International Students Can Instantly Purchase Medical Coverage

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Busy international students studying in the United States can now enjoy the convenience of instant online purchase and renewal of Study USA-HealthCare Insurance. Study USA often meet's university requirements for medical coverage, and students can purchase only the timeframe they need -- from one month to one year at a time.

Travel Insurance Services (TIS) announced today that its Study USA-HealthCare policy, a medical coverage solution for international students studying in the United States, will be offered with the added convenience of an instant email confirmation of insurance coverage and online renewal. International students, who need coverage for the spring semester or quarter, can check rates and purchase coverage at http://www.travelinsure.com .

Students planning to study in the United States should check with their international student affairs office to determine whether their college or university has a required medical coverage plan. Some will make recommendations but will allow students to shop around. This presents students and their parents with the opportunity to secure a plan that has better coverage or a lower cost than the university’s recommended plan. Study USA often meets a school’s requirements for coverage and can be substituted for the recommended plan.

One of the ways students find out about alternative plans is from other students in similar situations. "We have found that Study USA is highly accepted within the international student communities on campus," said Kevin O’Neal, President of TIS. "As these students discover, it can be quite expensive to study abroad, so when they find an alternative to a recommended insurance plan, they often tell friends about it."

While many other plans require a minimum 12 month purchase, Study USA purchase options are flexible. Students can select a coverage period from one month to one year at a time. This ensures that students only pay for the time period when they actually need the coverage.

Rates for Study USA start at $39 per month — depending on the student’s age and plan selected. Additional benefit options, such as coverage for spouse and children, are also available.

Study USA-HealthCare is underwritten by The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, a member company of American International Group, Inc., world leaders in insurance and financial services, rated 'A+' (Superior) for financial strength by A.M. Best.

Travel Insurance Services is a USI Affinity Company, a division of USI Holdings Corporation. TIS is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been meeting the insurance needs of travelers for 33 years. It develops, markets and administers travel insurance and international medical policies for individuals, families, groups and businesses. For more information about the company and its products, visit http://www.travelinsure.com . USI is a leading distributor of insurance and financial products and services to businesses throughout the United States. USI is headquartered in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and operates out of 71 offices in 19 states, http://www.usi.biz .

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