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Getting ready for a trip? Whether you’re traveling out of the country or staying stateside, illness and injury aren’t in anyone’s vacation plans. Unfortunately, this unwelcome travel detour happens often. So before you start to pack, take steps to prepare and to get the help you need if something does happen while you’re away. Double check that you have health insurance for travel!
See If Your Coverage Travels with You Check to see if your benefits will cover you when you are away from home. You may have access to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global® Core program. This international program lets Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) members get health care services when traveling outside their service area. Outside the United States, many members have access to doctors and hospitals in more than 200 countries and territories through the Global Core program.* Watch our video to see what happened when BCBS made all the difference in the world for one young adult traveling in Africa.
Originally published February 19, 2015; Revised 2017
*The Global Core program is not available for Medicaid, Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan members. HMO plan members can use the Global Core program only for emergency or urgent care when traveling or away from home for less than 90 days. The Away From Home Care Program is not available for Medicaid plan members or for HMO plan members on the Blue Advantage network in TX. This is only a brief description of some of the plan benefits. Not all benefits are offered by all Plans mentioned above. For more complete details, including benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to your certificate of coverage.
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