Most travel medical plans use a “one size fits all” approach but why pay for benefits you don’t want? Our “International Freedom” group travel plan allows the customer to include only the benefits and features that are most important to them at the lowest possible price. Read More »
Medical Evacuation from Haiti
Most of us are aware of the devastating Haiti earthquake of January 2010. Now, six years and several deadly storms later—including the most recent Hurricane Matthew—the country is still in desperate need of humanitarian, financial and rebuilding aid. But even prior to the earthquake, this impoverished island nation was a popular destination for the humanitarian and church organizations we at Insurance Services of America regularly insure.
One such organization, Bettendorf Christian Church in Iowa, sent a small group of women to Haiti on a mission trip. Not long after their arrival, the earthquake rocked the country and badly injured one of the church’s volunteers. Peggy Wilson suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs when an 8-foot wall fell on her.
Dr. Dilip Joseph, a client of Insurance Services of America, realized his life’s dream to provide overseas humanitarian aid when he became the Medical Director at Morning Star Development. In 2012, the Colorado-based organization sent Dr. Joseph to remote, war-torn villages in Afghanistan on a humanitarian mission. The rewarding work was not, however, without its dangers…to say the least.
On a cold December morning in 2012, while traveling to Kabul, armed Taliban soldiers intercepted and kidnapped the doctor and two native colleagues. In his riveting account, Dr. Joseph shares the horror and ultimate triumph of his ordeal in his book Kidnapped By the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope, and Rescue by SEAL Team Six (available at Amazon.com).
The kidnapping and resulting hostage situation necessitated the deployment of special Navy SEAL Team Six, which only months before had successfully pulled off one of the most famous operations in US combat history: the capture and execution of Osama Bin Laden. The mission was dangerous, true, but Ed Byers, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL/FMF/SW), was prepared to fulfill his duty to rescue Dr. Joseph.
Insurance Services of America Receives 2016 Best of Gilbert Award
Gilbert Award Program Honors the Achievement
GILBERT June 9, 2016 — Insurance Services of America has been selected for the 2016 Best of Gilbert Award in the Business Services category by the Gilbert Award Program.
Each year, the Gilbert Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Gilbert area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Gilbert Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Gilbert Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Gilbert Award Program
The Gilbert Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Gilbert area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Gilbert Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
An Alternative to ObamaCare (ACA)
It’s safe to say that what happens in 2014 is incredibly unpredictable. The back end of the healthcare.gov site has insurers not getting good information. We are beginning to see a train wreck of administrative and service issues for people signing up through the public exchange because the data is incomplete or just plain wrong. Eligibility verification will fail. Claims will be denied. Networks on exchange plans are shrinking rapidly so access is flawed….. then on top of this there are security issues.
ObamaCare (ACA) needs 7M enrollees to make this thing work. 2.8M (40%) need to be young people. In January of 2014, only 24% that are signing up are young people. Part of the low turn out is because under this same law young people are allowed to stay in their parents plan to age 26 – so why sign up and pay a lot more premium? Also this younger segment is seeing the largest rate increases because of the laws ridiculous three tier age band structure. Young “invincibles” weren’t buying coverage before, why will they do it now at such a large expenditure? The exchanges are going to be in major trouble. If they don’t get the right blend of ages and risk, the high premiums will move much higher. What a mess. Read More »
We’re all for the occasional splurge–especially when you’re on the road or overseas having a ball. But watch out for these worst-ever money pits that are never worth the extra cash.
Getting fleeced anywhere, whether in the states or abroad, is never fun—especially when you’re trying to travel conservatively. Different languages and customs, however, can send even the smartest traveler into a financial tailspin. “Being gloriously overwhelmed by novelty and excitement at every turn leads us to be less perceptive than perhaps we might be back at home,” says travel psychologist Michael Brein, Ph.D. “After all, the money is Monopoly play money—it isn’t that real—so it’s no wonder that it goes relatively more quickly than we think or expect.” Recognize the world’s top 10 worst travel ripoffs and you can save your cash for meaningful experiences that are worth the coin.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is investigating a report that one of its officers allegedly humiliated a 15-year-old girl wearing leggings, a tank top, and a button-down, telling her she should cover up as she went through an ID-check line in the Los Angeles Airport Sunday.
“She said the officer was ‘glaring’ at her and mumbling. She said, ‘Excuse me?’ and he said, ‘You’re only 15, cover yourself!’ in a hostile tone,” the girl’s father, Mark Frauenfelder, toldYahoo! Shine, echoing what he had written in a Boing Boing blog post describing the incident. “It shook her up,” he added.
The legend of the Bermuda Triangle probably started some time around 1945, when a squadron of five Navy Avenger airplanes disappeared on a training flight out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Soon, the masses were wondering: Was something amiss in the triangle-shaped stretch of ocean between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico? Today, we’ve all heard of the Bermuda Triangle. And over the years, a whole host of theories, from the wacky to the reasonable, have cropped up to explain its disappearances.
Here are just a few…
Traveling with children can be difficult. Perhaps we’d head to England, where accents would be our only language hurdle. Or I could take her to Mexico, where I spent a lot of time while growing up in San Diego. Or we could head to France or Belgium, where we have cousins.
I knew my 5-year-old daughter’s first trip abroad could open her eyes to different cultures, music, food and ways of living. Even if she understood the language, she might see for the first time that people live differently than we do. While I had been pondering where to go, spring break in Costa Rica fell into my lap.
My child had to get extra shots, wouldn’t speak the language and occasionally gets picky about food. But that was the point, right? To show her a different way of living. And it turned out the flight was a quick hop, we had excellent hosts and we loved the food and our adventures. By all accounts, the trip was a great success.
Full article here about Traveling With Children