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EPIC Adds Sheryl Marshall in Napa, California

NAPA, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Sheryl Marshall has joined the firm as Principal within the firm's Moving & Storage Practice.

Marshall will be based in Napa, California and report to John Sames, Senior Vice President. In her new position, Marshall is responsible for new business development and the design, placement and management of property and casualty insurance programs, providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients.

Marshall joins EPIC from Paul Hanson Partners, where she spent the last 19 years of her career. While with Paul Hanson Partners, Marshall served as a Senior Vice President, providing strategic risk solutions to her clients within the Moving & Storage Industry, primarily on the West Coast.

"We are thrilled to continue the growth of our Risk Management operations in Napa," said EPIC's John Sames. "Sheryl is a well-respected, highly strategic, and consultative risk management professional who will deliver great value to our clients and to other EPIC team members. I could not be more excited to have Sheryl join our Moving & Storage team, headed by Lou Hefter."

Sheryl Marshall can be reached at sheryl.marshall@epicbrokers.com or (707) 666-1477.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Holdings, Inc. is the corporate parent overseeing investments across the entire EPIC platform. The firm's core retail insurance brokerage business, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country. For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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EPIC Adds Scott Weiss as Principal – Addition Further Strengthens EPIC’s Risk Management Operations in California

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Scott Weiss has joined the firm as a Principal in their Risk Management Practice.

Weiss will be based in Concord, California and report to Curt Perata, Regional President. In his new position, Weiss is responsible for new business development and the design, placement and management of property and casualty insurance programs, providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients.

Weiss brings over 27 years of experience to his role with EPIC. He has a strong background in leading regional teams in the design and implementation of complex risk management programs in real estate, food systems, manufacturing, wholesale and consumer products. In addition to his work in these industries, he has focused on mergers & acquisitions due diligence.

Weiss comes to EPIC from USI Insurance Services and previously held positions with Marsh, Aon, Willis and AJ Gallagher.

"We are excited to continue the growth of our Risk Management operations in California," said Curt Perata, Regional President. "Scott's broad industry knowledge and risk management experience will add to our already strong Risk Management Practice. I could not be more excited to have Scott join the team."

Scott Weiss can be reached at scott.weiss@epicbrokers.com or (925) 989-6632.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Holdings, Inc. is the corporate parent overseeing investments across the entire EPIC platform. The firm's core retail insurance brokerage business, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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Kelly Geary of EPIC Named National Executive Risk and Cyber Practice Leader

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Kelly Geary has been named National Executive Risk & Cyber Practice Leader. Geary and her team bring deep knowledge and expertise in Cyber and Executive Risk to EPIC and their clients with an average of over 25 years of experience.

Geary has spent the past 20 years focused on Cyber and Executive Risk solutions for organizations. In her role as practice leader, she will lead and direct all cyber and executive risk initiatives across the organization. Geary will also focus on privacy related legal and regulatory changes impacting the organization. She will also provide support in risk management counseling and claims advocacy as part of the Lemme Group, a division of EPIC. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on cyber and executive risk exposures and liability. Geary understands the importance of building a strong collaborative team to deliver the best for our clients.

Scott Davis, President of EPIC's National Specialty Practice, said, "We are fortunate to have someone of Kelly's knowledge and expertise leading our Executive & Cyber Risk Practice. She is the right person to help continue to build the team of professionals focused on protecting our clients in the ever growing cyber and executive risk space."

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $730 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country. For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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Susan Tewhill of EPIC named Practice Leader of Edgewood Healthcare Advisors, a division of EPIC

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Susan Tewhill will be leading the Edgewood Healthcare Advisors practice. Susan and her team bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the healthcare industry with an average of over 25 years of experience.

Tewhill alone brings over 30 years of experience to her role as practice leader and has a vast array of experience in working with complex healthcare risk management challenges and providing solutions to the clients she serves. She draws on her background in healthcare to develop optimum risk transfer and alternative risk financing programs to her clients.

She understands the importance of building a strong collaborative team to deliver the best for clients and with this expertise and focus she will be able to take Edgewood Healthcare Advisors, a division of EPIC to the next level.

Scott Davis, President of EPIC's National Specialty Practice., said, "I am thrilled to have Susan in this leadership role to drive the success of Edgewood Healthcare Advisors, a division of EPIC forward, and deliver the right solutions to our clients in the healthcare industry."

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $730 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants and Prime Risk Partners Have Joined Forces

ATLANTA, Ga. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants and Prime Risk Partners Inc., announced today that they have officially joined forces to continue to build on their national footprint and offer greater specialty support and services to their clients and collaboration among EPIC's colleagues. The transaction previously announced on October 15th has closed.

Prime Risk Partners brings experienced insurance professionals dedicated to providing tailored solutions to help their clients manage a wide range of risks in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world. Prime Risk Partners employs a highly consultative approach to commercial insurance, personal insurance, risk management and employee benefits consulting services. This approach aligns well with EPIC's core beliefs in and strong reputation for service excellence, innovation, community, collaboration and having fun - all in the interest of being a "people first" organization.

"We are pleased the transaction closed exactly as anticipated," said Adam Meyerowitz, Prime Risk Partners' President and Co-Founder. "We are thrilled to begin our EPIC journey with our new partners."

Added EPIC President, Steve Denton, "The cultural fit between Prime Risk Partners and EPIC has been apparent in every interaction we have had with all of their teammates. We are already collaborating to bring the combined expertise and breadth of service offerings to our collective clients."

Prime Risk Partners will initially operate as Prime Risk Partners - an EPIC Company. Prime Risk Partners' operating leadership and insurance professionals will continue to provide service from their existing locations.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Holdings, Inc. is the corporate parent overseeing investments across the entire EPIC platform. The firm's core retail insurance brokerage business, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country. For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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Local Catholic Company Reaches Billion-Dollar Milestone

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Catholic United Financial, the oldest fraternal benefit society domiciled in Minnesota and one of the longest continually operating businesses in the state, has announced that for the first time in the company's 141-year history, its total assets have exceeded one billion dollars.

The Association's ascension to a billion-dollar business is attributed by President Harald Borrmann to Catholic United Financial's unwavering commitments to its members' financial security, its ethical and conservative investment strategy, and its own historical goal to be there for every subsequent generation of Catholic family in the Upper Midwest.

"We have members today whose families were among our founders in 1878, and members who discovered us a month ago at a volunteer event," Borrmann said. "Our commitment to the financial security of those families, and to their communities, is the same - that we will be here in another 140 years to meet our obligations to them."

Catholic United has gone by several names since its founding in 1878, but it has always existed for the purpose of providing financial stability to Catholic families. When the pioneers of Minnesota began to settle into communities, they learned quickly how the death of a breadwinner could condemn a family to poverty and despair. Associations began to pop up among the German Roman Catholic parishes, requiring a small premium during the good years to ensure a family was taken care of should the worst occur. It was the merging of ten of these small community funds on January 8, 1878, which formed the original Die Gegenseitige Lebensversicherungs - Gesellschaft der Deutshen Roemisch-Katholischen Unterstuetzungsvereine des Staates Minnesota.* Charter members numbered 485, and it owned $635.73 in assets.

Despite the mass of its accrued assets, the Association is essentially a financial not-for-profit cooperative. After operating expenses are paid and reserves set aside, remaining funds are reinvested or returned to membership through dividends, charitable contributions and fraternal benefits. The Home Office directed more than $2 million to fraternal causes in 2018 alone, through its network of local outreach groups.

It took Catholic United Financial 126 years to build $500 million in assets, a milestone passed in 2004. Doubling that sum took only 15 years, despite the still-lingering effects of the Great Recession which drove down interest rates through most of those years. Today, both assets and surplus are at all-time highs.

"We've had tremendous success because of our company's incredible focus," Borrmann said. "Our sales reps are members of these communities, our staff know who we serve and are mostly members themselves, and our Board of Directors is involved and determined. All our business decisions come down to the simple question: 'Is it good for the member?' That guides our every decision."

About Catholic United Financial:

Catholic United Financial is a member-owned fraternal benefit association, offering life insurance, Medicare Supplement health insurance, annuities and retirement products to Catholics and their families. A complement of approximately 100 employees comprised of local community sales representatives and home office employees headquartered in Arden Hills, Minn., provide service to its membership.

In addition to the $1 billion in assets under its command, Catholic United currently has more than $2.1 billion life insurance in force and more than 76,000 members in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Iowa. It also provides charitable giving services and disaster relief through its Catholic United Financial Foundation, and banking and loan services through its Catholic United Financial Credit Union and its branches in St. Paul and St. Cloud.

Learn more at: https://www.catholicunitedfinancial.org/

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Harald Borrmann, President, hborrmann@catholicunited.org, 800-568-6670

Michael Ahles, Senior Vice President, mahles@catholicunited.org

Deborah Gephart, Assistant Senior Vice President, dgephart@catholicunited.org

Joe Annotti, President and CEO, American Fraternal Alliance, jannotti@fraternalalliance.org

*Translated: The Mutual Life Insurance Company of the German Roman Catholic Benevolent Societies of the State of Minnesota. Later, Catholic Aid Association and in 2011, Catholic United Financial.

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Betsey Brewer of EPIC honored with Ramsden/Sullivan Memorial Award from the Independent Insurance Brokers and Agents of California

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Betsey L. Brewer, CPCU was honored recently with the distinguished Ramsden/Sullivan Memorial Award. This award was bestowed upon Brewer for her long history of service and support in the insurance industry and the community.

Brewer is a principal with EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants Pasadena, California office. She has made significant impact in the industry during her career including serving in various capacities on a number of associations. She is a founding board member of the Board of University of Southern California (USC) Risk Management Advisory Council. Brewer is an advocate and promoter of insurance and risk management education.

Brewer is a past president of the National CPCU Society. In addition to her service in the insurance community, she is active with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. She has been honored by her peers with the Rie Sharp Insurance Person of the Year (1998) and with the CPCU Society Leadership Recognition Award (1999).

The Ramsden/Sullivan award is the most prestigious award given annually by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California. This honor is only given to one person each year who has exemplified the highest caliber of service to the Independent Agency System, the insurance industry and the community. In her over 30 years of service and active participation in the industry Brewer embodies all of the traits to achieve this high honor.

Scott Davis, President of EPIC's National Specialty Practice., said, "We are fortunate to have someone of Betsey's caliber as a member or our organization and community. She has and will continue to make her mark and elevate us all. Congratulations on receiving this honor."

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $730 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country. For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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Papa and Aetna Announce Collaboration in Florida for Medicare Advantage Members

MIAMI, Fla. -- Papa Inc., a leading provider for seniors and Medicare Advantage Members announced today its collaboration with Aetna, a CVS Health company. Papa connects local college students, known as "Papa Pals," to older adults who need help with companionship, house chores and technology lessons. Certain Medicare Advantage members who live in Florida and have one or more chronic conditions will be eligible to receive assistance with Papa Pals starting January 1, 2020.

"Loneliness and social isolation have many negative effects on older adults, including issues associated with the lack of transportation," said Founder and CEO Andrew Parker. "We are excited to work with Aetna in areas of Florida to help more seniors with companionship. We are happy to continue our journey combatting the loneliness epidemic with Aetna."

A recent AARP study found that there is a 26 percent increased risk of early death due to feelings of loneliness and social isolation. As health declines, it is more common for seniors to experience increased symptoms. AARP also found that 46 percent of women ages 75 or older live alone (*see note 1). Another study by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that loneliness is more dangerous than obesity and is as hurtful to the body as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (*see note 2).

Companies like Papa and Aetna make a difference in helping aging seniors by providing necessary options for them to stay a part of a community and alleviate social isolation and loneliness.

"Social isolation is a crisis, especially among seniors," noted Dr. Robert Mirsky, Chief Medical Officer for Aetna Medicare. "We want to make sure they remain connected to their communities and have a sense of purpose and belonging in their lives, and a sense they are continuing to contribute to society. Papa Pals are a great way to help seniors do this."

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*NOTE 1: https://connect2affect.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/AARP-740C-Loneliness-Report-v3-with-LOGO-TAG.pdf
*NOTE 2: https://www.hrsa.gov/enews/past-issues/2019/january-17/loneliness-epidemic

About Papa

Papa is a Miami startup that has Grandkids On-Demand who provide assistance and companionship to senior citizens throughout Florida, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, and Kansas. Papa launched their service in January of 2018.

For more information, visit https://www.joinpapa.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/join_papa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joinpapa/

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health company, serves an estimated 38 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, visit https://www.aetna.com/ and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews

Aetna Medicare is a HMO, PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Our SNPs also have contracts with State Medicaid programs. Enrollment in our plans depends on contract renewal. See Evidence of Coverage for a complete description of plan benefits, exclusions, limitations and conditions of coverage. Plan features and availability may vary by service area.

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EPIC Launches Cannabis Site Pollution Liability (CSPL) Insurance Program

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Greyling Insurance Brokerage & Risk Consulting (Greyling), a division of EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants (EPIC), today announced the first nationwide Site Pollution Liability Insurance Program for the emerging cannabis industry.

Available in states where cannabis is legal for recreational and medical use, the new EPIC program is designed to provide coverage for a material gap in Commercial General Liability and Umbrella/Excess Liability policies for the cannabis industry, as these policies exclude losses resulting from pollution/pollutants on, at, under, or emanating from an insured location.

The EPIC/Greyling Cannabis Site Pollution Liability (CSPL) insurance program protects growers, processors and retail dispensaries from claims alleging third party bodily injury and property damage liability claims as well as corrective action costs (investigation/cleanup costs) at or from an insured site. The program is competitively priced, with minimum premiums for annual policies as low as $4,000.

Cannabis growers are exposed to pollution liability claims resulting from fertilizers and other chemicals used in the growing process (indoors or outdoors). Cannabis processors commonly use chemicals like ethanol to produce oils and concentrates and to extract CBD from the product and face exposure from these operations, as well.

Retail dispensaries face pollution exposure from building heating/cooling systems, building maintenance and other operations, and are increasingly required to provide evidence of pollution liability coverage to landlords. The EPIC/Greyling CSPL program is designed to provide valuable protection to all of these operations.

Key features of the program include:
* Automatic Additional Insured where required by written contract (e.g. lease of premises)
* Automatic Waiver of Subrogation
* Corrective Action Costs include those recommended by an Environmental Professional
* Coverage included for civil fines, penalties or assessments arising out of a Pollution Condition where allowable by law
* Natural Resource Damages included in definition of Property Damage
* Mitigation (emergency) Expense coverage for costs incurred within 7 days of a Pollution Incident
* Terrorism coverage automatically included
* Defense Expenses for third party bodily injury/ property damage liability claims and for corrective action costs
* Illicit abandonment included in definition of Pollution Incident
* Manuscript Cannabis endorsement with broad definition of cannabis products
* Low deductibles (starting at $5,000 each pollution incident)
* Fast quote turnaround
* Simple binding/policy issuance process
* Open to retail and wholesale agents and brokers.

For more information or to obtain a quote from the EPIC/Greyling Cannabis Site Pollution Liability program, please email cspl@epicbrokers.com or contact Alan Bressler, SVP and Environmental Practice Leader at alan.bressler@greyling.com or 770.552.4225

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $730 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

Learn more at: https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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Holiday Travel Deals 2019-2020: Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday - November is full of travel deals for those looking to save money on their next vacation, according to TravelInsurance.com. Just don't forget to purchase travel insurance to protect your investment, even if your travel dates are just around the corner.

Travel insurance can protect a traveler's wallet from the seemingly exhaustive number of issues that can pop up while traveling over the holidays. Whether a winter storm causes flight cancellations, delayed and lost baggage leaves you high and dry, or an unexpected illness suddenly hits just before you depart, the only thing you can expect is the unexpected. Travel insurance can provide peace of mind that, in many of the worst travel scenarios, travel costs can be covered.

Travel insurance also makes a great holiday gift for avid travelers.

"November is one of the best times of year to hunt down great travel deals, with travel companies providing no shortage of discounts," said Stan Sandberg, co-founder of TravelInsurance.com. "However, discounted travel often requires date flexibility and you have to act fast to secure those deals, a combination that can come back to haunt you. With the right travel insurance, you can ensure that if an unforeseen issue does arise, you won't lose the trip investment, however discounted it might be."

To take advantage of all travel insurance has to offer, including coverage for pre-existing conditions or an optional Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) upgrade, it's important travelers purchase their travel insurance plan within 7-21 days of their first payment. When shopping for travel insurance, comparison sites like TravelInsurance.com offer travelers the ability to choose from a wide array of providers and plans with differing levels of benefits and pricing, resulting in the purchase of a plan that best meets a traveler's needs and budget.

Most comprehensive plans include the following:
* Trip Cancellation, which covers non-refundable pre-payments for holiday travel arrangements that may be cancelled due to covered reasons such as unexpected extreme weather, health issues of those traveling or even work-related issues that arise.
* Trip Interruption, which covers certain events that take place once travel has already begun and causes a traveler to cut the trip short.
* Baggage Insurance, which provides reimbursement for clothing, personal property, and other items in lost, damaged or stolen luggage - even the luggage itself.
* Medical Travel Insurance, which limits the financial burden of emergency medical coverage for those who fall ill or are injured while traveling. Such coverage is particularly significant for international travelers, as most domestic health insurance plans don't cover medical bills from foreign countries.
* Medical Evacuation Insurance, which will cover the transportation cost of an emergency medical evacuation when adequate care is unavailable at your destination. For those who plan to spend the holidays at a remote destination, emergency evacuation coverage can be critically important.

While travel insurance is a smart move for anyone purchasing travel, it can also be a thoughtful gift this holiday season.

"Many people don't realize that they can purchase travel insurance for someone else as a gift. As long as you know their trip details and some basic information such as their dates of birth, you can surprise your loved ones with the gift of peace of mind with a travel insurance plan this holiday."

For more information, please visit https://www.travelinsurance.com/.

About TravelInsurance.com:

TravelInsurance.com helps simplify the complicated world of travel insurance by providing consumers with the easiest way to compare and buy trip insurance coverage online. A member company of the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, owned and operated by DigiVentures Holdings, LLC, a licensed agency that works with some of the largest travel insurers in the industry. Purchases can be made directly through the website, with policies sent via email within minutes.

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