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2014 AIARC Calendar

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

25 December Christmas Day
26 December (AIARC office is closed in observance of Christmas 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.

Click here for more information.

 Medical Plan Claims
To submit medical claims, log in to your Vanbreda personal webpage at the Cigna (Vanbreda International) 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# 600428, Rx Issuer (80840),
  • Rx PCN 02160000 and Rx Reference Account # 2498782

    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.



    Due to recent mergers, both of AIARC medical providers will be changing their names. Although the names are changing, the services and respective processes will remain the same.

    • FrontierMEDEX, the emergency medical evacuation provider, has changed its name to United Healthcare Global.
    • Vanbreda International, the medical and drug provider, will be changing its name to Cigna in February 2015 .

    FrontierMEDEX is now United Healthcare Global

    AIARC’s emergency medical evacuation provider, FrontierMEDEX is now a division of United Healthcare Global. United Healthcare Global will provide the same emergency medical evacuation assistance and other services that were provided by FrontierMEDEX. AIARC’s website and informational materials reflect the United Healthcare name. Please log in your personal account at the United Healthcare Global website to print a new copy of your United Healthcare Global ID card. For information on creating your personal United Healthcare Global account, please read the other information tab in the Emergency Medical Evacuation.

    Vanbreda International to change name to Cigna in 2015

    Effective February 2015, Vanbreda International will become Cigna to extend their worldwide healthcare networks and improve their health care services for customers. IARC Medical Plan participants will receive their new Cigna cards in the first quarter of 2015. You can still use the old Vanbreda cards until you receive the new Cigna card because the account information remains the same. There will be no changes to the IARC medical plan benefits. For more information on this transition period to Cigna, your new Cigna membership card and other services, please read frequently asked questions on Vanbreda 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 21 Centers worldwide.