Why a travel insurance claim for a senior over 70 might be denied

Travel insurance is a valuable tool that provides peace of mind and financial protection when unforeseen events occur during trips. However, it’s essential to understand that travel insurance claims can sometimes be denied, even for seniors above 70 who have diligently purchased coverage.

In this blog post, we will explore some reasons why travel insurance claims for seniors might be denied in the USA, shedding light on potential pitfalls and helping seniors make more informed decisions so that you do not end up in these pitfalls.

  1. Pre-Existing Medical Conditions: One common reason for claim denials is related to pre-existing medical conditions. Many travel insurance policies have exclusions or limitations regarding pre-existing conditions, which can include chronic illnesses or conditions that existed before the policy was purchased. It’s crucial to carefully review the policy’s definition of pre-existing conditions and understand what is covered, what is excluded, and any waiting periods or requirements for coverage.

  1. Failure to Disclose Medical History: When purchasing travel insurance, seniors are typically required to provide accurate and complete information about their medical history. Failing to disclose relevant medical conditions or providing incorrect information could lead to claim denials. It’s important to be transparent and thorough when answering questions about medical history during the application process to avoid potential issues later on. So if you have stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s, epilepsy or Diabetes, it is only good that you mention it.

  1. Not Meeting Policy Requirements: Travel insurance policies often have specific requirements that must be met for a claim to be valid. For example, certain policies may require documentation from a healthcare professional or proof of cancellation due to a covered reason. Failure to meet these requirements or provide the necessary documentation can result in claim denials. Seniors should carefully review their policy and understand the requirements for filing a claim to ensure compliance.

  1. Engaging in High-Risk Activities: Engaging in high-risk activities that are excluded from the travel insurance policy can lead to claim denials. Such activities may include extreme sports, adventure activities, or certain forms of transportation. It’s crucial to review the policy’s list of excluded activities and understand the limitations to avoid claim denials resulting from participation in prohibited activities.

  1. Non-Emergency Medical Treatment: Travel insurance typically provides coverage for emergency medical treatment. However, claims for non-emergency medical treatments or elective procedures may be denied. Seniors should be aware that routine medical care, pre-planned treatments, or check-ups may not be covered by their travel insurance policy.

  1. Intoxication or Illegal Activities: Claims resulting from incidents where the senior was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or involved in illegal activities, are likely to be denied. Travel insurance policies often exclude coverage for losses or accidents that occur due to such circumstances. It is essential to exercise caution, adhere to local laws, and avoid behavior that could compromise coverage.
  1. Filing the claim too late: When buying the policy, you will be told when you need to file a claim. Have someone help you read through the fine print so that you do not get your claim denied due to lateness in filing. At the same time, there is always some time allowed before the policy takes effect and so, you would be discouraged from taking a policy while you have already started your trip.

While travel insurance provides valuable protection, it’s important for seniors to be aware of the potential reasons for claim denials. Understanding the policy’s exclusions, requirements, and limitations is vital for making informed decisions and avoiding potential pitfalls. Seniors should carefully review their travel insurance policies, disclose accurate medical information, follow all policy requirements, and adhere to the terms and conditions. By doing so, they can increase the chances of a successful claim and ensure they have the necessary coverage during their travels.