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Portrait of a Young Doctor

How Do I Get Healthcare When I Get to the U.S? 

Accidents and illnesses can occur unexpectedly, which is why it is crucial to be prepared for these situations.  It is important to obtain healthcare insurance immediately upon arriving in the U.S. You should not go a day without being covered because the U.S. does not give free access to healthcare.  Bluedata does not offer health coverage to students, but there are many options for International Students.  Some options include:


1)Choose from several healthcare options on the New York State of Health marketplace website. Here, you will be guided through a series of steps where you will need to enter information.  In order to use the website to enroll for healthcare, you must first create a My NY account. Based on your information, you will be given a list of healthcare options to choose from.  If you need help, you can find a Navigator who can help you enroll for coverage.


Extensive insurance plans that are accepted by many healthcare providers are  private insurance companies such as Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, and Cigna. It may be a good idea to find a local doctor and see what healthcare plans they accept before choosing a plan. You can use websites like Zocdoc to find doctors who accept your coverage.


2)ISO is the leading healthcare insurance for F-1 international students. You can choose a plan that is specific to your needs, budget, and visa. You will want to find a doctor who accepts international student insurance by reviewing here.


3) Compass is a company that offers information about healthcare. You can learn about the health insurance market in the United States to help you find the best care to meet your needs.

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