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New Hope for Dogs Diagnosed with Cancer

Posted on: June 26th, 2009 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Boise, Idaho, June 26, 2009 – Good news for dogs and their owners: this month, Pfizer Animal Health Inc. announced that the FDA has for the first time ever approved a cancer drug for canines.

This groundbreaking treatment, known as Palladia, comes in pill form and has shown to be effective in fighting mast cell tumors, the second most common type of tumor found in canines. In a clinical study, Palladia caused mast cell skin tumors to disappear, shrink or stop growing in approximately 60% of the dogs tested.

Cancer treatments can be expensive, but if you have Pets Best Insurance and your dog develops this type of tumor, the treatments, including Palladia, are eligible for coverage. Under Pets Best Basic, First and Premier plans, cancer treatments for your dog and cat are covered per incident up to $2,500, $7,000 and $14,000, respectively, after a one- time deductible.

“Treatments for pet cancer are becoming more the norm and are typically the highest payments we make,” states Dr. Jack Stephens, President of Pets Best Insurance.  “No one expects their pet will get cancer or that they will pay thousands of dollars for a treatment, but they do, especially when they have pet insurance that reimburses them 80% like Pets Best Insurance.”

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About Pets Best

Pets Best Insurance administers an insurance plan that reimburses pet owners for a straightforward 80% of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose their veterinarian. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only policies, ensuring that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. As the creator of the oldest and largest pet insurer in the United States, Jack Stephens DVM is the pioneer of pet health insurance and brings nearly 30 years of experience in helping pet owners afford quality care for their pets. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) and recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT). In some states plans may be underwritten by North Pointe Casualty Insurance Company or North Pointe Insurance Company. This material describes Pets Best insurance plans in general terms. Eligible expenses and coverage may vary, depending on your plan selection. All pet insurance plans have limitations and exclusions. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change.  For more information about Pets Best plans, visit Pets Best Insurance at petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

Pets Best Insurance Announces New Pet Insurance Underwriter

Posted on: December 16th, 2008 by

BOISE, Idaho, December 16, 2008 Pets Best Insurance LLC announced today that effective December 12, 2008, new pet insurance policies will be underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) in Alabama, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota and Texas. The change will strengthen Pets Best’s overall position in the industry and provide a better platform for the continued growth of its mission to protect pets throughout the U.S. Existing policy holders will be automatically notified when policies roll over to AICC-underwritten coverage.

“This will be a seamless transition for our existing customers and will allow us to provide more options for pet owners, including increased coverage and additional deductible levels,” said Jack Stephens DVM, President of Pets Best Insurance. “In these uncertain economic times, we want pet owners to know that they don’t have to deal with pet accidents and illnesses alone. Now more than ever, we want people to know about their options for protection.”

Pets Best plans will remain competitively priced, with reimbursements based on a straightforward 80% of veterinary bills after the deductible. Premium rates with AICC will be based on experience by breed, pet age and the typical veterinary costs within each policy holder’s local area.

Pets Best and AICC will work together to extend outreach to pet owners, communicating the value of budgeting for unexpected accidents and illness through reliable, affordable insurance. Plans will include a choice of higher deductibles for pet owners who want to lower the cost of their premiums. The expanded range of options will give policyholders the ability to design plans around their budget and risk tolerance.

Importantly, Pets Best plans underwritten by AICC have earned the exclusive recommendation of the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT). “The veterinary profession is a trusted source of information and education for pet owners. Increasing awareness and usage of pet insurance will increase the overall health of pets by providing an additional financial resource so that needed care can be affordably delivered,” said Gary R. Holfinger DVM, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the AVMA GHLIT.

“As the new underwriter for Pets Best policies, we look forward to working closely with Pets Best and the AVMA GHLIT to extend the reach of the pet insurance industry to bring trusted, affordable pet health insurance products to pet owners nationwide,” said Gretchen Spann, Aetna’s head of pet insurance.

About Pets Best Insurance

Pets Best Insurance administers an insurance plan that reimburses pet owners for a straightforward 80% of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best plans  do not include  age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose their veterinarian. Any pet can have guaranteed acceptance for accident-only policies so that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. As the creator of the oldest and largest pet insurer in the United States, Jack Stephens DVM is the pioneer of pet health insurance and brings 26 years of experience in helping pet owners afford quality care for their pets. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) and recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT). Visit Pets Best Insurance at petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

About Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut

Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) is  a subsidiary ofAetna, one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies.

About AVMA GHLIT

Since 1957, AVMA GHLIT has been committed to providing insurance coverage that is right for veterinarians at every stage of their lives and careers, from veterinary school and on into retirement. They serve the veterinary profession by providing health, life, disability and related insurance services to more than 33,000 veterinarians and their families nationwide. In addition, the AVMA GHLIT provides medical plans for veterinary staff members in selected states.

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Pet Airways Partners with Pets Best Insurance

Posted on: December 1st, 2008 by

 December 1, 2008 (Delray Beach,Florida) — Pet Airways and Pets Best Insurance announce their strategic partnership to bring pet insurance to the Pet Airways customer base at a discounted rate. Pet Airways is the first scheduled airline specifically designed for comfortable, efficient transportation of pets. Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for 80% of services (after a minimal deductible) from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions.  Pet Best Insurance will offer discounted insurance rates to Pet Airways’ MyPAWS Club Members and engage in their respective affiliate programs. This will benefit the Pet Airways customer by offering a group rate for pet insurance.

MyPaws members will now receive a 10% discount on new Pets Best policies. With this strategic partnership MyPaws members will have another opportunity to save on pet care. Pet Airways and Pets Best will provide links to each other’s web sites to ensure ease in processing new orders and confirmation of the appropriate discounts.

“We are delighted to add Pets Best Insurance to our suite of offerings to our MyPAWS Club members. Having a sick pet can be very traumatic to the owner, not to mention financially draining.” Says Dan Wiesel, the President/CEO of Pet Airways. “Pets Best Insurance will allow pet owners to have peace of mind when it comes to their pet’s well being.” According to the American Animal Hospital Association, approximately 76 million cats and dogs travel with their owners each year. Dogs and cats are found in at least 1 out of every 3 households.  Pet Airways is dedicated to making pet travel a seamless, less stressful and safe way to travel for pets. “My two smaller pets travel extensively with me while promoting pet insurance,” says Dr. Jack Stephens, President of Pets Best Insurance. “Now my larger dogs can travel safely and comfortably on long trips— what a wonderful service!”

About Pet Airways:

Pet Airways is the first pets only airline specifically designed for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets.

Our pets will travel in the main cabin of our specially outfitted aircraft with climate and lighting controlled for comfort and safety and with a trained Pet Attendant always watching over the pets.

Pet Airways will offer nationwide coverage with easily accessible check-in lounges in major metropolitan areas. Pet owners who want to travel with their pets and owners who need to move their pets across the country are faced with limited or dangerous transportation choices. Pet Airways’ goal is to make the pet travel experience more comfortable and enjoyable for both our pawsengers and their human families.  

About Pets Best:

Pets Best Insurance administers an insurance plan that reimburses pet owners for a straightforward 80% of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best plans offer an incredible value in pet health insurance, including no age restrictions or annual limits and allowing the pet owner to choose their veterinarian. Any pet can have guaranteed acceptance for accident-only policies so that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver unsurpassable customer service and value. As the creator of the oldest and largest pet insurer in the United States, Jack Stephens DVM is the pioneer of pet health insurance and brings 26 years of experience in helping pet owners afford quality care for their pets. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) and recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT). Visit Pets Best Insurance at petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

Pets Best Insurance: New Pet Insurance Partnership

Posted on: July 18th, 2008 by

July 18, 2008 — (New Orleans, LA) Today Pets Best Insurance and the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health & Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT) announced an exclusive relationship with an aggressive goal to educate veterinarians and consumers about pet insurance. Pet owners enjoy the financial peace of mind that pet insurance provides and veterinarians are able to maintain their client relationships while performing science-based medicine. To that end, this effort by the AVMA GHLIT will affect positive change for the pet insurance industry.

As part of the new exclusive arrangement, Aetna’s general insurance subsidiary, AICC, will be the new underwriter for the Pets Best Insurance plan.

According to Gary R. Holfinger, DVM and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the AVMA GHLIT, “We know today that the veterinary profession must be a leading component of providing information and education to our clients about pet insurance. Having a consistent utilization of pet insurance in the United States will increase the overall health of pets by providing an additional resource to deliver needed care. Working exclusively with Pets Best Insurance and Aetna, we feel certain to deliver a trusted pet insurance product for pet owners and our members.”

According to Dr. Jack Stephens, President and Founder of Pets Best Insurance, “The leadership shown today to make pet insurance a central component of the veterinarian-client relationship is very gratifying. For over thirty years, we have been building an industry to reduce pet euthanasia and provide peace of mind for pet owners. Third-party insurance also benefits pet owners and the veterinary profession by providing funding for additional quality veterinary care. This partnership will be the milestone that makes pet insurance a priority for the majority of pet owners in the United States. Our long-term strategy will benefit pets, pet owners and the veterinary profession. We are thankful to be a part of an important effort that will help us realize our mission at Pets Best and also have long-term positive benefits for the veterinary profession.”

Pets Best Insurance is currently underwritten by North Pointe Insurance of Michigan. North Pointe Insurance will work to transition current and future policy holders to AICC.

“We are pleased to join with Pets Best Insurance and the AVMA GHLIT to offer access to trusted, affordable insurance for pet owners,” said Aetna’s Dan Fishbein. “More than 60 percent of American households have a beloved pet and spend approximately $10 billion a year in veterinary care. Insurance provides valuable financial protection, and we know that more than half of consumers and our own members surveyed find it appealing for us to offer pet insurance.”

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The American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health & Life Insurance Trust was established by the AVMA in 1957. The trust provides life, disability and medical insurance to AVMA member veterinarians. AVMA GHLIT insurance provides personal lines of insurance coverage to approximately 33,204 participants.

Pets Best Insurance administers an insurance plan that reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance industry with over 30 years of experience. Pets Best includes a choice of three affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. www.aetna.com

Pets Best Insurance in New York

Posted on: March 27th, 2008 by
Dr. Jack Stephens, Founder of U.S. Pet Insurance Talks About Value and Human Health Benefits of Pets

March 26, 2008 ( Boise, ID) – Pets Best Insurance is now available in the state of New York and across the United States . Beginning immediately, Pets Best Insurance is available to New York residents online by visiting www.petsbest.com or by telephone at 1-866-405-3647.

Over twenty-five years ago, veterinarian Jack Stephens, D.V.M., stopped practicing veterinary medicine and founded the pet insurance industry in the United States . Back in 1982 it was the last thing Dr. Stephens thought he would ever do, leave a successful small animal practice to go into insurance. But he did not want to euthanize another pet because the family could not afford care.

Today, pet families are doing much more to care for their pets. In fact, most consider our pets to be a member of the family and deserving of the best possible health care. This translates to spending in excess of 40 billion dollars on our pets with half of that cost focused on providing veterinary care.

According to Dr. Stephens, there are good reasons for the greater spending and important value we place on our pets. He states there are both physiological and psychological benefits to pet companionship.

  • As our families have diversified and geographically separated, more and more of us are relying on our pets for social support.
  • Our pets help us relieve stress and provide a great excuse to exercise, get out and meet our neighbors, and to care for something other than ourselves.
  • Studies have shown that people in nursing homes or those recovering from illnesses (even life-threatening illnesses like cancer) feel better and recover more quickly when they have the benefit of owning or having visits with a pet.
  • In a survey of surgery patients, those with a companion pet reported less post-surgical pain than those without a pet.
  • Heart attack victims with a companion pet had double the survival rate than non-pet owners.

According to Dr. Jack Stephens, “Pets increase our health and wellness and can reduce our own healthcare costs. Personally, I have witnessed pets eliminate depression, and I was aided greatly in my own recovery from life-threatening throat cancer seventeen-years ago by Spanky a small dog that had a very positive effect on me.”

Spanky was instrumental in Dr. Stephens’s attitude and recovery and never left his side during the months of treatment. His chances of recovery were not originally very good, in fact, he was given only 6-12 months to live, but he pulled through and some of the credit belongs to Spanky. As a result of his observations of his recovery and others, he began to research and even funded studies that scientifically validated the beneficial effects of pets on humans.

“A lot of data has been developed over the years about the human health benefits of pets. The evidence is conclusive that we are healthier and have a greater sense of wellness when we have a pet. Of course, with this important bond with our pets realized, we want to provide the best possible care. Pet insurance can provide a financial safety net and important peace of mind that we can afford to provide the best care. Today, euthanasia of healthy pets has decreased tremendously due in part to society realizing the health and wellness benefits of pet ownership. Pet insurance is also helping, but there is still much more work to do. Of the insurable pets, or likely insurable pets in the United States , we are only insuring 2 to 3%. Yet we know that each year approximately 20% of all pet owners will face a serious health issue with their pet that will require costly care,” said Stephens.

The state of New York is the second largest pet population in the United States and over 3,500 veterinarians. From our history founding pet insurance, we know that New York is an extraordinary pet loving community that provides very well for their pets. We look forward to doing our part to support increasing pet health through funding more care with Pets Best Insurance and by providing more support to New York’s pet shelters with our ShelterBest, Racing to Save Pets, shelter support and outreach program, in the great pet state of New York,” said Dr. Stephens.

According to the Pet Manufacturers Association, in the United States , 63% of households have pets and 37% of pet owners consider their pets important family members. Over 70 Million U.S. households own dogs or cats, and 45% of U.S. households own more than one pet. The association estimates that total pet related expenditures in the United States are in excess of 40 billion dollars.

Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions, truly establishing it as “Simply the Best Pet Insurance!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone the integrated call center 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the Best Pet Insurance.