Host Family Resources

AFS-USA Host Family Handbook

Country Specific Handbooks for Host Families

Health Insurance Information for Hosted Students

Medical Claims 101 (PDF)

AFS Participant Medical Pamphlet (PDF)

Medical Claim Form (PDF)

AFS uses the services of a third party administrator, GMMI, to review and process medical claims. Claim forms need to be printed, signed, and then scanned and mailed/emailed to GMMI. All medical bills should be submitted to them for payment unless otherwise instructed.

Using a service provider who is in the GMMI network can help host families and/or volunteers avoid requests for payment up-front. This is also beneficial in expediting payment and avoiding balance billing (see below for more on balance billing).

To locate a network provider in your area:

  1.     Go to the GMMI website.
  2.     Log in using the Username: AFS and Password: AFS
  3.     Scroll to the bottom to find the button for the Provider Search.

To find a Provider:

  1.     enter a provider name to find out if s/he is in the network
  2.     enter the your city and state or zip code to find a list of network providers in your area
  3.     search providers by specialty

Tracking claims with GMMI

The address of GMMI is:

Global Medical Management Inc. (GMMI)
880 SW 145th Avenue, Suite 400
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027, USA

Phone No. (888) 444-7773 (OK to call 24 hrs/day, 7 days/wk)
Fax No. 1-954-370-8130

Host Family Tax Deduction

Host families may claim a tax deduction of $50 per calendar month (15 days or more) for the time period in which you hosted your AFS student. This amount should be included on Schedule A of your Federal Income Tax return under Charitable Contributions, "Deductions other than cash" naming AFS-USA, Inc. and annotating the entry "Sec. 170(g) deduction". This deduction only applies to those families who itemize rather than using the Standard Deduction.

YES Host Families Only

Click here for information if you are hosting a YES Participant.