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International Health Insurance for Missionaries

Todays Date: December 15, 2018

Various international health insurance plans have been designed for missionaries who travel outside their home country for work. Since comprehensive health coverage benefits are not provided by most of the health insurance plans which offer domestic coverage in their home country, the missionaries need to necessarily purchase an international health insurance plan while they travel abroad.

These international travel health insurance plans which are designed for missionaries provide coverage worldwide for both non US and US citizens who travel outside their native country. The policies can be purchases for a minimum duration of 10 days or a maximum period of 2 years during initial purchase. For longer periods, long term international missionary health insurance plans have been designed.

Many of the long term international missionary insurance policies place restrictions on the duration of stay in the US. However, certain specific missionary insurance plans do not place restrictions for these missionaries and their families.

International health insurance for missionaries offers a wide range of medical coverage benefits which includes doctor office visits, intensive medical care, local transport in the ambulance to the nearest medical set-up during emergencies, treatment of dental injuries which occur during the accident, emergency illness treatment with or without hospitalization, emergency evacuation, repatriation and reunion, accidental death benefits and return of mortal remains back to the homeland.

In case the missionaries purchase long term international missionary medical insurance plans, they might be eligible for coverage of pre-existing conditions, maternity and wellness after a specific pre-determined waiting period. Optional coverage for leisure sports, adventurous or hazardous activities are also available.

The effective date of the short term international missionary health insurance plans begins on the day the completed application form is received by the insurance provider along with the requested initial payment and the day the missionary departs from the native country. However, if a specific date is mentioned in the enrollment form, the effective date starts as mentioned in the application. Missionaries seeking for long term health insurance coverage should also submit a lengthy questionnaire along with the application form. Coverage period begins once the application is approved.

The international insurance policy remains valid until the date requested at the time of application or the expiry of the insurance policy or upon the return of the missionary back to the country of citizenship, whichever event occurs earlier.

Short term missionary health insurance plans can be renewed on a daily increment basis or a monthly basis and the request can be submitted as an application form or completed online. However, if the renewal period is less than one month, you have to submit the request online only and you would be charged a nominal processing fee. Annual plans can be renewed for as long as the insured continues to remain eligible for the plan.

Ray Sondeo often writes about international insurance.

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