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Pregnant international traveler

originally posted: 11/22/2006  reposted: 2/18/2011 This post has not been recently reviewed or revised by the author and may be out of date. If in doubt, please send a new question or ask for an update.

Q: I am currently pregnant, due in August, and am looking for a policy that would include coverage for birth-related emergencies during the time of the policy when I come from London to New York.

A: In the U.S., a pregnant woman is not eligible for regular commercial health insurance that covers pregnancy until the post-partum examination. Exceptions include employer-provided group health insurance and travel insurance. A short term international travel policy is available, but will limit or exclude coverage for your pre-existing medical conditions including pregnancy-related issues. More information is available at


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