Travel health insurance experts have advice for the busy March Break travel period

Industry association wants all travellers to have carefree vacations

TORONTO, March 3, 2015 /CNW/ - As Canadians pack their bags and prepare to escape this brutal winter over March Break, the Travel Health Insurance Association (THiA), wants travellers to be sure they're covered in the event of unexpected health emergencies.  

Alex Bittner, President of THiA, is available to talk on how Canadians can travel with confidence this year. He can speak to:

  • The golden rules of travel insurance
        1. Know your trip
        2. Know your health
        3. Know your travel insurance policy
  • Why travel insurance contributes to a carefree holiday
  • Explaining what provincial health plans cover outside of one's province

THiA is pleased to support the recent announcement by The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR) to make the examination of travel insurance one of its key priorities in 2015. THiA is pleased that consumers and all segments of the industry will be brought into the conversation about travel insurance to solve issues which have long been in the forefront of THiA's mission to resolve.  

"We are very supportive of the initiative. Our Association has been working tirelessly on behalf of the industry and consumers to ensure that the travelling Canadian is protected," said THiA President Alex Bittner. "We need to work harder to ensure that more Canadians are travelling smart. Travelling without appropriate coverage can cause a lot of stress given that the cost of a broken limb in the United States can be up to $25,000."

The THiA website has a guide available to help Canadians understand their travel insurance needs before they investigate policies.

About the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THiA)
Founded in 1998, the Travel Health Insurance Association(THiA) is the national organization representing travel insurers, brokers, underwriters, re-insurers, emergency assistance companies, air ambulance companies and allied services in the travel insurance field. THiA is the leading voice of the travel insurance industry in Canada and is engaged in public education and issues relating to regulatory affairs and member communications.

SOURCE Travel Health Insurance Association (THiA)

For further information: To schedule an interview, to get survey stats, or to learn more about THiA's mission please contact: Pascale Gordon,, 416-342-1814; Adrienne Simic,, 416-342-1800

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