Swine flu coverage

KM | April 30, 2009

Q: I am a Mexican citizen traveling to the United States for work. Does Inbound Immigrant insurance cover swine flu?

A: Swine flu is covered the same as any other illness or medical expense under the Inbound Immigrant policy. This policy has a waiting period of 6 months for coverage for any illness whose symptoms begin within the first 6 months of the policy. Presumably your concern is more immediate, so this insurance policy would not be useful in the event of flu in the near future. There is no U.S. health insurance policy available to an incoming visitor that would provide immediate coverage for an illness like this.

Inbound Immigrant insurance is best used a cost-effective way to provide the necessary health insurance coverage to obtain a work visa. Online application and customer support are also available in Spanish language.

If your work stay is shorter than a few months, you might also wish to consider "Amigo short term medical insurance", also available in Spanish or one of the Value Benefit plans that do provide some coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, but at a reduced dollar amount.  These alternatives are available only after you enter the U.S.

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