Florida Blue introduces GeoBlueSM Health Plans and Services for expatriates and business travelers
Jacksonville, Fla. – Today Florida Blue, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan for Florida, announced the introduction of new health insurance plans and services for expatriates and business travelers through its GeoBlue program, an international health insurance business.
Through a partnership with Worldwide Insurance Service, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, GeoBlue is a new line of group health insurance products made available to companies in Florida. Branded GeoBlue Expat and GeoBlue Traveler, these two new plans provide an array of health-related insurance services that traditional domestic health insurance plans do not offer business travelers outside of the U.S.
"GeoBlue provides businesses and employees peace of mind as they pursue their international business goals,” said Deanna McDonald, group vice president, strategy and diversification. "Given the global arc of business today, the need is clear – timely access to an international network of carefully selected doctors and hospitals to meet whatever health needs while traveling aboard is apparent and GeoBlue delivers on those needs.”
The U.S. Department of Commerce tallied more than six million outbound overseas business trips last year, and the U.S. Department estimates there are more than four million Americans living abroad as expatriates in all countries of the world.
GeoBlue group health plans combine unsurpassed service and mobile technology to help expatriates and travelers access trusted doctors and hospitals in 180 countries around the globe as well as the full resources of Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s doctor and hospital network in the U.S.
Key GeoBlue services include: appointment scheduling with contracted international doctors and facilities with no out-of-pocket-costs; outpatient care coordination, especially for chronic conditions and special needs; inpatient case management and emergency evacuation; online and mobile global tools to find carefully selected providers, find brand name medications equivalents, translate key medical terms and phrases and confirm eligibility for benefits; and just recently GeoBlue released the first downloadable application that serves as a hand-held global concierge for medical services.
“Our business sales team is thrilled to play a role in providing the GeoBlue Expat and GeoBlue Traveler health plans,” said Jon Urbanek, senior vice president, sales and marketing. These two products provide the international travelers and expats great peace of mind this elite community and Florida Blue is eager to be a part of it.”
About Florida Blue
Florida Blue is a leader in Florida’s health industry. Since 1944, the company has been dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of members by offering an array of choices. As Florida Blue transitions from a health insurance company to a health solutions company, “In the Pursuit of Health” reflects the Florida Blue commitment to ensuring affordable plans, providing personal support for health and wellness and building strong communities that enable health and wellness for all Floridians. Florida Blue is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Florida Blue is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit floridablue.com.
GeoBlue is the trade name for the international health insurance programs of Worldwide Insurance Services, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Setting the industry standard, GeoBlue’s mission is to provide peace of mind to long- and short-term global travelers by offering competitive insurance protection and technology-powered assistance, including an elite community of thousands of carefully selected, contracted doctors and hospitals in almost every country in the world as well as its signature destination databases, mobile tools and concierge-level services. The scope of GeoBlue's services and technology creates a complete, reliable, convenient way to keep international travelers and expats healthy and productive. For more information, visit geo-blue.com.