Hi my name is Kristen. I work here at
Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred and this is the Medicare Minute. You’re covered for emergency and urgent care anywhere in the world. You can even be
outside our service area for up to six consecutive months and still be covered. Our service area is the state of Massachusetts except for Berkshire,
Franklin, Dukes, and Nantucket counties. A medical emergency is when you believe your health is in serious danger. Urgently needed care is when you need
medical care right away because of an illness, injury, or unexpected condition,
but your health is not in serious danger. It’s important to remember you
don’t need a referral from your doctor before getting emergency or urgent care. If you receive emergency or urgent care
when traveling, you may need to pay out-of-pocket for any procedures. But
generally, you can get reimbursed for the expenses when you return home, minus any
co-payments or coinsurance you may owe. Just save your receipts and give us a
call. Routine care such as seeing your doctor
for a physical is not covered outside our service area, so remember to schedule
routine care before or after your travel plans. If you have any questions about
what is covered when traveling, you can always give us a call. For more
information, see the article on our website. We hope you found this helpful.
Thanks for watching this edition of the Medicare Minute.