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Can I get health insurance if I have a pre-existing condition?
Yes, you can get health insurance even if you have a pre-existing condition. However not all plans provide coverage for pre-existing conditions. Many plans offer coverage for a pre-existing condition only if you have an acute onset. Each plan has its own definition of pre-existing condition and how it would cover an acute onset depending on if the condition is chronic or non-chronic. If you have a medical issue , and if the doctor clears you for travel, it is not going to stop you from visiting unfamiliar places and exploring new cultures in the world. Visitor Guard® visitor insurance plans with acute onset of pre-existing coverage can make you travel safely in various parts of the world. Differentiating between the pre-existing and acute onset of pre-existing can be difficult for you, which is why you have us! Read on to know our outstanding plans.
What are the popular plans for pre-existing condition?
- Safe Travels USA Comprehensive– The plan provides coverage for 1 acute episode per pre-existing condition up to policy medical max for non-cardiac and has a limit of $25,000 for cardiac conditions for ages 69 years and under. For ages 70 years and above the plan covers up to $35,000 for non-cardiac with a $15,000 limit for cardiac conditions.
- Patriot Travel – While Patriot America has no coverage for acute onset inside the US, the Patriot America Plus includes coverage for an acute onset of pre-existing condition under 70 years of age up to the maximum limit inside the US. The Patriot America Platinum covers acute onset of pre-existing conditions under 70 years of age with varying limits up to $100,000 inside the US. . The Patriot International and Patriot Platinum International provide different coverage levels for US citizens with and without primary health coverage travelling outside the US for non-chronic acute onset of a pre-existing condition.
- Atlas Travel– Atlas Travel provides coverage to travelers, visiting the US as well as travelling outside the US, benefits up to the medical coverage lifetime maximum for eligible medical expenses. If you are younger than 80, you may be covered for an acute onset of a pre-existing condition, excluding chronic and congenital conditions. This also includes emergency dental (acute onset of pain) up to $300 with no deductible.
- Liaison Travel– The Basic Plan covers acute onset of pre-existing conditions inside the US from ages 14 to 64 years with a medical benefit up to $5,000 and from ages 65 to 79 years with a medical benefit up to $2,500. Outside the US, the plan offers medical benefit up to $25,000 from ages 14 to 64 and $5,000 from ages 65 to 79. The Choice Plan offers medical benefit up to $10,000 from ages 14 to 64 and $5,000 from ages 65 to 79 inside the US, but outside the US, the benefit is up to $50,000 and $10,000 for the respective ages. The Plus Plan is like the Choice, but it includes coverage for Covid and does not cover 75 years and above.
Apart from these comprehensive medical insurance plans for pre-existing conditions listed above, there are limited plans- Visitor Care Insurance, Safe Travel Elite, and Inbound USA Insurance. To know which plan suits you the most, contact us.
Does ACA (Affordable Care Act) cover pre-existing conditions?
Yes, under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies cannot refuse to cover a pre-existing condition or ask an individual to pay more premium for covering pre-existing conditions because you had a health problem before the effective date of the coverage. However, ACA plans are available only for citizens and residents of the US and not for visitors.
Is there any waiting period for pre-existing conditions?
A pre-existing condition exclusion waiting period is the length of time after the start date of an insurance policy that a person must wait before any pre-existing conditions are covered. The time length before the start of the coverage can vary. It can be anywhere from 30 days to 6 months or longer. The waiting period is often longer for individually purchased policies. These waiting periods are typically available only on the international student plans and not the visitor insurance plans.