Allianz Partners, the Paris-based health and life insurance division of Germany’s Allianz Group that was known until last month as Allianz Worldwide Care, has said it has added new security and assistance benefits to a number of its individual, family and group health insurance plans.
Its Travel Security Services and Expatriate/Employee Assistance Programme provide “access to an around-the-clock security assistance hotline, security advice about countries across the world, daily security news updates and travel safety alerts”, Allianz Partners said in a statement.
The Expatriate/Employee Assistance Programme in particular, it added, “gives expats and their families access to a range of services including counselling, legal and financial support, health and well-being advice, available 24/7 in multiple languages”.
Ida Luka-Lognoné (pictured above), an Allianz Partners board member and chief executive of the company’s International Health operations, said the new services were formal recognition by the company that “we are living in an increasingly unpredictable world, from extreme weather incidents to [a] rise in terror attacks”.
She added: “We wanted to make sure that we have services and supports in place to protect and give peace of mind to our expat customers and their families. Our healthcare plans and services will continue to evolve and adapt.”
The new benefits are “just the first in a number of new health service initiatives” that Allianz Partners is bringing to the market, with the others due to be announced in due course, Luka-Lognoné added.
Last year, as reported, Allianz Worldwide Care announced that it had agreed a partnership deal with red24, at that time still a UK-based, London Stock Exchange AIM-listed corporate risk services provider, for red24 to provide its clients with access to its global network of security specialists and support services. Months later, also as reported, red24 was acquired by a private equity-owned American company, iJET, for around £13.1m in cash. IJET is now said to be one of the States’ top providers of risk management packages for multi-national corporations.
An Allianz Partners spokesperson told International Investment that the Allianz arrangement with red24 remains unchanged.
Allianz Partners is a part of the Allianz Group’s Allianz Worldwide Partners operation, which looks after more than 250 million beneficiaries in 34 countries. Formerly based in Dublin, Allianz Partners maintains an operational hub there but is now headquartered and regulated in Paris.