Multinational Underwriters Inc., a company that specializes in international travel insurance, has confirmed to the Irish Echo that the Platinum cover insurance plan it offers as part of its International Citizen Series is open to undocumented people living in the U.S.
The insurance is aimed primarily at non-U.S. residents living in the U.S. or Canada for extended periods of time and is also available to people living in the U.S. without permanent visas.
“It’s not a question as to whether you’re a resident or not, it’s a worldwide plan,” according to insurance broker Eugenia Wright, who is familiar with the plan through selling it to clients around New York.
The news will come as a relief to many of the 25,000 or more undocumented Irish immigrants who live in fear of becoming ill because other healthcare companies require a green card or other visa.
Meanwhile members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to convene again today against a backdrop of a bus cavalcade that the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform predicts will result in 1,600 reform supporters gathering under the shadow of Capitol Hill.
The senators are wrestling with a 305-page immigration reform bill that will compete with several other proposals in the weeks ahead.
Pro-reform campaigners have said they hope the issue can be resolved by May, fearing that it could otherwise become an election issue.
“Time-wise we’re dealing with a pretty small window,” said one source.