While pet cancer often went untreated years ago, the disease is no longer a death sentence for animals.
Boise, ID (PRWEB) November 29, 2012
Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S.pet insurance agency, announced today the company has launched a new low-cost plan designed to help pet owners afford life-saving, though often expensive, cancer treatments for their four-legged family members.
While Pets Best Insurance has offered comprehensive coverage since 2005 for pet accidents and illnesses, including cancer, the company developed its new Cancer Only plan to provide customers with budget-friendly coverage options for what is widely considered the most expensive medical condition among pets. With prices starting as low as $3 per month, the Cancer Only plan offers coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of malignant cancers, including chemotherapy, MRIs, examinations, blood work, surgeries, medications and other cancer-related expenses.
“As a growing number of pet parents seek to extend and improve their pets’ lives through increasingly effective cancer treatments, Pets Best Insurance recognized the need for an affordable plan designed to limit the high out-of-pocket costs typically associated with treating the disease,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, the founder and president of Pets Best Insurance. “Without the right insurance coverage, veterinary bills for the treatment of lymphoma, leukemia, malignant mast cell tumors and other common forms of cancer can wreak havoc on a family’s finances.”
Cancer is responsible for nearly half of deaths among pets older than 10, with dogs experiencing the disease at about the same rate as humans, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Fortunately, cancer treatment for dogs and cats has advanced rapidly in recent years, with veterinary oncologists now performing less invasive procedures that result in fewer side effects and improved outcomes.
“Our Cancer Only plan is especially valuable for people who have older pets or breeds that are more susceptible to cancer,” said Dr. Stephens. “While pet cancer often went untreated years ago, the disease is no longer a death sentence for animals. Veterinary oncology is an expanding field, and Pets Best is proud to play a role in making advanced cancer treatments more affordable for pet owners across the nation.”
The Cancer Only plan provides up to $8,000 in annual coverage and as much as $30,000 in lifetime coverage. The plan is offered at reimbursement levels of 70 percent, 80 percent, 90 percent or 100 percent after the selected deductible amount.
As of November 27, the Cancer Only plan is available in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The Cancer Only plan will be available in other states in the near future.
About Pets Best Insurance
With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the health and well-being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance President Dr. Jack Stephens founded pet insurance in theUnited Statesin 1981. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens presented the first pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet health care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team is comprised of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value.
Pet insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit http://www.ihcgroup.com. In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut will underwrite policies. Each insurer has sole responsibility for its own products. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit http://www.petsbest.com/underwriter or call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.
 American Veterinary Medical Association, “Cancer In Animals” brochure, March 2010 https://ebusiness.avma.org/EBusiness50/files/productdownloads/cancer_brochure.pdf