Related Citing that roughly 15% of race registrants never even make it to the starting line, ACTIVE Network has partnered with Allianz Global Assistance USA to launch ‘Registration Protector’. The new solution aims to give event organizers and participants peace of mind by protecting event registration fees for both parties when participants can’t show up on race day.“Registering for an event in advance may seem more appealing to a participant if they know that a sprained ankle won’t jeopardize their registration fee,” said Eric McCue, General Manager of Sports at ACTIVE Network.“For event organizers, Registration Protector solves an important customer service issue by making refunds available to participants without the need for organizers to manage or pay those refunds. Allianz Global Assistance was an obvious partner for us to help roll out this robust insurance plan to our customers because of their technical sophistication and impeccable reputation.”Registration Protector is a new benefit to all ACTIVE.com customers who sign up for events online. During registration, participants will be provided with the option to purchase Registration Protector. With Registration Protector, a participant who misses an event for a covered reason such as an injury, illness, job loss, transportation delays, military/family/legal obligations, and more can get their registration fees reimbursed.(Conditions, limitations and exclusions apply. For a complete description of the coverage, athletes should carefully review the terms and conditions of the certificate of insurance.)“It appears to be a win-win situation for both event organizers and participants,” said Sally Smith of Big Sur Marathon Events. “The covered reasons are very robust, much more so than other plans we’ve looked at. We also like the fact that the participant deals directly with Allianz Global Assistance.”She added, “An event director won’t have to spend time explaining, arguing or upsetting participants who ask for a refund, nor will they have to deal with the refund process.”Registration Protector will refund 100% of insured registration costs, subject to certain conditions and limitations, including fees and other related costs up to the maximum coverage amount of US$10,000. This also includes Allianz Global Assistance’s 24/7 service and assistance. Allianz Global Assistance manages all customer service and claims activity, without risk or management resources from event organizers.“We’re pleased to be partnering with ACTIVE Network to offer event participants and organizers the tremendous benefits that Registration Protector has to offer,” said Mike Nelson, CEO of Allianz Global Assistance USA.“Every year, we provide great coverage and outstanding 24/7/365 service and assistance to 13 million customers. We’re happy to be able to offer this coverage, service and peace of mind to ACTIVE Network customers and partners.”www.ACTIVEnetwork.comwww. allianztravelinsurance.com
Categories: Editorial, OpinionYou or a loved one might not get coronavirus.But you might get into a car accident.You might need a heart operation or get cancer and need a blood transfusion. You might find yourself in a hospital emergency room one night in need of blood.And it might not be there for you.The coronavirus is undermining our economy. It’s undermining our health system. It’s disrupting our way of life.And in one very important way, it might be depriving some of us of the gift of life.Because of the outbreak and the need to create social distance, places that normally host blood drives — colleges, businesses, YMCAs, VFWs, fraternal organizations and churches — have shut down.And because of illness or because of fears of social interaction, many have stopped donating blood.In just the last couple of weeks, nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country, resulting in 86,000 fewer donations than expected. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it’s safe to donate blood, and it recently echoed the fact that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.And the assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement last week saying it’s safe to donate blood and encouraging healthy individuals to donate — particularly during this time of high need and low supply.There may come a time when you or a loved one needs blood.If you’re healthy, if you’re able, there’s no reason not to donate.Visit https://www.redcross.org/ for more information about area blood drives and to sign up to donate.Please give now.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists In the Eastern New York Region, at least two dozen blood drives have been canceled, resulting in nearly 700 fewer blood donations.That’s created a “severe” blood shortage, which could result in surgeries being canceled or delayed and other individuals not getting the blood they need.The only way to reverse this dangerous trend is for healthy people to step up and volunteer to donate.Giving blood is already safe, and Red Cross crews already take extensive precautions to ensure a sterile donation environment.But in the wake of the virus, the Red Cross has implemented extra precautions to protect donors, including checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they’re healthy, providing hand sanitizer throughout the donation process, practicing safe distancing between blood donors and increasing disinfection of surfaces and equipment.As for the danger to patients receiving blood donations, there is no data or evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion.According to the Red Cross, there have been no reported cases of any respiratory virus being transmitted through blood donations, including coronavirus.