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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I get insurance coverage for my family?


insurance travel nurseAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

I am presently researching traveling, but my husb and is self employed and I’ve always covered our family’s health benefits through my employer. Are there ever options with any of the travel nurse companies for family coverage?


Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

Honestly, with the companies I either travel with or am on file with, there are not any that do NOT offer this coverage.

Sure, there are presently hundreds of companies out there and not all of them are going to offer family coverage. However, again, I do not know of any of the well-known companies in the business that do not offer family coverage. With the number of travelers today that do travel with families, I would think that every travel company out there would want to be able to offer this benefit to its nurses.

Luckily, your problem Tina has a very easy solution. If you have interest in a travel company, simply call them up, ask if their insurance plan offers family benefits, and it’s not, on to the next. When you are starting out, it is going to take some time finding the right company for you. But once you have a few good choices, these will be companies that you will travel with throughout your career.

The best advice that I can also give you, is to notice that in the last paragraph I said companies and not company. Be sure that you are on file with at least a few travel companies when starting out. As I have written many times before, I have been doing this over a decade and a half and am still on file with six or seven companies. Also as I have written many times before, if you need any help in getting started, feel free to email me at and I will be happy to set you up with some of the people I use at the companies with which I travel and trust.

I hope this helps.


About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

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