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  • Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Students Planning to Visit U.S. Need Insurance Coverage

    Filed Under: Health Insurance
Students who are planning to visit the United States for vacation or to survey it as a potential study abroad destination will be excited by the government's new travel promotion initiative. If you are adding a trip to the U.S. to your upcoming travel plans, be certain you're aware of the importance of purchasing international student medical insurance.

This past Thursday, President Obama approved a measure creating a travel promotion committee in the U.S., which is designed with the intention of encouraging more international travelers to pencil the U.S. into their itinerary. A Visa Waiver program will allow visitors in for a $10 fee and the simple act of registering online, which might make coming to the U.S. more popular for many students.

If you do choose to visit the U.S., you should understand that your existing insurance coverage will likely not be accepted. And without insurance coverage, any visit to the hospital during your time in the U.S. will be extremely expensive, ranging into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Most students certainly don't have that kind of money lying around.

International medical insurance will allow you to receive high-quality healthcare in the U.S. at an affordable rate. And while you certainly don't plan on becoming injured or ill during your visit, you can never be sure of what will happen. You'll find it's much safer and cheaper to make a small investment in international medical insurance than to take a chance and wind up paying high medical costs out of your own pocket. Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

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