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By Keith L. Martin
Posted Fri 01.09.2009 12:18 pm EST
Insurance & Financial Advisor :: The latest insurance industry news and resources
During his U.S. Senate nomination hearing to oversee the U.S. Health and Human Services office, nominee and former Sen. Tom Daschle was urged not to rush into federalizing health care.
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) voiced his skepticism for President-elect Barack Obama’s intention to expand government health care in direct competition with private coverage.

Enzi and other members of the Senate’s Health, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on Thursday to hear from and question the former South Dakota senator. The committee chairman, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), has made his intention clear to draft universal health care legislation soon for introduction soon after Obama’s inauguration.

Enzi warned that expanding insurance coverage through more government-run bureaucracies would lead to less competition and therefore more complexity, inefficiency and higher costs for taxpayers, according to a statement. The senator also urged Daschle to bring any reform measures through the proper Senate committees as circumventing the groups “leads to bad legislation with astronomical price tags.”

“Forcing private plans to compete with federal programs, with their price controls and ability to shift costs to taxpayers, will inevitably doom true competition and could ultimately lead to a single payer, government-run health care program,” Enzi said. “Any new insurance coverage must be delivered through private health insurance plans.”

Enzi added that he was hopeful for collaboration “to reduce the number of uninsured Americans, contain costs, improve quality and make health care more accessible.”

Daschle concurred with the need for collaboration to change a system, calling for “input and involvement and engagement,” according to published reports.

He did not offer any specifics of Obama’s health care plan during the hearing.

In the past few weeks, Daschle and others as part of the Obama-Biden transition team have been sponsoring community health care discussions, urging citizens, doctors, agents and brokers and insurance companies to weigh in on possible reform. The administration said it will take all input on the matter into consideration when forming new policies.


SAS® for Health Insurance

Health insurers are under increased pressure to improve the way they do business. But inefficient business processes, lengthy claims processing and outdated information management strategies are proving to be formidable roadblocks to demonstrating value to those who purchase healthcare benefits. To overcome the roadblocks, health insurers must shift from a reactive to a proactive stance by predicting – and responding to – challenges before they occur.

Such predictive power is available to you from SAS. Our solutions provide a gateway to business intelligence, enabling you to gather data from your existing transactional foundation systems and transform it into critical business knowledge.

SAS solutions for health insurance are comprehensive, offering everything you need to make solid business decisions, align actions with business strategy, improve your operational efficiency and, ultimately, increase your bottom line results:

Customer Intelligence
Identify your most profitable members and employer groups, determine which agents bring in the most members and predict which members will leave your health plan.

Customer Relationship Management. With SAS Customer Relationship Management solutions, you can conduct more effective customer interactions, increase awareness, improve targeted marketing and enhance customer services.

Operational Intelligence
Achieve sustainable operational improvements so you can price services optimally, enable new business strategies, reduce operating costs, improve performance, track progress toward achieving organizational goals and meet service level commitments. With SAS Operational Intelligence solutions for health insurance, you can improve your IT infrastructure management and enhance operational efficiencies.

Health Plan Reporting. Empower your customers with self-service reporting functions that let them answer their own questions about health benefits costs and plan utilization. SAS for Health Plan Reporting relieves your reporting burden by giving employer groups direct access to the information they need in an on-line, self-service format.
Health Plan Intelligence
Make sense of your complex challenges by analyzing and uncovering cost and funding balances; understand the factors that affect premium costs and program rates; align book-of-business and line-of-business profitability; and predict activities related to fraud before they occur. With SAS' powerful analytic capabilities, your organization is better equipped to meet its goals for reducing costs and raising profitability and return on investment.
Health Insurance Fraud. Reduce claims costs and losses due to fraud by making predictive, accurate claims decisions before claims are paid. SAS for Health Insurance Fraud goes beyond traditional rules-based fraud detection solutions to offer advanced analytics and easy integration with your claims payment processes for improved recovery and prosecution efforts.
Health Informatics Intelligence
Effectively manage clinical risk by uncovering early indicators for illness, anticipate future utilization of clinical services, improve reimbursements for contract negotiations, and analyze clinical outcomes and medical expenses to reward provider performance. SAS solutions for health informatics intelligence supply the tools you need to proactively understand which factors are most important for reducing risk and predicting future areas of improvement.
Disease Management. Effectively manage clinical risk and gain control of high-cost diseases by uncovering early indicators for illness. With SAS for Disease Management, you can predict risk and optimize interventions in order to achieve improved outcomes.
Beyond BI™
For health insurers, traditional business intelligence is not enough to meet today's market demands. SAS takes health insurers Beyond BI™, providing you with forecasting, predictive modeling and optimization capabilities so you can evolve from simple historical benchmarking to truly predicting what will happen next and understanding the best that can happen.

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Children’s Healthy Eating Tips

Today’s youth is at more risk than ever before for childhood obesity. While being labeled “chubby” is emotionally damaging to children, it’s also very physically damaging. In fact, children who are overweight or obese have much higher risks of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and other health related illnesses. Thus, parents must constantly work to ensure their child is as healthy as possible by using these easy children’s healthy eating tips!

Tip #1: Let them help!

Studies show when parents let their children help prepare dinner, the children are more likely to eat less. In addition, if a child invests time in creating something healthy they’ll be more likely to actually eat and enjoy it. So, let your kids help you create healthy and delicious dinners. You’ll be teaching them how to cook healthy foods and feel great as they enjoy eating it.

Tip #2: Make family rules!

Don’t punish your child for being overweight by insisting they go on a diet while the rest of the family eats pizza. Instead, create healthy habits for the entire family. Choose one night per week for eating out and stick to it. Cook all other meals at home, using healthy ingredients.

Tip #3: Find interesting ways to use vegetables and fruits!

Many parents complain their child won’t eat vegetables. However, there are few children who will pass up a plate of fettuccini alfredo covered in low-fat sauce and broccoli or a side of baby carrots dressed with a small amount of honey. If you’re creative and try to make vegetables and fruits taste and look delicious, your children won’t even realize what they’re eating!

Posted November 23rd, 2008 by Jessica Mousseau

College Student Health Plans

College Student Health Plans

By the time your children toss their high school graduation caps into the air, they'll probably have a good idea about their intended college and course of study, but is their health insurance something you've thought about?

Many times, a parent's medical plan will cover their children until they're 24 years old. If your health insurance plan does not cover college students, it would be beneficial to look into what college health plans are offered at your child's university.

College health insurance basics

College health insurance plans may be subsidized by tuition at some schools, and may ultimately save parents money. College health insurance plans are not free, and the benefits may vary from college to college. Health insurance companies meet with committees from different schools to design a plan, specifically tailored to that school's students. Free services may be offered at the health center.

If you choose to purchase the college health insurance plan for your student, office visits will usually be fully covered, but students may be charged a co-pay for lab work, x-rays, physical therapy, prescriptions, and procedures such as treatment for a wound. Other services that may be covered include mental health, newborn and infant care, routine pap and pelvic exams, routine AIDS/STD testing, as well as cholesterol screenings. Premiums and benefits vary from college to college, sometimes due to state laws.

Out-of-network problems

A key question-if you're considering keeping your student on your family plan-is whether doctors from your network will be easily available if your student is out-of-state. All HMO-only plans require referrals for visits to out-of-network providers and to specialists. And, PPO plans will reimburse less for visits to out-of-network physicians. If your child chooses a college out of state, and you want them to get prompt medical care without having to call home for a physician's referral, it would be a good idea to consider the college health plan offered by their school. What are health insurance networks, and what are the different types of plans? Learn more about HMO, PPO, and POS plans.

Things to consider when evaluating a college health insurance policy

Several factors can make a crucial difference in timely care. Be sure to find out:

  • Are there restrictions on the providers a student can use?
  • If the student is on vacation, what kind of coverage do they have?
  • If the student is not enrolled in classes (during summer or winter break) do they still have health insurance coverage?
  • Are the most efficient treatment facilities at the college easily accessible?
  • What are the low-cost or free services that are offered through the campus health clinic?

Don't let your child's coverage lapse

If your child has a pre-existing medical condition, a lapse in health insurance coverage could cause problems later. Under HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), pre-existing conditions can only be subject to coverage exclusions for 12 months (or 18 months in the case of late plan enrollment). However, if qualifying coverage is maintained without a lapse of 63 days, the health insurance company must subtract the length of coverage from the exclusion period. For example, 8 months of prior coverage would result in a 4-month exclusion period, whereas 18 years of coverage would result in no exclusion period. Therefore, it's important to maintain continuous coverage of all conditions, even if it means buying new health insurance or enrolling in a high-priced plan for a short period.

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10 Ways to Save Money on Motorcycle Insurance

In the 25 years I have been selling for Urban Insurance, I am still amazed by how wide the range of insurance prices can be between one bike and another. What might shock you is that it is the “Style” of the bike that makes a larger difference than the “Cost” of the bike. This is important fact to considerer before coming home with that new “Sport Bike”.

For most people, a motorcycle is driven only a limited number of days per year; and some people who would by no means drive without car insurance will at times let their motorcycle coverage slip. All of us are looking for ways to save money, but driving with out motorcycle insurance is not only foolish, it’s illegal in Illinois, Michigan Indiana and most other states. With the high price of vehicles, ever-increasing medical costs, and new bankruptcy laws that can make it more difficult to eliminate your debits; it is financial suicide to drive without insurance. No one wants to pay more than they have to in order to get their cycle covered.

Below are some suggestions to help you lower your insurance costs.

  1. Shop Before You Buy The Bike
    Insurance companies profoundly surcharge some motorcycles. That means that even though two cycles have around the same value, they might have dramatically different insurance rates. Sport bikes are fast and fun but bikes like the Yamaha YZFs, Kawasaki Ninjas, Honda CBRs, and the Suzuki Hayabusas, can cost more than 4 times the price that a “Standard Cruiser”. Caution: I have seen the combination of sport bikes and young drivers result in premiums higher than the total cost of the bike. After the bike is yours, it’s a bad time to find that the monthly insurance payment is more than your monthly note.
  2. Shop Several Companies
    Remember that prices can vary widely from company to the next. The carrier that offers the lowest rate on a middle-aged married couple might be one the highest on a 20-year-old male single. Get quotes from different types of insurance companies. Some companies sell direct through a captive agent force. Independent agents, like Urban Insurance Agency offer policies from several different insurance companies. It is for this reason that Urban Insurance will shop out a variety of companies looking for the best rate and coverage to meet your needs. We represent more than thirty companies in order to get the best coverage and most competitive rates.
  3. Decrease Coverage on Lower Value Cycles
    If your bike is new, or is being financed, of course it makes sense to purchase “Full Coverage” to protect your investment. However if your bike is no longer a “late model” or does not have a value over $3,000.00, consider dropping collision and comprehensive coverage. Ask your agent to provide you with a quote both with and without these coverages.
  4. Move to a Higher Deductible
    The deductible is the amount you pay on a claim before the insurance company pays. By requesting higher deductibles, you can lower your insurance costs significantly. This is particularly true for motorcycles. For example, increasing your deductible from $250 to $500 could decrease your comprehensive and collision coverage cost by as much as 30 percent. Switching to a $1,000 deductible can reduce your expense by 40 percent or more. Just remain cognizant that if there is a claim you are going to need to come up with those funds in order to get your bike repaired.
  5. Exclude a driver
    Not all drivers are created equal when it comes to insurance. The rates on teen drivers are much higher than drivers in their 30s or 40s. If you have young drivers in the household that do not drive your bike, you can save a considerable sum by taking them off your policy. A word of caution: If you exclude a driver from your policy and they do take your cycle out for a whirl and have an accident; you will not be covered for that loss.
  6. Part-Time Drivers
    Most companies give a discounted rate for a part-time or occasional driver. This is of no use if the part time driver is an older driver, but can make a dramatic difference when the part time driver is a young driver. But remember to ask your agent, and not assume they gave you the discount.
  7. Check Your Driving Record
    This might be hard to believe but people down at the Illinois Secretary of State’s office sometimes make mistakes. The same thing holds true for our customers in Indiana, and Michigan — I have had clients whose driving record show accidents and tickets that were inaccurate. Such mistakes happen more frequently than many agents or representatives at the DMV are willing to admit. These mistakes can significantly affect the cost of your insurance. Verify your credit record on a from time to time to check for any errors. At Urban Insurance we work with our customers to remove errors from your MVR reports.
  8. Maintain a Good Credit Record
    It might seem that is no connection between “Good Credit” and low insurance costs, but many insurance companies will now run credit reports each time you apply for a quote on any insurance. Many people would be surprised to learn that a “Bad Credit Score” can raise your insurance rate more than having speeding tickets. Not all companies credit score; always ask the agent if they are going to run your credit. If a representative asks you for your social security number, presume they are planning on running a credit report. Confirm your credit record periodically to check for any errors.
  9. Remove Guest Passenger Liability
    Guest Passenger Liability is coverage that protects you against the passenger on the back of your bike suing you in the event that they are injured in an accident. Again, with younger drivers and sport bikes, the Cost of Guest Passenger Liability can be considerable. Removing this coverage can save up to several hundred dollars. A word of caution: If you exclude Guest passenger coverage from your policy, make sure that you do not allow passengers on your bike. Remember if you have an accident; you will not be covered for those damages your passenger suffers.
  10. Don’t Put In The Small Claims
    The fact is, insurance works best when it is used for which it was designed - to protect you against significant financial losses. Insurance companies today share loss data through a central network. As a result these losses follow you from one insurer to the next. Companies count “Frequency” as well as total payout; so if you have $610 in damages and a $500 deductible It might be prudent to avoid having evidence of a the claim on your record.

The Top Five Ways To Save On Your Auto Insurance

It's time to get your finances in order. Why not start out by saving some money on your auto insurance? The average consumer saves up to $301 on a six-month policy after shopping around and purchasing a new auto insurance policy from one of the top companies at InsWeb.* Here are InsWeb's top five ways save money on your auto insurance.

1. Shopping Around
This is the #1 way of saving money on insurance. Are you sure you're getting the best deal possible with your current insurance company? Many people find it easy to stay with the same company for years, but fail to realize they have the potential to save hundreds of dollars each year by comparing quotes from multiple companies. You should shop around at least twice a year to see if you are getting the best deal possible.

2. Multi-Policy Insurance
Various insurance companies offer various discounts if you insure more than one vehicle on a single policy, or if you have your home insured with the same company that insures your vehicle(s).

3. The Higher the Deductible, the Less $ Out of your Pocket?
Yes, it's true; the higher your deductible is, the lower your premium. However, you must be careful not to get in accidents with a higher deductible, as this is the amount that will come out of your pocket before your insurance company starts paying for the rest of the covered damage to your vehicle. If you find yourself with more financial comfort in the future, you might think of lowering the deductible(s) you raised when you needed to save money.

4. Check Before Buying
Before you buy a new vehicle, compare insurance quotes. This way you can see how much it will cost to insure (and possibly change your mind if you find a vehicle with a lower rate) and have quotes to return to if you end up buying the vehicle and need to quickly insure it. High profile cars, cars that commonly have parts stolen, and cars that are expensive to fix will cost you more to insure.

5. Discounts, discounts, discounts.
There are many discounts available to drivers. See the list below:

Common Discounts:

The Good Driver Discount
As most of us know, the better we drive, the better our rates will be. Most insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who have not had accidents or received tickets in the last 3-5 years.

The Safe Vehicle Discount
Many companies offer discounts for various safety features on your vehicle, including air bags, alarms, factory-installed mechanical seatbelts and antilock brakes.

The Good Student Discount
Students currently enrolled in school often receive a discount on auto insurance for their good grades; as many companies feel conscientious students make conscientious drivers.

The Senior Discount
Many insurance companies offer discounts to drivers over 50.

Low Mileage Discounts
Some insurance companies will offer discounts on vehicles that incur low annual mileage. Many companies have a predetermined number of what they consider low mileage.

Rural Discounts
It is almost always cheaper to insure a vehicle in a rural area. Most accidents happen in larger cities, which means if you are a city-dweller, expect higher rates. This also applies to areas where car theft is most common. Generally, residents of these areas will likely be charged higher rates, which is commensurate with the higher risk.

Occupational Discounts
Many companies offer discounts to people with certain degrees, such as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. Historically people in these professions have been less likely to get in accidents. Likewise, many auto companies offer discounts to certified teachers and to people in the military (both active and retired).

The Internet Discount
Many insurance companies offer discounts to consumers who sign up for coverage online. Likewise, companies like InsWeb that offer you multiple quotes are able to show the lowest rates available from their various participating carriers for you to insure your vehicle(s).

Auto Club/Professional Organization Membership Discounts
Many carriers offer discounts to people who are members of auto clubs (such as AAA) and other professional organizations.

Start saving on your auto insurance today! And when you talk to an insurance representative, be sure to ask if any of the above discounts can be applied to your new policy and further lower your rates!
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Health Insurance - Your Best Plan to Buy

This may seem obvious the list below when looking to buy your best insurance for you and/or your family. These 5 things you should focus on to get your best health insurance policy

1.) Do research on the insurance companies. Each one will have a rating. AAA rating will be the ones that will have a better track record.

2.) There are many different types of policies to chose from. Determine what you really need for health care coverage given your financial situation and individual or family needs.

3.) Check on your doctor visits and other medical services on how your are covered and what kind of reimbursements you will have.

4.) Make sure you have a good insurance agent. Make sure they have a good track record. Like anything else a good agent will make all the difference in the world. The good ones will always look out for your best interest which will give you the best coverage at the best price

5.) This one will be helped by having a good agent, but make sure you know what your policy covers and what it doesn't cover. Not all policies cover all things. Not by a long shot.

Taking time to do some research and to find your best options will pay big dividends in the long run. This all may seen like basic and obvious to you, but many people cannot answer these basic things that we all need to know when we are buying the best insurance plans and the best coverage.

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Health Insurance - Medicare Advantage Coverage and More

Do you realize how many people have substantially less insurance than they need? Do you realize how many people have no health insurance whatsoever? The answers to both questions probably will not come as much as a surprise. Given the state of the economy it comes as no shock that a lot of people are not insured. It also comes as no surprise that a significant number of people are under insured. You can get along without insurance for a little while - but what if something happens? Where are you then? You do not want to let that happen to you.

You need to begin by finding a health insurance quote - or two, or ten. The more quotes you can compare, the better. You can start by checking out the top insurance companies. It is as easy as looking in your phone book and making some calls. All you have to do is ask the agent you talk to some standard questions. You need to know about premiums, deductibles, coverage, et cetera.

Of course, you can also get quotes off of the Internet. There are plenty of directories and sites which will find quotes for you. You do not have to do anything but provide some information. You will need to say where you live, how old you are, what your gender is, and similar information. The more information you provide, the more accurate your quotes.

Still, before compiling your list of possible insurance companies, you need to make a decision about what type of insurance would suit you best. For example, some people want individual insurance, which only covers them. Others prefer family policies, under which all the members of their families are covered as well.

There are also a lot of government funded options available. These can cover children, people with disabilities, veterans, and other such social groups. Understand, however, you have to qualify for these programs. However, if you do, they can be enormously helpful. One or more of them might be right for you.

Choosing between Medicaid and Medicare really come down to eligibility. Medicaid requirements state that you must be below certain low income restrictions. Medicare is the primary government health insurance that baby boomers will utilize. It has 4 different categories, beginning with Medicare Part A, which is the standard form. Medicare Part B which is a combination, Advantage Medicare or Part C, and lastly Medicare Part D prescription coverage. Parts b through D come with additional premiums.

At this point, you need to start planning how you are going to cover the cost of your insurance. If you're retired Medicare or Medicaid may be an obvious choice. A lot of people are greatly helped by setting up a health savings account. Just as the name implies, this is an account where you put money meant to cover both the cost of your health insurance and medical emergencies. That way you will never be at a loss.

It may seem like it is impossible to find affordable insurance. However, if you are willing to do a little research then it is not hard at all. You simply have to shop around and know exactly what you need.

There are several things to keep in mind when looking at, Medicare coverage. We take a look at the many types, and whether Medicare Advantage, Part A, B, or D is the right choice for you.

Planning For Your Health Insurance

We all know the importance of health insurance plans in our lives and they actually help us by paying the costs up front when we need health care. There are several other benefits you get from having health plans. You get immense peace of mind that in case you fall sick your insurance plan can take care of your medical needs. Also, you know that you do not have to compromise on the type of care or opt for cheaper facilities because your insurance plan covers and most companies have a decent network with hospitals and doctors.

While you feel good about your insurance plan and the coverage you are being provided, it is also good to know about what your plan is offering and what you are paying for. Most health insurance plans have several integral rules which you may not know if you have not read the guidelines and rules of your plan in detail.

For instance, some facilities are covered only once a year and sometimes there might be a deductible for certain services used in a medical facility. When you get your insurance plan always make sure you read about what you are not being covered for. This might include some kind of surgeries, travel injuries and many more that you are not aware of.

Health care planning helps to save you from some unexpected expenditure and also it prepares you for the worst case scenario. Most health plans are basic and cover things like out patient visits, pregnancy and injuries. However, pre-existing conditions and high risk medical conditions like cancer are often excluded. That is why planning is very essential when it comes to health insurance plans.

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All You Need to Know About Health Insurance

With medical expenses soaring higher every year, health insurance is an expensive necessity. Knowing more about health insurance can help you get the coverage you need while keeping your expenses down.

What types of health insurance are available?

Health insurance plans generally fall into one of two categories: indemnity plans (also known as reimbursement plans) and managed care plans such as health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and point of service (POS) plans. (Learn more about HMO, PPO, and POS plans.)

  • An indemnity plan allows you to choose your own doctors and pays for your medical expenses—totally, in part, or up to a specified amount per day for a specified number of days.
  • Managed care plans generally provide broader coverage, but they all involve an arrangement between the insurer and a selected network of health-care providers (doctors, hospitals, etc.). This arrangement provides a strong incentive for you to stay in-network, usually by covering less for services received outside the network.

No matter which type of health insurance you buy, you'll need to make sure it offers the right kinds of coverage.

What should be covered?

A good health insurance policy contains several types of coverage.

  • Hospital expense coverage pays your room, board, and incidental services costs if you're hospitalized
  • Surgical expense coverage covers surgeons' fees and related costs associated with surgery
  • Physicians' expense coverage pays for visits to a doctor's office or for a doctor's hospital visits
  • Lab coverage pays for laboratory services like X-Rays and other diagnostic lab tests

What might be covered?

When comparing health insurance plans, check to see if they provide additional benefits that you may need, including:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Preventive care
  • Mental health benefits
  • Maternity care
  • Vision care
  • Dental care
  • Chiropractic coverage

What will it cost?

In addition to the monthly premium expense, you may have other out-of-pocket costs. These costs can really add up, especially if you have children or other family members who visit the doctor frequently. Check to see if the health insurance plan you're considering requires you to pay any or all of the following:

  • Co-payment: The flat fee you'll have to pay each time you visit a health insurance provider (can vary by provider type).
  • Deductible: The amount you'll have to pay toward your medical expenses (usually annually) before the insurance company begins to pay claims (generally required by indemnity plans).
  • Coinsurance: The percentage of your medical costs you'll have to pay after you reach any deductibles that apply.

Where can I get health insurance?

You may get health insurance through a group plan at work or through another group affiliation (a school, a club, etc.) or by purchasing an individual plan on your own. By purchasing an individual plan, you may be able to customize the health plan.

A good way to compare rates, plans, and options for your individual needs is to shop online. Comparing online health insurance quotes helps to ensure you get your best rate.

How do I decide which plan is best?

The best health insurance plan for you is the one that gives you the greatest flexibility and the most benefits for the lowest cost. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a standard health insurance plan. As you would when making any major purchase, you'll need to shop around and get several quotes before choosing a plan. Here are a few points to consider:

  • What co-pays, deductibles, and coinsurance requirements apply?
  • How much freedom do you have to choose your own health-care providers?
  • Does the plan cover the health services that you need?
  • Does the plan cover the health-care providers you're currently using?
  • Does the plan offer family, as well as individual, coverage?
  • Does the plan cover pre-existing conditions? If so, is there a waiting period?
  • Does the insurance company have a good reputation in the industry and a positive rating from a major ratings organization and your state's department of insurance?

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Goodhealth - Health insurance company

Goodhealth - Health Insurance CompanyGoodhealth deliver a comprehensive range of health insurance, covering medical expenses for organisations and individuals living and working in the UK and abroad. Goodhealth maintain established offices in the UK, Middle East , Far East and the Americas.

Goodhealth is a subsidiary of the Primary Group, an organisation that annually transacts insurance premiums in excess of £300 million.

Goodhealth take a common sense attitude to underwriting and in some cases they will offer cover for pre-existing medical conditions!

Goodhealth's UK health insurance policies offer very high benefits indeed, their top-of-the-range policy "Primary 1" covers GP fees, Routine and Major Dental Treatment, Prescriptions Expenses, Pregnancy and Childbirth (up to £3000), and they even pay an NHS Grant if you have a baby on the NHS!

Ex Pat Health Insurance - Ex Patriate Medical Insurance

Goodhealth are one of the most successful providers of international health insurance for people in the UK and expatriate health insurance, (ex pat health insurance,) for ex pats living abroad.

Whilst living or traveling abroad, becoming ill takes on a whole new meaning, if you do not have international medical insurance. An ex pat, living abroad, encounters healthcare systems and diseases that they are simply not used to in the UK.

Goodhealth ex pat medical insurance not only offers peace of mind for your physical well-being, but it also cuts down on the financial burden of being ill abroad.

Goodhealth has built it's reputation as a top international expatriate health insurance company, offering both ex pat health insurance, as well as international medical insurance for the overseas traveler by offering first class service and back up healthcare support service that is second to none. If you are looking for ex pat insurance, a Goodhealth ex pat health insurance policy is the first policy to consider.

For a free, no obligation ex pat health insurance quote, simply complete this ex pat insurance form.

How Long Is A Car Insurance Quote Good For?

Most people who apply for car insurance do some research before they commit. Depending on the city and state, they may be required to own liability coverage, collision coverage or even uninsured motorist coverage.

Further complicating the process is the fact that insurance companies themselves often consider a wide range of factors when they determine their prices. These can include anything from driving history to marital status, income, credit rating, even GPA! Needless to say, the figures can quickly grow complicated.

One of the most popular ways to streamline the process is by requesting a quote. There was a time when most such estimates came from actual agents, but today all the major carriers offer online forms that provide essentially the same thing.

A simple algorithm weights each answer and compares it to a list of viable rates, coming up with a range of figures for each type of coverage. Sometimes these answers are deal-breakers, meaning they may be far too expensive for your needs. Others may look promising, however, which is why many drivers want to know how long such car insurance rates are good for.

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The short answer is that most quotes are good from 24 to 72 hours, but each site does it a little differently. Responsible insurance vendors are usually explicit about when an estimate will expire, but others prefer to leave things open-ended in the hopes of hearing from you at a later date.

Regardless of how long the quote is “good” for, however, few of these figures are actually binding in the contractual sense. Often you will need to contact insurance companies yourself to negotiate by phone. You may be able to land a better price, particularly if you have a comparable quote from a competitor.

Different insurance companies empower their employees to negotiate in different ways, so try a few calls to see where they lead. Providing inaccurate details is, of course, insurance fraud, but there is no question you can put your best foot forward simply by understanding what the insurance carriers want.

Often you may find a more positive response by discarding the original quote and simply describing what you need. Although the quote begins this process, there is no substitute for human contact when it comes time to close the deal. If your driving record is solid and your credit is good, you may be surprised how receptive that company will be.

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When Kids Drive…

I guess that time when our kids learn to drive is a mixed experience for every parent. We are proud to see that our children are becoming more independent, and maybe we are relieved because they can start to provide for their own transportation some of the time. On the other hand, it can be a big area of concern too. We want them to be safe, and we know that kids tend to be more impulsive. Of course, they are just starting to drive, so they will not be as experienced as we are at avoiding road hazards or other unsafe drivers. They will not think ahead like we do, so we worry that they will not be able to predict problems on the road.

Insurance Companies and Student Drivers

Of course, insurance companies think about all of things that parents think about when it comes to younger drivers. Since the teen or young adult will not have had time to establish their own driving history, they must all be lumped in with other people their age. If statistics show that teens and young adults, as a group, are responsible for more claims than 50 year old drivers, auto insurers will want to charge them more for coverage.

So many parents who have good driving histories will be shocked when they get the first bill after they cover their student driver. Sometimes rates can double or triple for the family. But they can take some steps to find affordable insurance for themselves, and for their kids.

Good Student Discounts

Many auto insurers have found that students with decent grades also tend to be more responsible in all areas of their lives. They will offer discounts for students who keep up a B average on their report cards. So a good report card from their teachers can offset an individual students lack of a driving history.

Safe Car Discounts

Some cars are just cheaper to insure. If young Sammy or Suzy drives a sedate family car, they are certain to have better rates than if they are handed a high power sports car for their 16th birthday. It would be prudent, for many reasons, to let the student drive a safer car.

Safety features and anti-theft devices also matter. If any features of a car help reduce the chance of an insurance claim, an insurer will probably offer a discount for that feature. Many newer cars already come equipped with features that make them safer, and less likely to be stolen. It may also be worth the money to improve an older car. It will be safer, less likely to get stolen, and cheaper to insure!

Auto Safety Classes

Insurers believe that drivers education and drivers safety classes help prevent accidents. While a student may lack experience, a class can help make up for some of that. Experienced drivers can help pass on some of their knowledge about safe driving to young drivers. It is almost always worth the time and money to take a drivers safety class. Your young driver will be less likely to have a car accident, and they will also get cheaper auto insurance rates!

Good Car Insurance Deal

Embarking on a fun trip far away from your home will not be a bad idea. The question that needs an answer here is “Are you traveling by road?” Will you drive or be driven in your vehicle? If yes, then you need to get the car insured. Do not forget what can happen on the highway; accidents and other unforeseen incidents… just to name a few.

As you drive, please note that your life and the lives and properties of other road users are very important.

In most developed countries, auto insurance is necessary for all car owners. You can get yourself arrested and charged for attempting to kill yourself if you failure to insure your vehicle. These car insurance service is easy to acquire if you know the right way to follow. Are you surprised? You better not be, because this article will unveil all you need for you to get cheap auto insurance quotes.

The internet is one major way to go about this.

You do not need to depend on one insurer because your father used to transact business with them. Try to search deeply using the internet for vehicle insurance service providers who are ready for business and can offer great discount deals. Get free insurance quotes, enter your zip code and submit.

Purchasing your preferred car insurance policy is very easy if you do your shopping online. As you shop, make sure you get more than one quote. It is advisable to get many quotes if you need to get cheap auto insurance deals.

If you want to get a cheap rate auto insurance, try increasing your comprehensive and collision deductibles. Also if you have more than one car, get them insured by one insurer.

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Life Insurance - All You Need to Know

A life insurance contract is entered into between the policy owner and the insurer. The insurer agrees to pay a sum of money upon the death the insured or other event, such as terminal illness or critical illness. The policy owner on his/her part agrees to pay a premium which is a stipulated amount at regular intervals or in a lump sum.

In simple terms, life insurance is a contract under which the insurer pays a benefit to designated beneficiaries on the occurrence of an insured event which is covered by the policy. The contract is between the insurer and the policy owner.

It provides protection against financial losses suffered as a result of death. The insurance company promises to pay a specified amount of money to the beneficiary on the death of the insured subject to timely payment of premiums.

Should you get life insurance?

You have the ability to earn income. This is a significant asset. In the event of premature death, this policy can help replace lost income. In the event of your premature death, life insurance can cover a family's two biggest expenses -- mortgages and children's education. One can also use one's policy for own benefit as collateral for a loan.

Term insurance and permanent insurance are the two general categories of life insurance.

Term life is insurance for a specified term. The beneficiary will be paid the benefit only if the insured dies within the specified term. You can get lifelong protection with permanent insurance. Accumulation of cash value is a key feature of permanent insurance.

Your unique circumstances and financial goals should be taken into consideration while choosing a policy. And, like everything else, if you want the best deal, you'd have to shop extensively.

Quotes sites make the whole process very easy. Fill a form, obtain and compare quotes from a range of insurers. If done right, this could easily save you a lot of cash.

Here are great pages for life insurance quotes...

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How To Get A Good Life Insurance Deal

Having an insurance assures you of a reliable friend giving you his helping hand during critical situations. Life insurance is a type of insurance which assures you of giving a payout when someone in your family, who was insured, dies. A good insurance deal saves a lot of your money as well as opens up possibility that you get the maximum return or compensation of your premium. Buying a good insurance in UK has been an arduous task, due to numerous of companies lined up to sell their insurance. A little consideration about your need of buying insurance, estimation of how much insurance you need, etc can help you getting a good insurance deal.

Before you finally make your mind to buy a life insurance, you must know how many types of insurance are available in the market. You might come to know several names of insurance, that might be very confusing. But, basically there are two types of insurance – term insurance and everything else. Understanding it may requires an example. Suppose, you need an insurance worth £100,000, and if you wish to avail a term insurance, you might need £20 to pay as premium. And if you are availing 'everything else', you will pay £100 a month, as it will cover insurance for whole of your life. While term insurance will cover your life only by the period which has been fixed while taking insurance. Suppose, if you have got the insurance deal only for 20 years, your family will get the payout only if you die within 20 years.

The next to consider while buying a Life Insurance is from where you ought to buy it. You might come to know plenty of representatives of insurance companies approaching you. But the best method of buying an insurance is to do some thorough self-research. You can easily find several of online insurance companies offering you free insurance quotes. Check out where you can buy it on competitive rates. Buying it from a good insurance company assures you a good insurance deal.

Allan Elvin is an MBA in Finance and has a rich experience of writing on topics related to finance. He professes special interest and expertise in Life Insurance and in guiding you on its various details.

Affordable, Good Health Insurance; What to Look For

Health is everything. It impacts the present, and the future. Therefore, acquiring good health insurance is important. With rising medical and healthcare costs it is the only way to insure proper medical treatment, when it is needed the most.

Since not all healthcare policies are the same, or offer the same type benefits, shop wisely. Good health insurance will include the following:
  1. It will cover a good portion of the medical bills.
  2. It will offer protection against a financially debilitating illness.
  3. It will provide quality care now, as in years to come.
  4. It will provide the insured a choice in health care providers – even "midstream."

Finding the Right Low Cost Health Insurance for You

One desired employment perk is health insurance coverage, where the employee pays all or part of the monthly insurance premium. But persons working for businesses that do not provide health insurance, and persons who are either unemployed or self-employed, need to acquire coverage on their own.

There are various online resources for finding low cost health insurance that offer adequate healthcare policies. One such resource is American Insurance Depot. It offers a link for finding various bargain insurance providers in your area, including health insurance providers. They also offer an alphabetical listing of the various health insurances available with direct links to their web sites.

3 Basic Options when Obtaining Health Insurance

You have three basic options when it comes to health insurance:

  1. Spouse Coverage – as a general rule, obtaining coverage through a spouse whose employer provides group health insurance is less expensive and offers better coverage than what one could obtain on their own.
  2. Individual Health Insurance – a good option if you have no pre-existing medical conditions. Your health and present physical condition will be a factor taken into consideration before you are accepted. Your health will also be the guideline used for rating your coverage.
  3. Group Health Insurance – the main advantage of this type coverage is that you cannot be turned away because of health complications. Group health insurance is also a possible option for an individual with existing health problems, as many companies now offer health plans for "groups" of one.

How to Reduce the Cost of Health Insurance

In addition to shopping around for low cost health insurance, there are ways to reduce the high costs of health insurance in general. The hardest part of minimizing insurance costs is to determine which way of lowering the premium represents the least risk for your situation.

First, you can reduce your level of coverage. If you have no ongoing physical illnesses, and an annual trip to the doctor's office is the extent of your present healthcare plan, you don't need to pay higher premiums on insurance to cover each doctor's visit and prescription.

You can also obtain a policy with a higher deductible to save on premium costs. This might be a good option if you are reasonably healthy and don't require expensive medications. Increasing your deductible from $100 to $2,000 in many cases can cut your premium payment in half.

Paying your premium annually, instead of monthly or quarterly, will avoid service fees. Some health insurance policies also offer prepayment discounts, further enhancing the amount saved.

Other Ways to Save on Health Insurance Costs

Single persons, and those who are self-employed, can join an association that offers group insurance. The chamber of commerce, various trade and professional groups and small business associations sometimes offer its members discounted health insurance.

And, once again, the wonderful world of the web offers various resources for finding a low cost health insurance plan. And because there are no broker or agent fees, premiums are often lower.

Health Insurance Options for the Self-Employed

Many self-employed persons are provided the opportunity to save on the high cost of insurance under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This is done through a medical savings account (MSA).

It works like this. Health insurance premiums are reduced by replacing a low-deductible policy with a high-deductible one. The premium amount saved is applied as a tax-deductible contribution to the MSA.

These pre tax dollars can then be used to pay for medical expenses up to the limit of the deductible of the insurance policy. More information on this "double-dipped savings" for the policy holder can be found at the Institute for Health Freedom.

Short-Term Health Insurance

Short-term health insurance is a good money-saving option for healthy persons in transition. For instance, if you are: temporarily unemployed, temporarily working part-time, graduating from college, an early retiree, or waiting for other health insurance to "kick in."

As the name implies this is a low cost short-term health insurance. It provides the holder with medical coverage for a limited time. Usually, for six months. Some plans offer coverage for up to 12 months.

With an application process simpler than standard health insurances, short-term health insurance is designed to protect against unforeseen accidents and illnesses. They do not usually provide coverage for preventative care or pre-existing medical conditions.

Because of its long list of limitations and exclusions, however, it is advisable to read the coverage guidelines carefully before signing on.

Health Savings Account

Passed by the U. S. Congress and effective January 1, 2004, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are tax-favored accounts used in conjunction with a qualifying health insurance plan. HSAs provide more affordable healthcare while saving tax dollars.

Similar to IRAs, aspects of an HSA include:

  • Pre-tax money deposited into the HSA can be withdrawn at any time. with no penalty or taxes to pay for qualified medical expenses.
  • HSA funds that remain in the account earn tax-free interest.
  • Even though the account belongs to you, your employer can contribute money to your HSA account.

A Word about Health Maintenance Organizations

Instead of health insurance, some persons rely on health maintenance organizations (HMOs) for their healthcare needs. Although some HMOs provide good service, this type healthcare plan is best for handling standard, well-known illnesses and other common health care problems in persons under 50.

Older persons and those with more complicated illnesses, or a combination of common illnesses, will benefit more from some other type healthcare plan. Why? The answer is simple.

HMOs' advertising thrust to seniors in the mid 1990s was, "Sign your Medicare over to us…you'll get unlimited care from our doctors." They guaranteed better care, and better coverage.

Despite their promises, however, over 2.5 million senior citizens have been dropped by HMOs since 1999, even though the government increased Medicare payments to HMOs during those same years.

The short of it is this: older persons with ongoing pharmaceutical drug and healthcare needs, and persons with complicated medical conditions, are not profitable for HMO purposes. Acquiring good health insurance coverage is essential, especially for these type persons.

By taking into consideration all these options, and with careful research and by shopping around, you can obtain a good healthcare policy. One with adequate coverage to meet your health needs, as well as your budget!

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10 Essential Ingredients of a Good Health Insurance Plan

1. Good ratings
Good ratings are especially important if you are purchasing your policy from a new or unfamiliar company. Of course, it is always wise to check out every potential provider's health insurance ratings to ensure you are dealing with a valid and trustworthy business. Remember, before insurers agree to supply anyone with health insurance, they investigate every applicant and their background to protect themselves from fraud. You should put them to the test as well. Look for insurer and health insurance ratings through A.M. Best, Moody's, or Wiess rating agencies. (eHealthInsurance does this for you, free, before you apply for your free quote.)
2. The Lifetime Payout
In the event of a catastrophic illness, your policy needs to provide a sufficient amount of health care coverage. However, to protect itself from ever having to pay too much, your insurer limits the lifetime payout. Therefore, lifetime payout is the maximum amount of reimbursement the health insurance company provides during your lifetime.A $1 million lifetime payout is a good rule of thumb. Anything less and you run the risk of prematurely depleting the entire compensation for health care costs available to you, while aiming for a higher limit might make finding an inexpensive health insurance plan too difficult.
3. Largest deductible and co-payment you can afford
Setting a high deductible and high co-payment will lower your premium payments significantly. Although this will raise your out-of-pocket medical expenses, remember that the higher your deductable and co-payments are, the lower your premium will be. The question you want to ask yourself is how much can you afford to pay out-of-pocket in an unforseen medical emegency?
4. Reasonable out-of-pocket limit
This policy provision limits your out-of-pocket payments over the course of a year. It is especially important in the event of a serious illness, and we recommend that you consider only policies that carry one. However, it's wise to consider that setting a low maximum will increase the amount you pay in premiums. Try to establish a reasonable out-of-pocket maximum to balance risk with cost.
5. Waiver of premium provision
A waiver of premium provision allows you to skip premium payments during lengthy illness. Although this potential aspect of your health insurance policy is not absolutely necessary, the provision is helpful, sometimes vital, should an illness prevent you from working for an extended period of time.
6. Renewable provision
The renewable provision is an absolute must when it comes to finding your perfect health insurance policy. This provision guarantees your health insurance plan can not be canceled because you become ill. You may or may not be required to continue paying your premiums while ill, depending on whether or not you health insurance plan includes the waiver of premium provision, but you won't lose your coverage right when you need it most.
7. Timely coverage of pre-existing conditions
Often insurers require a waiting period before covering the health care costs for pre-existing health problems. Although it is standard for them to assign a waiting period, it should never be over a year, and my be as little as three months. After picking through all the health insurance plans that satisfy your other requirements, check to see that the waiting period is not more than a year.
8. Emergency coverage
Another must for your health plan is coverage of your emergency medical services. In the past, some managed care plans were criticized because they required the primary care physician to approve emergency health care. This tactic may save money, but emergency care shouldn't be jeopardized. Read through your health insurance plan paying special attention to the definition of emergency and verify with the health insurance company what is exactly covered. If you have access to health insurance ratings, take note of this factor.
9. Few prerequisites
Prerequisites are requirements you must first fulfill before receiving medical attention. Health insurance plans with too many prerequisites are too restrictive. A policy with a few prerequisites is fine - it's how the company survives (and how you get a low cost health insurance policy), but good health care should never be sacrificed. Deciding on what is too many is a bit subjective, but if it seems to you that the policy requires you to jump through too many hoops, than you may want to look elsewhere (or simply at a slightly different policy from the same insurer).
10. Use online resources to find the best health insurance plans
Our favorite rule! The internet is a great source for health insurance ratings, learning centers, and comparisons, but it's a great place to shop too. You won't feel pressured into buying a "hard sell" policy, and you can take your time and really comparison shop for the best low cost health insurance policy.We have two great partners who will help you further:eHealthInsurance lets you compare all managed and fee-for-service plan side-by-side, and even gives you the financial ratings up front. Learn more about the many health insurance providers they represent or get an instant online quote with comparisons now.Or, if you prefer a more personal approach, visit NetQuote, a service that will put you in touch with several agents who compete to provide you with the lowest premiums and best service possible.

What to look for in good Health Insurance

Health insurance is a kind of protection that provides payment of benefits for covered sickness or injury. Included in health insurance are various types of insurance such as accident insurance, disability income insurance, medical expense insurance, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
Before sign the health insurance policy make sure that you have read thoroughly the benefit’s section. Take note of any health care service that is not covered by your health insurance policy. Also, pay specific attention to how the health insurance policy is worded. Sometimes, health insurance companies hide the health insurance coverage exclusions within the definitions of words.
For instance, a health insurance company may define the term ‘emergency’ as anything that is life threatening condition that cannot be reasonably treated by a primary care physician. Whereas, your definition of ‘emergency’ may be anything that requires quick medical attention.
Clearly, there is conflict for the two definitions. If you find yourself in an emergency situation where you incur a broker arm, for instance, your insurance company may deny coverage for emergency room treatment of a broken arm for the reason that the broken arm does not fall under the life threatening category.
Therefore, you should read over carefully the health insurance policy definitions, paying close attention to the seven key words:
medical emergencymedically necessaryaccidental injuryexperimental or investigationalpre certificationpre-existing condition, andreasonable and customary
These words and any words that are open to interpretation should be regarded with wariness. Find out how your health insurance company defines each of these.
Finally, find the section describing the procedures you must follow in order for your insurance company to reimburse you. These policy conditions or prerequisites are typically worded in a positive tone. Read through each condition carefully, make notes and call your health insurance company with any questions.
You should also compare health insurance contracts before you sign one. In order to compare exclusions, take two policy contracts and find the exclusions sections. If you want to compare a number of health insurance contracts then you could use an online service.
After you obtain your free quote for the health coverage you desire, apply for it online, and you'll obtain all the information that you'll need to compare exclusions of each health insurance policy (though sometimes this will require more research.)
About the Author:
Mike Spencer recently became unemployed and moved into self employment. He was forced to find his own health insurance plan to protect his family. It wasn't as easy as he first thought. Here he shares the pitfalls of various plans and what you need to look out for when picking a good plan for you: lth-insurance.html


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