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Me and DW are planning a 4-5 month trip back east to follow the fall colors from Canada all the way down to Georgia. MY wife needs to take a blood test every week to check white cell counts do to cancer. My question is how do we get blood test when Kaiser is only in a few states on the east coast? Does anyone else have to do this with Kaiser Insurance.

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Contact Kaiser and ask them the question. It all really depends on your coverage.


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I have to have blood work done for thyroid.

I have used Quest Diagnostics Labs when needed and pay cash if unable to use ins.

Rather know all's well and enjoy the travel vs worrying about ins.

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Is this a Medicare supplement or Advantage plan? If you have the Advantage plan you have fewer choices. You are more at the mercy of the ins. co. If you have a supplement over a C or K or L you should also have some coverage in Canada. A;B;K;L; are the only ones without forign coverage. Usually $250 deductible and $250,000 max on foreign coverage.

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I have Kaiser Ins for the last 54 years and in Feb I was having eye problems,
floaters in my right eye and flashes of light also. Called Kaiser and explained that I am in Az where there is no Kaiser and will Kaiser pay for for emergency service. After an hour and several people from Kaiser they said "it is not life and death" so Kaiser will not cover . Needless to say I will switch to AARP
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Kaiser has always covered us on the road when we had an emergency, but your weekly blood tests are a special circumstance. Call them and ask about coverage. Policies vary a lot.


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samsontdog wrote:

I have Kaiser Ins for the last 54 years and in Feb I was having eye problems,
floaters in my right eye and flashes of light also. Called Kaiser and explained that I am in Az where there is no Kaiser and will Kaiser pay for for emergency service. After an hour and several people from Kaiser they said "it is not life and death" so Kaiser will not cover . Needless to say I will switch to AARP
the next time that I can

OMG, that IS a serious emergency! The signs of a detached retina, of course. Did you get it handled? Was it possible to get to CA and an area where Kaiser was available? I hope you haven't lost vision.

Couple of years ago, DH had his gallbladder very suddenly go bad on a trip to Kansas and on a holiday weekend. He had excellent care, emergency surgery and between Kaiser and Medicare, it was all paid.


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At one point I required a blood test every week. Got out the computer and Google labs in each town. Labs then sent results to Kaiser. I had to pay but if paying is the decision maker the need is questioned.
Enjoy your trip.

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This is why we went with AARP (United Health Care). They cover nationally.


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