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I'm noticing an increasing interest in the subject of health insurance for through hikers. It may be a good idea for WhiteBlaze to provide an article covering this topic for the benefit of those planning extended hikes.
I've started this submission article to determine who may wish to contribute and to discuss what information it should include. Understand I'm not volunteering to write it myself at this time, but I think it to be a worthwhile idea others may wish to bring to fruition.
I believe a writer will help us compile the information if we'll gather it. Please scroll down and read what's been contributed and add your own thoughts and links to pertinent information found elsewhere.:)
It would be nice if we could get someone to underwrite a policy for WB members to cover accidents and illness that hit on the trail.
My wife and I purchased a temporary six month policy from Assurant Health for around $500 when we hiked SOBO 2008. This may not be a solution for everyone but it was the best that we could come up with.
Dan & Leah
I moved this to the Aricles section, it sounded like it had potential. If something develops we can move it over to the released articles section.
I've PMed the URL for this submission article to Toolshed and requested his assistance in producing a WhiteBlaze article.
Started 2/7/2009 by greenmanner.
Thanks for the invite Emerald!!!
I'll be glad to jump in with some writing., Just haven't had a chance to do much yet.
I was thinking of an outline of various topics and associated subtopics for starters and then fill in with atomic level detail as we move along.
If you want to create an outline and PM it to me, I'll be happy to put it at the top in the submission article.
Others who are interested will be able to see we are making progress, where we are headed and how they may be able to assist us.
Could the article also cover travel insurance for non-US thru-hikers? Personally I don't know anything about it, and have just started a thread asking for some help. But if any one has any good info on the subject it might be a good addition to the article.
Will give your suggestion consideration. I'm glad to see you took it upon yourself to get a thread about the particular subject you mentioned under way.
The article is moving forward, but those who have been discussing it behind the scenes are not in a particular hurry to post something. We are eager to hear the concerns of hikers and learn what information would be most helpful to them. Their ideas will shape the final product as much as our own.
Health Insurance (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=46024)
Health Insurance (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=45898)
health insurance (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=41417)
Injury and Health Insurance (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=38003)
Thru Hiker Insurance? Whats the Best??hmmm.. (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=34580)
Health Insurance (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31349)
Suggestions for Health Insurance while on the AT? (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=21122)
Legal Documents and Arrangements - Before Leaving (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=28920)
International Hiking "Insurance" (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=25910)
Travel Insurance? (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=25361)
Hiking Insurance? (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24374&highlight=health+insurance)
Health Insurance (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=22343)
Trail Health Insurance (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=21685)
There is some good information to be found in those WB threads I linked last night. Recurring threads and questions indicate to me we would do more to assist those who seek this information by compiling, organizing and editing what we have already assembled and adding what may be desireable to produce an article which answers most of these questions which are apt to come up again.
Please take a few moments to contribute your thoughts and any links you feel may prove helpful.
Attached is some information on health insurance for people who may be doing a thru hike or similar trips. If you have any questions of items that should be added let me know.
For those who care I teach Finance and Insurance at New Mexico State University where I am Director of the Insurance and Risk Management Center. I was also an independent insurance agent for many years.
Thank you very much for your contribution! I have contacted WhiteBlaze administration to determine how we might best call attention to it.:)
Thanks Aggie Al. I copied your post to its own thread here in the Articles section. People can look it over and once comments have been given we can see about getting it into the Released Articles section.
Go to www.eHealthinsurance.com (http://www.eHealthinsurance.com) and see what's available.