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9 minutes ago, jmd8800 said:

I'd be willing to pay some pretty serious premiums in Thailand if policies covered pre-existing conditions, I had a reasonable belief that they would pay when I needed it and lastly

Hi all again,

 

We fully underwrite each policy so the coverage terms are explicit before any decision is made by client.  We can consider sub standard risks.  We have many people that apply with high blood pressure for example, whist we exclude the maintenance or medication we may cover the consequences such as heart attacks or strokes.  It really depends on the severity.  We look at each applicant on a case by case basis.

 

To be clear with a moratorium underwritten policy, the insurer will exclude anything typically over the last 2-5 years, and won't be subject to cover until they have had no reoccourance, treatment or symptoms of the condition.  For something chronic this will not happen, and therefore this is when people think they are covered although they are not "This insurer doesn't pay claims etc".  It's about understanding the policy terms firstly, secondly if there has been any non disclosure on the application, which happens frequently, they rightly will deny a claim.

 

We don't choose which claims to pay or not.  We will pay every valid claim, our license is at stake if not.  That is why having a compliant plan is also a good idea as you have the OIC available for any disputes which is more difficult with offshore plans.

 

Hope that helps 

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49 minutes ago, zydeco said:

Can I get an exclude everything with 100 percent deductible plan for a two or three thousand?

I'd buy that policy.

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2 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I'd buy that policy.

I'd rather be shaken down for two or three thousand that won't get me any return than 70,000+.

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1 hour ago, zydeco said:

Can I get an exclude everything with 100 percent deductible plan for a two or three thousand?

One of the 8 suggested plans was "major medical" sometimes called catastrophic insurance. Much, much cheaper, but they only pay for above 40000 IP. The problem will always be the 40K out patient part, that's crazy. I would also look at local Thai policies, not the "for you the expat" policies.

 

Note: even big time companies screw you when it comes time to pay, I have the scars to prove it. I chuckle at people who boast how much coverage they have. Seldom see people brag how much their insurers paid on emergency.  

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42 minutes ago, BritManToo said:
1 hour ago, zydeco said:

Can I get an exclude everything with 100 percent deductible plan for a two or three thousand?

I'd buy that policy.

I'd sell you one.   I'm sure they are being planned right now.

 

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Who is going to check these policies at Immigration to make sure they are up to date and conform to what is required and also my 7 policies from America?  The high school girls in the front handing out papers?

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4 hours ago, Tanoshi said:

When did local Immigration offices start issuing the long stay O-A Visa?

When they mention expats on extensions of temporary permission of stay, then you can be concerned. Currently it's only suggested it will be applicable to Non O-A Visa applications.

This confusion has gone on for years. MFA issues visas; Immigration issues permissions of stay. The two of them sometimes don't know the difference.

 

To see this confusion, go to the MFA website explaining how and where to obtain a Non Imm O-A (long stay) Visa:

http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908/15385-Non-Immigrant-Visa-"O-A"-(Long-Stay).html

Check out where to submit:

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Channels to submit application

Applicant may submit their application at the Royal Thai embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General in their home/residence country or at the Office of the Immigration Bureau in Thailand located onGovernment Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Tel 0-2141-9889.

Huh! Get your O-A visa at Immigration?

 

If you go to Immigration wanting a one-year stay, and have all your MFA stipulated requirements for an O-A visa, after they stop laughing, they'll either begin the one-year extension process based upon the Non Imm O visa you used for entry into Thailand; or begin a conversion process of your tourist visa, or visa exempt entry (the rare situation where Immigration actually issues a visa, i.e., the one-time Non Imm O needed for one year extensions).  But as far as MFA is concerned, you've gone to Immigration, and subsequently come out the other end with a one-year permission of stay. Hey, man, samo samo as getting a O-A from one of our consulates, therefore, it must be an O-A visa that was issued -- anything less would be plebeian, I say.

 

Thus, the confusion. An O-A "long stay" visa means the same as a one-year permission of stay, at least to many Thai bureaucrats.

 

So, when the Phuket Immigration honcho replies:

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he has yet to receive an order for his office to start applying it when processing applications for one-year Non-Immigrant O-A permits-to-stay.

Again, Immigration doesn't issue Non Imm O-A anything -- they issue permits of stay based on Non Imm  visas, to include Non Imm O-A visas that are about to expire, and upon which the owner wants a second one-year permit of stay (the first issued when he entered the airport a year prior). That this insurance requirement would apply only to new extensions tied to expiring Non Imm O-A visas is ludicrous.

 

Thus, let's stick to the title of this thread "long stay foreigners." How they got, or will get, their one-year long stay seems to be irrelevant. It just seems to makes sense if this whole drill affects all of us who will get (or renew) our one-year extensions -- or will apply in our homecountry for an O-A visa.

 

My only concern is to whether or not my Tricare Overseas Program, which covers all that they are concerned about, plus much more, shows up as acceptable. Unfortunately (unless someone know differently), I don't have a card showing my membership, as I don't think they have such cards. And I doubt DEERS data can be shared. We'll see.

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25 minutes ago, marcusarelus said:

Who is going to check these policies at Immigration to make sure they are up to date and conform to what is required and also my 7 policies from America?  The high school girls in the front handing out papers?

 

Fine by me, as i'm sure they will be more friendly and more intelligent

than the ones in the back.  :cheesy:

 

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11 minutes ago, JimGant said:

This confusion has gone on for years. MFA issues visas; Immigration issues permissions of stay. The two of them sometimes don't know the difference.

 

To see this confusion, go to the MFA website explaining how and where to obtain a Non Imm O-A (long stay) Visa:

http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908/15385-Non-Immigrant-Visa-"O-A"-(Long-Stay).html

Check out where to submit:

Huh! Get your O-A visa at Immigration?

 

If you go to Immigration wanting a one-year stay, and have all your MFA stipulated requirements for an O-A visa, after they stop laughing, they'll either begin the one-year extension process based upon the Non Imm O visa you used for entry into Thailand; or begin a conversion process of your tourist visa, or visa exempt entry (the rare situation where Immigration actually issues a visa, i.e., the one-time Non Imm O needed for one year extensions).  But as far as MFA is concerned, you've gone to Immigration, and subsequently come out the other end with a one-year permission of stay. Hey, man, samo samo as getting a O-A from one of our consulates, therefore, it must be an O-A visa that was issued -- anything less would be plebeian, I say.

 

Thus, the confusion. An O-A "long stay" visa means the same as a one-year permission of stay, at least to many Thai bureaucrats.

 

So, when the Phuket Immigration honcho replies:

Again, Immigration doesn't issue Non Imm O-A anything -- they issue permits of stay based on Non Imm  visas, to include Non Imm O-A visas that are about to expire, and upon which the owner wants a second one-year permit of stay (the first issued when he entered the airport a year prior). That this insurance requirement would apply only to new extensions tied to expiring Non Imm O-A visas is ludicrous.

 

Thus, let's stick to the title of this thread "long stay foreigners." How they got, or will get, their one-year long stay seems to be irrelevant. It just seems to makes sense if this whole drill affects all of us who will get (or renew) our one-year extensions -- or will apply in our homecountry for an O-A visa.

 

My only concern is to whether or not my Tricare Overseas Program, which covers all that they are concerned about, plus much more, shows up as acceptable. Unfortunately (unless someone know differently), I don't have a card showing my membership, as I don't think they have such cards. And I doubt DEERS data can be shared. We'll see.

If you can explain it to a 17 year old girl who doesn't speak English I don't see a problem.  I'm working on how to say Veterans disability and Myocardial infarction. 

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Who is going to check these policies at Immigration to make sure they are up to date and conform to what is required and also my 7 policies from America?  The high school girls in the front handing out papers?
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They won't need to be checked at any Immigration office as the OA and OX visa can only be applied for at an overseas Consulate or Embassy.

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13 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:

They won't need to be checked at any Immigration office as the OA and OX visa can only be applied for at an overseas Consulate or Embassy.

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That's if you are correct.  If I'm correct the girls will be looking at my VA Disability and Foreign Medical Probram documents. 

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10 hours ago, JimGant said:

That this insurance requirement would apply only to new extensions tied to expiring Non Imm O-A visas is ludicrous.

Exactly.

 

(Sorry to all you guys with fingers crossed.)

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19 hours ago, Thaivisa Health Protect said:

You are welcome to take the post anyway you'd like Sir.  The intention was to try and provide some insight into the existing situation.  I completely agree that the value of these plans is not great by comparison to legacy plans.  They are specifically for 50+yrs upwards so the claims ratios will be higher, which explains the pricing.  Again we hope that they will allow any plan to meet the requirements, so that people who have plans with better coverage and pricing will be able to use for the obtaining of their visa.  Lastly of the 6 providers approved our rates are very competitive.

70,000 to provide 400,000 of coverage for a 70+ year old? that makes you a vulture pal!

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On 5/15/2019 at 8:46 PM, mania said:

Who knows right 😉

 

Truth is as always the govt makes new rules & Immigration will be confused/uninformed as to how to implement but............

 

From what I am reading I think the new insurance for Non Imm OA Visa obtained outside Thailand at your home country consulates yes will need insurance

to complete

 

But any long stay extension done inside Thailand will have the new 800k for X amount of months?  & 400k remainder months?

That basically is the insurance requirement covered by the 400k....probably easier than trying to suss who has what policy etc.

 

So if your doing your extension inside Thailand & are following the seasoned money in bank rules you will not need the insurance since your 400k

is showing a form of locked in self insured?

 

But as usual like I said Who knows right? 😀 That is my guess & how I have read it so far

How each Imm office will interpret it is anyone's guess

makes sense

 

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