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Buying Travel Insurance

We all consider insurance to be necessary when it comes to our health, automobiles, and homes. Though it is difficult for the average person to understand the verbiage that is contained in most policies, that does not hinder people from purchasing life insurance and other types of coverage once they reach a certain age and wish to start a family, or start planning for retirement. One type of insurance that often gets overlooked, however, is travel insurance.  Many people are not sure if they need it, or are aware of what exactly it can do for them. Travel insurance is a valuable tool that is designed to protect those traveling domestically or abroad, for business or recreation. There are several options to choose from depending on the types of coverage you require, but most travel insurance policies provide coverage for the following occurrences:

  • Medial emergency or evacuation: This should be the primary reason to buy travel insurance. Although your current health plan may cover you in certain instances while you travel, emergency medical transportation is often not covered, and the cost of this service can rise upward toward $100,000. Travel insurance comes in handy here, as it can prevent you from maxing out the benefits allotted through your health plan. There are primary as well as secondary plans available, which work in tandem with your current health plan.

  • Trip cancellation: When you plan a trip months in advance, there is no way to predict what circumstances may arise between now and your departure date. Trip cancellation insurance will protect you in the unfortunate event of a death in the family, an illness, or an accident. You are also covered for situations that occur which are outside of your control, such as severe weather causing the delay or cancellation of your flight.

  • Baggage or Personal Items Loss/Theft: This covers you if the airline loses your luggage, or if you stored your laptop in your hotel room one afternoon, only to come back to find it missing. You can also insure camera equipment, and other valuables.

  • Personal Liability:  If you are involved in a car accident while driving in a different country, or accidentally cause damage to something and are now finding yourself being asked to remedy the situation, this coverage will be of great value to you.
How can you determine if you need travel insurance? Here are some things to think about:

  • Take Inventory: Assess the policies that you currently have in place to check to see if you are covered for health emergencies, medical care and treatment when you travel. Check the credit cards you use as well. Some automatically cover things like baggage loss or flight cancellations.

  • Don’t Skimp on Protection: Most people skip travel insurance because they just see it as an added expense being tacked on to their trip. With most travel insurance policies costing somewhere between 3% and 8% of what the trip costs, this is a drop in the bucket compared to out-of-pocket costs if an incident does occur and you aren’t covered.

  • You Snooze, You Lose: If you are considering buying travel insurance, it is best to purchase it within 24 hours of booking a trip, or as soon as possible afterward in order to get the best rate.

  • Travel More, Save More! If you travel frequently, you can consider multi trip insurance policies, or annual policies, which may be less expensive as compared to obtaining coverage right before each trip.
MHG Insurance Brokers draws from their extensive experience and knowledge in the insurance industry to give clients the greatest value and most comprehensive coverage available. MHG insurance specialists will clearly outline the coverage provided to you in your travel insurance policy, as well as tell you about any limitations or exclusions so you are fully aware of how protected you are before your trip.  Visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com, or call and speak to an MHG insurance specialist today at 954-828-1819. Don’t leave home unprotected.

Must Knows Before Buying Travel Insurance

Plans On and Off Exchange

If you are currently in the market to purchase health insurance coverage, MHG Insurance Brokers would like to share some information regarding the healthcare plans that are available both ‘on’ and ‘off’ the exchange which could benefit you. The health insurance exchange is an online marketplace for Americans seeking health coverage that allows them to comparison-shop the different plans that are being offered by competing health care providers. For Americans who previously could not afford health insurance, and yet were not eligible for programs like Medicaid or Medicare, may qualify for federal assistance by way of a tax credit, which will reduce the cost of their monthly premium. This subsidy is only available when selecting a health plan on the exchange. 

Plans offered both on and off the exchange provide the same mandatory essential benefits, however, many plans offered off the exchange provide more comprehensive coverage and have larger provider networks than many of the new 2014 plans offered on the exchange. Plans offered off the exchange are still government approved. MHG Insurance Brokers can assist you with determining whether you qualify for a federal subsidy based on your income, as well as evaluating the benefits and provider networks included in each of the plans that you are interested in, whether they are on or off the exchange. Here are just some of the mandatory essential benefits that are offered through the plans available both on and off the marketplace:

  • Outpatient doctor visits, including preventative and wellness services
  • Pediatric services including dental and vision
  • Emergency room services
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Mental health services
  • Substance Use Disorder coverage
  • Prescription Drug coverage
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Lab tests and services
The Affordable Care Act has made way for many improvements to healthcare for Americans. New plans and many older plans will now provide subscribers with these key enhancements, in addition to others that aren’t mentioned on this list:

  • Advances in women’s health services
  • Improved care for seniors
  • New preventative services that require no out of pocket costs.
  • No annual or lifetime limits on healthcare.
MHG Insurance Brokers is here to guide you each step of the way during these changing times.  MHG Insurance Brokers will assist you with comparing plan choices that are available both on and off the exchange, and help you obtain the health care coverage that is best suited to your family’s health needs and budget. We will utilize our knowledge and expertise to determine whether it is more advantageous to you to shop for a plan on or off the exchange, and clarify the details regarding the benefits, rights and protections included in the new plans. Call one of our insurance specialists today for expert guidance on all matters concerning health care to ensure you are getting the best coverage. MHG Insurance Brokers is always available to answer questions, or assist with processing claims. We continue to be of service for those who are in the market for Supplemental and Long Term Care coverage, Life insurance, and more. Visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com, or call and speak to one of MHG’s representatives at 954-828-1819.

Availability of Plans On and Off Exchange

ACA Health Insurance Plans

The open enrollment period is in effect through March 31st, 2014. MHG Insurance Brokers would like to make you aware of specific deadlines that are approaching, as well as provide you with information on a topic that has been getting a lot of attention lately – shrinking plan provider networks on the ACA health insurance marketplace.

Here are some notable dates to bear in mind:

  

  • For government approved health plans effective March 1st – enrollment deadline February 15th, 2014
  • For government approved health plans effective April 1st  – enrollment deadline March 15th, 2014
  • Final Enrollment date to obtain a healthcare plan or off the exchange – March 31st, 2014 for effective date of May 1st, 2014
If you are looking to buy health insurance, use this time to evaluate and compare the many plans available that you will be presented with. There has been attention given recently to the sizes of the provider networks that are a part of the plans offered through the health insurance marketplace. It appears that these plans’ provider networks are smaller in order for the plans to provide affordability and be able to compete with other plans offered on the exchange. The ACA doesn’t set prices for these plans or for medical services provided to the consumer, the insurance companies do. Smaller networks with fewer provider choices means smaller premiums for the consumer. In order to be more affordable, these plans exclude the most expensive providers. 

While insurance companies decide which doctors and hospitals will be a part of a network, there are also doctors who will only accept higher fees before they choose to participate in some networks. This is typical behavior within a competitive market. It is important when weighing the benefits of plans you are considering to check what provider networks your current doctors are participating in. You may wish to only consider those plans if keeping your doctors is important to you. When you find networks that your doctors participate in, call your doctors to confirm the information before selecting a plan. This extra effort will pay off, as selecting a plan that your doctor may no longer accept could be a critical mistake, as you won’t be able to change your plan again until the next open enrollment period, or a qualifying life event takes place, such as a marriage, birth or adoption of a child, or divorce. 

One comforting fact to be aware of: no matter which plan you select, the law prohibits insurance companies from requiring higher copayments or coinsurance if you get emergency care from an out-of-network hospital. If you are traveling and an unfortunate accident lands you in a hospital emergency room that is not on your provider network, you do not need to get preapproval before receiving emergency services. This applies to all plans that were created or obtained before March 23, 2010. 

 As always, MHG Insurance Brokers is here to assist you with all of your insurance needs. Our in depth and current knowledge can help you navigate through all of the information and choices you will come across when shopping for a health care plan. Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 to learn more about the new healthcare plans available, or visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com. We look forward to protecting your health!

Affordable Care Act: Health Insurance Marketplace Plans and Their Provider Networks – How Do They Affect You?

Health & Fitness Tips

Making time for fitness is one of the most important aspects of a healthy and productive lifestyle, yet it’s one of the first things to get pushed aside when life gets hectic. You know how crucial health and fitness are to your overall happiness, performance and body image, but when deadlines, children, meetings and social obligations are calling, how do you find the time? With these 10 health and fitness tips, you’ll be living a healthier, happier, more fit life before you know it, no matter how pressed for time you are. 

 

Break it up

You don’t have to workout for an hour straight to reap the benefits of working out for an hour. Break it up, fitting in short bursts when you have time. Do a 20 minute strength set in the morning, walk a mile on your lunch break, and throw in another set in the evening. Breaking your workout into smaller parts makes it seem less daunting – plus, short bursts seem more manageable, so you’re less likely to skip exercising. 

Fast, healthy food fixes 

A busy lifestyle often lends itself to convenience foods, which usually aren’t healthy. Invest time now in learning fast recipes you can easily throw together no matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day. Gourmet salads, veggie burritos and turkey steak are healthy options that can be whipped up in 10 minutes flat.

Healthy hotels matter 

Traveling for work can be great for your career, not so great for your waistline. People who travel for work more than 20 times per month are 2.61 times more likely to feel like they have poor health and 1.92 times more likely to be obese compared to those who only travel six times per month, according to a Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine study. Make traveling work to your advantage. Stay in hotels with gyms and healthy menu options, and try to get in quick workouts. Bonus: Exercise sharpens your mind, so your work performance could improve by staying at healthy hotels too. 

Be active all day

Sometimes, getting to the gym is impossible. For these seasons, making exercise a part of your lifestyle will keep you healthy no matter what your schedule. You can do lunges while you’re on the phone, squats while brushing your teeth, turn date night into rock climbing, hiking or ice skating, take the stairs, run instead of walk when you take your dog out, chase your kids around the park, or head to yoga with a friend instead of grabbing a drink. Every bit of exercise counts - be creative! 

The smart commute

If possible, turn your commute into a workout. Walk, bike, or run if you have a place at your office to store extra clothes. You might be surprised how fast you arrive, and if you live somewhere with bad traffic it might even be a shorter commute. Don’t live close enough for these options? Get off the metro or bus a few stops early and savor the morning air, or park far away so you can still get a few blocks of walking in.

Become a morning person

It might sound excruciating, but people who workout early usually workout more, and you’ll get used to the early wake up call. If you set your alarm early, it means you can finish your workout before the rest of your day begins. For extra motivation, sleep in your gym clothes so all you have to do is wake up and go. 

Maximize your lunch break 

Lunch hour is great for catching up with colleagues, but make a point a few times a week to squeeze in some exercise. Sixty minutes is enough time to go for a walk, or even hit the gym. Best of all, it’s been proven that people are more productive after exercising or taking a break from their computer, than they are if they eat at their desks or work all day straight.

Make it a family affair 

Busy parents know it’s not always easy to make time for yourself when kids are young. However, children are active beings, so join in their day-to-day activities and you’ll be getting all the exercise you need.  Play tag, blast music and dance, jump rope, or take a family bike ride. This way you get fun, family and fitness in one. 

Make it count 

When you do get to the gym, make it count so you have some leeway on the days you don’t get there. Do supersets, maximizing your time and muscle. Instead of resting between sets, rest the muscle group you’ve just trained while working another, before reversing again. So, work out your lower back, then rest it while you do your abs, then rest your abs while you do the next set of lower back, and so on.

Fitness fun for everyone 

Combining your work/social life with your fitness life can bring the ultimate payoff. Next time a friend suggests coffee, try a spinning class instead. Hold one-on-one meetings over a walk in the park, or turn company outings into bowling instead of drinks/dinner. Not only do you get exercise in, but making plans with other people also ensures you don’t skip out. If you tell your friend you’ll meet her at yoga, you’re accountable and more likely to actually go. As always, before starting any fitness routine, consult a doctor. When debating between healthy recipe options or possible new supplements, a nutritionist can be beneficial as well. It’s also a good idea to look over your health plan to see what types of health specialists are covered. 

If you need assistance in obtaining a new health plan or have questions about your existing policy, visit mhginsurance.com, or call MHG at 954-828-1819 and speak with one of our knowledgeable insurance representatives. MHG Insurance Brokers cares about its clients, and encourages everyone to eat healthy and exercise, no matter how busy their lives are.

Top 10 Health & Fitness Tips for Busy People!

Buying Health Insurance

With the Affordable Care Act in full effect for 2014, Americans now have more options when it comes to choosing a health insurance plan than ever before. This makes it critical to comparison shop for the plan that will best accommodate your family’s health care needs. While more choices are always welcome, the process of shopping around can be overwhelming and somewhat confusing, as there is a lot of information to take in and dissect. The following factors are important to consider when in the market for a new comprehensive health insurance plan: 

  • Under ACA, individuals and families are now able to get group like coverage. Group plans were generally more comprehensive, but now individual plans can be just as good. Before the ACA went into place, group plans offered health care that was less expensive, and was extended to employees with pre-existing health conditions. Now, having a medical condition is no longer an obstacle when purchasing health insurance. While these plans may be less expensive than other plans, it pays to compare the benefits of a group plan to plans you can purchase independently.
  • When comparison-shopping, be sure to check the network of providers in each plan. If maintaining the same physician is important to you, be sure to inquire with your physician’s practice to see what insurance plans they accept. Also, check to see if the prescription medications you are currently taking are included on each plan’s approved prescription drug list.
  • When considering the costs of each plan, remember that the lowest premium does not equal the cheapest plan. Other costs to the subscriber include the annual deductible, which is the amount you will have to pay out of pocket before your benefits kick in. There are also copayments, which are minimal out of pocket expenses that are due at the time of a doctor’s visit, and lastly, there are coinsurance amounts. Coinsurance is the amount that is usually expressed as a percentage and refers to the remaining balance owed for treatment after the deductible is paid. If the insurance company pays 80% of the balance due, then you will be responsible for the other remaining 20%.
  • Identify the benefits you must have. Although we cannot predict injuries or illness, we can look into our family’s history for some indicators. If your family has a history of heart disease or Diabetes, you may want to make sure that testing for these medical conditions, and receiving medications to treat them, are covered in the plan you select. If you want to start planning a family, you will want to make sure that the plan you choose has decent maternity coverage.
  • Don’t buy more insurance than you need. If you are young and healthy, it may benefit you to choose a plan with a higher deductible and lower premium, as it could potentially save you money each month.
MHG Insurance Brokers wants our clients to be fully informed before selecting a health care plan. Let MHG Insurance Brokers assist you with the application process, determining your health care needs, clarify any confusing terminology, and introduce you to the most comprehensive plans on the market today that will work with your budget. Visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com, or call and speak with an MHG insurance specialist today at 954-828-1819. Here’s to your good health!

Things You Must Know Before Buying Health Insurance

ACA Health Coverage Open Enrollment Period

 

The deadline to acquire an ACA compliant health insurance plan is almost here. If you have not yet obtained health care coverage, now is the time to act. MHG Insurance Brokers is available at any time to assist you with selecting the best plan to meet the health care needs of you and your family.  March 31, 2014 is the last day of the 2014 open enrollment period, and if you enroll by this deadline, your coverage will commence on May 1st

The government is not penalizing anyone who has exceeded 90 days without maintaining health insurance coverage as long as they purchase a plan within this current open enrollment period. However, this decision by the government applies to the 2014 open enrollment period only, and is not inclusive of future enrollment periods. If you do not purchase a health care plan during the current open enrollment period, you will not be able to purchase one again until the 2015 open enrollment period, and you could possibly face a penalty. 

The 2015 open enrollment period is tentatively set to occur between November 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015, For people who have qualifying life events, such as a marriage, birth or adoption of a child, or death in the family, they will be able to obtain or change coverage during a special enrollment period for such qualifying events, which would start on the date of the event, and remain open for 60 days.

It is important to mention that short term medical plans are available throughout the year, but they do not satisfy the ACA requirements for essential benefits. Terminating a STM is not considered to be a qualifying life event that would make you eligible to purchase a health care plan during a special enrollment period. For those with health care coverage who are not sure if their plan is adequate, take note that you are considered ACA compliant if you have coverage that is:

  • Job based insurance
  • Medicaid, Medicare, or CHIP
  • A plan that you purchased yourself prior to 2014 or a 2014 metallic plan (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum)
  • A COBRA plan
  • Retiree coverage
  • VA health coverage or Tricare
If you are covered by any of the above, you don’t have to make any changes. If you are not sure if the plan you have is ACA compliant, MHG Insurance Brokers can assist you and answer all of your questions. The ACA plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventative care.  The plans are typically less expensive when selecting one through the health insurance marketplace, as the price is based on income and the size of your household. 

MHG Insurance Brokers can assist you by speaking with you to determine what your family’s needs are that must be covered by a health plan, navigate the marketplace for you, and select a number of plans that would best serve your family. From those plans, your MHG insurance broker will further preview each plan with you, break it down and examine the provider networks, costs, and out of pocket expenses. Your MHG Insurance broker will evaluate if it is more advantageous to you to pay a higher premium and lower deductibles and copayments, or if the opposite would better serve you.

 Lastly, your MHG Insurance broker will explain to you your rights and protections under the Affordable Care Act. With time dwindling to enroll, there is a lot of information to consider before selecting a plan. Contact MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828 – 1819 or by visiting online at: mhginsurance.com.  Here’s to a healthy 2014!

Critical Deadlines and Information for the 2014 ACA Health Coverage Open Enrollment Period

Business Insurance Policies As a business owner working in today’s litigious society, there are many different types of coverage that your company may need in place not only to protect your business but to protect your personal assets as well. Which type of insurance and the correct policy amount differs depending on your type of business.  It’s important to mention that your insurance needs will also change over time, as your business continues to grow. 

 

MHG can help you determine which insurance will most benefit your needs; here are the five most common commercial insurance policies that are essential to almost every business: 

General Liability Insurance – General Liability insurance is the most basic form of business insurance available and protects you, the business owner, should someone suffer an injury and you are named liable. General Liability policies also provide coverage for property damage, advertising injury and personal injury, including slander. Should you be served with a lawsuit, this type of insurance could also pay defense costs and settlements even if the claims made against you are fraudulent. You should consider obtaining this coverage if you or your employees:

  • Visit a client’s place of work or if a client visits yours
  • Have access to a client’s equipment
  • Write or speak about a client’s business
  • Use third party locations for any business related activities
Commercial Property Insurance – Disaster can strike at any time. Commercial Property insurance can protect your businesses' assets and inventory against physical damage and loss of use due to theft, an accident or other means. If you are leasing office space or retail location, you may only need to purchase "contents" coverage to protect your fixtures, furniture, inventory, office equipment and supplies; however, if you've made 'improvements and betterments' to the space you're leasing, you may want to include those expenses in your insurance policy as well. No matter what size your business is you may qualify for a Business Owners Policy or a "BOP" which allows business owners to secure Commercial General Liability, Property Insurance and often, includes loss of income and extra expenses that you may suffer following a loss. 

Commercial Auto Insurance - Car accidents happen every day and as a business owner, you need to make sure you have the proper insurance coverage in place to protect you, your employees, your assets and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. As a rule of thumb, if the vehicle is used primarily for business purposes or is titled in the company's name, you should have a Commercial Auto policy regardless if you lease or own the vehicle. Commercial Auto policies may pay for damages or medical expenses sustained by you, an authorized driver on your policy, or a third party. Depending on the type of coverage you select, your company vehicle may also be insured against damage caused by a flood, fire, or theft. 

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) – We unfortunately live in a very litigious society and it’s important for business owners to have the right coverage in place to protect themselves against frivolous and legitimate lawsuits made by current, former and potential employees. An EPLI policy protects the business, its directors and officers and employees against allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, emotional distress and wrongful termination among others.

Workers Compensation Insurance - As a business owner, you do your best to provide your employees with a safe working environment; however, accidents happen and it is important to have the proper protection in place. Workers’ Comp policies are mandatory for all businesses employing four or more people although contractors are required to carry a Workers’ Comp policy if they have at least one employee. Workers’ Comp covers medical expenses and some portion of an employee’s wages if they were injured on the job. Accidental injuries, occupational diseases, and even death arising from the employee’s employment are covered under this policy. In the marine industry, The Longshore Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (USL&H) provides similar Workers’ Comp benefits for employees working on navigable waters, on a dock, during a dry dock or other areas commonly used by vessels. Workers' Comp policies can be endorsed to offer coverage for the employee while working on land as well as for USL&H exposures.

The Insurance Specialists at MHG understand that every business is unique. We have the experience and resources to help you find and purchase the right insurance to meet the needs of your business. Let us help you protect your business, good name and reputation. 

Call and speak with one of our Insurance Specialists to discuss options to cover your company's risk appropriately at 954-828-1819 or visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at  https://mhginsurance.com/ to learn more. 

Common Business Insurance Policies

Vacation Health Insurance On Cruise Ship Leave Your vacation is just around the corner! As a Captain, Officer or Crewmember who has been working 12-14 hour days onboard for many months, you’re looking forward to your much deserved time off. Whether you’re heading home to relax and spend time with family and friends or are going off traveling, it’s important to keep your health in mind and purchase a vacation health insurance plan.

 

The Shoreside Health Insurance Plan, or SHIP, is an excellent solution for Captains, Officers and Crew who are looking for health insurance coverage while between contracts or on vacation. The opportunity to spend some time exploring foreign lands is priceless, but an accident such as a broken leg or motorcycle accident can quickly turn your dream vacation into a financial nightmare! 

SHIP is designed specifically for Captains, Officers and Crew working in the cruise industry and provides up to $500,000 in medical benefits for costs arising from an accident or an illness. Plans are surprisingly affordable, starting at just over $2 a day making vacation health insurance one of the smartest uses of your money! 

Coverage is available to all nationalities from 60 to 180 vacation days per year. Any unused days can be carried forward to your next sign off within the same policy year. Online enrollment is also simple and next day coverage is available, eliminating the danger of uncovered accidents as you wait for your policy to go into effect. 

SHIP also takes into account the outgoing and adventurous spirit that led you to a career traveling the world and offers an optional Adventure Sports Rider for the boldest adventurers. 

No matter where your vacation takes you, consider the cruise industry’s premier vacation health insurance policy to protect you during your next sign off period. Looking for a full-time international health insurance plan instead? Speak with an Insurance Specialist at MHG Insurance Brokers and we will help you identify the right solution for your particular circumstances. 

Additionally, MHG offers a full range of individual and group insurance plans  for marine professionals including marine crew insurance, disability income, life insurance and travel insurance among others. Whether you are setting off on an adventure-packed vacation, exploring or scuba diving with your shipboard friends, or are heading home to spend some quality time with your loved ones between contracts, an accident or illness can happen at any time and leave you facing medical expenses that could decimate your hard-earned savings. Be prepared with a vacation health insurance plan.

For more information about marine vacation health insurance and other marine insurance coverage, call us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com .

Getting Vacation Health Insurance While On Leave from a Cruise Ship

Why it's Great to be an Expat Have you ever jumped out of a plane? Climbed a mountain? Gone scuba diving? Relocating to a new country can evoke many of the same feelings and emotions. But, isn’t that what life is all about? Living it to the fullest? The fear and excitement of the unknown? That’s why it’s great to be an expat! An expat, otherwise known as an expatriate, is someone who lives outside of their native country. Did you know there are a staggering 50.5 million expats living and working around the world?  That number is expected to increase to 56+ million by 2017! Maybe you’ve been considering packing your bags and moving halfway across the world for your dream job, but aren’t quite sure if you’re ready to uproot your life. So for those that are on the fence, MHG would like to share some advice from our own expats that will hopefully encourage you to jump and take that leap of faith.   

 

A New Start

A New StartNew start, clean slate! Becoming an expat can allow you to leave your baggage and drama behind and give you the opportunity to, make new friends, have an exciting new job, and who knows, maybe meet your significant other.   

 

 

 

 

Language

LanuageDepending on where you go as an Expat, you may need to learn a new language. Learning a new language isn’t an easy task, however, it allows you to learn more than just some words, it can force you to learn the culture as well. You wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn a new culture by just visiting or vacationing somewhere.  By living there and having to make an effort to adapt is when you really get to experience new cultures.    

 

 

Life Skills

Life SkillsLiving in a new country can also force you to learn some basic skills such as cooking, fixing a car, performing maintenance around the house, etc. While living in your home country, if you didn’t know how to do something, you may have had the option of calling someone to come help you or fix it for you. That may not help in a new country.      

 

 

Job Opportunities 

Job OpportunitiesMany people become expats because of the work opportunities. Maybe you have been eyeing that dream management job which is just out of reach at home but more attainable overseas. In addition to the job opportunities, expats find compensation packages to be very enticing which can include a competitive salary, international health insurance, housing, annual tickets home, car and school tuition for the kids to name a few.     

 

See the World

See the WorldWhat better way to see the world than by becoming an expat! Expats will tell you from first-hand experience the only way to  truly experience a country’s culture, tradition, and language, is to live there for an extended period of time. Living like a local will allow you to see the sites and taste new foods. Before you know it, you will be involved in and partaking in things you never thought you would have. Getting to experience things that you wouldn’t have gotten to experience by just visiting. You may also develop an admiration for the traditions, and find yourself really loving your adopted country, maybe even more than “home,” and possibly want to have this same experience at a new location. 

Before relocating to another country, trying to find expatriate health insurance coverage on your own can be a daunting task. 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.

At MHG Insurance Brokers, 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 MHG Insurance Brokers 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 and your family or business!

5 Reasons why it’s Great to be an Expat

MHG60Do you remember what life was like 10 years ago? How about 5? It’s hard to think of a world without Social Media and Smartphones, and even harder to remember that these things didn’t even exist a decade ago. Five years ago, having a smartphone was a luxury, not the norm. People were still using Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn were fairly new or unknown to most, and Instagram and Google+ didn’t even exist yet. Today we live in a world where information is everywhere, and all we have to do is reach into our pocket to unlock it all. Social networking has impacted us in many ways. For one, it has made this gigantic world seem a bit smaller, with all the ways that people can keep in touch, share pictures, and make those close to us feel like they aren’t missing the big moments in our life, just because they are living elsewhere. From a business perspective, it is an essential medium for communicating with clients, and can also be utilized for customer service, lead generation, and relationship building. 

 

1. Relationships 

People like and communicate with others who are similar to themselves. For instance, parents connect with other parents, college students connect with other college students, doctors connect with other doctors, etc. Social media has changed things by flipping the marketing funnel upside down. Instead of trying to reach the masses in order to gain a few customers or followers, you try to connect to a few, who will then reach the masses for you. Which is why it is important to post material your followers or customers will feel connected to. By building a relationship with a customer he or she may feel like you understand their needs, and may feel inclined to share your material to their friends who are similar to themselves. Which is very important because that can expose your business to others who may have never heard of you and who may feel connected to you as well. For example, every few days Cigna will post an article with healthy lifestyle tips, or State Farm will have a safe driving contest, or best of all, MHG Insurance Brokers will post a Motivational Monday picture. These simple actions engage with customers and give them an incentive to follow you, interact with you, share with others, but most importantly that you care about and value them. 

2. Customer Service 

Social Media has also impacted the way customers are able to contact you. Rather than picking up the phone to dial their broker, they can now use social media to communicate with them in a quicker and more efficient way. Plus, social media gives customers an avenue to give you feedback or vent to you about a problem they are experiencing in your business. This makes it easier and more convenient for the customer, rather than having to call your customer service hotline and be kept on hold for an extended period of time. However, this new way of customers contacting you to give feedback and complain can give you a reason to be on your P’s and Q’s. Before social media, whenever someone had a complaint, they would call your customer service hotline and deal with the issue directly. They say that a person tells 10 people about a complaint, which could hurt your business if the information spread. Now the complaint is posted in a public forum for the world to see, which means it is critical that the issue is handled quickly and the customer is taken care of, or possibly millions can have a reason not to do business with you. 

3. Advertising and Marketing 

Social Media has billions of users, millions of whom use it on a daily basis. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have given insurers the power to advertise to individuals across the world, for FREE. So many companies spend millions of dollars a year on advertising for commercials, magazine ads, radio ads, etc. These ways of advertising also have limits to the amount of people that can see them. For example, they may not have a commercial in Europe that they do in the United States. Or if I don’t have a subscription to the magazine that you put an ad in, I won’t see it. Social Media does not have the limitations and constrictions that other forms of advertising and marketing does. However, there is a catch. In order to market to someone, they either have to be following your page, or already searching for you. Which, as stated before, is why it is important to build connections with people who will then share your content to their friends and followers. It is crazy to think how a post made in Miami, Florida can be seen in Sydney, Australia in a matter of seconds. 

Social Media has made the world a smaller place. Information is more accessible than it has ever been before. The world is in your pocket. Mobile phones are no longer just a communication device, they are a business device. Are you looking for relevant insurance information that isn’t boring? Whether you are looking for a competitive Marine Crew insurance plan, the latest updates on the Affordable Care Act, business insurance news or travel insurance tips, check us out on social media! Follow MHG Insurance on most Social Media platforms to see informative posts, fun content, and get to know us!

3 Ways Social Media Has Changed Insurance