Insurance, and the US

19 Oct

Recently, my wife and I both got our passports stamped at the IND.  My stamp is good for 9 years, whereas her stamp is just good for 6 months.  The IND will “review” her case, and then decide whether or not she can stay here for a f ull year.  That shouldn’t be a problem, it’s just how the process works.  After getting her stamp, she was finally issued her burgerservicenummer (BSN – which is like the Dutch version of the US Social Security Number).  With that, we signed up for insurance, or so we thought.

We got a letter in the post yesterday that basically states this company won’t give us insurance until the IND sends us a letter saying we’re legally allowed to be here.  Stamps don’t count.  Never mind that’s exactly the purpose of the stamp, to prove that we can legally be here.  Roxy can work, but evidently we can’t get insurance, through this company at least.  I don’t have time to fight them right now, since we leave for the USA on Thursday morning!  I’m in a friends wedding back in St. Louis in a few weeks, so we’re using this opportunity to visit both sets of parents, eat and drink some things we miss, and bring back our Dog.

At this point, I’ve called Delta/KLM somewhere around 18 times, and spent several hours on the phone with them.  They keep losing our reservation, or it keeps getting rejected and more info requested.  We’ve given them the dimentions of the dog crate at least 5 times now.  FInally, we got somebody on Delta’s end who worked with a KLM supervisor to get everything straightened away.  Of course, when we called back the next day to verify, they had to do it all over again.  At least now 2 different people have confirmed the reservation, so I’m feeling good.  I won’t feel completely at ease until we’re back here in our apartment in 3 weeks, with Churchill sniffing around and exploring it.


8 responses to “Insurance, and the US

  1. Heather

    October 19, 2010 at 22:17

    Good luck with your flight! How much did you end up paying for your dog’s ticket?
    Also, did your work ship your household things for you or did you put it in storage OR did you find a good shipping company to send things over?

    • thedewaddict

      October 20, 2010 at 11:25

      I think his ticket is $200, which makes sense to me since it will require extra work on the airlines part. It was the fee for the cat to fly under the seat that was ludicrous, since they did nothing for her.

      After selling our house, anything we wanted to keep (furniture, kitchen stuff, etc) went to my parents house, where they luckily had room to store it. All we brought over to A’dam was clothes and laptops. That’s why we rented a furnished apartment. We’ve purchased everything else we need, like a printer, cat scratch post, etc, here.

      • Heather

        October 20, 2010 at 17:08

        Thanks for your reply. We plan to slowly sell everything in yard sales and also are selling our house furnished (if they want it) as it seems cheaper to just purchase new things once we get there. The price for your dog’s ticket seems reasonable. I hope Churchill has a good flight!

  2. Marc

    October 23, 2010 at 11:08

    Sounds exactly like our experiences! Every little thing is a challenge. We are getting our BSN on Nov 3rd, and with a pregnant wife we are pretty keen on getting healthcare situated. Would love any tips if you have them!

    Did you get all the shots/ blood test/ microchip stuff for your cat? We left our 2 cats at home. One was missing for 3 weeks and just turned up. We are thinking of bringing him over, but it seems like it is a huge hassle, and not too fun for the cat.

    Heather- we did the same thing, sold everything we could and stored the things we could not part with. We packed everything we brought in suitcases and have rented a furnished place. I think that is the way to go.

    Enjoy the trip home!

    • Heather

      October 27, 2010 at 15:33

      Hi Marc- Congrats on the little one! It’s fun to find so many people who are going through the same adventure! I hope we can all help and learn from each other! So far in my experience of researching bringing animals over, AMS is one of the best countries to do so because they are so pet friendly and there’s no quarantine period upon arrival. My brother in law who lives there now shipped 4 dogs over from North Carolina and it was a slight hassle but not too bad. Good luck with everything!

    • thedewaddict

      October 27, 2010 at 15:52

      Hi Marc! The airline told us that we needed a “Pet Passport” for our animals, but we contacted the Dutch embassy and they just gave us a form to have the vet fill out. It was pretty easy. The airline wanted to see it when we checked in, but after that nobody even noticed we had a cat with us. The dog will be different obviously, since he’ll be flying in the cargo hold and not in the cabin like the cat. The vet did give both of them new microchips that confirm to European standards, and gave them a checkup, but I don’t think they did any bloodwork.

      Even now that we both have BSNs, the insurance co we tried to use (CVdirect) is telling us that my wife needs a letter from the IND giving her permission to stay. The IND has 6 months to send her that letter, but the insurance co wants it within 2 weeks. So it looks like we’ll have to go without insurance for a little while longer. Once we get back to AMS I may try to sign up with another company, just because I’m not comfortable going a few months with no insurance.

      • Heather

        November 1, 2010 at 20:22

        Are you guys back yet? :)Heather

      • thedewaddict

        November 2, 2010 at 01:37

        Not until Sunday 🙂 Still in the US pigging out on fast food and Halloween candy.


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