CAA Travel Insurance launches two new insurance riders

Insurance Business America | July 18, 2019

CAA Travel Insurance is introducing two new travel insurance riders to give travellers more choice and protection while they are on vacation.The new riders include a Seven-Day Pre-Existing Condition Rider and an Adventurous Air Activities Rider – both of which are not usually available in standard travel insurance policies. CAA Travel Insurance is underwritten by Orion Travel Insurance – a CAA company.

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