GeoBlue Xplorer Long Term International Medical Insurance

GeoBlue International Travel InsuranceGeoBlue Xplorer, a long-term International Medical insurance plan specifically designed to support the international lifestyles of those who travel to or from the U.S. for extended periods of time (6 months or more).

Ideal for individuals and their dependents, contractors, third country nationals and even employees.  Employers often use “Individual” international medical plans when they only have a handful of global employees working abroad.  Enrollment is quick and easy,  and the employee takes the coverage wherever they may be worldwide.

Group Plans (2 or more global employees) work well if a company has several or more employees working abroad, plus the enrollment is guaranteed regardless of current or previous health status.  The individual policy will have a some medical underwriting which needs to be passed before the policy is issued.

2 GeoBlue Xplorer Plans …

  • Premier plan “includes” U.S. coverage
  • Essential plan “excludes” U.S. coverage.

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GeoBlue Xplorer “Select” plan … if a person has pre-existing conditions, the Xplorer “Select” plan may be a good choice.  It requires having an underlying health insurance plan in place, such as a group health plan or Medicare.  The Select plan goes through a “limited” underwriting process, which allows more enrolments with pre-existing coverage to be approved.

Around-the-Clock Assistance Call Center:  GeoBlue maintains a 24/7, toll-free call center to assist GeoBlue members with everything from routine requests to medical emergencies.  The GeoBlue staff has years of experience with international medical assistance and has close working relationship with its international Provider Community.

Emergency Evacuation and Centers of Excellence:  GeoBlue coordinates emergency services with a worldwide network of contracted Physician Advisors as well as air ambulance operators selected for their safety records.  Members in need of life-saving medical intervention are treated in Centers of Excellence in the U.S. and around the world, whenever possible.

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Easy Access to an Elite International Provider Community:  GeoBlue has a network of doctors from almost every specialty in over 180 countries to see you.  Only a small fraction of doctors around the world meet GeoBlue 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 148 Physician Advisors from all over the world.  then we assemble in-depth profiles so our members can choose with confidence, and we put formal contracts in place to ensure patient access.  Once they’ve seen you, GeoBlue doctors bill us directly so you don’t have to file a claim.  In the U.S. you have cashless access to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield network in all fifty states.

How the Plan Works … GeoBlue Xplorer Premier and GeoBlue Xplorer Essential plans offer comprehensive benefits and a range of deductible options that allow members to select the right amount of insurance coverage for their budget and lifestyle.  For detailed benefits please see the brochure.  For families, the deductible and coinsurance maximum is a multiple of 2.5.  After 364 days of continuous coverage, GeoBlue Xplorer members may re-enroll (continue their plan) in a plan that matches their existing benefits.

How to Apply … Applications are available online or may be initiated by telephone or email (call 916-682-1117 or email john@johnconner.com to start the enrollment process).  A personal check, money order or credit card number must accompany the application and must be sufficient to pay for one month of standard premium.  GeoBlue will hold the form of payment until an underwriting decision is made. If your application is accepted, the payment will be applied to your account.  Quotes obtained online or by telephone are advisory only.  Actual premium is determined by the medical underwriting process.  GeoBlue will review your medical history as provided on the application and may request an Attending Physician’s Statement.  GeoBlue publishes standard premium rates for non-smokers.  Smokers and other applicants with certain medical histories may be offered a policy at a higher rate.  Not all applicants will be accepted.  Your effective date of insurance will be on the 1st or 15th day of the month following underwriting approval.

GeoBlue Xplorer is ideal for:  Employees on foreign assignment, International Students, U.S. inbound and outbound protection, expatriates, third country nationals, high risk areas or anyone leaving their home country for an extended period of time for work, study or to simply to live.

Comprehensive medical coverage designed for individuals, families and employer groups, short and long-term for both inbound and outbound locations. Global medical coverage along with access to the finest medical professionals possible wherever you are in the world.  Coverage includes; hospital care, outpatient services, prescription drugs, maternity care, lab and X Ray, annual screenings and preventive care and most other comprehensive medical services.  Access to an elite network of doctors, hospitals and specialists in over 180 countries.

Is renewal guaranteed under this policy? You can enroll in a GeoBlue Xplorer policy up to age 74. The policy does not automatically renew upon your request. You will be notified of your new plan rate at least 30 days prior to your policy expiration date. You must confirm your new policy rate in writing or by accepting the rate when logged in to our secure website. Plan rates are based on age at time of enrollment and are impacted by medical inflation. You will not be asked any medical questions and your personal health history will not determine your new rate. GeoBlue Xplorer rates are standard rates for all re-enrolling members. Rates are reviewed and approved by state insurance regulators, which protects your rights and guarantees fairness. By contrast, offshore/surplus lines insurers are not required to file rates for approval.

Do your plans cover maternity? After 364 days of continuous coverage, GeoBlue Xplorer members are eligible to enroll in a new plan that covers maternity costs in the same way as all other conditions. Members do not need to submit a new health statement.

How much will the price increase next year upon renewal? Plan rates are based on age at time of enrollment and are impacted by medical inflation. You will not be asked any medical questions and your personal health history will not determine your new rate. GeoBlue Xplorer rates are standard rates for all reenrolling members. Rates are reviewed and approved by state insurance regulators, which protects your rights and guarantees fairness. By contrast, offshore/surplus lines insurers are not required to file rates for approval.

Are preexisting conditions covered? If you were previously covered by a group or individual U.S. health plan that issued you a Certificate of Creditable Coverage, GeoBlue will apply this prior coverage to the pre-existing conditions waiting period, provided you meet GeoBlue’s medical underwriting criteria. GeoBlue will also consider private health insurance issued in other countries as creditable coverage. GeoBlue does not consider surplus lines insurance sold in the U.S. as creditable coverage. The number of months of coverage shown on the Certificate will reduce or eliminate the six month pre-existing condition waiting period. If you have six or more months of creditable coverage, your waiting period will be eliminated. If you have less than six months creditable coverage, your waiting period will be reduced by the number of months you had creditable coverage.

Can the member keep this when they come home? Yes, for a maximum of 9 months. The Long Term plans stipulate that applicants intend to spend 3 or more months outside their home country per policy period.

Are prescriptions covered? Yes, the policy includes retail and mail order prescription drug coverage whether members are inside and outside the U.S. If a prescription drug is unavailable in a country outside the U.S. GeoBlue makes arrangements to ship the medication directly to the member.

Questions?  Call or email anytime.

John Conner
916-682-1117
john@johnconner.com

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