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Travel Insurance Could Cover Extended Pet Boarding Costs

by John Stone | Jul 11, 2010
Emergency Medical Expense coverage provides necessary treatment for the insured person suffering serious illness or injury on an overseas trip. But who pays to look after a hospitalized traveler’s pet waiting anxiously at the boarding kennel?

East Hartford, CT (Vocus) July 12, 2010 -- The onset of a serious illness or a travel accident involving serious injury during an overseas trip can bring a sudden end to a vacation, with the itinerary replaced by in-patient treatment in a local medical center far from home. Thanks to travel insurance with Emergency Accident and Sickness Medical Expense, and Trip Interruption coverage, the focus of coverage is on serving the medical and financial needs of the insured traveler turned sudden hospital patient. Back home, however, pets may be waiting nervously. Arranging for, and paying for, their continued care can pose a problem at a most difficult time.

Travel Insured International, a leading third-party trip insurance provider, offers Pet Care Coverage in its comprehensive Worldwide Trip Protector and Trip Protector Gold plans to respond to concerns for domestic pets when their master is detained by an overseas medical emergency far from home. The coverage pays up to $50 per day up to a maximum of $300 to cover additional pet boarding fees. The coverage applies when fees are incurred after the first 24 hours of the insured traveler’s delayed return due to receiving in-patient medical treatment. The resulting, covered Pet Care is the extension of the insured’s pet’s pre-booked accommodation within a recognized boarding kennel, animal shelter or cattery. Note that for Pet Care Coverage to take effect, the extended care must be substantiated in writing by the boarding facility, and must be the extension of an accommodation pre-booked prior to travel, and not a new pet care booking.

Travel Insured’s Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance, included with every plan, can also assist in making the necessary arrangements for the extended Pet Care back home when the sick or injured traveler is medically delayed overseas and unable to make his or her own arrangements. Among other services, the same Emergency Travel Assistance can contact relatives, arrange for a cash advance or legal referral, and make medical evacuation arrangements, with a medical attendant if necessary, when the ill or injured traveler is medically able to return home.

Suffering a serious medical setback during an overseas trip is bad enough. With Travel Insured's Pet Care Coverage there is no need to compound painful anxiety by worrying about the care or cost of pets left behind when the in-patient traveler is delayed from returning home.

Insurance benefits in the plans are subject to limitations and exclusions, including an exclusion for pre‑existing conditions.

The plans contain insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company, 305 Madison Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960. C&F and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. United States Fire Insurance Company is currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. NAIC No. 21113. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2018. The plans also contain non‑insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Your travel retailer may not be licensed to sell insurance, and cannot answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of our plans. Individuals looking to obtain additional information regarding the features and pricing of each travel plan component, please contact Travel Insured.