InsureMyTrip Launches Medicare Awareness Initiative For Senior Travelers

Last updated on 09/04/2020

WARWICK, R.I., Sept. 17, 2019 -- Today, InsureMyTrip launched an educational initiative to raise awareness over the importance of obtaining proper emergency medical coverage for Americans traveling abroad. This latest initiative comes on the heels of a new InsureMyTrip survey that suggests roughly three out of five Americans are unclear whether their domestic health insurance covers any doctor or hospital visits abroad — Original Medicare does not offer coverage outside the U.S.

Summary:

  • Poll reveals that most Americans are unclear whether domestic health insurance covers any doctor or hospital visits abroad
  • Generally, Original Medicare does not cover medical costs outside of the U.S.
  • The U.S. State Department encourages travelers to purchase travel insurance with emergency medical and emergency medical evacuation coverage

InsureMyTrip Launches New Medicare Awareness Campaign for Senior Travelers

An alarming number of Americans are unclear whether their health insurance works outside the U.S., according to a new survey from InsureMyTrip. The survey was sent to those identified as Americans, male or female (18+), who use websites in the Google Surveys Publisher Network. The survey was conducted from April 25, 2019 - April 27, 2019, and generated 1,516 completed responses.

"Our latest poll indicates that more education is needed on this important topic. Our goal is to inform travelers, in particular, older Americans, on travel insurance options that include emergency medical and emergency medical evacuation coverage," says InsureMyTrip Travel Insurance Product Expert Meghan Walch.

Medicare Limitations

Original Medicare does not cover emergency medical care for travelers outside the U.S. There are supplemental plans such as Medicare Advantage and Medigap that can provide limited additional coverage, for more details visit Medicare.gov.

To better assist travelers with understanding their options, InsureMyTrip has expanded its Medicare educational resources to include access to a free Medicare ebook, videos, and other resources. In addition, InsureMyTrip experts offer tips for choosing the right travel insurance plan to fill in any coverage gaps.

Emergency Medical Evacuations
According to the U.S. State Department, very few domestic health insurance companies will pay for a medical evacuation back to the United States, which can easily cost up to $100,000, or even more, depending on the condition and location of the patient.

MORE: Find Out Whether Your Domestic Health Insurance Offers Coverage Abroad

Travel Insurance Expert:
Meghan Walch
[email protected]

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SOURCE InsureMyTrip