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Affordable Medical Insurance Coverage – Avoid a TV Medical Health Insurance Policy Purchase

Posted on August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Affordable medical insurance coverage is something all Americans want. TV advertises a medical health insurance policy that sounds so enticing and affordable it is hard not to respond. Correct custom medical insurance coverage is such a difference from just a plain medical health insurance policy purchase. Examine why.

Divorces, jobs, and alternative life styles cause millions of Americans to be afraid of not obtaining affordable medical insurance coverage. Afraid not only of obtaining an illness, or getting involved in an accident, but also of something that often outlasts the illness or accident. That of course is the medical costs of treatment. While some unfortunately have no guilt of never paying back the medical expenses incurred, the majority of Americans do.

With auto insurance you can purchase coverage to fix your car after your is auto is already wrecked. Nor will it cover items like a broken windshield, if the windshield was broken before coverage went into effect. Fortunately, states have laws requiring you to purchase at least minimal coverage if you are going to drive your car. In addition, there are hordes of small town police and state troopers ready to write a series of tickets if you do not follow tons of rules and regulations, plus drop or go without insurance coverage.

Your state will not ticket or fine you if you do not have medical insurance coverage. However, if you feel it is for your benefit to obtain medical health insurance, there are hundreds of options from which to choose. There also is a wide range of prices for you. One 40 year old woman pays over $600 a month for coverage. Another 41-year-old woman gets a policy that is around $200 a month or less. A proposed incentive savings of $4,800 annually that is hard to not accept if an uncovered adult is financially strapped.

Using a current example, each woman has unexpected critical pains and rushes to the hospital. The diagnoses involves minor surgery, which requires 5 days as an inpatient and calls for specialist follow-up and outpatient care for three months. The total bill equates to $12,000 for the hospital and $3,000 for outpatient care. This is just for one occurrence. (personally, I have been an inpatient for four occurrences twice during the previous 7 years, and totals 18 in this time span).

MAJOR MEDICAL COVERAGE – The 40 year old woman paying $600 monthly either with a health insurer, HMO- Health Maintenance Organization, or PPO- Preferred provider organization. Her plan probably has a zero deductible, $10 doctor co-pay, $2,000,000 or more limits, and a $3 to $10 co-pay for prescriptions. It likely had a no pre-existing condition clause, or at worst pre-existing conditions covered after 90 days. Out of this $15,000 medical occurrence, she probably paid for a few items. Her telephone and TV in her hospital room, $60 for 6 doctor co-pays for after treatment, and say $15 monthly for 3 prescriptions to take over the next 12 months. These three prescriptions alone, without coverage, could cost $250 monthly.

MAJOR HOSPITAL COVERAGE – This 41-year-old woman pays $200 month for the major hospital coverage policy she bought as a result of a television commercial Unlike major medical plans, major hospital is usually an indemnity plan. Indemnity meaning reimbursing a certain total amount or percentage for policy covered conditions. Under an indemnity plan even if you use an extreme amount of benefits, it is rare than the amount paid out equals your yearly payments. So paying $2,400 annually and leaving the insurance company 25% or more for overhead, profit, and claims processing would equal around $1,800.

MORE MAJOR PROBLEMS – The woman with medical insurance coverage for major hospital could have $8,200 of hospital costs, $3,000 for outpatient care, and $3,000 for prescriptions. That equals $14,200 just for that, even though she had purchased and paid for a medical policy. What about other illness or accidents that could occur in the next 12 months should she change to another affordable medical insurance policy with major hospital benefits. It will often exclude her pre-existing condition permanently. She is bleeding financially for her poor choice. The saying is “don’t get burned again.”

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE – All is not lost. Although this woman, most newer agents, plus those representative not helping loads of people with their medical coverage think all is lost. The resident state often has up to 300 companies, HMOs, and PPOs offering either major hospital or major medical coverage. Unfortunately, only 50 to 70 of these may offer a high deductible major medical insurance policy. Way less than 10% of life/health agent have ever sold even one. Less than 20% of agents could on the spot answer what a HSA is, let alone explain benefits of eligibility. Fewer than 5% have helped a person enact one.

THE SOLUTION – no one can predict new illness and accidents, when they will occur, or how much they will cost. Even though it has been many, many moons since I sold health insurance, I can put on my free advisor hat. If you can afford it, purchase medical insurance coverage labeled as a major medical plan OR a high deductible major medical plan with a government approved HSA, Health Savings Account. If this not affordable, avoid the insurance company money making major hospital plan. Instead, find a smart insurance agent, which will offer you a major medical plan with a $2,500 to $5,000 deductible, which will very affordable.

Unlike doctors and pharmacists, a hospital will work out a plan with you to pay an unpaid balance. $50 a week would pay off a $2,500 balance in a year. Something both of you might find realistic. Read additional articles like mine on topics like major medical, high deductible, or Government endorsed Health Saving Accounts. Alternatively, search the internet for more information. Either way, do not purchase “affordable medical insurance coverage” until you know ALL the solutions.

Two Unexpected Areas Commercial Insurance Brokers Operate In

Posted on August 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

The average person tends to mostly associate the term ‘commercial insurance brokers’ with business and corporate insurance, a link which is neither unwarranted nor off the mark. In fact, the majority of these companies’ business tends to revolve around helping corporations and small businesses be properly insured.

However, some companies are not satisfied simply sticking to the standard, typical areas of expertise for commercial insurance brokers. For some of these experts, it is a challenge to attempt to expand to areas outside what would normally be associated with them, and as a result, their companies tend to offer services in fields they would not necessarily be expected to operate in. This article highlights two of the most unusual fields commercial insurance brokers may offer insurance solutions for.

Charity

The name ‘commercial insurance brokers’ hints at the fact that these companies mostly operate within profit-driven sectors; that is why it can come as so much of a surprise to discover that some of them offer solutions specifically tailored for charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Commercial insurance brokers who offer these types of services tend to focus their efforts on ensuring said organisations are protected against medical malpractice, abuse, negligence and accidents. Further, they seek to provide cover for any events these groups may seek to organise, as well as insure their property as much as possible. It is not unusual to see commercial insurance brokers who offer solutions for charity offering cover for vehicles, such as minibuses, as well as insurance in case of business interruption. The intent is to ensure that, much like profit-driven businesses, these organisations are able to minimise financial damages in case of an accident or misfortune. This is particularly important in the case of charities, as they tend to survive on donations and grants; commercial insurance brokers who deal with these types of institutions understand this, and this is why they tend to be particularly thorough when tailoring insurance solutions for not-for-profit clients.

Education

Education insurance is another field many commercial insurance brokers very often branch off into when looking to widen the scope of their services. While not strictly businesses, schools and academies often tend to have many of the same needs a typical company or corporation will have, and hence many commercial brokerage companies find that they are well-equipped to offer solutions in this field as well.

Typical insurance solutions for schools and academies also tend to overlap with those offered to charities and not-for-profit organisations, as these types of institutions tend to have the same needs and many of the same goals as educational establishments. However, packages for schools do offer a number of additional options, such as cover for school and field trips, cover for governors and trustees, and hirers’ liability. This helps ensure both students, staff and school property are fully insured and covered, a measure both welcome and necessary when dealing with minors. Child protection is one of the main concerns of modern western society, and it therefore comes as no surprise that most of these packages are specifically designed to ensure both a school’s students and the adults responsible for overseeing them are as safe and secure as possible in the context of their learning activities.

It is clear, then, that while many commercial insurance brokers are perfectly happy sticking to the tried and true areas of the insurance field implied in their name, just as many are willing to branch out and offer cover to sectors and fields of modern society they would not normally be expected to get involved in. Doing so, in turn, allows them to widen their potential pool of clients, all while earning a reputation as versatile insurance providers able to manoeuvre within different fields.

Understanding Commercial Insurance Risks and Business Insurance Covers

Posted on August 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

If you own or manage a business, either large or small, you will require some type of insurance to protect your company against the various risks and potential multitude of claims, that your business will face.

Commercial insurance or Business insurance as it is commonly known, is a complicated area of underwriting and because all businesses are different, and face different risks depending upon the nature of the company, various packages and combined policy covers have been introduced by insurance companies and commercial broker schemes, to make the process easier.

An example of a small business insurance package which is commonly sold online is the Tradesman’s insurance package, which includes all elements of cover required by a small business or self employed trader such as basic liability covers and theft of tools.

Other small business insurance packages that are trade specific and can often be obtained online are available for shopkeepers, offices, surgeries, hotels and guest houses, restaurants, public houses and builders.

Large companies will be offered what is known as a commercial combined policy which has many different elements of cover which can be combined to make a bespoke policy for the enterprise. Most large companies will require some degree of risk assessment before the policy is underwritten, which may often include a visit to the business premises or site, and for this reason these types of larger business usually employ the services of specialist commercial insurance brokers.

Business Risks

The largest risk that a business faces is from liability to others, and the potential costs and damages a company could face if a claim was made against it.

All companies are required by law to have in place liability cover, called Employers liability insurance or EL, to protect their staff against all potential risks and accidents  while in the workplace.

Business liability insurance is usually sold as a package and will always include Public Liability, often just known as PL, which protects the company against claims from the public whilst on the business premises.

A further type of liability insurance called Product liability is also available to companies under a commercial liability policy which protects the company against claims made for design or manufacturing faults in the product.

Company directors can also protect themselves against liabilities with Directors and Officers insurance (D&O) cover.

Property Damage

Most business large and small will have premises that need protection against buildings perils such as fire and flood and commercial property insurance is available to cover all buildings insurance risks. Similarly commercial contents insurance for business premises is available which covers office and business equipment including files and data processing against the common perils. For companies that carry stock, this type of business contents insurance can be extended to cover risk such as deterioration and damage.

For the small businessman who works from home these covers are often available with strict limits of indemnity, as a bolt on to a standard home buildings and contents policy. This type of cover is often effective for self employed people with just a computer and a home office.

Business Contingency Cover

One of the largest problems faced by a business is that of how to continue in business should the worst occur, for example a fire that destroys the premises. In order to deal with this Insurance companies have devised a cover called ‘Business Interruption Insurance’. Based on your previous years annual turnover, this protection insurance covers your company against all losses caused by interruption to trading due to any of the perils mentioned on the policy and will pay out on a indemnified basis for the period of cover agreed in the policy. Most policies will also offer some type of alternative trading accommodation to enable you business to continue whilst the premises are being repaired.

Additional Commercial Risks

Because commercial insurance is designed to cover all classes of business, there are many various trade or business specific covers available which can be added to a combined policy. Examples of these covers include loss of licence to trade, glass cover, goods in transit cover, book debts, commercial vehicle insurance, hauliers cover, warehouse cover, engineering insurance and plant inspection services, and theft by employees.

Outside of most combined policies are additional risks more often sold under separate policy covers, that should be considered to protect your business against all eventualities.

Examples of these are, Commercial Legal Expenses insurance cover which protects the company against claims made by employees for unfair dismissal and allows you to bring cases against suppliers.

Various protection policies are also available for businesses including Keyman insurance which provides cover against the loss of key people within your organisation. Business mortgage protection provides a monthly payment for business premises should you suffer and accident or sickness. Group ASU policies are also available to protect your staff and employees.

Purchasing Business Cover

Purchasing commercial risks insurance can be a daunting experience for the uninitiated small business owner and unless the risks are straightforward and can be underwritten online, it is advisable for all companies to approach the services of a local or regional commercial insurance broker. Insurance Brokers will not only be able to assess the complete range of risks that your business is exposed to, and provide the correct levels of cover, they will more often than not have a unique local knowledge of the risks involved and will be able to negotiate premiums that reflect the nature of the risks. Furthermore, in the event of a claim, and as most businesses will be faced with claims at some point in their trading life-cycle, the broker will handle all the settlement negotiations with the insuring company and allow you to continue what you do best – running your business.

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