I promised to report back any discoveries I made about health insurance for those over 65 who want to spend an extended period in Europe.
I got a reply from the firm that is listed in Knorr's book "Living in France" as being Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western Europe. I will paste that message here:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield decided a few years ago to stop commercializing their "Western Europe" plan.
Nevertheless, I hereby send you information concerning another plan which was also specifically designed to meet the health care insurance needs of Americans residing outside the United States on a worldwide basis, and which we administer at European Benefits.
we will mail you the full information package which includes last year's plan brochure for general information, and an explanation of the modifications put in place on January 1, 2003.
Please note that membership-in-good-standing in the Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO) is required for coverage under the healthcare plan. In case you are not yet a member of AARO, you will find an AARO membership form by clicking on the following website link www.aaro.org . Please also note that if you plan to enrol more than one family member in the AARO Group Medical Insurance Plan, you are then required to subscribe to a "Couple" membership in AARO.
When I asked about coverage for pre-existing conditions the reply was that each case is underwritten and decided upon individually. You can get more info at the AARO site listed above, or if you wish, e-mail me at [email protected]