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Medicare coverage while you travel

Instead of worrying about your insurance while you travel, you can focus on your travel plans. With some HealthPartners Medicare plans, you’re covered. Whether you want to go on a last-minute vacation or head away for the winter, you’ll get coverage in the U.S.

With HealthPartners Freedom and Sanford plans, your Extended Absence Benefit allows you to travel outside your plan’s service area for up to nine months each year. As long as you stay within the United States, you’ll be covered with in-network benefits. With HealthPartners Journey and Robin plans, your Visitor/Traveler benefit allows you to stay enrolled in the plan while you’re continuously outside of your state of residence (within the U.S.) for at least one month. You’ll get all plan-covered services at your in-network cost-sharing level for up to nine consecutive months.

Notifying HealthPartners of travel plans

Let us know when you’ll be gone and we’ll activate your Extended Absence Benefit or Visitor/Traveler Benefit. Just call the number on the back of your card. You can also log on to your account to activate this benefit.

What doctors can I see?

When you go to the doctor while you’re traveling, be sure to see a doctor who participates in Medicare. If you see a doctor who doesn’t participate in Medicare, you might not get coverage. Sometimes doctors require a copay. If you end up paying a copay with a Medicare provider, you can submit a claim to have it reimbursed.

Emergency care coverage and Assist America, Inc.

Emergency and urgent care coverage are part of many HealthPartners Medicare plans. We’ve partnered with Assist America, Inc., (this link will take you away from the website) to help provide care if you run into an emergency while travelling away from home. This includes 24-hour help and assistance getting home (if you need it). Assist America services are only available during the first 90 consecutive days that you’re away from your home. All arrangements must be made through Assist America.

Always remember to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency center if you need immediate care.

From Oct. 1 through March 31, we take calls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT, seven days a week. You’ll speak with a representative. From April 1 to Sept. 30, call us 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday to speak with a representative. On Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, you can leave a message and we’ll get back to you within one business day.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call Medicare Sales for more information.

HealthPartners is a health plan that contracts with both Medicare and the Minnesota Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees. HealthPartners is also a Cost plan and PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in HealthPartners depends on contract renewal.

Last updated October 2018

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