Kidnapped on Christmas: How Americans Abroad Can Prepare this Holiday Season

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HCC Medical Insurance Services offers crisis consultants and 24-hour support for wary holiday travelers with Crisis Response service line.

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Our team is available 24-7 to give parents, students and families peace of mind; knowing that professionals are one phone call away.

In October, the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs expressed serious concern about the threat of violent attacks against U.S. citizens abroad. This report, a result of continued global terrorism threats and various travel crises, left many world travelers wondering how to stay safe this holiday season.

Safe travel begins with exhaustive destination research and utilization of government resources, such as the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. However, Mark Carney, president and CEO of HCC Medical Insurance Services, also urges travelers to secure special protection from express kidnappings, a particularly alarming trend in other countries.

“Many travelers never think about the possibility of being kidnapped for ransom,” Carney said. “Extortion via kidnappings has been perpetuated against travelers, especially in dangerous areas of Central and South America.”

HCC Medical’s crisis response service line covers costs associated with kidnappings and ransom. By enrolling in crisis response coverage, customers are given access to experienced crisis consultants that will aggressively negotiate a safe release.

“Our customers are never alone in times of crisis,” Carney said. “Our team is available 24-7 to give parents, students and families peace of mind; knowing that professionals are one phone call away.”

About Mark Carney

Mark Carney is president and CEO of HCC Medical Insurance Services. He brings more than 25 years of executive operating experience to the travel medical insurance company. Outside of his position at HCCMIS, Carney is a healthcare advisory board member for Blue Chip Venture Company, a member of the research and development committee for Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and a board member for the United States Travel Insurance Association.

About HCC Medical Insurance Services

HCC Medical Insurance Services, LLC (HCCMIS) is a full-service organization offering a comprehensive portfolio of international group health, domestic short term and travel medical insurance products designed to address the insurance needs of travelers worldwide. It is a division of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., a leading international specialty insurance group dedicated to helping businesses and individuals take on opportunities with confidence.

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