Navigating the US Healthcare System During COVID-19

August 3rd, 2020 by Diana Nolasco

As our lives have been turned upside down with COVID-19, it’s important to prioritize our health more than ever! International Student Insurance is here to help and will be hosting a live webinar event to provide you with all you need to know about Navigating the US Healthcare System During COVID-19

When: Wednesday, August 19th

Time: 10am EST

Where: YouTubeLive

Join our very own insurance expert, Sally McLeod, who will provide you with a breakdown of the US Healthcare system and choosing an insurance plan that’s right for you. Sally will explain the different types of insurance plans available and common benefits and exclusions to be on the lookout for. She will walk you step by step and help you learn about where to go, when to seek treatment and under what circumstances, along with answering all your questions! 

We hope to see you there and equip you with the tools to get the care you need, when you need it most! 

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International Student Insurance for Nova Southeastern University

July 31st, 2020 by Diana Nolasco

If you are an international student studying at the Nova Southeastern University, then you will need to have a health insurance plan for the entire time you are in Florida. Our international student health insurance plan will meet the NSU waiver guidelines and saves you $1,604 per year:

If you choose to purchase your own insurance plan, you will need to have enrolled in the plan and submitted your waiver form by September 28, 2020 (Fall Term) or October 12, 2020 (Fall Term- Second Part).

Alternative NSU Insurance Option

If you are interested in a health insurance plan for Nova Southeastern University, International Student Insurance (ISI) has developed an insurance plan just for you! This plan is designed to be affordable, and will provide you with comprehensive coverage, including all of the requirements listed by your school.

Why ISI?

  • The ISI plan for NSU costs $1.48 per day (ages 24 and younger), and will save you $1,604 per year compared to your school’s insurance plan.
  • The ISI plan for NSU has a $45 deductible per condition (your school’s plan has a $400 deductible per year).
  • You can purchase same day coverage and have your documents right away to complete your school’s waiver online

International Student Enrollment Process

If you are interested in enrolling, the process is quick and easy. Simply learn more about the StudentSecure-NSU plan and enroll when you are ready.

We will submit your confirmation of coverage to your school so that they remove the hold and you can enroll in classes.

As always, let us know if you have any questions by contacting us at:

International Student Insurance

info@internationalstudentinsurance.com

Toll Free: 877-758-4391

Intl Number: +1 (904) 758-4391

Our customer service team is here to help over the phone, by email, or through our LiveChat.

International Student Insurance for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach

July 29th, 2020 by International-Student-Insurance

If you are an international student studying at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, check out our StudentSecure-ERAU plan that will meet your school’s insurance requirements.

International students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the Daytona Beach, Florida campus are required to have health insurance while studying in the US. While the university has a group health insurance plan available, international students have the flexibility to enroll in the school’s insurance plan or waive the group plan by purchasing their own private health insurance plan.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Insurance Requirements for International Students

If you are looking to enroll in a private health insurance plan, it is important to note that Embry-Riddle does require that your insurance plan meet the following requirements:

  • The insurance company is based in the US with a US address and phone number
  • Your plan provides for both emergency and non-emergency health care in Florida
  • Your plan has hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, and mental health care providers within 50-mile of campus
  • You plan provides inpatient/outpatient mental health care and chemical dependency
  • Your plan covers prescription medications, laboratory and radiology expenses
  • You can afford your plan’s deductible
  • Your plan has a maximum coverage benefit of at least $1,000,000
  • $50,000 minimum coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation of remains

Before enrolling in any insurance plan, make sure that the plan will meet each of these requirements so that it will be accepted by your school.

Alternative Private Health Insurance for International Students

International Student Insurance (ISI) has developed a customized insurance plan just for international students studying at Embry-Riddle – Daytona Beach. This plan will meet and exceed all of the insurance requirements listed above. Not only this but the plan features:

  • An easy online application with immediate documents emailed with ID card
  • Worldwide coverage outside of your home country, including throughout Florida, and in all 50 states
  • Direct payment to any doctor, hospital or clinic through the UnitedHealthcare Network
  • Save up to $698.97 for the 2020-2021 year by enrolling in our plan!

International students can buy right online and get same day coverage. Students will also have access to 24-hour, 7-days a week multilingual emergency service in case the unexpected happens. 

How to Waive

As an international student looking to waive out of Embry-Riddle’s group insurance plan, you will need to complete a waiver once a year during the Fall waiver period (which is July 1, 2020 until August 14, 2020). To do this, you will need to follow these instructions on Embry Riddle’s Student Homepage:

  1. Click on Finances or Profile Tab 
  2. Click on Complete Health Insurance Info 
  3. Click on “Waive” 
  4. Complete instructions are in your TO DO List in ERNIE and in your TASKS TAB 
  5. Please scan a copy of your health insurance card (front & back) to dbwaiver@erau.edu to complete the waiver process 

For the latest information on your school’s process, check out their insurance information online.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Service team at:

info@internationalstudentinsurance.com

US Toll Free: (877) 758-4391

Intl Number: +1 (904) 247-1387

Updated Travel Medical plan for 2020

July 16th, 2020 by Yessica Prato

Our international travel medical insurance plan has been updated for 2020, with new pricing and many of the same great options and benefits!

Some highlights of the plan include:

  • Doctor’s visits and Hospitalizations
  • Medical Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Trip Interruption and Travel Delay
  • Extreme Sports like Skiing or Snowboarding
  • COVID-19 covered, the same as any other illness

It is a great insurance solution for those needing short term coverage (up to 1 year) inside the USA, such as international students, scholars, dependents, and it offers up to 3 years of coverage for those traveling outside of the USA.

Here are some of the key reasons why our travel medical plan is a great option:

UnitedHealthcare Network PPO

Flexible Plan Design

Direct payment of doctors/hospitals through UnitedHealthcare Network, one of the largest networks in the US with 6,600 hospitals, 770,000 doctors & healthcare professionals, and 1,000+ Convenient Clinics. You can choose your policy maximum between $50,000 and $2,000,000 as well as your deductible between $0 and $5,000. You set the level of coverage you want!

Student Zone

Online Claims Tracking

You have the ability to manage your plan online, such as updating personal details, payment information and much more. You can view and track your claims online, through the Student Zone. This allows you to see what has been processed and paid!

To learn more about the Atlas Travel plan, please visit: https://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/travel-medical-insurance/

To enroll in our plans, you may do so right online or over the phone. Our insurance specialists will be happy to help you choose the right coverage and process your application the same day. You will receive your insurance documents right after the purchase which include your ID card and policy summary.

If you have any questions, please contact our team at: 

  • Toll Free in the US: (877) 758-4391
  • Direct: +1 (904) 758-4391
  • Email: info@internationalstudentinsurance.com 
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The Student Secure Plan: Relaunched

May 19th, 2020 by Jennifer Frankel

The Student Secure plan has been relaunched for the 2020-2021 school year. Starting on May 15, 2020, the plan has been enhanced to continue to serve the unique needs of international students. 

The Student Secure plan is available in four different levels, Smart, Budget, Select and Elite, giving students the option to choose a plan that meets both their needs and budget.

Some highlights of the plan include:

  • Doctor/Hospitalization
  • Medical Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains
  • Mental Health & Maternity
  • COVID-19 covered the same as any other illness
  • Organized Sports Option
  • Pre-Existing Condition Coverage 
  • UHC Plan Network

Plans starting at $31/month including coverage in the US and $26/month excluding coverage in the US, the Student Secure plan is designed to meet everyone’s budget.

To learn more about the Student Secure plan, please visit: https://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/student-health-insurance/

With our plans, students can enroll right online or over the phone, and can choose to have coverage starting as soon as the same day. Once enrolled, students will receive an immediate email confirmation with their policy documents including the ID card and receipt.

If you have a question about what plan is right for you, contact our customer service team at:

Toll Free in the US: (877) 758-4391

Direct: +1 (904) 758-4391

Email: info@internationalstudentinsurance.com 

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The Cigna Global Medical Plan: International Health Insurance

May 4th, 2020 by Jennifer Frankel

If you and your family are looking for a comprehensive health insurance plan that will cover you around the world, the Cigna Global Medical plan is worth considering. This plan provides international medical care around the world, and is annually renewable so you can keep the plan as long as you need. The plan also provides many customizable options allowing you to choose the coverage that is right for you – and your budget!

The Standard Benefits

The plan includes standard hospital benefits in three levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each of these options offer a higher level of protection for hospitalization. You will also be able to choose your out-of-pocket amount so that you can balance the cost of the plan with the amount you pay when you seek medical attention.

Optional Modules – Enhance Your Coverage

Once you’ve chosen the level of coverage (Silver, Gold or Platinum) as well as your out of pocket costs, the next step would be to select any additional modules (or, add-ons). There are four options to add, as described below:

  • International Outpatient – This add-on includes coverage for doctor visits, including specialists, vaccinations, and routine care. If you have chosen the Gold or Platinum levels, then pre-natal/post-natal care would be covered after a year.
  • International Medical Evacuation – Many schools require students and scholars to have coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation in case you need to return home. If that’s the case, you will want to include this module.
  • International Health and Wellbeing – This module includes coverage for wellness, including coverage for a routine physical, pap smear, mammograms, etc.
  • International Vision and Dental – By adding this option, you will have coverage for eye exams, lenses/contacts, preventative/routine dental care, and restorative dental treatment.

Please note: This plan WILL cover the Coronavirus, COVID-19, the same as any other illness or accident according to the terms of the policy. The plan will only cover the medical expenses if you get the virus after the start date of the plan.

You can also view a complete list of the benefits online.

This plan is medically underwritten so you will need to answer a list of medical questions, and if requested, you will need to provide medical records. Based on your answers and your medical history, Cigna will evaluate your medical background and decide how to handle any pre-existing conditions. This process takes approximately 5 business days to be reviewed.

If you have questions about the plan, or would like to speak directly with one of our licensed customer service representatives, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.

The Liaison Travel: International Travel Medical Insurance

April 7th, 2020 by Jennifer Frankel

The Liaison Travel plan, administered by Seven Corners, is one of our newest international travel medical insurance plans. With no student requirements, anyone traveling outside their home country is eligible.

The plan comes in three levels: Economy, Choice and Elite, allowing travelers to choose their deductible and coverage.

All three levels of the plan will cover:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescription medication
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Natural disaster
  • Political evacuation & terrorism
  • Emergency reunion
  • Medical evacuation & repatriation of remains
  • Hazardous activities (optional coverage)

Please note: This plan WILL cover the Coronavirus, COVID-19, the same as any other illness or accident according to the terms of the policy. The plan will only cover the medical expenses if you get the virus after the start date of the plan.

You can also view a complete list of the benefits online.

Travelers can purchase the plan right online, add their dependents, and begin coverage as soon as the next day. Immediately after purchase, the documents (including the ID card) will be emailed in case they need to seek medical treatment during their trip. In addition, all individuals on the plan will have 24/7 Travel & Emergency Assistance in case they need immediate attention.

If you have questions about the plan, or would like to speak directly with one of our licensed customer service representatives, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.

Emotional Wellness During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 31st, 2020 by Jennifer Frankel

COVID-19 has impacted many of us around the world. Words like “social distancing”, “quarantine” and “isolation” have entered into our everyday lexicon. Many international students and scholars may be isolated either abroad or at home; many of us may be taking classes online, away from our teachers, friends and community; and still many of us are trying to figure out our new routine.

At ISI, we wanted to provide you with resources that can help you get through this difficult time. To aid in that effort, we have launched our new resource page about how you can maintain your emotional wellness during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Check out the page, share with your friends and family, and let us know what’s keeping you busy at home. Keep in touch and share with us on social media!

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The Liaison Student: International Student Health Insurance

March 26th, 2020 by Jennifer Frankel

We are excited to introduce the Liaison Student, our newest international student health insurance plan, that will cover students internationally around the world. This plan is available in three levels: Economy, Choice and Elite, allowing students to choose the plan that works best for their needs and budget.

This plan also gives students the flexibility to choose their coverage and deductible, and they can choose to include or exclude coverage in the United States. 

All three levels of the plan will cover students for:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescription medication
  • Vaccination (if required in the US)
  • Mental health
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Maternity
  • Sports (School sponsored)*
  • Hazardous activities optional coverage*
  • Medical evacuation & repatriation of remains

*For a complete list of sports covered in this plan please refer to the benefits.

Please note: This plan WILL cover the Coronavirus, COVID-19, the same as any other illness or accident according to the terms of the policy. The plan will only cover the medical expenses if you get the virus after the start date of the plan.

You can also view a complete list of the benefits of the plan to see if this plan is appropriate.

Students can enroll right online and begin coverage as soon as the next day, and students can add their spouse and/or child(ren) to the plan. The documents will be emailed to the student right after enrolling, and in these documents will be the ID card in case they need medical treatment. 

If you’d like to learn more about the plan, have questions, or would like to enroll, you can contact us directly and one of our licensed customer service representatives would be happy to assist you.

Protecting Your Trip from the Coronavirus

March 5th, 2020 by Jennifer Frankel
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Want cancellation insurance in case the coronavirus flares up where you’re going?

1. Book trip

2. Buy trip cancellation within 20 days of first trip booking

3. Make sure to add cancel for any reason (CFAR) or buy the RoundTrip Elite with CFAR

As the Coronavirus begins to appear in more and more countries around the world, many students and schools have started thinking about the best way to protect the cost of their upcoming trip. Whether it’s a study abroad group program for two weeks or your two-month European vacation, we want to make sure your trip and investment are protected.

Trip cancellation insurance is commonly referred to as true “travel insurance”. These types of plans provide protection for your trip costs, plus they also include many additional benefits such as travel delay, missed connection, travel assistance services and more. So how does it work and how can you buy a trip cancellation plan in the midst of the Coronavirus? Let’s take a look at our RoundTrip Elite Trip Cancellation Insurance plan, and benefits to note specifically, when dealing with a pandemic threat. 

Protection from the Coronavirus – The Option to Cancel For Any Reason

While traditional travel health insurance plans may include coverage if your trip is delayed due to weather or political uprising, they generally won’t cover your trip costs in case you need to cancel due to unforeseen events, like an unwieldy virus strain.

Trip cancellation plans, however, will allow you to cancel your plan and be reimbursed a certain amount. These policies typically have a list of reasons you can cancel your plan, however the outbreak of the Coronavirus is typically not one of those reasons. 

If you are looking to protect your trip cost in case you have to cancel due to the Coronavirus, you will typically need to add the option to cancel for any reason. This benefit allows you to cancel your plan and be refunded your trip costs for a reason outside what is covered on the plan.

One such plan is the RoundTrip Elite where you would need to add the option to Cancel For Any Reason. To be eligible, the purchaser of the plan would need to enroll in the policy within 20 days of the initial deposit. This benefit will reimburse 75% of your non-refundable trip costs as long as you cancel at least 2 days prior to your trip. That means that if you enrolled in the RoundTrip Elite with the Cancel For Any Reason option, if you had to cancel your trip due to the coronavirus, you would be reimbursed 75% of your non-refundable costs.

What if I am traveling and get the Coronavirus, am I covered?

Yes, the RoundTrip Elite plan will cover you in case you do contract the Coronavirus while abroad or in the event that you are quarantined. This includes the medical expenses, as well as if you need medical evacuation. This applies only if the Department of State has not issued a level 4 or higher travel warning.

How do I enroll?

To purchase the plan, you will be asked to include the total cost for your trip of non-refundable expenses. That amount is used to calculate the cost of the policy. Be sure to include only the non-refundable costs. For example, if you took a trip to Paris and your expenses were:

  • Airfare from the US to France: $1,500 USD non-refundable
  • Hotel: $500 USD ($250 of the stay is refundable)
  • Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum tour: $100 USD non-refundable

The total amount that I would insure for my trip would be $1,850 USD which is the non-refundable part of the trip.

If you need information about our individual Trip Cancellation plan or would like to purchase coverage, please contact us and we would be happy to help. You may reach out to us via phone at 877.758.4391 or +1.904.758.4391 or via email at info@internationalstudentinsurance.com

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