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ObamaCare Mandate May Increase Travel Medical Insurance Requirement for Non US Citizens

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SOURCE: India Network Foundation

Supreme Court ruling that upholds individual mandate for health insurance may increase verification of visitor medical insurance for non US citizens visiting the USA.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) June 29, 2012

India Network Foundation, a non-profit US based sponsor of health insurance in the USA, expects the Supreme Court ruling that upholds the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, to increase the medical insurance requirements for temporary visitors to the USA. Professor KV Rao, India Network Foundation founder commented, “The health insurance mandate for US citizens may likely apply to non US citizens visiting the USA for extended stays.”

Since 1988, India Network Foundation has sponsored health plans for tourists, temporary workers and students visiting outside their home country. As a response to the increasing need for medical coverage for emergencies related to pre existing conditions, India Network introduced Comprehensive Visitor Health Insurance with Pre Existing Condition Coverage in February 2012.

Dr. KV Rao, reflecting on the Supreme Court landmark decision, added “The health care law addresses a major issue of coverage for people with pre existing conditions for US citizens. It is expected that visitors coming to the United States starting from 2013 may be required to show proof of health insurance coverage from US based health insurance providers before they will be admitted to satisfy compliance with the health care legislation.”

About India Network Foundation

India Network Foundation, established as a US non-profit organization, has been helping the Asian Indian community in North America with programs and grants to academics from India for more than two decades. India Network Foundation sponsors visitor health insurance to students, temporary workers (H1 visa holders) and their families. All insurance products sponsored by the foundation are administered by India Network Health Insurance and underwritten by The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, a member of Chartis Insurance, American International Group (AIG).

For more information visit http://www.indianetwork.org.

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India Network Offers Visitors with Travel Medical Insurance Cardiovascular Prevention and Care

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SOURCE: India Network Foundation

India Network Foundation joins with Thambiran Heart & Vascular Institute to offer members and parents discount for cardiovascular disease prevention and care.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) June 20, 2012

India Network Foundation, a non-profit US based sponsor of health insurance in the USA, announced an agreement with Thambiran Heart & Vascular Institute wherein members of India Network Foundation and their family members can receive discounted rates for preventive heart care services and comprehensive vascular health screening programs at Thambiran Heart & Vascular Institute, Chennai, India.

“Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death worldwide with more than 2.5 million people expected to die due to cardiovascular disease in India. Heart disease is the cause of nearly twenty five percent of deaths in Asian Indians 25 to 70 years of age,” said Dr. R. Ravikumar, Medical Director of Thambiran Heart & Vascular Institute (P) Ltd, Chennai, India.

India Network Foundation has been at the forefront of addressing health issues of the aging Asian Indian population in the United States and elderly parents visiting from India. Life expectancy in India is improving over the years, reaching 65 years for men and 68 years for women. The life expectancy of visiting parents is much higher than the average life expectancy of India, now reaching more than 70 years of age.

In addition to offering medical insurance for travel to the US for seniors age 70 and older, the agreement with Thambiran Heart & Vascular Institute extends foundation membership benefits for preventative care. Professor KV Rao, India Network Foundation founder added, “India Network Foundation is pleased to offer screening and health care services specifically for parents with pre existing conditions that are planning to visit the US.”

About Thambiran Heart & Vascular Institute (P) Ltd, Chennai, India

Thambiran Heart & Vascular Institute is a Heart Care Clinic in Chennai with outpatient services focused on preventive health care and comprehensive heart disease management. The hospital has been set up with a vision and mission towards “Healthy Heart & Lengthy Life”. The Medical Director of the institute is Dr. R. Ravikumar, MBBS, DMRD, DMRE, Ph.D, Diplomate in Cardiac C.T (CBCCT, USA), Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship (University of Toronto, Canada). Dr. Ravikumar was recently certified as a Heart Attack Prevention Specialist by Society for Heart Attack Prevention & Eradication (SHAPE), Texas, USA. He presently is a Medical Consultant at Apollo Hospitals, Madras Medical Mission, Global Hospitals etc at Chennai.

For more information visit http://www.preventheartattack.in (Shashidharan -011-91-928212978).

About India Network Foundation

India Network Foundation, established as a US non-profit organization, has been helping the Asian Indian community in North America with programs and grants to academics from India for more than two decades. India Network Foundation sponsors visitor health insurance to students, temporary workers (H1 visa holders) and their families. All insurance products sponsored by the foundation are administered by India Network Health Insurance and underwritten by The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, a member of Chartis Insurance, American International Group (AIG).

For more information visit http://www.indianetwork.org.

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Pre Existing Condition Visitor Health Insurance Participation Rate Doubles for India Network

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SOURCE:  India Network Foundation

India Network introduction of comprehensive coverage with pre existing coverage doubles enrollment rate for Indian visitors.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) June 13, 2012

India Network Foundation, a non-profit US based sponsor of health insurance in the USA, announced that since the introduction of the Comprehensive Visitor Health Insurance with Pre Existing Condition Coverage in February 2012, the enrollment rate in pre existing condition coverage has more than doubled for visitors selecting medical insurance for travel in the US. While the trend for pre existing condition coverage has been consistently upward since its introduction in 2006, the current year participation rate has doubled, primarily reflecting parents ages 55 to 89 seeking emergency medical coverage for pre existing issues. The high acceptance rate reflects the need in the marketplace for comprehensive and pre existing coverage without the restrictive clauses required by other plans excluding coverage for emergencies related to current medications or medical conditions.

“With more than half of visitor medical insurance enrollments electing pre existing condition coverage, the introduction of a comprehensive pre existing plan for the Indian community prone to heart disease and diabetes was a natural evolution of the travel health insurance plans offered by India Network Health Insurance,” said Professor KV Rao, India Network Foundation founder.

The Comprehensive Coverage plan participates in the MultiPlan network and offers 80% co-insurance up to the first $5,000 of eligible medical expenses and 100% of additional eligible medical expenses up to the maximum coverage based on age group. Plan comparisons are available for all ages at http://www.kvrao.org/easyselect.php

Professor KV Rao added, “We are pleased to have had soaring participation in the India Network health insurance programs over the recent years to enable the roll-out of the Comprehensive Plan without the typical exclusions required by other underwriters.”

About India Network Foundation

India Network Foundation, established as a US non-profit organization, has been helping the Asian Indian community in North America with programs and grants to academics from India for more than two decades. India Network Foundation sponsors visitor health insurance to students, temporary workers (H1 visa holders) and their families. All insurance products sponsored by the foundation are administered by India Network Health Insurance and underwritten by The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, a member of Chartis Insurance.

For more information visit http://www.indianetwork.org.

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Sex Selective abortions among South Asian Immigrants in the United States

A number of news stories appeared recently in press about Sex selective abortions among South Asian Immigrant population in the United States. A close examination of the source of these reports indicate that these stories were based on a ethnographic study involving a sample of less than 100 Asian Indian women (mostly from Northern Indian states of UP, Punjab, Bihar, Rajasathan, etc) and these women were selected because of their parity rather than randomness. It is sad that these researchers generalize the findings from these ethnographic studies to the whole community in the United States.
However, the research took a special turn when Rep. Christopher Smith and his colleagues started drafting a bill to ban sex selective abortions among South Asian immigrant population in the United States without any kind of scientific evidence to demonstrate that such a thing is happening in the community. The birth registration data is plagued with misclassification race of child, particularly for Asian Indians in the 1990s and 2000s. Preliminary examination of the 2010 US Census data shows that the sex ratios of White population for 0-1 age group compare similar to Asian Indian sex ratios for the same age groups..

Table 1: Sex Ratios of Asian Indians Alone, Asian Indian mixed and White population in the United States, 2010

White Alone Race
Age  Whites Alone Asian Indian Alone Mixed Asian Indians
    Under 1 year 104.9

106.8

105.82

    1 year 104.8

105.2

107.40

    2 years 104.9

104

106.82

    3 years 105

106.1

107.92

    4 years 105.5

103.9

102.42

    5 years 105.1

105.4

109.37

Source: US Census ,2 010
Sex Ratio is defined as number of males per 100 females
© Dr. KV Rao, India Network Foundation

 

We will provide more scientific studies examining the sex ratios in the US among various population groups.. but the recent alerts are false at least further studies on this subject.

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