SOURCE: International Services, Inc.

International Services, Inc.

April 05, 2011 08:01 ET

International Student Health Insurance Updates Live at

GLEN ALLEN, VA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - The latest international student health insurance plan benefit and rate changes have been updated by International Services, Inc. on its popular website The agency offers a wide range of international student insurance, exchange student insurance, and study abroad health insurance plans.

These plans are available for both foreign students enrolling at US universities and US students going overseas for study abroad programs. The website permits comparing plans from various carriers and makes it easy for users to identify unique benefits that make each plan different from the other.

The first quarter of 2011 has seen numerous changes in rates, benefits & exclusions and the latest update helps students and program coordinators shop for the best value insurance. For example, one of the popular plans in the J visa exchange student community saw a steep increase in rates for dependent children less than 5 years old.

US students pursuing a study abroad program are forced to seek coverage outside of their regular domestic HMO or PPO plan because these plans offer very limited or no coverage outside the US. Besides, the international student insurance plans offer medical evacuation and repatriation for returning home (these benefits are typically absent with HMO and domestic PPO plans).

If you're coming to the United States under a student exchange program, you will be required to have a valid J1 insurance policy for the duration of the program. If your stay is of limited duration, then there are plans that cover trips as short as five days.

Chiranth Nataraj, CEO of International Services, Inc., said, "It is important for students to check with student advisors on the latest minimum insurance requirements so that they can easily pick a plan that meets all the requirements. When one knows what is required then our website will help students pick a plan within two minutes."

Sometimes, individual preferences go beyond the University's minimum requirements. The discerning can seek out plans that cover pre-existing conditions, pregnancies, mental health, etc.; while the cost conscious can purchase the bare minimum and save on premium.

Finding value in insurance premiums and benefits has been made easy by the updates at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Chiranth Nataraj
    President, CEO
    International Services, Inc.
    529 Barnsley Terrace
    Glen Allen, VA 23059