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Capital BlueCross Announces Pet Health Insurance

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Have you heard that Lehigh University is going to the dogs (and cats)? It’s true! 
Pet health insurance has been added to our employee discount offerings.  Capital BlueCross is providing access to this insurance as a service to Lehigh employees and at no charge to Lehigh University. If you choose to enroll, you will pay them directly for this coverage.

If you’re a pet owner, you know too well that the cost of veterinary care is rising. Advances in veterinary science have made treatments once reserved for humans, accessible to pets.

In addition, our pets are living longer. The average dog today lives about three years longer than a decade ago due to better quality nutrition and well-pet prevention visits. As a result, the cost of taking care of a pet over its lifetime has risen significantly. 

That’s where pet insurance comes in.  It helps pet owners avoid the risk of costly unexpected care that may be beyond their budget.

Insurance gives pet owners the confidence to seek more and better pet care because finances are less of a barrier – they don’t have to choose between their wallet and the health of their pet. In short, pet insurance can make all the difference in whether pets receive the care they need.

About PetPlan

Capital BlueCross has teamed up with PetPlan – the Number 1-rated pet insurance provider in the U.S.* and the largest in the world. Petplan’s policies cover veterinary treatment performed by any licensed vet for any illness or injury, including:

  • Prescription medications
  • Lab tests and other diagnostic testing, scans (x-ray, MRI)
  • Surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Cancer treatments
  • After-hour emergency and specialist visits.

In addition, PetPlan is the only U.S. carrier to cover congenital and hereditary diseases with no dollar or time limits per condition. All applications are accepted. Once you enroll, you can never be cancelled and rates are not raised as a result of claim submission.

For More Information

To learn more about PetPlan’s coverage options and get a price quote, go to  You can also speak with a representative by phone at  1-855-224-PETS (7387)

Lehigh University employees are eligible to receive a 15 percent premium discount. Once you have selected a coverage level, you can simply enter promo code “LEHIGH” when enrolling online. 

If you would like to speak with a representative from Capital BlueCross about PetPlan, you will have the chance to do so several times in the coming months. Capital BlueCross will make campus visits at the following dates and times to provide additional information and answer your questions:

Tuesday, February 21
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Iacocca Hall C002

Thursday, February 23
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – University Center Faculty Lounge West

Tuesday, March 13
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – University Center Room 408

Monday, June 4
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – University Center Faculty Lounge West

Tuesday, September 25
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – University Center Faculty Lounge West

*#1 rated pet insurance provider, of those providers receiving more than 100 reviews, on the independent review site, (July 9, 2011)

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