International business travel is so commonplace that it’s easyto overlook potential medical risks. However, high-profilenews coverage of natural disasters, terror attacks anddiseases such as Ebola, although extremely rare, have manycompanies taking a second look at international medicalinsurance.

“These types of events definitely make travelers think aboutthings other than the usual accident and sickness coveragetypically found in travel insurance plans,” says Lynne Peters,insurance product manager for InsureMyTrip in Warwick,Rhode Island. “It has raised awareness, which is a good thingfor the traveler. They should be aware of the different issuesthat could affect their travel plans.”

InsureMyTrip partners with 28 U.S. and two Canadian providers tooffer nearly 400 travel-related products. The U.S. TravelInsurance Association (UStiA) in Rockville, Maryland,reports increased awareness and sales.

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