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Hi- I purchased trip insurance for myself and my fiance. We couldn't go on the trip and I am now filing a claim. I found out after I bought the policy that it excludes coverage for mental problems unless hospitalized. My fiance was diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety disorder and actually was in the hospital for a few days. If the insurance company does not pay the claim do I have a claim against them, specifically regarding ADA laws as they do cover physical issues.?

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Florida

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No. I have just completed the forms but have not sent them in

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That's probably the whole story.

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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 1 month ago
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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 1 month ago

You bring up a very interesting question. On one hand you actually contracted with this company and in theory would be deemed to know in advance that they specifically do not cover mental health reasons for failure to attend the trip. On the flip side of that is that it does seem to create some discrimination against persons with mental health disorders. In your case, however, your fiance was HOSPITALIZED. That's as good a reason to miss a trip as any I can think of - and I can't imagine that you will be denied insurance coverage if you report a hospitalization. That being said, your medical information is protected by HIPAA and you're under no obligation to disclose it to anyone. So if you state that you were unable to go on your trip due to a hospitalization that should be sufficient information for them - and that avoids entirely the issue of mental health. They can't ask you *why* you (or rather, your fiance) was hospitalized. My suspicion is what they're trying to avoid is someone just not wanting to take a trip and using an excuse that really can't be proven or disproven - but in your case you have an actual hospitalization!

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I had never seen a copy of the policy before I paid for it as it was through the agent. The hospitalization was for sevem days and that was approximately 90 days before the trip was scheduled to embark. However, her treatment continued and still continues as an outpatient even today. Her psychiatrist has written that he didn't feel she should go on the trip and that she may still need hospitalization.
Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 1 month ago

Okay, I see. That's a little more tricky since it's was reasonably well removed from the time of the trip. Your agent should have disclosed the terms of the travel insurance to you when you agreed to it.

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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 1 month ago

You could potentially make out a claim against the agent.

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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 1 month ago

Otherwise it is an uphill battle. I agree with you that on its face it appears discriminatory to say that certain health conditions are excluded.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
The credit card just called me for a verification of the charge. It should go through now.
Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 1 month ago

Okay :) I'm here if you want to request the call again.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I told you to resubmit the charge and Visa will approve it. Haven't heard anything since or received a phone call
Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 1 month ago

I think customer service did it... experts can't .... if you click the phone button I'll be able to call you :)

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