Finding the right health insurance for green card holders and their parents can be tricky, since the choices would vary, depending on their unique situation.
A new immigrant to the US or green card holder may have be in any of the following situation.
- The green card holder frequently shuttle between home country and the united states.
- The green card holder, now permanently live in America.
- New Immigrant Just got the green card and arrived America
1. Green card holders who frequently shuttle between their home country and the USA:
A number of parents, who already have the green card, but do not stay in the USA permanently. They may be visiting the USA every six months or one year. In that case, you would need to buy either an immigrant plan or a visitor's plan that satisfies the eligibility criteria for green card holders shuttling between the home country and the USA. For green card holders and permanent residents who spend over 330 days outside of the US, the Affordable Care Act requirements may not apply.
2. Green card holders, who now live in the USA permanently:
If you are a green card holder and living in the US most of the year, you are required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. If you have missed the ObamaCare deadline, are in between jobs, a dependent who is no longer covered under parent's insurance, a recent graduate or waiting on health benefits to begin, you can still insure yourself with short term health insurance plans during that brief period. Green card holders who fall under one of the following categories can insure themselves through the ways mentioned.
Below 65 years of Age: If you are below 65 years of age, have green card and live in the USA permanently, you can consider domestic insurances like Blue Cross, Blue shield etc. For green card holders who have missed the healthcare enrollment period (November 15 to February 15 every year) or are waiting on their health benefits to begin can insure themselves with temporary health insurance.
Above 65 years of Age: If you are a green card holder, above 65years of age , you may be eligible for federal MediCare, or state sponsored MediCaid or MediCal or any other US state federal supported health program.
Note: MediCare is a federal health program and has certain eligibility requirements. Follow this article to see which green card holders qualify for Medicare.
3. New immigrant / very recently got the green card:
If you have recently got the green card, and will be in coming to the USA soon, you can consider New Immigrants Health Insurance plan or Short Term Health Insurance plan that provides temporary coverage while you travel and settle down in the US. Some of the choices include: Inbound Immigrant, Liaison Majestic, Patriot America, HCC STM etc. To get quotes for temporary short term insurance visit immigrants insurance.
4. In the process of getting green card:
If you are in the USA on a visitor's visa and your children or family has applied for a family sponsored green card, you are considered a visitor until your green card gets processed.
Medicare or Government Sponsored Health Benefits Programs:
If you are over 65 years of age, have been a green card holder for more than 5 years and are continuously living in the USA, you may apply for Medicare.
Read more information about health insurance for green card holders
- Medicare for green card holders
- Medicare, Medi-cal and Medi-caid (Understand the difference)
- Health insurance plans for green card holders
Please contact us for more information via email at support@visitorsCoverage.com. Our qualified, licensed health insurance agents can assess your situation and provide professional assistance.
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