Repatriation insurance for J1 visa requirement?

Posted by casdunning @casdunning, Jan 10 7:53pm

Hi everyone, I will be starting at Mayo Clinic in MN as a research fellow/postdoc under a J-1 research scholar visa coming from Canada. The minimum health insurance that the US Department of State requires is as follows:

Medical Benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
Repatriation of Remains in the amount of $25,000
Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness
A policy underwritten by an insurance carrier with:
an A.M. Best rating of ‘‘A-’’ or above;
a McGraw Hill Financial/Standard & Poor’s Claims paying Ability rating of ‘‘A-’’ or above;
a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of ‘‘B+’’ or above;
a Fitch Ratings, Inc. rating of ‘‘A-’’ or above;
a Moody’s Investor Services rating of ‘‘A3’’ or above;

My position is eligible for the Mayo health insurance (Mayo Basic/Select/Premier, etc). Does the Mayo health insurance cover SOS/repatriation as a J-1 requirement, ie. do I need to buy separate J-1 exchange health insurance? I ask because a Canadian friend of mine who went elsewhere in the US for a research position had to buy repatriation insurance. I just don't want to be turned away at the border! Hoping to hear from someone in a similar situation, thanks in advance! 🙂

Mayo health insurance is enough for the requirement of J1 VISA, even the cheapest Mayo Basic insurance. You don't need to buy others.

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