Insurance NeedsWe cannot predict when an emergency may arise or the setbacks we may endure. However, we can be prepared for these events by being insured properly during each stage of our lives. Often, we are able to resolve some situations that come up with personal funds from income or savings.  However, some unexpected hardships can be very costly. In the event of a larger setback, the function of insurance is to be able to shift the financial burden to the insurance company, so that we can maintain financial stability.

 

Part of assessing someone’s insurance needs is taking into account the life stage that person is in. Someone who just graduated college has different coverage needs than someone who is newly married and is considering starting a family. A newlywed’s insurance requirements are also quite different from that of a person who is about to retire. 

Additionally, taking into consideration the common milestones that occur during each life stage helps determine the different types of insurance that one should consider investing in. Here are some life stages to consider: 

  • Young, Single, Recent Graduate - If currently between jobs, or not yet eligible for coverage offered through a job, it is important to consider purchasing a health plan as well as disability coverage. In the event an accident leaves you temporarily unable to work, you will still be faced with having to pay bills and student loans. Life insurance is also something to consider –you may not think you need it right now, but it is still worth checking into, as the premiums will be at their lowest for those who are young and generally healthy.

  • Just Married – If you are thinking about starting a family, you will want to review your health plan to be sure you are able to add a new family member to the plan and make sure you have adequate coverage. Also, consider purchasing life insurance plans at this time. In the event of a spouse’s unforeseen passing, you will want to protect each other financially from having to incur any personal debts and funeral expenses, as well as cover expenses such as the cost of raising a child, college, and a mortgage.

  • Empty Nesters – With the children off on their own, take time to review your life insurance needs. You may want to adjust the amount of coverage you currently maintain, determining that you may not need as much. Also, consider purchasing Long Term Care coverage, which will cover costs that may arise for elderly services or facilities that may become a necessary part of the care you need as you get older.

  • Retirement– You will have to maintain your health insurance plan until you reach the age of 65, which is the age you become eligible for Medicare. At that time, you will need to consider purchasing a Supplemental Health Care plan as well as Prescription Drug Coverage, to enhance your Medicare plan and cover the medical expenses that Medicare does not. Travel insurance is also something to consider, as the retired years are when people do the most travelling.

Just as it is important to be properly insured, it is also essential to work with a reliable insurance broker, such as MHG. MHG employs experienced representatives who have earned the credentials necessary to provide you with the correct type of insurance and the proper amount. A knowledgeable representative will assess your insurance needs, determine the type and amount of insurance you should maintain, and find the best-priced policy.

Contact MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819, or visit mhginsurance.com and speak with one of our insurance representatives. Learn how to protect yourself and your family with insurance coverage that is essential for every stage of life.

 

Changing Life Stages and Your Insurance Needs

Travel InsuranceYou have finally picked the perfect setting for your next vacation and are about to reserve all of your itinerary details. Right before you finish booking your trip, you are asked a routine question that can make or break your journey: “Do you want to add travel insurance to your purchase?” Most people are not aware of the fact that travel insurance is one of the smartest uses of their money when it comes to a vacation or business trip. Before we get into specifics, let’s take a look at a real world example from a client who declined the travel insurance option in the past. 

 

“From 2006-2009, I was flying to Europe quite often and each time I purchased a travel insurance policy. In 2008, I took a trip to Germany and for the first time decided not to purchase travel insurance. What a monumental mistake. I was walking home late one night, tripped over a curb, and tore a ligament in my right ankle. After visiting an urgent care facility, an orthopedic surgeon several times and medicine, my bill was $492 and my deductible was $500. Had I purchased my usual travel insurance policy for around $30 with a $0 deductible and $50,000 limit, I would have been out of pocket $0!” 

First, travel insurance can save you large amounts of money if you experience a medical issue while on a trip. Studies show that one out of every two travelers becomes ill during their trip and an average overseas medical bill can run between $1,500 - $2,400 dollars. Furthermore, most hospitals and physicians abroad expect payment before you can be treated. 

Other traveling mishaps that can be overcome with travel insurance include trip cancellation, lost or stolen luggage (never fun!), emergency transport and even natural disasters. Trip cancellations can happen for many reasons, and when it does, travelers lose an average of $1,186 per trip. Stolen luggage is another costly endeavor, with an average price tag of $350-$400 per bag. 

If you become severely injured and need medical evacuation back to the United States, be prepared to pay a hefty price tag if you didn’t invest in travel insurance. Average transport amounts run around $30,000 per traveler. Other details you should be aware of when traveling abroad is that most U.S. based healthcare policies do not cover policyholders when overseas – this is especially true for those on Medicare or other national health services.

 Considering all of the benefits of travel insurance, and coverage costing an average of 4-8 percent of your trip total, isn’t it time to talk to an experienced travel insurance broker? The knowledgeable agents at MHG can explain all of the advantages of travel insurance and tailor a policy to your specific needs. They offer a variety of advanced travel insurance plans that can help you put any travel anxieties to rest. You might have waited a long time to take this special trip – don’t let a travel mishap set you back financially. Call MHG at 954-828-1819 or visit mhginsurance.com today to book your travel insurance policy.

Should You Buy Travel Insurance?

Adventure Travel Insurance

Spring is here and enjoying the great outdoors is on your mind.  Are you traveling abroad for an adventure sport activity?  Detailed planning is important for a trip of this kind. 

 

After finding the perfect location, and purchasing or renting the needed equipment have you purchased the need protection?  Does your insurance cover you in a foreign country? What would happen if you got injured during this adventure?  Do you have medical insurance that covers you if you are injured as a result of this sports activity?

MHG Insurance Brokers have the insurance plans with the medical benefits that you need for traveling abroad and for participating in the extreme sports activities you love.  

Most traditional medical plans are not designed for international travel and usually exclude hazardous sports activities. MHG offers the Patriot Adventure/Extreme Insurance a plan designed for adventurous international travelers who intend to participate in the thrill of adventure sports and realize that their current medical plan does not cover certain hazardous sports and activities.  

With this plan you have access to 24 hour international, multilingual customer service centers ready to coordinate your emergency medical services and international treatment.  They understand the language and the currency of most countries. This plan has a low deductible of $250 and requires no coinsurance for treatment received outside the US and Canada while providing world class medical benefits for in-patient and out-patient medical expenses.   

Coverage is available for 30 days to 6 months and prices start at just $54. Visiting a place where medical care is minimum? The Patriot Adventure/Extreme Insurance plan includes coverage for emergency medical evacuation from a medical facility to the nearest qualified medical facility.  Once you are finished receiving the necessary medical treatment this plan also provides for the cost of returning to either the home country or the country where the evacuation occurred. Traveling with someone who is injured?  What if a loved one gets injured abroad while you are home?  With this coverage from MHG the Patriot Adventure also provides emergency reunion coverage, up to $10,000 for 15 days, for reasonable travel and lodging expenses of a relative or friend during an emergency medical evacuation of the insured person.   

This coverage is for either the cost of accompanying the insured during the evacuation or travel from the home country to be reunited with the insured.  

When a loved one is injured you have enough to worry about without thinking of the expenses to get to them. Before you or a loved one travel abroad for the thrill of a lifetime make sure you are covered for those sudden and unexpected accidents and illnesses.  MHG Insurance Brokers offers a variety of comprehensive medical insurance plans to meet the needs of each unique client. Whether you are looking for travel insurance, group insurance plans or business insurance, MHG has solutions to fit every budget. Contact the experts at MHG to help you choose the ideal policy for your unique requirements. Contact us today at 877-278-7400 to learn more.

Adventure Travel Insurance

Trip Insurance

Everyone is talking about watching the Olympics in London this summer, but imagine going! What a trip of a lifetime that would be.  Taking your daughter to see her favorite gymnasts going for the gold or your son watching a soccer match played by the best in the world! 

 

Watching the Olympics in person with your family would be a once in a lifetime experience.  Now imagine that your child gets too sick to travel just days before you are due to leave.  Of course your first concern is their health but your second thought is what about the thousands of dollars we spent on this trip? 

Unexpected emergencies happen and can keep you from taking that trip of a lifetime.  Protect your travel investments with trip cancellation insurance from MHG Insurance Brokers.   As your independent insurance specialists, MHG Insurance Brokers has the knowledge and expertise to help you select the coverage you need. 

MHG offers two premium plans from International Medical Group designed to provide essential coverage for trip cancellation, travel and baggage delays, and emergency medical treatment. With the Patriot T.R.I.P Travel Insurance you may recover non-refundable, unused payments and deposits when a trip is cancelled or interrupted for a variety of reasons here or where your trip is.  You are covered if your destination suffers from things such as financial default of a travel supplier, a terrorist incident, natural disaster or bad weather resulting in the cessation of the travel supplier’s services, medical quarantine, or hijacking.  

With our travel insurance you are also covered if you or a family member or your travel companion or their family member suffers an emergency illness, injury or death.  You are also covered for jury duty, employer termination or layoff or if your home or your travel companion’s home is made uninhabitable by fire, windstorm, vandalism or flood.  An auto accident on the way to your scheduled departure point; you are covered up to $20,000 per person. 

Benefits are also provided for travel delayed, baggage delays, and emergency medical treatment while you’re away from home. Patriot T.R.I.P. Elite Travel Insurance available through MHG offers top-notch services and benefits to travelers whose covered trip is cancelled or interrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. It includes all the benefits of the Patriot T.R.I.P. travel insurance with higher coverage.  For an interrupted trip you may receive 150% of the amount of your trip you elected to cover. For a delayed trip your amount is doubled to $1,000 per person, $200 per day after 24 hours or $500 for a missed connection.  If you are injured on your trip, you are covered up to $100,000 for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.  Reasonable travel and lodging expenses are also covered for a family member to be at your bedside.  

If minor children or grandchildren are traveling with you when you are stricken with a medical emergency their return expenses will be covered. Traveling can be an exciting adventure, but the unexpected could happen.  Make sure you have the protection you need with insurance from MHG.

MHG Insurance Brokers offers a variety of comprehensive insurance plans to meet the needs of each unique client. Whether you are looking for travel insurance, group insurance plans or business insurance, MHG has solutions to fit every budget. Contact the experts at MHG to help you choose the ideal policy for your unique requirements. Contact us today at 877-278-7400 to learn more.

Trip Insurance

The arrival of winter means planning the perfect ski vacation for many people. What many people don’t realize, however, despite the hundreds of ski accidents that occur each year, is that winter sports may not be covered by their medical insurance plan. Nearly half of skiers on the slopes are not covered by vacation insurance and only 1 in 4 knows enough to ensure they are covered while skiing. 

 

Do you have proper insurance for your winter sport activities? 

Part of the fun of skiing and snowboarding is the element of danger involved, but you need to be certain you are protected in the event of the unexpected.  Even if you've been able to avoid an accident on the slopes, they do happen and you need to be prepared.  

You need extreme sports travel insurance, just in case you are injured, to be afforded these benefits: 

Medical Expenses. These benefits cover you if you need medical care on the slopes. It will also cover care at a medical facility in any country you visit. 

Emergency Medical Evacuation. These benefits will provide you with medical transportation to the nearest medical facility where adequate care can be received or back home, as necessary. 

Multilingual Emergency Assistance. This service helps coordinate your emergency medical care. It will keep you, and the medical staff caring for you, in touch with your family. 

You should be aware that a basic travel insurance plan may not be enough. Some providers exclude coverage for skiing and snowboarding and may require that you purchase an optional "extreme sports" rider to include winter sports insurance coverage. Also keep in mind that if you are a more adventurous skier who travels off-piste (out of marked bounds), you will want to make sure your plan includes cover for that also. Even if you are not a skier and you do not plan to hit the slopes this winter, it is important to make sure you have adequate coverage in the event of an accident or illness, regardless of the activities you may be pursing.

MHG Insurance Brokers offer a full line of individual and group insurance benefits for travelers and winter sports fans. Our wide selection of plans include medical insurance, US life and health insurance, disability income protection, life insurance, financial services, and property and liability insurance. MHG offers phone numbers from around the world so you can contact us easily and conveniently from anywhere around the world. Contact us to learn more.

Are You a Winter Sports Fan? Are You Skiing This Winter and Is It Covered by Your Insurance?

Did you watch the London Olympics?  Have those athletes inspired you to take up a new sport or get back to the one you love? 

 

Now that the closing ceremonies are complete are you looking to travel and have an adventure of your own? How about some rock climbing in England? Looking to jump out of an airplane like the queen? Is white water rafting, scuba diving or some bungee jumping in your future? Perhaps some BMX or motorcycle racing is more your style. 

Whatever extreme sport you are looking to participate in you need an insurance plan with the medical benefits to keep you covered. MHG Insurance Brokers offers a variety of comprehensive medical insurance plans to meet the needs of each unique client.  MHG have the health benefit plans that you need for traveling abroad and for participating in the extreme sports activities you love. 

Most traditional medical plans are not designed for international travel and usually exclude hazardous sports activities. With travel policies you have access to 24 hour international, multilingual customer service centers ready to coordinate your emergency medical services and international treatment.  The insurers offering these plans understand the language and of most countries. 

Travel insurance including cover for adventure sports is very affordable so there is no reason to participate in international extreme sports without coverage. Plans typically require no coinsurance for treatment received outside the US and Canada, while providing world class medical benefits for in-patient and out-patient medical expenses.  Coverage is available for as little as 5 days up to a year. 

Where will you be traveling? Visiting a place where medical care is at a minimum? Travel insurance plans includes coverage for emergency medical evacuation from a medical facility to the nearest qualified medical facility.  Once you are finished receiving the necessary medical treatment plans may also provide for the cost of returning you to either your home country or the country where the evacuation occurred. 

What if the person you are traveling with gets injured? Or you are home and a loved one is injured and needs you? Travel insurance can provide emergency reunion coverage for reasonable travel and lodging expenses of a relative or friend during an emergency medical evacuation of the insured person.   This coverage is for either the cost of accompanying the insured during the evacuation or travel from the home country to be reunited with the insured.   

When a loved one is injured, you have enough to worry about, so let the insurer help you. Before you go for the thrill make sure you are covered for those sudden and unexpected accidents and illnesses.  MHG Insurance Brokers offers a variety of comprehensive medical insurance plans to meet the needs of each unique client. Whether you are looking for travel insurance, group insurance plans or business insurance, MHG has solutions to fit every budget. Contact the experts at MHG to help you choose the ideal policy for your unique requirements. Contact us today at 877-278-7400 to learn more.  

Olympic Inspired Adventure Travel Insurance

Travel Abroad Insurance

Passports and tickets, check! Money and camera, check!  Suntan lotion, check! Travel insurance… hmm. 

 

Summer is nearly upon us and that means it is time to finalize your summer travel plans. Whether you are jetting down to the Caribbean for a little R & R, cruising the Mediterranean or conquering the Great Wall it is important to be prepared for your trip and all emergencies that could pop up. What would you do if you or a family member got a bad case of food poisoning or worse yet, were involved in a bad car accident? 

Traveling abroad can be an exciting experience; however, a medical emergency can arise at any time and the lack of appropriate insurance could expose you to serious financial liability.  The good news is that travel insurance is very affordable and easy to apply for! As your independent insurance specialists, MHG Insurance Brokers has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with plan options from several different insurance companies containing the medical benefits that you need for traveling abroad.  

Most traditional medical plans are not designed for international travel or can be difficult to use while outside your home country. With a travel insurance plan from one of our designated carriers, you and your family will have peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for your trip.

MHG offers the Atlas Travel Series, a short-term health insurance plan administered by HCC Medical Insurance Services, which provides coverage outside your home country from five days to one year. The plan includes coverage for emergency air/ground transportation to the nearest qualified hospital, hospital room and board and acute onset of a pre-existing condition among other benefits. Choose from a deductible ranging from $0 to $2,500 and maximum limits from $50,000 to $1,000,000.  

Do you know the current passport, visa, inoculation and vaccine requirements as well as travel safety advisories for the countries they will be traveling in? HCCMIS does!  

Are you planning to do some adventurous sporting activities while on vacation? Cover for most sports are automatically included! And it is no problem if you’re leaving right away, enrollment in the Atlas Travel plan is available online and same day coverage is available. 

Looking for a plan with higher coverage limits but that is still within your budget? MHG Insurance Brokers offers Patriot Platinum Travel Medical Insurance, administered by International Medical Group (IMG), provides first-class protection for the discerning international traveler who wants to obtain the maximum coverage available in a short-term travel medical insurance product. Deductibles range from $0 to $25,000 and maximum limits from $1,000,000 to $8,000,000. Coverage is available for a minimum of 10 days up to three years and in addition to emergency air/ground transportation to the nearest qualified hospital and hospital room and board and many other benefits.

Patriot Platinum also includes exclusive access to IMG’s Global Concierge, a dedicated service team for providing a variety of assistance services. Patriot Platinum has an optional adventure sports rider available for all you adventurous travelers out there. Enrollment in the plan is available online and next day coverage is available. 

Before you and your loved ones head out for summer vacation, make sure you’re covered for those sudden and unexpected accidents and illnesses that could arise. 

At MHG Insurance Brokers, we are here to advise what insurance coverage is available to you no matter if you’re traveling to Paris or Phuket this summer. Whether you are looking for travel insurance, health insurance, disability income, life insurance, commercial insurance, the experts at MHG are dedicated to providing you with the advice you need in order to choose the best individual or group plan for your employees. Contact us today at 877-278-7400 to learn more or apply online.

Travel Abroad Insurance

Gear Up

Join MHG Insurance Brokers and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation as they ‘gear up’ for their 4th annual Spin-A-Thon on Friday, April 20th at Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale!   

 

Proceeds raised benefit Kids in Distress (KID), a leading force in the prevention of child abuse and neglect and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center which promotes health and well-being of children and youth with special healthcare needs. 

The Spin-A-Thon is a fun endurance challenge and a great team-building. Take part in the action by organizing or joining a Spin-Bike Team.  Team registration is $300 to secure your spot. Upon registration, each participating company or group will assemble their own team of enthusiastic cyclists. The individual team members then are challenged to seek additional support and donations to help our charitable beneficiaries. 

Teams must keep their bikes moving for 360 minutes and are welcome to have as many riders as they wish during the event. The fun begins on Friday, April 20th at noon with registration. The spinning event will take place, rain or shine at the Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale from 1-7pm. We will finish the night with a networking and thank you party from 5-9pm.  

If you can ride a stationary bicycle then you can spin with us!  Marine Industry Cares Foundation is also looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are looking for a way to give back to their community while having fun.

MHG is one of the founding companies of Marine Industry Cares Foundation and is excited to see how the Spin-A-Thon has grown over the past four years.  The Spin-A-Thon started in 2009 and raised $30,000 for Kids in Distress.  The next year they doubled their donation as the 2010 Spin-A-Thon raised $60,000 for Kids in Distress.  The 2011 Spin-A-Thon raised over $100,000 for Kids in Distress. This year we have 50 individuals registered so far and over 50 teams! Team Insurance Peddlers have raised $2,150 to date, 125% of their goal of $2,000!  

It is not too late to start your own team, join a team or sponsor a rider and help make this Spin-A-Thon, the best one yet. The Marine Industry Cares Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for local charities. They aim to provide a brighter future for children and families in need by uniting the generous efforts of the marine industry community. 

The MICF also serves as a model for shipping industries in other cities to use and implement where they live—bringing the maritime and local communities together in cities around the world. So "gear up", invite your friends, family or co-workers and join the ride to give kids in your community a brighter and healthier future! MHG Insurance Brokers is proud to be a part of this wonderful and meaningful event. MHG is the 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.  

Gear Up

At MHG Insurance Brokers we specialize in insurance plans designed specifically to meet the needs of marine employers, shipboard officers and crew, and contractors and concessionaires.  Because of the unique needs of individuals and groups at sea, choosing an insurance broker that understands the lifestyle and work environment is essential. 

 

Services offered by MHG can be tailored according to each employer’s needs with the secure knowledge that they are marine specific and supported by a team experienced in the marine environment. With our extensive market relationships and experience in the industry, we offer sound, independent advice as to which insurance and financial services providers and products are best suited to address the needs of individuals and employers. 

Marine insurance solutions include private international health insurance, vacation health insurance, disability income, life insurance, short-term health insurance and retirement savings plans. Here is more information on the plans we offer. 

MHG provides private international health insurance to all nationalities. Our extensive market relationships permit the design of international group medical plans that are tailored to each employer's specific philosophy and compensation needs. MHG also offers various benefit packages that can be combined for groups located in the US. 

MHG offers short-term health insurance for contractors and concessionaires which provides coverage for emergency medical treatment, emergency medical evacuation, should the local facilities be inadequate and a number of other benefits. For groups requiring coverage for employees while on vacation, we can customize a plan to fit your needs. 

Disability Income is an effective risk management tool for employers that not only enhances the value of compensation packages for employees but also provides peace of mind.  It can provide protection against loss of income in the event an employee becomes temporarily or permanently disabled while at work or on vacation. Coverage is available to groups of five or more and can be customized to fit your budget and benefit needs. With worldwide coverage for disability due to accident or sickness, these plans also allow you to select a waiting period and benefit amount while typically not requiring underwriting. 

Let MHG Insurance Brokers provide you and your employees with peace of mind.  Group life insurance offers employees comfort knowing that in the event of their death their loved ones will receive financial support for ongoing expenses, funeral arrangements or children's education. For employers, group life insurance is a cost-efficient benefit because it is highly valued by employees.

MHG's investment team is able to provide cost effective, flexible benefit retirement savings plans which will help recruit, retain and motivate staff while providing the employer with maximum value for each dollar spent. As your specialist plan manager, MHG's role would normally involve consultancy, plan design, independent brokerage, investment planning and communication, installation and administration of the plan. We also provide consultancy and plan management services for employers with existing plans. 

With over 20 years of experience focused on the welfare of crew, MHG has the knowledge to advise the cruise industry about its insurance needs.  Please contact us today at +1 954 828 1819 for more information on any of the services we provide. 

If you are attending Cruise Shipping Miami March 13th-15th at the Miami Beach Convention Center, please feel free to stop by our booth #1893 located in the Ship Services and Hotel Operations section. Join us for a glass of wine during our reception on Wednesday, March 14th from 2pm-5pm.  If you still need tickets for Cruise Shipping Miami, avoid the $100 fee and register as our guest for complimentary tickets to the Exhibition Hall.

MHG – The Cruise Industry’s Insurance Specialists

Traveling, these days, for students and youngsters is becoming as easy as a hop, skip and a jump. Multiple online travel websites, international classes and Groupon deals are popping up everywhere making white water rafting in South France sound as affordable as a trip to the beach for Spring Break.

 

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, about 7 million students will finish their degrees in another country by 2020. So I do not even want to know how many are going to Cancun this year for Spring Break. 

Regardless, student travel and temporary living overseas is becoming extremely common these days. Therefore, the old “week long backpacking-trip in Europe” is becoming more of the “see you in a few months Mom and Dad…”

Whether it is for a week or a few months, before sending your kids off overseas this upcoming year, make sure you are covering them from all corners. MHG Insurance Brokers offers multiple Single and Multi-trip Insurance options that might be necessary when sending a student abroad this year. This kind of insurance benefits individuals traveling outside their Home country from 5 days to a maximum of one year. 

Multiple options for Travel Medical Insurance might be necessary for those long vacations as well as in case absolutely anything happening. Options for travel medical insurance can include temporary medical insurance while traveling anywhere outside their home country. These independent ventures for students are going to be one of the most incredible experiences of their lives. But it may also be one of the most stressful for the parents. You might not be able to watch them as closely as before but you can insure them with something for a safe, smart trip abroad and a peace of mind.

MHG Insurance Brokers offers a variety of comprehensive medical insurance plans to meet the needs of each unique client. Whether you are looking for crew insurance, individual health insurance plans, family health insurance plans or group health insurance plans, the experts at MHG have the resources to help you choose the ideal policy for your unique requirements. Contact us today to learn more.

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