Aetna Global Benefits has launched a new suite of international healthcare plans for employers with globally mobile employees. Aetna has revamped its core health benefits plans to respond to customer and member needs and included its industry-leading health risk assessment free of charge as part of its package of wellness tools and resources to encourage employees to adopt healthy behaviour.
Employers can select from one of four base plans then choose from a menu of up to 49 additional benefits and limits. This gives employers flexibility in providing private health care cover for employees working around the world to maximize their health care investment and manage costs.
Donna Otten of Aetna Global Benefits says, "We recognise that employers need a comprehensive level of core health benefits and flexibility in plan design in order to meet the needs of their varied employee populations," said the organisation's international benefits segment. "We have redesigned our health plans to provide a richer level of base benefits to work with different budgets and included wellness features to help employees make positive changes that can lead to lasting healthy lifestyles. At the same time, we have provided the most flexible selection of add-ons and limits yet, so that employers can purchase the features they need to tailor benefits packages to cater for regionally diverse needs and make the most of their health care investments."
For example, employers taking advantage of this flexibility can provide different benefits for employees working in different regions, such as coverage for traditional Chinese medicine, or extended evacuation assistance for employees who travel more frequently than others. These employees can be covered on an alternate plan design.
The IHP Essential, IHP Plus and IHP Elite plans include new benefits of hospice care; vaccinations and inoculations; compassionate emergency travel enabling expatriates to return home should a close family member be taken seriously ill, and prosthesis coverage, depending on the plan chosen. AGB also offers an IHP core plan design. The plans are available immediately in Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong, and will be rolled out over the coming months in China, Jakarta and Singapore.
All plans cover:
Accident and emergency cover outside the designated geographic area that provides full refund for inpatient emergency hospital treatment for new conditions when using a provider in Aetna's network
Innocent bystander cover for members injured as a result of conflict, civil unrest or terrorism
Congenital anomalies cover which has been extended to include conditions identified in child dependents up to 12 months old
Improved waiting periods for dental and pregnancy cover. Plan sponsors with 10 employees or more can remove waiting periods entirely.
New IHP optional benefits:
Routine or restorative dental, and orthodontic options
Extended emergency evacuation
Wellness and vision options
Traditional Chinese medicine.
Many of the above options can be flexed. For example, while all plans cover complications of pregnancy, employers opting to include routine pregnancy can choose from eight benefit limits and co-pays. Extending its health and wellness theme, AGB's wellness benefit now includes three levels of cover making quality health care more affordable and more accessible.
IHP members also have access to Aetna's wellness resources and services to help them achieve optimum health and productivity, including the online AGB wellness centre, cancer outreach programme, and a health risk assessment tool available in 12 languages and customised to fit cultural differences. This affords employers the ability to proactively manage claims costs and identify health trends affecting their employees' performance. The health risk assessment provides employees with information about their personal health needs and motivates them to make lasting positive changes. The online assessment can also help them understand possible health risks, and provides an action plan and information that encourages healthy behaviour.
International health insurance news: 3 March 2011