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2015 AIARC Calendar

The following are bank holidays in the United States. AIARC’s office is normally closed on these days.

25 May Memorial Day
4 July Independence Day
7 September Labor Day
 Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are enrolled in the IARC Medical Plan, you and your respective dependents are covered for emergency medical evacuation through United Healthcare Global. This benefit excludes participants who are enrolled in bridging and retiree medical insurance.

If you sustain an injury or suffer a sudden and unexpected illness and adequate medical treatment is not available in your current location, United Healthcare Global will arrange and pay for a medically supervised evacuation to the nearest medical facility, as determined by United Healthcare Global to be capable of providing appropriate medical treatment. Your medical condition must be such that, in the professional opinion of the healthcare provider and United Healthcare Global, you require immediate emergency medical treatment, without which there would be a significant risk of death or serious impairment.

If the condition is an emergency, you should go immediately to the nearest physician or hospital without delay and then place a collect call to the 24-hour Emergency Response Center in Baltimore, Maryland at +1-410-453-6330. When you call you will be asked to provide your name, organization’s name, and AIARC Group Policy Number 35321.

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 Medical Plan Claims
To submit medical claims, log in to your Cigna personal webpage at the Cigna website. To create your personal webpage click here for the instructions.
 Prescription Drug Orders

For outpatient prescription drugs received outside the United States and inpatient drugs received anywhere, claims are reimbursed by Cigna and treated the same as any other Plan expense.

For outpatient prescription drugs received in the United States, you must use a pharmacy in Cigna’s network of U.S. pharmacies. You will be required to present your Cigna ID card to the network pharmacists and pay your copay when obtaining drugs. Your Cigna ID card contains the following information to process your order:

  • Rx BIN# 017010, Rx Issuer (80840),
  • and Rx PCN 02160000

    If you do not use your card at the time of purchase, you will not receive the full amount of your reimbursement when you submit your claim.

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     Retirement Plan Statements

    If you are an offshore retirement plan participant, log in to your account on the AllianzGI platform. To access your AllianzGI account, click here for the instructions.

    If you are a U.S. retirement plan participant, log in to your account at Vanguard. To register your Vanguard account click here for the instructions.

     Monthly Pay Stub

    To view your monthly paystub, log in your personal account on the AIARC Web Portal. To create your personal account click here for the instructions.


  • Vanbreda International, the medical and drug provider, will be changing its name to Cigna in February 2015 due to Cigna’s purchase of Vanbreda International.
  • New ID cards will be distributed in April 2015. You can continue to use your old ID card until you receive your new card.
    • Your ID card contains the contact details so you can contact Cigna anytime anywhere 24 hours 7 days a week. Additionally, the card will allow a hospital to set up a direct payment arrangement with Cigna.
    • If you are purchasing drug prescriptions in the United States, the new ID card will contain new RX numbers, which you will need to present to the pharmacist. The new numbers - RxBIN 017010 RxPCN 02160000 Issuer (80840) - are already operational, but you will be able to use the old numbers until you receive your new card.
  • Cigna’s new website address is www.cignahealthbenefits.com.
    • You can now print a copy of your Membership ID card from your personal account on the Cigna website.
    • You can also print an Insurance Certificate from your personal account on the Cigna website. This certificate is often required in order to travel to other countries.
  • Please remember that you can minimize your costs for health care by using providers in Cigna’s network of providers (this network includes the former providers in the Vanbreda International network). Cigna has negotiated discounted fees with these providers, which make your portion of costs lower if you use these providers. You can find the network providers using your personal account on the Cigna website.
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    The AIARC web provides information about the various benefits administered by the Association of International Agricultural Research Centers (AIARC) on behalf of its member Centers for their current (active) and former (retired) employees.

    Benefits offered include medical insurance, emergency medical evacuation, death and disability insurance, business travel accident insurance, and retirement. Please verify your benefits eligibility with the Human Resources Department at your Center.

    AIARC partners with large internationally recognized companies to provide Center employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

    Medical and Evacuation
    • Cigna, based in Antwerp, Belgium, provides services for most medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug claims for the Plan’s participants. Cigna partners with Cigna Healthcare (Cigna) in the United States to provide the Plan’s U.S. Open Access Plan (OAP) network for medical providers and the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) network for dental providers. Cigna also handles claims for outpatient prescription drugs received in the United States.
    • United Healthcare Global, based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, handles AIARC’s emergency medical evacuations.
    Death and Disability
    • Generali Worldwide, based in Guernsey, Channel Islands, underwrites the coverage for life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability benefits.
    • AIG Europe, based in Brussels, Belgium, underwrites the insurance for the employer-sponsored business travel accident insurance benefit.
    • AllianzGI, based in Munich, Germany, provides the retirement platform for non-U.S. taxpayers through the IARC Retirement Plan Trust located in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
    • Vanguard, based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA, provides the IARC U.S. 403(b) Retirement Plan platform for U.S. taxpayers.
    Payroll and Benefits
    • AIARC, based in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, provides payroll and benefit processing services for 23 Centers worldwide.