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Old 11-22-2017, 08:37 AM   #85
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Or, why not offer a free FMCA membership to every MH buyer for the first year, through the dealers?
I'm pretty sure FMCA had been (may still be) doing this through a number of MH manufacturers but it had very low retention rates at the end of the free year. In order to get people to become paying members you have to offer them something worthwhile.

IMHO the true uniqueness of FMCA was that it is a MH organization. Regardless of whether or not you liked the organization or wanted to be a member, at least it could say that it was the largest (the only?) MH organization. If it loses that distinction then what differentiates it from Good Sam or any other RV group? If you want to go to a rally there are other groups that offer them and, BTW, not every RVer considers rallies to be an integral part of RVing.
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I'm pretty sure FMCA had been (may still be) doing this through a number of MH manufacturers but it had very low retention rates at the end of the free year. In order to get people to become paying members you have to offer them something worthwhile.

IMHO the true uniqueness of FMCA was that it is a MH organization. Regardless of whether or not you liked the organization or wanted to be a member, at least it could say that it was the largest (the only?) MH organization. If it loses that distinction then what differentiates it from Good Sam or any other RV group? If you want to go to a rally there are other groups that offer them and, BTW, not every RVer considers rallies to be an integral part of RVing.
Well said and I agree with all of your points. FMCA needs to offer more reasons to join and stay a member.
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This is far too broad a generalization. Many employer-provided health plans provide some emergency out of the country coverage as do several of the Medicare supplemental plans (Medigap plans). I know my Plan F provides $50k of coverage outside the US. Not a lot, but enough to get you stabilized and shipped to the US in most cases.
In the international medical and medical evacuation world $50K is chump change. Plus, you usually have to pay upfront and get reimbursed for service outside the US. But it's your money, do as you wish.
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In the international medical and medical evacuation world $50K is chump change. Plus, you usually have to pay upfront and get reimbursed for service outside the US. But it's your money, do as you wish.
I assume you realize that the emergency travel benefit that comes standard with FMCA membership doesn't include ANY health insurance benefit. If I get ill in Canada and need to be an a hospital that $50k benefit I wrote about is going to pay towards my costs; FMCA sure won't.

What FMCA does include is medical evacuation if the medical facilities you are being treated at are unable to provide an adequate level of care. Approval for evacuation requires approval by the insurance company. Furthermore, all other benefits are contingent on approval of medical evacuation, so don't count on your MH being driven home unless you are transported first.

Furthermore, if you are evacuated there is no guarantee that you will be taken home. All that is required is that you be taken to the nearest facility that can provide an appropriate level of care.

If you want to read the fine print about this benefit, you can do so here: https://www.fmca.com/benefits/fmcassist.html

If you were to be taken ill while traveling in Canada as far as I can tell there would be no reason to evacuate you unless you were in a rural area where proper treatment is not available.

Ever since FMCA restored this benefit, quite a few members have acted as if they were going to receive the same benefits offered by MASA and SkyMed for a lot more money. I guess everyone's entitled to be naive, but do you really think that a fringe benefit on a ~$50/yr membership is going to be the same as a plan for which a couple would pay ~$500-700/yr?
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