for some of the world’s largest megayachts. IGY also participates in 10 of the world’s biggest and best sportfishing tournaments, making our marinas in Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, St. Thomas USVI, Turks & Caicos, Panama and Palmas Del Mar, Puerto Rico highly sought-after angler destinations. IGY is an affiliate of Island Capital Group LLC, a real estate merchant banking firm led and founded by Andrew Farkas, former chairman of Insignia Financial Group. For more information, please visit www.igymarinas.com.

MHG Insurance Brokers Becomes the Newest Partner in the IGY Anchor Club

Clayton-SwartFort Lauderdale, FL – March 18, 2013 – MHG Insurance Brokers is pleased to announce and welcome Clayton Swart as Business Development Manager. Clayton will be responsible for promoting and marketing yacht crew insurance in addition to developing business and cultivating relationships for our US Insurance Division. 

 

Born and raised in South Africa, Clayton completed his marketing degree at the Varsity College of Natal, Durban.  He relocated to the US thirteen years ago to pursue his passion for international travel and yachting and spent seven years working aboard numerous yachts in various capacities. In 2007, Clayton joined The Sacks Group as Yacht Sales Coordinator, International Yacht Collection in 2010 and then most recently Y.CO in 2011. 

“For quite some time we have looked for a well-qualified candidate to develop new business locally and we are fortunate to have found Clayton available” said Andrew Dudzinski, Chairman and CEO of MHG Insurance Brokers. “Clayton’s out-going personality, professionalism and experience in the industry will be a great asset to MHG.” 

Clayton is very involved in the marine community and is a member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and Young Professionals in Yachting. He also volunteers with the Freedom Waters Foundation. 

About MHG Insurance Brokers 

MHG Insurance Brokers is a full-service insurance brokerage, assisting clients with marine crew insurance, life and health insurance, MLC 2006 and healthcare reform guidance, employee benefits solutions and business insurance.  With over 20 years of industry experience and access to multiple US and international carriers, our insurance specialists can advise which insurance and financial services providers and products are best suited to address the needs of employers as well as individuals. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of advice and support in order to deliver solutions that offer the best scope, service and value.

Clayton Swart Joins MHG Insurance Brokers In Fort Lauderdale

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of people over the age of 65 require long-term care services. Most Americans mistakenly believe that their Medicare coverage will pay for most of their long-term care, or that they will qualify to receive Medicaid – but most do not. 

 

There are also other federal public programs like the Older Americans Act or other state-funded programs, but as with many federal aid programs, they target those with the greatest functional and financial need. 

So how can you start planning for long-term care services now? There’s a good chance you will have to supplement the payments for long-term care with your personal income and resources, and this can be particularly difficult – “Even if you have a modest need for assistance at home with personal care, say a visit from a home health aide 3 times a week, based on 2008 average costs, you would have to pay about $18,000 a year for those services,” says the HHS long-term care website

To formulate the best strategy for planning, you need to know what services cost, what public programs you’re eligible for and what they cover, what private financing options are available and which ones work best for you and your unique circumstances. Costs for personal care beyond what family can provide, disability support, and more extensive services in a facility can add up quickly, and vary based on the type and amount of care you need, the provider you use and where you live. “Home health and home care services, provided in two-to-four-hour blocks of time referred to as "visits," are generally more expensive in the evening, or on weekends or holidays,” reports the HHS. 

The cost of adult day service and other community programs are often provided on a per-day rate, and can vary based on overhead and programming costs. Although some care facilities offer “all-inclusive” fees, many charge extra for services rendered beyond the basic room-and-board charge. 

For more information, like what care costs bases on where you live, visit the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information website. MHG Marine offers a variety of comprehensive long-term care insurance plans to help you finance care services. Medicaid covers a fraction of these costs, and many people cannot afford to draw from their personal income or resources to cover the remainder. Securing quality long-term-care insurance is a great way to ease the financial burden of long-term care costs. Contact an expert at the location nearest you to learn more about long-term care medical insurance.

Planning for Long-Term Care: Why You May Need More than Medicaid

This weekend, the Sjømannskirken (Seamen’s Church) Scandinavian Church and Center will have its grand opening at 2950 Flamingo Road in Davie, Florida. The church will be named after Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and its official name will be “The Seamen’s Church/ Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Church – Scandinavian Church and Center.”

 

MHG Insurance Brokers is honored to have our name on the Scandinavian Center lobby! Princess Mette-Marit will be attending the consecration on Sunday, a huge honor for the Scandinavian community in Florida. 

Church facilities include a chapel, fellowship hall (reading room), offices, state-of-the-art conference room and center, banquet hall and staff residences.

The main donors for the event include: Royal Caribbean International, Eidesvik Invest AS, Norwegian Shipping Club and Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, Sigurd Jensen, MHG Insurance Brokers, DnB Nor and Buyandreach.com. “We are beyond thrilled about the opening of the Scandinavian center,” said John Haagensen, President of MHG Insurance Brokers, proud Norwegian citizen and former seafarer. “I remember when the center was merely a trailer at the Port of Miami. I feel so honored to be here in South Florida to witness the opening of the new center, which will serve as a place for all members of the Scandinavian community to gather and honor our heritage and culture.” 

The center will serve as a welcome “home away from home” for the entire Scandinavian community in Florida. The grand opening event begins Saturday, November 19th at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tours of the facilities, activities and swimming for kids. The opening of the MHG Insurance Brokers lobby will take place at 1:30 p.m. The church consecration will be held on Sunday, November 20th at 11 a.m. with the Crown Princess. An evening reception event will follow. 

 MHG Insurance Brokers specializes in health insurance plans designed specifically to meet the needs of marine officers, crew and contractors, expatriates, and US residents.  Whether you are looking for travel insurance, group insurance plans or business insurance, MHG has solutions to fit every budget.         

MHG Insurance Brokers Lobby Unveiling at the Scandinavian Center