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Almost 300,000 students each year will travel outside the United States to further their education in Study Abroad programs. This is an exciting time in their lives and most are eager to embrace their new educational options. But traveling abroad does not come without risk. International travelers seem to be faced with an ever increasing number of health and safety concerns. Travel concerns run the gamut from pandemics such as the H1N1 virus to terrorist threats like the Mumbai attacks. Given heightened risk, smart travelers are planning and preparing more than ever to avoid potential hazards.

International Travel medical insurance policies are designed to pick up where your primary health plan leaves off. If you do not have health coverage, these plans then act as your primary insurance while abroad. The best designed plans offer more than just emergency benefits. They cover big ticket items such as hospitalization and surgeries but will also pick up the tap on physician office visits, ambulance services, prescription medications and more. The premier plans make it a point to cover sickness or injury due to a terrorist event or pre-existing medical conditions. Critically, some policies will pay medical providers overseas on a direct basis so you can avoid hassles and red tape.

How Long Will Your Trip Be?

This is a very important question to answer because the length of time you are planning to reside outside the borders of the United States will determine which plan types you will need to consider. Most of the plans designed around a student that is studying abroad are short term plan designs. This means that the coverage is only available for up to 6 months (180 Days) before they terminate. Some plans allow the student to reapply for another plan but they end up being two separate contracts with a break in coverage. If your travels will keep you abroad for more than six months then you will need to apply for either a longer term Student plan which has limited benefits or a full Expat policy that will meet or exceed all of your needs.

Are you Outbound from the United States or Inbound to the United States?

If you are a U.S. Citizen that is traveling outbound from the United States you have several International Insurance options to choose from. HTH Worldwide Services and GeoBlue Travel Medical & International Health Insurance plan are the best choice for a U.S. Citizen simply because all of the plans from these two companies are insurance by U.S. Companies that are admitted carriers, which means that their plans are licensed and approved in the United States. Most all of the other products you will find here and elsewhere are products that are insured by offshore companies. Although these offshore companies have been around for a long time they do not have the same requirements to meet as U.S. based companies.

Below you will find four different options for the international student all of which are for short term lengths of stay. This means 6 months (180 Days) or less. For those students who will be studying abroad for more than six months then you will need to consider option number 5 which is a full Expat International plan.

Option 1

GeoBlue Voyager - Health Insurance & Assistance Single-Trip International Travel

GEO Blue International Travel and Health InsuranceGeoBlue Voyager is a short term travel health insurance plan that includes services to help you identify, access and pay for quality healthcare. GeoBlue Voyager fills health and safety gaps internationally:

Insurance - Even if you are already enrolled in a health plan, your coverage is limited when you travel abroad. In fact, your plan may not pay to have you safely evacuated if you are critically ill.

Information - Where do you turn to learn which hospital and physicians meet your standards? Keep up with breaking news about health and safety threats? Translate key medical terms and brand-name drugs?

Access to Quality Care - How do you find a western-trained, English-speaking doctor with the appropriate skills? How do you arrange a convenient appointment? Each GeoBlue Voyager policy includes broad , deep and reliable Global Health and Safety Services easily accessed through the web or their toll-free customer service center.

Two Plans Offered - Voyager Essential & Voyager Choice

Voyager Essential Plan Highlights

  • Choice of varying medical limits and deductibles
  • For trips up to 6 months for ages 84 or younger
  • Covers per-existing conditions for medical evacuation
  • Does not require a health plan

Voyager Choice Plan Highlights:

  • Choice of varying medical limits and deductibles
  • For trips up to 6 months for ages 84 or younger
  • Covers per-existing conditions for medical services and medical evacuation
  • Requires a health plan

Why Choose GeoBlue?

Go with a name and brand you can trust. GeoBlue is the trade name for the international health insurance programs of Worldwide Insurance Services, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. GeoBlue health plans are offered in cooperation with certain local Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, with a network that includes more than 90 percent of physicians and 80 percent of hospitals across the U.S. GeoBlue’s comprehensive portfolio of international health insurance plans demonstrates the commitment to covering members both at home and abroad.

Strength of a U.S. Insurer - Underwritten by 4 Ever Life Insurance Company, rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best. 4 Ever Life is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Better Coverage - Their plans are U.S. licensed and feature coverage more generous that plans sold as "surplus coverage".

  • Their plans do not restrict illnesses or injuries resulting from a terrorist act
  • They do not impose precertification penalties for hospitalization.
  • They provide coverage for pre-existing conditions for medical evacuation. Pre-existing conditions are also covered in all instances by GeoBlue's Choice plan.

Physician & Provider Network - What Good Is Health Insurance If You Can’t Find a Doctor You Trust?

GeoBlue has an elite network of doctors from most every specialty ready to see you in over 180 countries. Only a small fraction of doctors around the world meet GeoBlue’s exacting standards—participation is by invitation only. We seek out professionals certified by the American or Royal Board of Medical Specialties who speak English, and we factor in recommendations by over 158 Physician Advisors from all over the world.

GeoBlue assembles in-depth provider profiles so their members can choose with confidence, and they put formal contracts in place to ensure preferred patient access. GeoBlue doctors and hospitals bill GEOBlue directly so you don’t have to worry about filing a claim.

For members choosing a GeoBlue plan that offers benefits in the United States, you gain access to the largest national network and facilities that have been awarded the coveted Blue Distinction for superior medical outcomes. In the U.S., more than 80 percent of physicians and 90 percent of hospitals contract directly with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

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Option 2

GeoBlue Navigator for International Students

GeoBlue Navigator for Students and Faculty BrochureGEO Blue International Travel and Health InsuranceMake your Stay in the USA or Abroad Safe. Worldwide health insurance and services for Students and Faculty - The GeoBlue Navigator health plan meets the needs of International Students and Faculty by offering comprehensive worldwide benefits - inside and outside the U.S. - without the typical limits, eligibility conditions and benefits exclusions common among traditional plans.

As global lifestyles emerge, the demand for comprehensive international health insurance has grown rapidly. In response to this demand, a new generation of superior health plans is now available to serve expatriates and their families. This is a positive development for American expatriates who have historically had limited choice when it comes to coverage. Existing insurance options have often missed the mark because of limited benefits, long waiting periods, harsh exclusions, per-certification penalties, lack of portability and other hidden gotchas. 

GeoBlue Navigator is the premier health plan for students and faculty because it combines these benefits with concierge-level medical assistance and easy access to an elite community of carefully selected hospitals outside the U.S. and a network of over 700,000 doctors and hospitals inside the U.S. through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Network. GeoBlue Navigator gives international students and faculty peace of mind, knowing they always have the freedom to access top medical care and benefits no matter where their ministries take them.

What About Coverage for Assignments short than 3 months?

GeoBlue offers the Voyager Choice plan for students and faculty traveling outside the U.S. for short-term research, study and international experience. For study assignments inbound to the U.S., the minimum length of stay is 3 months under the GeoBlue Navigator policy.


Why Choose the GeoBlue Navigator Plan?

  1. A Recognized Leader in International Health Insurance and medical assistance services
  2. Highest Standards of Service, GeoBlue meets the highest expectations of quality
  3. Strength of a U.S. Regulated Insurer that protects your rights by meeting U.S. standards
  4. Group Quotes Available - Educational organizations can cover groups with 25 or more enrollees

GeoBlue Navigator Plan Highlights

  • Unlimited annual and lifetime medical maximum
  • Physician office visits including preventive care
  • Hospitalization, surgery and diagnostic care
  • Coinsurance: 20% in-network/40% out-of-network (waived outside the U.S.)
  • Prescription drug coverage included
  • Physical therapy, mental health and substance abuse
  • Medical Evacuation, Repatriation of Remains and AD&D

Top 10 Advantage over Competing Plans

  1. U.S. licensed and admitted coverage
  2. Cashless access to the best provider networks inside and outside the U.S.
  3. Choice of deductible options (waived for office visits)
  4. $30 office visit copay (reduced to $10 outside the U.S.
  5. Coinsurance waived for care outside the U.S.
  6. Pre-existing conditions exclusion waived with prior credible coverage
  7. No waiting period associated with preventive services
  8. No exclusion for specified conditions in the first 6 months
  9. No per-certification penalty imposed
  10. Sports and alcohol related injuries covered
  11. The strength of Blue. GeoBlue Navigator is offered in cooperation with certain local Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies

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Option 3

Cigna Global Customer GuideCigna Global Health Plans

Cigna Global offers a unique approach to International coverage in that they have created a modular approach to building the International Health Insurance coverage you need. Starting with the core insurance policy which provides protection for essential hospital stays and treatment and then tailor the rest of your plan by adding the essential components you feel are necessary. If you plan to be a student that will study abroad for at least 3 months or more and there may be the possibility you will extend your education abroad more than 6 months than Cigna Global's modular approach may be the right plan chouice for you. With Cigna Global plans you do not have to worry about your coverage terminating because you have reached the plan limits other short term plans have built in.

The Cigna International Health Plans...

The starting point to design your Cigna Global International Health plans is to choose from one of three distinct Core Plan Designs. Cigna Global offers three essential core plans - Silver, Gold and Platinum to choose from. The Cigna core policies provide coverage for inpatient, day case surgery and accommodation costs. In addition, essential cover for cancer and psychiatric care are provided for. Gold and Platinum policies also offer coverage for routine maternity. But if you are a student the Silver and Gold plans are your most cost effective options.

Cigna's Customer Promise

Cigna Global is no stranger to customer service. For more than 30 years Cigna has delivered exceptional customer service to their global customers. Cigna promises to deliver to each policy holder:

  • Globally compliant healthcare plans
  • Customer Services available 24 hours a day
  • Quick and easy access to healthcare facilities and professionals around the globe via extensive networks
  • Cigna will reimburse your treatment provider directly in most cases. In rare occasion where you are required to pay for services yourself Cigna aims to reimburse you within 5 working days
  • Payment can be received in over 135 currencies
  • Four integrated customer services centers around the world, available free phone around the clock with medical advice, assistance and administration support
  • Access to Cigna Global Network of over 1 million quality providers
  • Simplified claims process that enables you to access treatment without paying in many cases
  • Access to country specific healthcare advice and your healthcare documents

Cigna Global Monthly RatesHow to Create Your Plan...

  1. Select your Core Level of International Medical Insurance
  2. Add as many optional benefits as you wish
    1. International Outpatient
    2. International Medical Evacuation
    3. International Health and Wellbeing
    4. International Vision and Dental
  3. Find your monthly rate

How to Apply for Coverage

Anyone who is an Expatriate from their home country is eligible to apply for coverage. All applications go through the Medical Underwriting process to determine eligibility based on your health status. Prices vary with age, citizenship, residence, product and benefit design. The link provided here for rates includes rates that are indicative only and your actual rate may vary. To get an more accurate quote call us with your information and we will send you a quote specific to your needs or Click Here for an online quote.

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