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Company Info
Company Name PetPlan USA
Also Known As  
Address 3805 West Chester Pike, Suite 240
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone 1-866-467-3875
Website www.gopetplan.com
Plans That Provide Both Accident and Illness Coverage New Plan
The Fetch Plan

Old Plans
Bronze Plan; Silver Plan; Gold Plan
States Covered New Plan
PetPlan is in the process of getting approval in all 50 states, including DC. To see if this plan has gone live in your state, call PetPlan.

Old Plans
All 50 states, including DC
Underwriter and AM Best Financial Strength Rating New Plan
Policies are underwritten by XL Specialty Insurance Company (XL Catlin) and AGCS Marine Insurance Company.

XL Specialty Insurance Company has an AM Best Financial Strength Rating of "A" and an Outlook of "Stable" as of 1/1/17.

Old Plans
Policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company (a member of the Allianz Group).

AGCS Marine Insurance Company has an AM Best Financial Strength Rating of "A+" and an outlook of "Stable" as of 1/1/17.

For the most recent ratings go to: AM Best and enter the name of the underwriter in the box labeled 'Text'.
Year Company Started 2003 in the USA

 

Policy Basics
Policy Term 12 months
Effective Date The Effective Date will be listed on the Declarations Page of your policy after you apply and are accepted.
Enrollment Age Pet must be at least 6 weeks of age.

There is no upper age limit.
Cancellation Policy Ask for a current copy of their insurance policy so that you may review their cancellation policy
Waiting Period New Plan
5 days after the policy effective date for injuries.

15 days after the policy effective date for illness.

Old Plans
24 hours after the policy effective date for accidents.

14 days after the policy effective date for illness.
Waiting Period for Cruciate Injury New Plan
From Sample Policy

"Any treatment associated with damage or rupture of cruciate ligaments, luxation of the patellas or other soft tissue disorders of the knee where clinical sign(s) occur during the first six (6) months that the policy is in effect" is not covered.

"However, coverage will be afforded if your pet is examined by a veterinarian within the first thirty (30) days of the policy and the medical record specifically notes your pet does not have any pre-existing conditions relating to the knees."

"If your pet has received treatment for a cruciate or soft tissue injury to one knee during the first six (6) months of the policy (where no certification of knee health has been provided ...) then the other knee is automatically excluded from coverage for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of last treatment to the affected knee."

"If your pet has received treatment for a cruciate or soft tissue injury to one knee prior to policy inception then the other knee is automatically excluded from coverage for the longer period of: (a) twelve (12) months from the date of last treatment to the affected knee. (b) the first six (6) months that the policy is in effect, as per Section V.g."

"If your pet has shown clinical signs of a cruciate or soft tissue injury to one knee prior to the effective date of this policy or during the first six (6) months of the policy (where no certification of knee health has been provided...) and appropriate treatment has not been performed, then the other knee is automatically excluded from coverage. Once appropriate treatment has been performed, the other leg is excluded from coverage for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of last treatment to the affected leg."

Old Plans
6 months for cruciate injuries and patella defects.

They will waive this exclusion if your pet is examined by a vet within the first thirty (30) days of the policy and the medical record specifically notes your pet does not have any pre-existing conditions relating to the knees.
Coverage When Travel Out of State or Country? Out of State Coverage - You WILL be covered while traveling to other states with your pet.

Out of Country Coverage - You WILL be covered when traveling to Canada
Can the Price of the Policy Increase as my Pet Ages? Yes, the policy premium can increase as your pet ages. The premium may also increase due to inflation or other reasons.

Contact the company for more information on when and how your premium may increase.
Does Coverage Stop Due to Age? No
What Happens when the Policy Renews? Chronic conditions will continue to be covered each year as long as there is no lapse in coverage. (See 'Max Payout Annually' section below)
Can the Price of the Policy Increase if a Claim is Filed? No
Choice of Vet? You can choose any licensed veterinarian in the US and Canada, but you must live in the US permanently to purchase a policy in the US.
Money Back Guarantee? If you change your mind within 30 days they will refund your money in full as long as you have not filed a claim.
Surcharge for Visiting a Specialist or Emergency Clinic? New Plan
The copay you select for your policy is the copay you will pay for all covered services, including specialist and emergency services.

Old Plans
A 20% copay applies in the following situations: (Does not apply to life-saving emergency conditions)
  • Treatment at a specialist or referral veterinary facility
  • Treatment by a veterinary specialist - A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who is certified by a recognized veterinary specialty organization (e.g. American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine), or how has received certification as a result of additional training.
  • Treatment at an emergency care facility
  • Treatment at an after hours veterinary facility
  • Treatment at an accredited school of veterinary medicine
Referral needed to Visit a Specialist? No
Pre-certification Required? No
Additional Requirements **See actual policy or call Petplan for a complete list of the requirements you are expected to adhere to in order to maintain coverage.
Pet Insurance Policy Available for Pre-Purchase Review? Sample policy available online

 

What's Covered
Species Covered Dogs and Cats
Accident/Injury -
Baseline Coverage
Covers examinations, diagnostics and lab tests, surgery, treatments, hospitalization, prescription medication.
Illness -
Baseline Coverage
Covers examinations, diagnostics and lab tests, surgery, treatments, hospitalization, prescription medication.
Behavioral Therapy Coverage New Plan
[INCLUDED] Behavioral Therapy by a licensed veterinarian is included (with monetary limits) in plans that have an annual coverage amount of $15,000 or more.

There is a $1000 maximum annual payout for behavioral therapy.

Coverage does not include training.



Old Plans
[INCLUDED] Behavioral Therapy is included and covers consultations with a licensed veterinarian to diagnose and treat behavioral problems where an underlying medical condition is the cause of your pet's behavioral issues.

There are annual monetary limits depending on the plan you select. This amount is part of, and not in addition to, your policy’s maximum annual limit for vet fees.

The monetary limits for behavior coverage are as follows:
Gold Plan - $1,000 annually
Silver Plan - $500 annually
Bronze - $250 annually

The veterinarian no longer needs to be accredited in behavioral therapy to be covered.

(Note: A licensed vet who is accredited in behavioral therapy is considered a specialist. If you see a behavior specialist, the specialist copay may apply here.)

Coverage does not apply to obedience training.



**See actual policy or call Petplan for any additional limitations on Behavioral Therapy Coverage
Alternative Therapy Coverage [INCLUDED] Alternative Therapy is covered as long as the treatment is recommended and performed by a licensed veterinarian.

**See actual policy or call Petplan for any additional limitations on Alternative Therapy Coverage.
Pre-existing Conditions Policy New Plan
Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

According to PetPlan's terms and conditions policy, a pre-existing condition is "...A medical condition which first occurred or showed clinical sign(s) before the effective date of this policy or which occurred or showed clinical sign(s) during the policy waiting period."

Under the Exclusions section of the policy it states PetPlan does not cover:

"The cost of any treatment or diagnostic testing for pre-existing conditions as follows:

i. Any injury that happened or any illness that first showed clinical sign(s) before the effective date of this policy; any illness that first showed clinical sign(s) during the first fifteen (15) days beginning on the effective date of this policy; any injury that occurred during the first five (5) days beginning on the effective date of this policy.

ii. Any injury or illness that is the same as, or has the same diagnosis or clinical sign(s) as any injury, illness or clinical sign(s) your pet had prior to the effective date of this policy; any illness that is the same as, or has the same diagnosis or clinical sign(s) as any illness your pet had during the first fifteen (15) days beginning on the effective date of this policy; or any injury that is the same as, or has the same diagnosis or clinical sign(s) as any injury that occurred to your pet during the first five (5) days beginning on the effective date of this policy.

iii. Any injury or illness that is caused by, relates to or results from any injury, illness or clinical sign(s) your pet had prior to the effective date of this policy; any illness that is caused by, relates to or results from any illness or clinical sign(s) your pet had during the first fifteen (15) days beginning on the effective date of this policy; or any injury that is caused by, relates to or results from any injury that occurred to your pet during the first five (5) days beginning on the effective date of this policy. This exclusion applies no matter where the injury, illness or clinical sign(s) are noticed or occur on your pet’s body."

Old Plans
Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

According to Petplan's terms and conditions policy, a pre-existing condition is "...a medical condition which first occurred or showed clinical sign(s) or symptoms before the effective date of this policy or which occurred or showed clinical sign(s) or symptoms during the policy waiting period."

These conditions may be covered in the future if cured, however, this is at the discretion of Petplan



**See actual policy or call Petplan for complete description of pre-existing conditions.
Hereditary & Congenital Conditions Coverage [INCLUDED] Hereditary and congenital conditions are covered as long as your pet is not showing signs and the disease has not been diagnosed or suspected prior to enrollment or during the waiting period.

**See actual policy or call Petplan for complete description of their Hereditary & Congenital Conditions Policy.
Continual Coverage for Chronic Conditions [INCLUDED] Continual coverage for chronic conditions is included with the policy.

Chronic conditions are covered up to the annual maximum payout per policy year. (See 'Max Payout Annually' section below)
Chronic Conditions Policy Chronic conditions are covered up to the annual maximum payout per policy year. (See 'Max Payout Annually' section below)

They do not cover chronic conditions that are pre-existing or that occur during the waiting period.

**See actual policy or call PetPlan for complete description of their Chronic Conditions Policy.
Cancer Coverage [INCLUDED] Cancer conditions are covered as long as they are not pre-existing and have not occurred during the waiting period.

(See 'Chronic Conditions Policy' section above)
Cancer Coverage Limits Cancer conditions are covered as long as you have not gone over your annual maximum payout per policy year. (See 'Max Payout Annually' section below)
Hip Dysplasia [INCLUDED] Hip dysplasia is covered as long as your pet is not showing signs and the disease has not been diagnosed or suspected prior to enrollment or during the waiting period.

(See 'Hereditary & Congenital Conditions Coverage' section above).
Prescription Drug Coverage New Plan
[INCLUDED] Prescription drugs are covered as long as they are prescribed by a veterinarian for a covered condition. Veterinary prescribed drugs do not need to be FDA approved therefore drugs like nutraceuticals, homeopathic and compounded drugs are covered.

Old Plans
[INCLUDED] Prescription drugs are covered provided they have been prescribed by the treating veterinarian as treatment for a covered illness or accident. Petplan does provide coverage for vitamins and nutritional supplements prescribed by a licensed vet as part of the course of treatment for a coverable condition. All prescription drugs must be FDA approved for pets, subject to policy provisions.



**See actual policy or call Petplan for any additional limitations on Prescription Drug Coverage
Pregnancy Coverage New Plan
[LIMITED COVERAGE] Costs related to complications from pregnancy may be covered. For coverage to apply, the date of breeding must fall after the first 15 days of the effective date of your policy. [See Policy - General Exclusions - Section n]

Old Plans
[LIMITED COVERAGE] Costs related to complications from pregnancy (e.g. c-section) may be covered. The treatment must be deemed medically necessary, must not be a scheduled event, and the pregnancy must have started within the policy period. [See Sample Gold Policy - General Exclusions - Section 5p]



**See actual policy or call Petplan for full list of inclusions and exclusions
Routine/Wellness Coverage [NO] - Routine Care is not covered or offered as an addon
Vaccinations [NO] - Routine Care is not covered or offered as an addon
Spay/Neuter [NO] - Routine Care is not covered or offered as an addon
Dental Care (Routine) [NO] - Routine Dental Care is not covered or offered as an addon
Dental Care (Illness/Accident) New Plan
More comprehensive coverage of dental diseases as long as they are not pre-existing and have not occurred during the waiting period. You must also adhere to their annual exam requirement (same as all coverable illnesses and injuries).

Old Plans
[LIMITED] Dental coverage for illness and accidents is included if your pet has had its teeth checked by a veterinarian in the twelve months before the effective date of your policy, and any treatment that was recommended as a result of a veterinary check was carried out. If this is not done, dental treatments are not covered.

Coverage does not extend to dental disease where clinical signs were noted prior to the policy or during the 14-day illness waiting period.



**See actual policy or call PetPlan for full list of inclusions and exclusions.
Bilateral Conditions Policy New Plan
One Pet Plan's definitions of pre-exisiting conditions could allow for bilateral conditions to be excluded:

[Sample Policy - General Exclusions - Section e]

"ii. Any injury or illness that is the same as, or has the same diagnosis or clinical sign(s) as any injury, illness or clinical sign(s) your pet had prior to the effective date of this policy; any illness that is the same as, or has the same diagnosis or clinical sign(s) as any illness your pet had during the first fifteen (15) days beginning on the effective date of this policy; or any injury that is the same as, or has the same diagnosis or clinical sign(s) as any injury that occurred to your pet during the first five (5) days beginning on the effective date of this policy."

For bilateral policy on Knee Issues, see 'Waiting Period for Cruciate Injury' above

Old Plans
The bilateral conditions policy only applies to knee injuries.

If your pet has a torn cruciate or soft tissue injury of the knee prior to policy or during the 6-month exclusionary period without an examination by a veterinarian within the first 30 days then the other leg is automatically excluded from coverage for a period of twelve months from the date of treatment.
Coverage - Overview
(please read policy for full coverage details)
Diagnostics and treatments due to illness and accidents

[Included] Hereditary & Congenital Disorders, Alternative Therapy, Continual Chronic Conditions Coverage, Cancer Coverage, Hip Dysplasia, Prescription Medications, Dental Illness/Accident (limited), Behavioral Therapy (with monetary limits). (Refer to each category's section for limitations)

**See actual policy or call Petplan for full list of inclusions, exclusions, limitations and conditions.
What's not Covered - Overview
(partial listing, please read policy for full details)
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Conditions that occur during the waiting period
  • Routine dental treatments (eg. routine teeth cleaning)
  • Routine Care (spay/neuter, vaccinations, etc)
  • Elective Procedures
  • Intervertebral disc disease when another disc in the same or neighboring spinal region was previously treated or showing clinical signs prior to the policy effective date or during the waiting period.
...See policy for a complete listing

 

How The Policy Works
Co-pay New Plan
You can choose from 10%, 20% or 30%

Old Plans
You can choose from 0%, 10% or 20%
Co-pay is 20% for visits to a specialist. (See 'Surcharge for Visiting a Specialist or Emergency Clinic' above)
Deductible New Plan
You can choose from $100 to $2500 in $50 or $100 increments.

You can choose to apply the deductible annually or per condition per policy period (i.e. each year).

Old Plans
You can choose $50, $100 or $200 deductible per illness/injury per policy period.
Flat Deductible vs % Deductible Flat
Deductible Per Incident vs Annual Deductible New Plan
You can choose to apply the deductible annually or per condition per policy period (i.e. each year).

Old Plans
Per illness/injury per policy period
How is Reimbursement Determined Actual Vet Bill as defined by the fees regularly charged and incurred for a given treatment or procedure by the treating veterinary facility.
Max Payout Annually New Plan
Choose a maximum annual payout from $2500 to Unlimited.

Old Plans
Bronze Plan - Annual maximum payout $10,000 (may be $8,000 in some states)

Silver Plan - Annual maximum payout $14,000 (may be $12,000 in some states)

Gold Plan - Annual maximum payout $22,000 (may be $20,000 in some states)
Max Lifetime Payout Petplan does not have a maximum lifetime payout
Max Payout per Incident Petplan does not have a maximum payout per incident
Max Payout Based on Body System Petplan does not have a maximum payout based on body system
Client Reimbursed or Vet Paid Directly You pay the veterinarian and then you are reimbursed after you file the claim.

 

Pricing
Approximate Monthly Costs Approximately $7.80 - $64.00 depending on the deductible, co-pay annual max, age of pet, your location, etc.

 

Additional Info
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My Review PetPlan Review
What are Customers Saying? PetInsuranceReview.com and Yelp.com
Better Business Bureau bbb.org
Additional Info New Plan
A pet less than 6 years of age must have undergone a complete examination by a veterinarian within the 12 months prior to the effective date of the policy, or within 30 days following the effective date of the policy.

A pet age 6 years or older must have undergone a complete examination by a veterinarian within the 30 days prior to the effective date of the policy, or within 30 days following the effective date of the policy.

Old Plans
If your pet has not been examined by a primary care veterinarian within the twelve (12) months prior to the effective date of the policy, you must have your pet examined within the first 30 days. This examination will be used as the basis for determining any pre-existing conditions.



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