GeoBlue(SM) Introduces Individual Health Plans for Expatriates and World Travelers

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RADNOR, Pa., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GeoBlue today announced the introduction of new health insurance plans and services for individual expatriates and short-term international leisure and business travelers. GeoBlue products are available online at www.geobluetravelinsurance.com as well as through selected insurance brokers and are distributed and serviced by Worldwide Insurance Services, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. GeoBlue products are made available in cooperation with local Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

These new plans provide an array of international medical assistance services and information accessed via mobile devices that traditional domestic health insurance plans do not offer. Expatriates and world travelers can carry an indispensable downloadable app—GeoBlue Mobile—on their iPhone, iPad and soon on any Android device. GeoBlue individual health plans combine unsurpassed service and mobile technology to help expatriates and travelers access trusted doctors and hospitals in over 180 countries around the globe as well as the full resources of BlueCard Network of doctors and hospitals in the U.S.

GeoBlue health plans meet all the requirements of state regulators in the U.S., providing buyers with products that meet mandates for benefits and provide important consumer protections when it comes to policy language, claims payment and appeals. Key GeoBlue services include:

  • Appointment scheduling with contracted international doctors and facilities with no out-of-pocket-costs
  • Outpatient care coordination, especially for chronic conditions and special needs
  • Inpatient case management and emergency evacuation
  • Online and mobile global tools to find carefully selected providers, find brand name medications equivalents, translate key medical terms and phrases and confirm eligibility for benefits

"GeoBlue provides peace of mind to world travelers and expatriates as they pursue their personal goals," said Angelo Masciantonio, Chief Executive Officer of GeoBlue's parent company, Highway to Health. "Given the global arc of business and leisure activities today, the need is clear:  timely access to an international network of carefully selected doctors and hospitals to meet whatever health needs arise, and GeoBlue delivers."

Approved states for the long-term plans, GeoBlue Xplorer and GeoBlueNavigator, are as follows:

Alabama, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Approved states for the short-term plans, GeoBlue Voyager and GeoBlue Trekker, are as follows:

Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

For more information visit www.geobluetravelinsurance.com.

GeoBlue is the trade name of Worldwide Insurance Services, LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About GeoBlue

GeoBlue is the trade name for the international health insurance programs of Worldwide Insurance Services, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Setting the industry standard, GeoBlue's mission is to provide peace of mind to long- and short-term global travelers by offering competitive insurance protection and technology-powered assistance, including an elite community of thousands of carefully selected, contracted doctors and hospitals in almost every country in the world as well as its signature destination databases, mobile tools and concierge-level services. The scope of GeoBlue's services and technology creates a complete, reliable, convenient way to keep international travelers and expats healthy and productive.

GeoBlue also provides group health insurance plans. For more information, visit www.geo-blue.com. GeoBlue is the trade name for the international health insurance programs of Worldwide Insurance Services, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Setting the industry standard, GeoBlue's mission is to provide peace of mind to long- and short-term global travelers by offering competitive insurance protection and technology-powered assistance, including an elite community of thousands of carefully selected, contracted doctors and hospitals in almost every country in the world as well as its signature destination databases, mobile tools and concierge-level services. The scope of GeoBlue's services and technology creates a complete, reliable, convenient way to keep international travelers and expats healthy and productive.

Contact: Moira Bishop
610-254-8710
mbishop@hthworldwide.com

SOURCE GeoBlue