What does Travel Insurance Cover?

Travelers insurance covers medical emergencies outside of your service area. When you travel, most plans say they will cover medical emergencies, but they may leave you open to balance billing, conversion problems, and difficulty with approvals of procedures.  Having secondary Travel Medical Insurance will ensure you are covered no matter where you are.

These plans are great options for international leisure, missionary, school or business travel. Plan options include a choice of :

  1. Varying medical limits and deductibles.
  2. Trips up to 6 months for ages 84 or younger.
  3. Covers pre-existing conditions for medical services and medical evacuation.

Another advantage of travel insurance is the peace of mind of having 24/7 assistance. This can really be useful if you need help finding accommodations nearby, or to replace prescriptions in an emergency. This can include translation, medical transport, and some plans even include child care!


What you need to know about the different health insurance types.









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When can coverage begin? Usually 45 days Usually 45 days Usually 45 days Usually 2 weeks
Will I be subject to a tax penalty? No No Yes Yes
Can I buy it on a state exchange? No No No Typically No
Can I be denied for pre-existing conditions? No No Sometimes Yes
Will it cover ACA mandated benefits? Yes Yes Sometimes No
Can it be purchased with a government subsidy?  No Yes No   






Is Vision Insurance Worth It?

Deciding what health coverage’s you need can be overwhelming. Vision coverage is one of those add on items that you can either take or leave it. It is important to note that vision insurance does not cover all things pertaining to your eye. Medical insurance covers things like accidents, surgery and eye diseases.

What vision insurance covers.

  • Eyes exams
  • Glasses
  • Contacts

What vision coverage cost.

Vision insurance through the group market is not very expensive and is typically between $3-$7 a month. Also, getting coverage through the market allows for broader coverage which includes more in network doctors and more benefits for glasses and contacts. Vision insurance that is not through your employer will cost $15 – $60 month for individuals and families. Most plans offer the same benefits with a $15 copay for an exam, about $120 for glasses or contacts with a discount on any additional amount.

If you were to pay out of pocket, typically an eye exam costs about $60 and a pair of glasses can range from $100-$500. Contacts can be between $100-$200. Depending on what your vision needs are, the cost of coverage needs to be weighed. If you don’t currently wear glasses or contacts, your needs are not as great as someone who does. In addition, routine physicals by your medical doctor often includes a basic eye exam.