Insurance is All About the UCR, You See!

Every insurance policy�be it travel medical insurance, sports insurance, car insurance, or visitor health insurance�has a clause on UC&R fees, which stands for usual, customary, and reasonable fees. The policy usually covers charges that fall under established UCR limits. What are these fees? These fees are set by insurance companies. In the context of travel medical insurance, for example, usual fee refers to the fees charged by a doctor for the specific treatment. The customary fee, as the name implies, is the fee determined by the international health insurance plan administrator, and fixes the maximum allowable benefit for that treatment. […]

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Choosing the Right Insurance Company: Some Pointers

With so many insurance companies offering visitor medical insurance to the United States, and all of them at attractive prices, which one should you choose? What are some of the criteria to look for when choosing a policy? One of the things you want to check is whether the policy offers cashless settlement in the United States. That is, if the visitor falls ill and visits a hospital, will the insurance card be sufficient, except for excluded costs? With so many American companies offering visitor health insurance and medical insurance, it makes sense to go for a company that does […]

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Lessons from Samoa: No Travel Without Insurance

It’s something that wrenches the heart the news of a tsunami hitting the coast of Samoa and American Samoa, taking with it the lives of 176 people, and counting. Once again, a leading beach destination has been pounded and torn to shards. For those who suffered injuries, one hopes their international travel medical insurance will cover the costs of their treatment. As in the tsunami of 2004, tourists may also suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Some international travel insurance policies cover PTSD,if you’re traveling to a beach destination in the Pacific, check out such coverage. Samoa‘s economy depends so […]

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When These Are Insured, Shouldn’t Your Trip Be Too?

The concept of insurance was initially applied to goods traversing long distances, so ships and their goods were the first to be insured. However, the concept soon caught on to include anything that was deemed valuable. Your health obviously is an example, which is why it makes sense to take out visitor medical insurance. If you look at any event that can cause a loss, there’s probably an insurance policy to cover it. Consider these weird policies if these can merit insurance, you must sign up for visitor health insurance! A London-based insurance brokerage firm has several people looking to […]

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Student Health Insurance Need Not Recede with Economy

The current economic scenario is making everyone think twice about every dollar they spend. Students, especially, have a tougher time taking bold decisions. For one, the job scenario is so fluid that an offer letter is no guarantee anymore. In the melee, it’s important that their student health insurance is not lost. Graduates who have no job or dependable insurance need not add to the nearly 15% of the population who are uninsured. There are affordable basic short-term health insurance plans that can help tide the graduate over until he/she can get full coverage. First, check with your current insurance […]

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Fulbright Insurance is Not Full Insurance

Congratulations! You’ve arrived in the United States on a scholarship say, a Fulbright scholarship. What’s more, the program also provides international health insurance, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Not quite. As is often the case, the insurance that comes with an academic grant is usually very basic, and does not cover healthcare for routine physical exams, dental, vision, or any treatment for a previously existing condition. In other words, it’s only for unexpected illnesses. Since you’re planning to live in the United States for a year or so on the J-1 visa, consider purchasing additional J1 visa […]

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My Parents Are in Excellent Health – Do They Need Medical Insurance?

Often, children of parents who visit the United States are thinking: My parents have no medical problems. Why do they even need international medical insurance? It’s precisely the parents who don’t have previously existing conditions who will benefit most from visitor medical insurance in case they fall ill. When preparing for a U.S. visit by your parents, they can either purchase insurance in the home country, or in the United States. From experience, you know that insurance purchased in the home country is, at best, mental insurance. If your parents do fall ill, forget cashless billing, even reimbursing expenses can […]

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Managing health care – HMO, PPO and POS

There are different health care policies offering various options for coverage – HMO, PPO and POS. HMO policies charge nominal premiums for health insurance but they offer very less flexibility in choosing a provider. In addition, they do not reimburse in case the insured chooses outside the network. Even the specialists you consult should be a part of the network. PPO policies are more flexible in choosing a provider. These policies offer partial reimbursement while taking consultations outside the network and charge high co-insurance and co-payment amounts. In case the insured needs to consult a specialist, he does not require […]

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Tips to follow before you quit the job

If you can, plan well ahead before leaving your current job so that you would have adequate time to switch your health insurance plan to a more affordable alternative. If you switch before leaving your job, you are entitled to continue your health insurance coverage under COBRA at a more affordable premium for about 2 months If you do not find an appropriate self employed insurance option within the time frame where you are entitled for COBRA, your new health insurance plan application may be rejected or you may not be covered for your pre-existing conditions for a pre-defined waiting […]

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Coordination of Benefits in health insurance

Coordination of Benefits defines how the cost of reimbursing expenses would be split by the insurance providers if the policyholders have purchased are a part of more than one group insurance plan. Imagine that your employer offers health insurance benefits through the company’s group health insurance policy. Also, you have health coverage through memberships in certain institutions. In addition, you are also covered for your medical bills by your spouse’s employer in another group policy. All the above insurance plans would offer reimbursement for the medical bills. In the past, when people were part of more than one group insurance […]

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