If youâre planning a vacation abroad, you already know that thereâs a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to renew. We want you to have a fun, relaxing trip â so donât forget to include health coverage on your to-do list.
If you have Original Medicare, your health care services and supplies are covered when youâre in the U.S., which includes Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
But, if you plan to travel overseas or outside the U.S. (including to Canada or Mexico), itâs important to know that in most cases, Medicare wonât pay for health care services or supplies you get outside the U.S. (except in these rare cases).
That doesnât mean you have to travel without coverage. There are several ways you can get health coverage outside the U.S.:
- If you have a Medigap policy, check your policy to see if it includes coverage outside the U.S.
- If you get your health care from another Medicare health plan (rather than Original Medicare), check with your plan to see if they offer coverage outside the U.S.
- Purchase a travel insurance policy that includes health coverage.
In all 3 cases, check with your policy or plan before traveling and make sure you understand what is covered outside the U.S. For information on other foreign travel situations (like a cruise, dialysis, or prescription drugs) you can watch this video.
Taking the time to plan out your health coverage before you travel abroad will help you to have an enjoyable and relaxing trip. For more information on how to stay healthy abroad, visit the Centers for Disease Controlâs Travelerâs Health page.
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