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Insured Nomads: Disrupting the Digital Nomad and Expat Insurance Industry




Insured Nomads is the first insurtech in global benefits that offers a full portfolio of insurance solutions for international travelers, including international health, life and disability, and travel insurance.  The company distinctively utilizes innovative technology that contributes to an easy and efficient customer experience.

Serving clients around the world, with numerous customer service points, Insured Nomads operates a lean and agile enterprise with strategic global partners. The company is the brainchild of Andrew Jernigan, an insurtech pioneer who is seeking to disrupt the insurance industry with innovative and out-of-the-box solutions for insurance.

Jernigan is an innovator who has created a revolutionary product to help people have access to diverse services that enhance their digital nomad life. Andrew shares his reason for coming up with the inventive solutions that can be accessed by means of Insured Nomads.

He says “at heart, I’m a protector. I see myself as a justice-fighter working to right the wrongs. Many times, insurance is too complicated, not easy to follow and often unused or forgotten and that just isn’t right. The industry has not seen tech-enabled solutions presented and that is not fair to the consumer. We can provide better so we will.”

Andrew added that his passion came forth from the desire to create products that are easier to use, with more robust benefits, and features that bring value when someone doesn’t get sick or injured on an insurance policy. It has evolved from the desire to give more to the remote worker and expat.

He stated “We are the first insurtech in this space which gives us the drive to continuously innovate as the workforce changes in the years ahead. Cyber risk, professional liability and other riders will be crucial as the world of work changes.”

Insured Nomads have seized an opportunity that is evident as a result of an increase in the world of remote work.  A comprehensive product like that offered by the company can have tremendous influence on the future of insurance, especially global products like travel and medical insurance.

Currently, insurance, whether travel, medical or global health insurance for remote workers, digital nomads, traveler and even expatriates are mundane and uninspiring.  Many offer medical-only protection with less than stellar service.

Insured Nomads seeks to disrupt the convention. They believe it’s time to do more. They aim to offer relevant and reliable customer service, convenient services and cybersecurity benefits.

“We have personal safety and security operatives who are ready to respond. Our product includes robust medical delivery through a tech-enabled global payment system. We consider it a fully implemented safety system for global digital life.”

As the digital nomad culture continues to evolve, we know that challenges will continue to arise. Insured Nomads, aims to address these head-on with viable solutions. Millions of people have taken to the skies to find a new way of working. Traveling to new locations and laying down routes all over the world. Because of this, they will be more susceptible to cybercrime.

“We believe that an all-out collaborative effort must be made to educate and equip the workforce to use malware protection, run regular antivirus scans and utilize a VPN. Changing the mindset so that the behavior changes is crucial. As our company continues to grow at Insured Nomads, one of our key solutions to make difference and help to protect our consumer is through the provision of a full suite of cybersecurity benefits with our long-term policies.”

Insured Nomads with its top insurtech leader at the wheel, plans to continue to offer ingenious and unconventional solutions that will benefit its global client base for years to come.

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Turning Tragedy into Triumph Through Walking With Anthony




On the morning of February 6, 2010, Anthony Purcell took a moment to admire the churning surf before plunging into the waves off Miami Beach. Though he had made the dive numerous times before, that morning was destined to be different when he crashed into a hidden sandbar, sustaining bruises to his C5 and C6 vertebrae and breaking his neck.

“I was completely submerged and unable to rise to the surface,” Purcell recalls. “Fortunately, my cousin Bernie saw what was happening and came to my rescue. He saved my life, but things would never be the same after that dive.”

Like thousands of others who are confronted with a spinal cord injury (SCI), Purcell plunged headlong into long months of hopelessness and despair. Eventually, however, he learned to turn personal tragedy into triumph as he reached out to fellow SCI victims by launching Walking With Anthony.

Living with SCI: the first dark days

Initial rehabilitation for those with SCIs takes an average of three to six months, during which time they must relearn hundreds of fundamental skills and adjust to what feels like an entirely new body. Unfortunately, after 21 days, Purcell’s insurance stopped paying for this essential treatment, even though he had made only minimal improvement in such a short time.

“Insurance companies cover rehab costs for people with back injuries, but not for people with spinal cord injuries,” explains Purcell. “We were practically thrown to the curb. At that time, I was so immobile that I couldn’t even raise my arms to feed myself.”

Instead of giving up, Purcell’s mother chose to battle his SCI with long-term rehab. She enrolled Purcell in Project Walk, a rehabilitation facility located in Carlsbad, California, but one that came with an annual cost of over $100,000.

“My parents paid for rehabilitation treatment for over three years,” says Purcell. “Throughout that time, they taught me the importance of patience, compassion, and unconditional love.”

Yet despite his family’s support, Purcell still struggled. “Those were dark days when I couldn’t bring myself to accept the bleak prognosis ahead of me,” he says. “I faced life in a wheelchair and the never-ending struggle for healthcare access, coverage, and advocacy. I hit my share of low points, and there were times when I seriously contemplated giving up on life altogether.”

Purcell finds a new purpose in helping others with SCIs

After long months of depression and self-doubt, Purcell’s mother determined it was time for her son to find purpose beyond rehabilitation.

“My mom suggested I start Walking With Anthony to show people with spinal cord injuries that they were not alone,” Purcell remarks. “When I began to focus on other people besides myself, I realized that people all around the world with spinal cord injuries were suffering because of restrictions on coverage and healthcare access. The question that plagued me most was, ‘What about the people with spinal cord injuries who cannot afford the cost of rehabilitation?’ I had no idea how they were managing.”

Purcell and his mother knew they wanted to make a difference for other people with SCIs, starting with the creation of grants to help cover essentials like assistive technology and emergency finances. To date, they have helped over 100 SCI patients get back on their feet after suffering a similar life-altering accident.

Purcell demonstrates the power and necessity of rehab for people with SCIs

After targeted rehab, Purcell’s physical and mental health improved drastically. Today, he is able to care for himself, drive his own car, and has even returned to work.

“Thanks to my family’s financial and emotional support, I am making amazing physical improvement,” Purcell comments. “I mustered the strength to rebuild my life and even found the nerve to message Karen, a high school classmate I’d always had a thing for. We reconnected, our friendship evolved into love, and we tied the knot in 2017.”

After all that, Purcell found the drive to push toward one further personal triumph. He married but did not believe a family was in his future. Regardless of his remarkable progress, physicians told him biological children were not an option.

Despite being paralyzed from the chest down, Purcell continued to look for hope. Finally, Dr. Jesse Mills of UCLA Health’s Male Reproductive Medicine department assured Purcell and his wife that the right medical care and in vitro fertilization could make their dream of becoming parents a reality.

“Payton joined our family in the spring of 2023,” Purcell reports. “For so long, I believed my spinal cord injury had taken everything I cared about, but now I am grateful every day. I work to help other people with spinal cord injuries find the same joy and hope. We provide them with access to specialists, funding to pay for innovative treatments, and the desire to move forward with a focus on the future.”

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