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What You Need to Know About New Immigrant Insurance? 

What You Need to Know About New Immigrant Insurance?

As a new immigrant, navigating the healthcare system in the US can be overwhelming. One crucial aspect to consider is securing adequate health insurance coverage during your stay in the country. A new immigrant is defined as an individual who has come to the US for permanent settlement. They have either applied for a green card and have not received it yet, or they have just received a green card. Understanding the basics of new immigrant insurance will help you make informed decisions and ensure access to quality healthcare services.

What are the coverage options for new immigrants?

New immigrants have diverse options when it comes to health insurance coverage in the US. They are considered visitors until they obtain their green cards or have applied for green cards and are in the process of receiving them. Hence, they cannot access government-sponsored programs. Once they have received their green cards, they are considered lawful permanent Residents. They can access domestic plans from and other government programs only if they meet the eligibility.

There are other options like:

  • Private health insurance– Private health insurance plans are available to new immigrants, offering comprehensive coverage for medical services, hospitalization, prescriptions, and other healthcare needs. These plans often come with different coverage levels, allowing you to choose one that suits your requirements and budget. You can check Visitor Guard®’s site and find an ideal visitor insurance plan.
  • Employer-sponsored insurance– If you secure employment in the US, your employer may offer health insurance benefits. Employer-sponsored plans typically provide coverage for employees and their families, with the employer often contributing a portion of the premium costs.

Who can qualify for the Marketplace plans?

An immigrant who is a Lawfully Permanent Resident, Asylee, Refugee, Cuban/Haitian entrant, battered child, spouse, or parent, Victim of trafficking, an individual with worker visa, student visa, T-visas, and other visas, Temporary Protected Status, Deferred Enforced Department, Lawful Temporary Resident, Resident of American Samoa, and more can qualify for the Marketplace. Besides, there are certain documents, depending on your immigration status that are needed when new immigrants apply for Marketplace coverage.

What are the key coverage considerations?

When selecting a new immigrant insurance plan, there are several key coverage considerations to keep in mind:

  • Medical services- Ensure that the plan provides coverage for a broad range of medical services, including doctor visits, hospitalization, emergency care, specialist consultations, COVID-19 treatment, and more.
  • Prescription medications– Check if the insurance plan includes coverage for prescription medications, as medication costs can be significant without insurance.
  • Acute onset of pre-existing conditions– Understand how the insurance plan treats the acute onset of pre-existing conditions. Some plans may have waiting periods or exclusions for pre-existing conditions, so be sure to review these terms.
  • Provider networks– Consider whether the insurance plan has a network of healthcare providers. In-network providers often offer negotiated rates, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.
  • Cost-sharing– Understand the cost-sharing structure of the insurance plan, including deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. These expenses represent the portion you are responsible for paying.
  • Emergency coverage– Evaluate the coverage provided for emergency medical situations, such as ambulance services, emergency room visits, medical evacuation, etc.

Why take professional help?

Navigating the complexities of new immigrant insurance can be challenging. Consider seeking professional assistance from insurance professionals, private insurance providers, insurance companies, and more. These professionals can provide personalized guidance, help you understand your options, and assist with the enrollment process. Additionally, utilize online resources, government websites, and informational materials to enhance your understanding of insurance requirements in the US.


By understanding new immigrant insurance, individuals and families can have a comfortable life knowing that they have temporary healthcare coverage and financial protection during the initial phase of their new journey. It is important to explore different insurance plans, assess policy details, and make informed choices to ensure a smooth transition and access to quality healthcare services in the US.

To know more about immigrant insurance plans, feel free to contact us.

Pallavi Sadekar

Pallavi Sadekar

Travel Insurance Expert

Pallavi Sadekar is a seasoned insurance professional with over 17 years of experience in the industry. As the Head of Operations at Visitor Guard®, she brings a wealth of expertise to the field. With a profound understanding of insurance, Pallavi has consistently demonstrated her commitment to helping clients make informed decisions about their coverage.

Pallavi’s insights and advice has earned her recognition in esteemed publications, including Forbes, USA Today, and various online platforms. Her contributions to these outlets have solidified her reputation as a trusted authority in the insurance domain. Whether it’s navigating the complexities of visitor insurance, finding the right coverage for clients, or understanding the intricacies of visitor health insurance, Pallavi’s in-depth knowledge allows her to offer practical and informed guidance to her clients.


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