Individual Insurance in the VI
Yes I've used search, and I remember when this was brought up several years ago with IMG, but I read there is a new group offering individual insurance here in the VI. The group is called Caribbean Expatriate Medical Group and they're offering it through HCI Global.
I've asked repeatedly: their company does consider us in the USVI to be expatriates, even though USVI is a US territory.
Does anyone know anything about this?
I have expat insurance through Cigna Global as do some of my friends. I'm a Canadian and my wife is an American. We're extremely happy with the coverage and its less than half the price of anything comparable I've ever been quoted in the USVI. They offer very flexible plans that you can tailor to your needs so you're not paying for coverage you don't need or want. After going without health insurance for 10 years, I'm relived to be covered.
The group is called Caribbean Expatriate Medical Group and they're offering it through HCI Global.
The only relevant "HCI Global" I can find is Healthcare Caterers International ( http://hciglobal.org/) and I would be a little leery about "Caribbean Expatriate Medical Group" which apparently has no website but is only on FB.
If you're not a US citizen, Cigna Global might be your best option.
"Blue Cross Blue Shield Proposes Individual Health Insurance Plans In the Virgin Islands"
Canuck- do they pay on your claims?
I've not actually made any claims yet so I can't can't confirm personally. However, a friend of mine who is Canadians and also has Cigna Global recently underwent surgery in Florida for some sort of cancer. They raved about how responsive Cigna Global was and seemed very happy with the coverage.
It would be wonderful to have some "affordable health-care. insurance." Even AARP isn't available to us presently.
If you don't have insurance thru working for the government or a business, you just can't get individual policies.
If you're not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, you're out of luck since the VI did not opt into the affordable health-care system but took the money for Medicare and left everyone else in limbo.
Not that I trust or support the VI Consortium blog but here's a relevant post about Blue Cross Blue Shield making a proposal for individual policies in the territory.
I got a quote from them a few years ago for our small business to cover my wife, daughter and I but at the time it was ridiculously expensive. The Cigna Global coverage we have now is way less than half what BCBS offered back then.
Whats interesting is BCBS will be offering tiered plans just like Cigna Global, ie: silver, gold and platinum so you can choose what the coverage that best suits you and not feel like you're paying for services you don't use.
Maybe it will be cheaper this time around!
How odd...I just received this letter from BCBS by email even though I hadn't ever spoken to BCBS directly nor Elan Insurance LLC. Read on...
November 27, 2014
Dear VICanuck (real name changed to protect the innocent),
We would like to apologize for the release of a communication that has created some confusion and we ask you to kindly disregard such.
At BCBS-USVI and ELAN Insurance Solutions, LLC, we are fully committed to USVI producers and local community.
Our local producers are a key component in our value proposition to our clients, given their profound knowledge, client advocacy, tailored advice and excellence in service. Together, we put our clients first and we use innovative thinking to deliver better access and improve quality of care.
As partners, we also rely on our local producers to impact USVI’s business community in a positive way. Our joint community involvement is extremely important to us, and our invested resources and time further strengthen our unwavering commitment and support of local businesses.
We want to emphasize the improved services and health care programs, thanks to the input of our local producers and clients. Also, our full commitment and compliance with ACA regulation, as our plan offerings are compliant and guarantee full protection of essential health benefits.
We value our business relationship with our local producers and the USVI business community. We also want to affirm that our company commitment to serving all constituents in the Islands and we will continue to work hard to find better ways to meet our common challenges in the market.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our mutual clients at BCBS-USVI. We count on your continued support to make significant improvements in the community.
Richard Schiavo Omar Haedo, GBA
Chief Revenue Officer President
BCBS of USVI Elan Insurance Solutions, LLC
I'm not sure why they are contacting me!
That strange (and lame) letter from BCBS to vicanuck starts with this:
"We would like to apologize for the release of a communication that has created some confusion and we ask you to kindly disregard such."
And it goes on to say how wonder the local producers are.
So apparently you need to see that previous communication (in which local producers were dissed? I dunno) in order for the current letter to make any sense.