US Medical insurance compulsory for Green card holdersThe US government has proposed a new rule on October 4th 2019 which states that prospective new immigrants to the US are required to show proof of having proper health insurance coverage in the US. This new rule is expected to take effect from November 3rd 2019.
This rule will impact new immigrants to the US who are family members of current US citizens and are applying for visas to come to the US as immigrants. Failure to show proper US immigrant health insurance will be grounds to deny the visa according to this new rule.
Persons which hold Green Cards have particular options for visitor health insurance. Unfortunately, these options (more like limitation) are not obvious from the brochures and information about the many visitor insurance policies that are available. The worst situation would be to purchase a policy and then come to find out that you will not be covered because you were not eligible for the policy in the first place. Most visitor policies are only temporary insurance (from 5 days to 12 months only; although some are renewable for more time) for temporary visitors. A green card holder is considered a US permanent resident (whether or not the person actually does reside here permanently) and therefore is often NOT eligible for a short-term visitor health insurance policy.