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Morneau Shepell and LewerMark announce partnership to support international students

International Student Support Program extended to nearly 20,000 international students across the United States

TORONTO, March 28, 2018 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell, a leading organization in international student support, and LewerMark Student Insurance, an innovative health insurance company, announced a partnership to extend support to more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities. Beginning in the fall 2018 academic year, Morneau Shepell's International Student Support Program will be included as an important feature of LewerMark's insurance offering for international students.

"We know international students are more likely to experience stigma associated with mental health and, as a result, are less likely to reach out for support," said Matthew McEvoy, Senior Director, Morneau Shepell. "With a significant number of students choosing to study outside of their home country, this offering is increasingly important for schools to extend to their students. By encouraging international students to seek support in times of need, together we can decrease the stigma and enhance the overall student experience."  

The International Student Support Program provides students with 24/7 access to support that will enhance international student success. The platform, which integrates with existing campus resources, connects students to professionals and counsellors who speak their native languages and understand the unique cultural challenges faced by students living abroad. Immediate support is available in six core languages, and ongoing support is provided in more than 60 languages via app, chat, web, telephone and video.

"It was a natural fit for us to partner with Morneau Shepell to meet the needs of international and study abroad students," said Mike Lewer, President and CEO of LewerMark. "Our focus to protect international students with meaningful insurance coverage and high-quality service, combined with Morneau Shepell's focus on preventative support to foster student wellbeing, makes this a perfect fit. We are pleased to provide this robust offering to our student population and continue to improve the lives of students studying at our partner institutions."

Campus administrators who are interested in learning more about the International Student Support Program and other features of LewerMark's international student insurance plan can contact: Jeff Foot, Ed.D, Executive Director of LewerMark, 800.821.7715, ext. 112 or via email at jfoot@lewer.com.

About LewerMark
LewerMark is a division of The Lewer Agency, a national Managing General Agent, Managing General Underwriter, and Third-Party Administrator dedicated to providing custom-designed health insurance solutions for international and study abroad students as well as employee benefits plan solutions to business owners of all sizes. Family owned and operated on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, Lewer has more than 60 years' experience designing health insurance, retirement and estate planning, as well as comprehensive group benefits solutions tailored for the specific needs of each individual customer. For more information, please visit www.lewermark.com.

About Morneau Shepell
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrated approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. As a leader in strategic HR consulting and innovative pension design, the Company helps clients solve complex workforce problems and provides integrated productivity, health and retirement solutions.  Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations. With more than 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.

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For further information: Heather MacDonald, Morneau Shepell, 416.390.2625, hmacdonald@morneaushepell.com; Eric Edwards, LewerMark, 800.821.7751, ext. 114, eedwards@lewer.com