When you are planning to visit the United States, there are some important facts you should know before your trip. Any foreign country you are visiting can be different not just geographically but also culturally, weather-wise, lifestyle, foods, and (most appropriate for this article) healthcare system.
You need not fully understand each and every aspect but a basic understanding can help you avoid trouble. There are people who would be traveling to America to permanently settle down or become residents and few other who would be traveling as tourists as short-term visitors. Both visitors and new immigrants in the US are not necessarily eligible for all benefits residents enjoy. This rule is particularly applicable for insurance coverage. Purchasing travel insurance for immigrants to USA is mandatory and domestic health insurance plans are not applicable for international travelers or immigrants in America. The only exception would be a spouse to a current resident/citizen. There may be a mandatory waiting period, but a spouse and dependents can always be added to a domestic health plan (although the cost may be put onto the employee).
While coming to the USA, it is advisable that you get medically insured in case of any unexpected medical emergency situations. Before you research about insurance coverage in the USA, here are some basics about categories available (particularly on our website). There are visitor insurance plans and immigrant insurance plans (some of which overlap). Travelers should first decide which type of insurance they want to purchase. Anyone in the US legally can purchase a visitor OR immigrant policy as listed on our website. However, the immigrant category has options that can be renewed and are for the long term. Some visitor options can only be purchased for 6 months or less and/or are not renewable.