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Helpful Tips:

  • Keep proof of your medical insurance with you at all times. All exchange visitor sponsors provide health insurance to their exchange visitors and many of the policies can be found online.

  • Contact your sponsor before and after you seek medical attention.

  • Some insurance plans will not cover the full amount of the doctor visit or emergency room visit; know the terms of your policy and what you are responsible to pay.

  • Do not go to the emergency room at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, WI for minor illness and injuries (colds, insect bites, etc.), go to Urgent Care instead. If you have a serious or life threatening injury or illness, you may need emergency care. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance to come and get you. You will be transported to the emergency room at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, WI or one of the other hospitals depending on your location. Again, know the terms of your insurance coverage because if you are not admitted to the hospital after receiving emergency care, many of the insurance carriers have a high deductible ($200+) that you will be responsible for.

  • Take your passport and your insurance card/information to the hospital or doctor’s office. If you do not know your insurance information, at least provide your sponsors’ name.

  • If you are injured while on the job, you must report it to your supervisor immediately so they are aware and can document the injury. All employers are required to have Worker’s Compensation Insurance Coverage for their employees who are injured on the job and will be responsible for any medical bills for work-related injuries.

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