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Minneapolis, MN – You remembered your toothbrush and other summer travel essentials, but what about travel health insurance? Policy analysts for medicareresources.org and healthinsurance.org are reminding consumers to know the limits of their health coverage in case of an illness or accident while traveling.
“Of all of the things you want to take with you and make sure you bring back, good health and financial security top the list,” said Jenny Chumbley Hogue, an analyst for medicareresources.org. “Taking the time to make sure you’re covered can help you avoid large medical bills if you experience a health issue while you’re away.”
Health plans vary in terms of how they cover medical care and prescription medications when you travel out of state or to another country. Here’s what consumers need to know.
Whether people have a Marketplace plan, employer coverage or Medicare, it’s a good idea not to assume you are covered while traveling. Consumers should:
“Trips take lots of planning and preparation; unfortunately, many travelers overlook travel health insurance,” said Louise Norris, health policy analyst for healthinsurance.org. “Getting sick or injured on vacation is always unfortunate. What’s worse is when that results in colossal health bills because someone didn’t understand the limits of their health insurance coverage.”
Medicare coverage while traveling depends on the plan.
A separate travel health insurance policy can help ensure you’re covered in the event of an accident or illness while you’re traveling.
Consider the following:
“Travel health insurance is specifically designed to ensure you’re covered in the event of an accident or illness when you are not in your covered area,” said Chumbley Hogue. “Just like with any insurance policy, though, it’s important to understand what you’re getting. Travel health plans vary from plan to plan just like traditional health insurance plans.”
Medicareresources.org has been providing in-depth information about Medicare since 2011. The site provides an overview of the basics of Medicare coverage options, enrollment and eligibility; coverage FAQs; state-specific Medicare information; and a glossary of Medicare terms. It is not, however, an insurance agency. The medicareresources.org website is owned and operated by Healthinsurance.org, LLC.
Amy Fletcher Faircloth, [email protected]