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What is a Schengen Visa?

Since 1996, one of the companies Insurance Services of America (ISA) proudly represents is Seven Corners (originally called Specialty Risk International). The following is an article that they have written, regarding Schengen Visas. We have many clients that require travel insurance in order to obtain the Visa. Find out more, here! Read More »

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2017 Fitness Resolution? Dogtag® Insurance Has Your Back

Whether you’ve vowed to make 2017 the year you finally get active, or if you’ve been a lifelong sports enthusiast, we are happy to announce a new travel medical plan specifically designed for sports-related travel—even extreme sports are included in the coverage options. So go ahead, schedule your trip to Everest, then call Insurance Services of America for a free quote for the Dogtag® plan.

The Dogtag plan, named for the personalized stainless steel dog tag necklace you’ll receive when you enroll, offers four levels of coverage:

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Planning a Long Trip? What Expatriates Need to Know

There has been a lot of talk—and even some action—in recent days about people wanting to move outside the US. Our tumultuous election cycle has inspired people from all walks of life and political leanings to at least consider the idea of emigration. For example, on election night, a high volume of visitors crashed Canada’s immigration website and New Zealand’s official immigration site saw over 56,000 visits in just 24 hours, compared to its usual 2,300 visits. Perhaps, for some, emigration is more than an impassioned threat.

If you’re seriously considering moving abroad, before you pack your bags or sign your resignation letter, we at Insurance Services of America suggest you consider your health insurance options once you leave American soil…

Many of our clients are volunteers and missionaries who live, for the majority of the year, outside of the US. In essence, they have been living an expat lifestyle while doing their philanthropic work. Though many are employed through US-based organizations, many are responsible for procuring their own health insurance coverage. But finding an insurance plan that also covers medical expenses for illnesses, injuries or wellness visits overseas and is also compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is impossible—such a plan simply doesn’t exist.

Whether you love or loathe the ACA, the fact is, this legislation did not take into account people like our clients—or expats—who work, live and need health care outside of the US.

So what are your options?

If you plan on retaining your US citizenship but are otherwise making a permanent exit from the US, so long as you are living abroad for more than 330 days in a calendar year, you are exempt from having to pay the IRS penalty for not purchasing an ACA-compliant health insurance plan. In this scenario, we provide several benefit-rich and refreshingly affordable non-ACA-compliant international health insurance plans. These plans are designed for the special considerations of receiving health care abroad. Translations services, help to find local providers and one-on-one claims assistance are just a few of the unique benefits these international plans deliver.

If you just need a break and are not planning on making a permanent move overseas, or are expatriating for less than 330 days in a calendar year, you have two options:

The first is expensive and not recommended: that is obtaining an ACA-compliant domestic US health insurance plan to avoid the IRS penalty while concurrently purchasing one of our international health insurance plans. The domestic ACA-compliant plan simply will not cover you outside of a very small geographical area (usually county or city limits) and may drop your coverage if you do not reside within that area for a minimal amount of time in a calendar year. Purchasing such a plan is a waste of your money.

The second option, and one we recommend, is to purchase a non-ACA compliant international health insurance plan—let us help you chose the best one for you—and if you become subject to an IRS penalty for not having a domestic ACA-compliant plan go ahead and pay it. The penalty in this scenario is often much, much less than paying for a plan which, although ACA-compliant, is expensive and useless to you while living overseas.

On a different note, if you are on Medicare please remember Medicare, like an ACA plan, will not cover you overseas. A great option for Medicare-age people is to buy a low cost, guaranteed issue travel medical plan. Some travel medical plans can be purchased even up to two or three years at a time. This way, you’ll be covered by Medicare here in the US and a low cost travel medical plan outside the US.

Moving overseas is a big decision. Let us help lighten the load by guiding you through your international health insurance options. Call us today at (800) 647-4589 or use our Chat box to talk with a knowledgeable Client Advisor and receive a no-obligation quote.

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The BBB and You: An A+ Review!

Yes, most of our insurance plans are A+ rated, but so are we…

Insurance Services of America is proud to be an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

We’ve been an accredited BBB business since 2005 and are humbled by over 160 positive client reviews—and zero negative reviews. We are flattered our clients have taken the time to praise our staff, products and, most importantly, our customer service:

  • “I have been using ISA for several years now. I acquire all my travel insurance through ISA, including insurance for my disaster response team. They are fast, responsive and very reliable, explaining the pros and cons of the various options available,” writes client Dave M.
  • Matthew R. thinks we have “easy-to-use online forms, but even better customer service. They’ve always given me a personal touch which I appreciate in this digital age.”
  • B.H. cuts to the chase with this concise review: “The process was fast and efficient and we got what we wanted.”

According to the BBB, “the BBB letter grade represents the BBB’s opinion of how the business is likely to interact with its customers.” We are happy to have earned an A+ and delighted that our staff has contributed to a positive experience for so many. Client reviews are important and carry significant weight during purchase decisions. The positive reviews on our BBB page are a badge of honor for us and we encourage our potential clients to take a look and learn a bit more about the service they will receive when working with ISA.

One of our goals is to make purchasing travel medical, trip cancellation, short-term medical and group travel medical insurance a simple process. Let one of our Client Advisors guide you through your options today. If you’re curious about any of the insurance products we provide and how they can benefit you, please call us at (800) 647-4589 or utilize our Chat box to learn more and get a free, no-obligation quote.

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Our Vote Goes To…

It’s hard to know you’re making the best choice sometimes. Thankfully, unlike too many past elections, we at Insurance Services of America offer you great candidates to choose from—

When it comes to group travel medical insurance, we’ve nominated only the most qualified, vetted and intelligent of options. No scandals. No flip-flopping. Just honest insurance coverage backed by the world’s oldest and largest health insurance market, Lloyd’s of London, and highly rated by AM Best and Standard and Poor’s. So who are these stellar candidates? Meet them and cast your vote for the one you like best!

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Buckle Up and Don’t Forget to Pack Your AD&D Insurance

The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks deaths resulting from accidents as the fourth leading cause of death for US citizens. Accidents include everything from car accidents, to falls and drowning. But US citizens traveling or living abroad also experience devastating accidents—those that kill or maim—at rates that shouldn’t be ignored.

The US Department of State shows that, sadly, between June 2003 to June 2016, there were at least 10,883 reported deaths of US citizens due to non-natural causes overseas. Of those fatalities, 29.5% were the result of vehicular accidents; 22.3% from homicides and terrorist actions; 15.7% from other accidents including train and aircraft accidents, natural disasters as well as falls, mountain climbing accidents and rafting; and 14% from drowning and maritime accidents. Read More »