GeoBlue Xplorer Essential

Plan Detail



GeoBlue Xplorer is designed for extended living abroad. You can choose to enroll in a new plan when your existing plan expires. When you do, there are no medical questions and premium rates do not change based on your individual claims history. Your new rate will be the same as all persons covered in your rating class.

How Coverage Ends

Your coverage ends on the earlier of:

1. The last day of the month after the date the Insured Person is no longer eligible;
2. The end of the last period for which premium has been paid;
3. The date the Policy terminates;
4. The date of fraud or misrepresentation of a material fact by the Insured Person, except as indicated in the Time Limit on Certain Defenses provision.

What is GeoBlue Xplorer®?

International health insurance that covers you inside and outside the U.S.

The GeoBlue Xplorer health plan is designed to support the international lifestyles of those who travel to or from the United States for extended periods of business, leisure and study. If you leave home for six months or more, your health and financial security are at serious risk because of significant gaps in most available insurance coverage and services. This risk is only heightened by limited knowledge of health and safety hazards around the world, including medical treatment from unfamiliar providers.

GeoBlue Xplorer is the ultimate international health plan because it combines comprehensive worldwide benefits with a new generation of medical assistance services, which include an impressive array of online and mobile tools used to identify, access and pay for quality healthcare all around the world. GeoBlue Xplorer gives you the freedom to access care inside and outside the U.S. If you need benefits outside the U.S. only, explore the GeoBlue Xplorer Essential plan.

Meet GeoBlue, an experience well beyond that of traditional health insurance.

GeoBlue provides unsurpassed service and the convenience of mobile technology to access the best medical care no matter what town, country or time zone.

Easy Access to an Elite International Provider Community

GeoBlue has a network of doctors from almost every specialty in over 190 countries to see you.

Only a small fraction of doctors around the world meet GeoBlue standards – participation is by invitation only. We seek out professionals certified by the American or Royal Board of Medical Specialties who speak English, and we factor in recommendations by over 165 Physician Advisors from all over the world. Then we assemble in-depth profiles so our members can choose with confidence, and we put formal contracts in place to ensure patient access. Once they’ve seen you, GeoBlue doctors bill us directly so you don’t have to file a claim.

In the U.S. you have cashless access to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield network in all fifty states.

Strength of the Blue Brands in the U.S.

GeoBlue members have access to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield network within the U.S.

More than 92 percent of physicians and more than 96 percent of hospitals across the U.S. are a part of the BlueCard Network.

Personal Safety Intelligence

GeoBlue maintains unsurpassed resources designed to promote personal safety by giving members convenient access to vitally important news, health and safety analysis and medical translation tools.

  • Global Health and Safety news alerts published daily and delivered by email or smartphone.
  • City and country level profiles on crime, terrorism and natural disasters.
  • Brandname equivalents for more than 400 common over-thecounter and prescription drugs in 44 of the most frequently visited countries.
  • Translation of hundreds of medical terms and phrases into the 14 most widely spoken languages.

Around-the-Clock Assistance Call Center

GeoBlue maintains a 24/7, toll-free call center to assist GeoBlue members with everything from routine requests to medical emergencies. The GeoBlue staff has years of experience with international medical assistance and has close working relationships with the best doctors around the globe.

Emergency Evacuation and Centers of Excellence

GeoBlue coordinates emergency services with a worldwide network of contracted Physician Advisors as well as air ambulance operators selected for their safety records. Members in need of life-saving medical intervention are treated in Centers of Excellence in the U.S. and around the world. whenever possible.

Personalized Member Services

Informed ChoiceSM

When GeoBlue Xplorer members experience an unanticipated medical problem, they can request a second opinion and referral through the Informed Choice service. A GeoBlue Regional Physician Advisor is available to discuss the member’s diagnosis and treatment plan directly with the attending physician.

Personalized Recruitment

If GeoBlue Xplorer members need a physician or specialist in an area not currently covered by the GeoBlue network , GeoBlue will make every effort to recruit and contract with an appropriate, qualified doctor.

Personal Solutions

GeoBlue Xplorer members enjoy a full range of Personal Solutions. Your online and mobile tools allow you to check medical symptoms, understand your health risks and access personalized prevention and wellness recommendations.

Direct Pay

GeoBlue members can avoid paying out of pocket for care by using Direct Pay. Through this service participating providers outside the U.S. bill GeoBlue directly for covered medical treatment

Why Choose the GeoBlue Xplorer Plan?

A Recognized Leader

GeoBlue is a recognized leader in international health insurance and medical assistance services, serving hundreds of thousands of world travelers annually.

Highest Standards of Service

GeoBlue meets the highest expectations of quality. For medical care outside the U.S., members are free to see any provider and their benefits will remain the same.

World-Class Healthcare

GeoBlue has the expertise and capability to meet any medical need efficiently and effectively. This can be a matter of support for a minor issue or help for a major issue no matter where you are.

Top 10 Advantages over Competing Plans

  • Provides an unlimited annual and lifetime maximum.
  • No waiting periods associated with any preventive services.
  • The pre-existing condition exclusion can be waived with proof of prior creditable insurance.
  • Covers injuries or illnesses that are a result of a terrorist act.
  • No pre-certification required for inpatient and outpatient care.
  • Deductible is waived for office visits and a small copay applies.
  • Generous U.S. Coverage.
  • Access to our elite providers can lead to better diagnosis, treatment and medical outcomes.
  • Our providers bill GeoBlue directly, which eliminates paperwork hassles.
  • The strength of the Blue brand. GeoBlue is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

How the Plan Works

GeoBlue Xplorer Premier and GeoBlue Xplorer Essential plans offer comprehensive benefits and a range of deductible options that allow members to select the right amount of insurance coverage for their budget and lifestyle. For detailed benefit schedules, please see inserts. To calculate your total out-of-pocket expense, add the deductible and coinsurance maximum.

For families, the deductible and coinsurance maximum is a multiple of 2.5.

After 364 days of continuous coverage, GeoBlue Xplorer members may re-enroll in a plan that matches their existing benefits.

How to Apply

Applications are available online or may be initiated by telephone or email. See back cover for details.

A personal check, money order or credit card number must accompany the application and must be sufficient to pay for one month of standard premium. GeoBlue will hold the form of payment until an underwriting decision is made. If your application is accepted, the payment will be applied to your account. Quotes obtained online or by telephone are advisory only. Actual premium is determined by the medical underwriting process.

GeoBlue will review your medical history as provided on the application and may request an Attending Physician’s Statement. GeoBlue publishes standard premium rates for non-smokers. Smokers and other applicants with certain medical histories may be offered a plan at a higher rate. Not all applicants will be accepted. Your effective date of insurance will be on the 1st or 15th day of the month following underwriting approval.

Member Welcome Kit

When your application is accepted, GeoBlue will mail you and any family members covered under the plan a Welcome Kit with identification cards, a certificate of insurance and instructions on how to register online. Procedures for filing a claim or requesting direct payment of participating providers will also be included.

About the Global Citizens Association

The Global Citizens Association is a national organization dedicated to promoting the interests of international travelers. Established more than 24 years ago, the GCA, is a not for profit affinity association located in Washington D.C., established to enhance global learning and lifestyles through safe and healthy world travel; to provide its members with useful international travel services and to make group international travel and health insurance coverages available to its members.

Visit the GCA website ( to learn about the association’s programs. This insurance is available only to GCA members and by enrolling, you will become a member. Association enrollment fees are included in the amounts charged for the insurance. You are not obligated to purchase any services or products from the GCA. The GCA is not affiliated with any insurance company

Pre-existing conditions

The GeoBlue Xplorer plan does not cover services for treatment of a medical condition for which medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment was recommended or received during 180 days immediately preceding the member’s eligibility date.

Creditable coverage

The 180-day pre-existing conditions period can be reduced or eliminated if you have been covered by a creditable group or individual health insurance plan.