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CNBC, Feb 29 2020 – Here’s how to get overseas medical coverage as coronavirus spreads

CNBC, Feb 29 2020 – Here’s how to get overseas medical coverage as coronavirus spreads

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If you plan to travel abroad and are worried about medical coverage due to the coronavirus outbreak, there may not be a need to panic — or cancel your trip — just yet.

Travel insurance policies that include emergency medical and evacuation coverage are still available, although the situation is fluid and could change as the coronavirus spreads, say insurers and brokers.

“About a third of our providers are still offering coverage for medical emergencies while traveling abroad,” said Kasara Barto, spokesperson for website SquareMouth.com, which lets users compare policies from 22 insurers. “Travelers who are still planning on going, aren’t worried about canceling and just want to be covered for medical only can find standard comprehensive travel insurance policies that will cover that.”

Among the other two-thirds of insurers with which SquareMouth partners, some now completely exclude coverage for coronavirus-related emergencies, while others may extend coverage, but on a case-by-case basis.

“If a traveler is looking specifically for medical coverage for the coronavirus, we recommend they contact the provider directly to clarify their coverage,” Barto said.

SquareMouth.com, which saw a 400% jump in coronavirus-related customer inquiries this week, has posted webpages with both general information about the disease and travel insurance, and specific provider position statements.

Read the full CNBC article online here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/29/how-to-get-overseas-medical-insurance-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html