Should I purchase a combined policy for my parents or separate individual policies as both my parents are visiting me?

The cost for both alternatives will remain the same, in other words there will be no price differential. The main disadvantages are: (a) You have to pay two renewal fees should you renew the policies. (b) It can get cumbersome to deal with different companies should you choose to buy from different insurance providers. There are however many advantages of having separate policies. They are: (a) This gives you the flexibility to buy different policies for each of them depending of the specific needs of each of your parents. You might want to have different maximum coverage’s, different deductible or […]

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What is the Policy Period?

A policy period represents the amount of time you have purchased insurance. In visitor medical insurance, policy periods can be as short as 5 days and as long as 36 months. For example, if you complete an application and pay for 6 months of insurance, the policy period for that program will be 6 months.

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Is it safe to purchase Insurance online?

Yes. The application forms are in a highly secure ordering environment so you can enroll in the insurance plans with confidence. The insurance providers use Secure Socket Layers (SSL), for transferring information to process your orders. The SSL encrypts, or translates, your order information into a highly indecipherable code, which is processed immediately. You will remain in this secure zone for the entire purchase process.

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What is co-insurance?

After your deductible is met, co-insurance is the percentage of the covered medical expenses that you, the insured person, must pay. For instance, if your health plan has an 80/20 co-insurance rate, your insurance plan pays for 80% of your eligible medical expenses and you are responsible for the remaining 20%.

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What are the types of deductible?

Per incident deductible: You pay the deductible every time you get a new medical ailment (be it sickness of accident related) before the insurance company pays anything. Inbound USA and Inbound Immigrant from SRI have deductible per incident. Per visit deductible: You pay the deductible every time you you visit a health care provider (doctor, hospital, laboratory etc..) before the insurance company pays anything. Per policy period deductible: You pay the deductible only once during the entire policy period, irrespective of how many times you get sick or injured during the policy period. Annual deductible: You pay the deductible only […]

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Should I pay the medical practitioner/organization initially and then get reimbursed or will the insurance company be billed directly?

On purchasing insurance from an American insurance firm, you will receive an insurance card with details about your insurance. When you visit the doctor/hospital, the billing office at the hospital will usually make a photo-copy of your insurance card, call the insurance company to verify your policy, and will then bill the insurance company directly. You will have to pay the deductible amount. In some instances if the medical office has not dealt with this particular insurance company, they might insist that you pay the bill on receiving medical treatment. In this scenario, you would get an detailed bill, which […]

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