Emergency and Urgent Care Outside of Hawaii
Here's what to do in case of an emergency when you are outside the state of Hawaii
Before leaving Hawaii, review your Guide to Benefits for coverage while away from home. You can also contact HMSA's Customer Relations department for detailed information about your travel benefits. Always carry your current HMSA membership card while traveling. In case of an emergency, go directly to the nearest hospital. If you are admitted to the hospital, call the BlueCard Worldwide Service Center at 1 (800) 810-BLUE (2583) if you're on the U.S. Mainland or call 1 (804) 673-1177 toll-free if you are in another country.
For more information about emergency care, we encourage you to read When to use the emergency room and Examples of medical emergencies and your current Guide to Benefits .
Here's what to do if you need urgent care when you are outside the state of Hawaii
Urgent care is medical care for an unexpected illness or injury that is not life threatening but cannot wait until the patient visits a PCP.
Before leaving Hawaii, review your Guide to Benefits for coverage while away from home. You can also call HMSA Customer Relations for detailed information about your travel benefits. If you need urgent care outside of Hawaii, call the BlueCard Worldwide Service Center at 1 (800) 810-BLUE (2583) if you're on the U.S. Mainland or call 1 (804) 673-1177 toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when traveling outside the U.S. You may also visit the National Doctor & Hospital Finder to locate providers within the U.S. or BlueCard Worldwide to find the nearest participating provider in another country. An assistance coordinator (along with a medical professional) will arrange an appointment or hospitalization, if necessary.
To get the best benefit, visit a BlueCard Worldwide provider. For PPO plans, you will pay a greater share of the total costs if you see a nonparticipating provider. For HMO plans, if care is not coordinated through the BlueCard program, your services will not be covered.
Note: Although HMSA’s Children’s Plan covers emergency services, urgent care is not a covered benefit.
How are emergency and urgent care services paid?
When you arrive at the hospital or urgent care clinic, the provider will verify your membership using your HMSA membership card and provide your care. When receiving care from a participating BlueCard Worldwide provider, you should not have to complete claim forms. You should not need to pay up front for inpatient services except for the usual out-of-pocket expenses (non-covered services, deductible, copayments, and coinsurance). The hospital that is arranged for you through the BlueCard service center should submit the claim on your behalf.
All outpatient, doctor care, and nonparticipating services may need to be paid in full at the time of service. Please submit information to HMSA for reimbursement, see Filing medical claims for services from nonparticipating providers for instructions. If you want to be reimbursed in the foreign currency of the country that you are visiting, you may file your claim with BlueCard Worldwide instead of HMSA. BlueCard Worldwide claim forms can be found on the BlueCard Worldwide website.
For benefit information and differences in coverage between PPO and HMO plans, see Your health plan benefits outside the United States .
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