How Can ISO Break Insurance Barriers for International Students?


ISO Customer Care | Jul 08, 2023 Insurance

As a foreign student in the United States, understanding the healthcare system is probably at the bottom of your to-do list. We understand that healthcare is one of the most difficult topics to understand as an international student, therefore we are always ready and available to provide you with quick and easy-to-understand resources to navigate the system. As a company run by international students, we have come to notice these common concerns students have and we strive to provide you with solutions:

Affordable Plan Options for All Visa Types

ISO is renowned for the variety of health insurance plans we offer - no matter what visa you hold. We are committed to being there for your full journey as an international student and providing you with affordable yet comprehensive health insurance coverage during every phase of your academic career.

Are you applying for J1, OPT or H1B? Learn more about the process here:

Understanding the Healthcare System:

You do not need to be an expert on the system, rather just familiar with how it works! We want to make this as simple as possible for you to understand. Here are a few topics we have covered in the past that may be useful to you:

  1. Tips for selecting health insurance
  2. How to use your ISO Plan
  3. Insurance Terminology That All International Students Should Know
  4. International Student Health Insurance videos

Finding a Doctor Is Difficult

Searching for a doctor can be a daunting task if you are new to the U.S. especially when you are not feeling well. With ISO, we provide plenty of options for you and have put together some quick to reads to help you learn about different types of physicians and how to select one, where you should or should go:

  1. International Student Guide: Visiting a Doctor in the U.S.
  2. 3 Steps to Find Doctors, Clinics, and Hospitals
  3. Five Reasons to Avoid the Emergency Room in the U.S.

Medical Attention Is Expensive

The U.S. has the most expensive medical system in the world! Accidents and illnesses occur when you least expect it, that is why it is so important to have health insurance coverage. With insurance coverage, there is cost sharing, so you do not need to pay the full amount of the bill.

With ISO Plans, you have nationwide access to doctors and hospitals so our members will receive services at a negotiated rate when visiting an in-network provider. Our plans offer affordable yet comprehensive coverage.

Learn more about why the Healthcare System is so expensive and why you should always maintain coverage:

  1. How Much Does Healthcare Really Cost in the United States?
  2. What Does An International Student Health Insurance Plan Cover?
  3. Why All International Students Should Maintain Health Insurance in the U.S.

Additional Information

Though we specialize in helping students understand the health insurance landscape, we also aim to provide as many resources as possible to help you acclimate to life in the United States. Our blog has a variety of helpful information to look into – such as scholarships opportunities, special deals, and other general content about international student life

Some notable blog articles include:

  1. Managing Semestral Stress: A Guide
  2. A Guide to Internships and Campus Jobs
  3. Over-The-Counter Drugs and Home Remedies To Treat Common Illnesses

We are committed to providing you the necessary resources to ease your studies and provide you peace of mind. If you have any questions regarding health insurance, please feel free to contact us.

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About ISO Student Health Insurance

Founded in 1958, ISO prides itself on being the leader in providing international students with affordable insurance plans. Administered by former and current international students, we are able to assist our member with multilingual customer service in Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, and more. ISO serves over 3,200 schools/colleges and more than 150,000 insured students every year.

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