What should I do if I have a medical emergency?

If you have a medical emergency, immediately go to the nearest hospital or any facility that can give you the care you need.2 In the United States, you can call 911.

Always use the emergency services available where you are. You don’t have to get approval first to get emergency or urgent care.

If you get care from a non–Kaiser Permanente provider, call us once your condition is stable to let us know you’ve received emergency care or have been admitted to a hospital. If appropriate, the doctor treating you can call instead.

If you’ve been hospitalized and need post-stabilization care, you’ll need approval first. Your call starts this process and helps protect you financially.

What if I have an urgent medical condition that isn't an emergency?

Getting care in a Kaiser Permanente service area

  • Visit a Kaiser Permanente urgent care clinic location. Find urgent care locations by visiting kp.org/locations or calling the Away from Home Travel Line at 951-268-3900 (TTY 711).1

Getting care outside a Kaiser Permanente service area (United States/outside of the United States)

  • Go to the nearest hospital or any facility that can give you the care you need. We’ll cover urgent care at non–Kaiser Permanente facilities anywhere in the United States while you are temporarily outside of your service area.

Getting care in a state without Kaiser Permanente providers.

What do I do if I'm hospitalized while away from home?

Whether you need emergency care or a hospital stay, the Away from Home Travel Line at 951-268-3900 (TTY 711) can offer you advice and assistance.1

If you get care from a non–Kaiser Permanente provider, call us once your condition is stable to let us know you've received emergency care or have been admitted to a hospital. If appropriate, the doctor treating you can call instead.

If you need to be hospitalized for poststabilization care, you'll need to contact us for approval first. Your call starts this process and helps protect you financially.

How do I see a doctor when I’m in another Kaiser Permanente service area?

Call the Away from Home Travel Line at 951-268-3900 (TTY 711).1

  • They'll give you a special Health/Medical Record number to use in the area you're visiting and information for making an appointment.
  • When you get back home, you'll use your home Health/Medical Record number to get care.

What if I run out of medication during my trip?

If you're not in a Kaiser Permanente service area, you can get your medication refilled at a local pharmacy as long as you have refills left on your prescription. 

When you go to the pharmacy, please have the following information ready:

  • Your Kaiser Permanente Health/Medical Record number
  • Your current pharmacy's name and phone number
  • Your prescribed medication's name, strength, and directions for use
  • The name and phone number of the doctor who gave you the prescription

Once the local pharmacy has this information, they'll call your Kaiser Permanente pharmacy to transfer your prescription. You'll need to pay for the medication and file a claim for reimbursement later.3

If you're in a Kaiser Permanente service area, call the Away from Home Travel Line at 951-268-3900 (TTY 711).1

  • We'll help you find a pharmacy nearby.
  • Depending on your plan, you may need to pay for your medication upfront and file a claim for reimbursement later.3
  • You'll also need to pay any copays, coinsurance, or deductible payments you would pay at home.

How do I get urgent care in a state without Kaiser Permanente providers?

As a Kaiser Permanente member, you have many options when it comes to accessing care while away from home. Email your doctor’s office with nonurgent questions, have a phone/video visit with your primary care physician, or connect with a licensed care provider 24/7 for medical advice. 

If you need urgent care in a state without Kaiser Permanente providers, go to the nearest MinuteClinic or urgent care facility.

For care at a MinuteClinic®, you’ll be charged your standard copay or coinsurance. Be sure to bring your Kaiser Permanente ID card and method of payment. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment needed. 

For care at an urgent care or retail clinic location other than a MinuteClinic, you’ll be asked to pay upfront for services you receive and will need to file a claim for reimbursement. 

Note: If you get urgent care at a MinuteClinic® within a state with Kaiser Permanente providers, you’ll be asked to pay upfront for services you receive and will need to file a claim for reimbursement.

What states have Kaiser Permanente providers?

Kaiser Permanente provides care in many states across the country, including all or parts of: 

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

Reviewed: May 2019
Kaiser Permanente reviewers

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1This number can be dialed inside and outside the United States. Before the phone number, dial “001” for landlines and “+1” for mobile lines if you’re outside the country. Long-distance charges may apply, and we can’t accept collect calls. The phone line is closed on major holidays (New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). It closes early the day before a holiday at 10 p.m. Pacific time (PT), and it reopens the day after a holiday at 4 a.m. PT.

2If you reasonably believe you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. An emergency medical condition is a medical or psychiatric condition that requires immediate medical attention to prevent serious jeopardy to your health. For the complete definition of an emergency medical condition, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or other coverage documents.

3The amount members are reimbursed will depend on what their copays or coinsurance are, whether they have a deductable, and other plan limitations, consistent with the terms of the member’s Evidence of Coverage or other coverage documents.