Insurance

Flood insurance is required if you live in an area designated as a potential flood zone by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). However, some 20-25% of flood claims come from moderate and low risk areas – not to mention the impact on uninsured people who are affected by floods. How do you determine your
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When most people think of “disability insurance,” they think of Workers Compensation programs provided by all 50 states. That’s because Workers Comp, as it’s typically called, insures over 130 million Americans today against the risk of workplace injury through premiums paid by both workers and employers. In 2011, the last year for which complete data
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Most people tend to lump all insurance carriers together within the “alphabet soup” of insurance types, but there are differences. Consider the areas of Life and Health (L&H) and Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance. Some larger carriers offer both, but most specialize in one form or the other. All of these carriers have the common
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Medicare has one important difference when compared to most other health plans – Medicare Parts A and B do not have a cap on out-of pocket costs. These costs can add up quickly, especially for chronic or long-term illnesses. Premiums and most deductible and co-insurance situations are straightforward, but some costs are not. These Medicare
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Most people don’t consider earthquake insurance unless they live in earthquake-prone areas, and even then many don’t purchase policies because of high premium costs and deductibles. Some mistakenly believe they are covered under different policies. It’s worth a few minutes of your time to investigate your potential needs for earthquake insurance. Earthquake insurance is sold
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It’s impossible to avoid advertisements from the largest insurance companies and their iconic “mascots”— from the Geico gecko to the ubiquitous Flo from Progressive, to the Allstate Mayhem Man. You may be wondering: with all that money spent on advertising and sponsorships, are these companies paying more attention to attracting customers than to meeting their
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Medical insurance is experiencing tumultuous change with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”). As of January 1, 2014, every American is required to have minimum insurance in force. However, many of us are still uncertain about how to obtain suitable coverage. This article aims to cut through the confusion, to set you on
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How do insurance companies prepare for large-scale natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy? They mitigate risk through policies they purchase from reinsurance companies — those who insure the insurers. As a result, reinsurers have some of the greatest insight into the effect of natural disasters on insurance, and are on the front lines of driving changes
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Scheduled property covers items in your home that are not specifically covered as part of your standard homeowner’s insurance policy. While your standard policy will certainly include some basic personal belongings, your policy may set limitations on the amount covered for several broad categories, such as $2,000 for jewelry. Scheduling your property allows you to
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Medicaid Basics Medicaid and CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) exist to ensure health coverage for low-income Americans. CHIP is designed to cover children of families who have incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage. Many people think of Medicaid as being for younger Americans and Medicare for
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If you’ve decided to work from home and/or start a small business, and you’ve converted that spare bedroom into a home office, you may be wondering if your current homeowner’s insurance will automatically protect you in case your office equipment is stolen or destroyed. You may also want to know if you’ll be covered for
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Credit insurance is a form of insurance on a specific debt. It could be a home or car loan, a credit card balance, or any other form of debt. By purchasing credit insurance, you are guaranteeing that the debt will be at least partially paid under the condition the specific policy was written for (death,
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An annuity is an insurance product and retirement planning tool that establishes a future income stream based on a current investment. Most annuities are sold through insurance companies, but some are supplied via direct sale from investment companies such as Vanguard and T. Rowe Price. You have two choices regarding the style of annuity: Deferred
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You may think you have all the insurance you could possibly need to cover your healthcare expenses, but are you certain about that? Do your policies cover every catastrophic life event that could befall you? Check your current insurance policies — you will be surprised to discover what is not covered! If that’s the case,
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The National Fire Protection Association reports that there were 370,000 home fires that fire departments responded to in 2011, resulting in almost 14,000 injuries and 2,500 deaths, along with nearly $7 billion in direct damage. These NFPA statistics show that fires occur with sufficient frequency that it is a wise decision to carry fire insurance
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Earthquake coverage can usually be added to a home or business policy and is not normally purchased as a separate policy. The standard homeowner’s policy has an exclusion for “Earth Movement”, which includes earthquakes, landslides, mudflows, sinkholes, and more. What is an earthquake? A sudden and violent shaking of the ground, sometimes causing great destruction,
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Supplemental insurance is an additional form of insurance that is designed to cover expenses that standard insurance available in your state may not include. This form of insurance often covers expenses for health care that other forms of insurance such as Medicare, Medicaid or a company healthcare policy may not cover. Standard health insurance policies
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In less than thirty seconds, a small fire can grow completely out of control and turn into a major fire that spreads throughout the house. Within minutes, your home can be filled with smoke. Preventing fires is the easiest way to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. While in the kitchen, follow these safety precautions: Unplug
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The National Flood Insurance Program is a government program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If your home or business is located within a 100-year flood zone as determined by FEMA, you will be required to purchase flood insurance to obtain a mortgage or business loan. Flood insurance must be purchased as a
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Scheduling Items on your Homeowners policy The term “Homeowners Insurance” is used for insurance policies that insure a person’s primary, owner-occupied residence. This can be a single family home, a multi-family (up to 4 apartments) home, an apartment or condominium. Each residence is insured through a different type of “homeowners” policy. Each policy covers personal
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