Three Ways to Reduce Your Insurance Premiums

In today’s world, insurance premiums and related costs seem only to increase. That doesn’t change how important it is to maintain your coverage to protect yourself, your family, and your assets. So as you survey the market, consider utilizing these cost-saving measures that can lower your premium while maintaining all your current levels of protection.

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Most modern cars are equipped with a variety of smart technologies that can help you gather useful information about your vehicle. These “connected” features collect data from your driving habits and the vehicle’s maintenance needs. Understanding where to find and how to understand this data can help you spot issues early and repair your car before more serious and expensive issues arise. They can also help you achieve higher fuel efficiency to save you money at the pump.

Additionally, many companies offer incentives for good driving. If your insurer offers this type of program, they will send you a device that can be quickly connected to the information system in your car. The device will then observe your driving habits for a short period. At the end of the trial, your insurance premiums could decrease based on the data collected. In other words, if you drive safely, you could see a reduction in your monthly premium. Some companies offer upwards of 15% discounts for safe drivers.

As an extra tip, be careful with your quick accelerations and hard stops as this data could impact your savings.

Explore available partnership discounts

Nearly every insurer offers a wide range of discounts to members of various groups. Being a good student, part of a university alumni association, or a member of a partner organization could help you find savings. You can usually see a detailed listing of these partnerships and discounts on your provider’s website.

If you find you might be eligible for savings, contact your insurance representative to discuss applying the discount to your account. The company will be ready to help you with the process as they look forward to building positive relationships with their customers and partners.

If you aren’t a member of one of these groups, you can research their membership options. Sometimes even a small donation to a non-profit organization can earn you a discount with your insurer.

Combine plans

Lastly, most people carry a variety of insurance plans these days. Car, home, and rental are a few examples of policies that people own. Some insurers will offer customers a discount for carrying multiple policies with the same group. So if you own several plans, you should research options for combining each into one plan with the same provider. This small change won’t impact your coverage while potentially reducing your combined payment each month. If you end up switching companies, you might even qualify for a new customer bonus!

Spending time researching and learning about the features of your insurance plans can help you better understand what you are paying for and where you might cut costs. Each of these options can help you save money and time. Watch and be surprised at how quickly your savings add up!

Medicare Explained

The Basics

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). If you or your spouse have worked full time for 10 or more years over a lifetime, you are probably eligible to receive Medicare Part A for free.

Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care. What Medicare covers is based upon, Federal and state laws, National coverage decisions made by Medicare about whether something is covered, local coverage decisions made by companies in each state that process claims for Medicare. These companies decide whether something is medically necessary and should be covered in their area.

Medicare Part B is available at a monthly rate set annually by Congress ($121.80 in 2016 for incomes $85000.00 or less for an individual). Part B covers certain doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services. Some seniors are eligible to receive the medical insurance portion (Part B) free as well, depending on their income and asset levels. For more information, inquire about the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), and Qualifying Individual programs through your county social services office. Remember, in most cases, if you don’t sign up for Part B when you are first eligible, you will have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Part B. Your monthly premium for Part B may go up 10% for each full 12-month period that you could have had Part B, but didn’t sign up for it. Also, you may have to wait until the General Enrollment Period (from January 1 to March 31) to enroll in Part B, and coverage will start July 1 of that year. Usually, you don’t pay a late enrollment penalty if you meet certain conditions that allow you to sign up for Part B during a Special Enrollment Period.

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans) are a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private insurance company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO’s), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO’s), Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS’s), Special Needs Plans (SNP’s), and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA’s). If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, most Medicare services are covered through the plan and are not paid for under Original Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans have prescription drug coverage included.

Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) adds prescription drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost Plans, some Medicare Private-Fee-for-Service Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. These plans are offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare.

Medicare Advantage Plans may also offer prescription drug coverage that follows the same rules as Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. Keep in mind, you may owe a late enrollment penalty if you go without a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D), or without a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) (like an HMO or PPO) or other Medicare health plan that offers Medicare prescription drug coverage, or without creditable prescription drug coverage for any continuous period of 63 days or more after your Initial Enrollment Period is over.

How Medicare Works

Original Medicare is coverage managed by the federal government. Generally, there is a cost for each service. In most cases, you can go to any doctor, other health care provider, hospital, or other facility that is enrolled in Medicare and is accepting new Medicare patients. With a few exceptions, most prescriptions are not covered in Original Medicare. However, you can add drug coverage by joining a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D). With Original Medicare you don not need to choose a primary care doctor. In most cases, with Original Medicare, you don’t need a referral to see a specialist, but the specialist must be enrolled in Medicare. You may already have employer or union coverage that may pay costs that Original Medicare does not. If not, you may want to buy a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy.

How to sign up for Medicare

If you are receiving Social Security benefits before turning 65, you should automatically receive notification of your enrollment in Medicare shortly before your 65th birthday or your 25th month of disability. Other individuals must apply by calling or visiting their Social Security office to receive Medicare. If you are not yet receiving Social Security or if you have not received a Medicare enrollment notice, you should contact the nearest Social Security office for information. Applications for Medicare can be made during a seven-month period beginning three months prior to the month of your 65th birthday.

It is best to apply during the three months prior to the month of your 65th birthday. If an application is made during that time, your coverage will begin on the first day of your birth month. Applying later will delay the start of your benefits. You may also apply for Medicare during the General Enrollment Period from January 1 through March 31 every year after your 65th birthday. Your coverage then starts July 1 of the year you signed up and you will pay a 10 percent surcharge on the Part B premium for each 12 months you were eligible but not enrolled. If you have limited income and resources, your state may help you pay for Part A, and/or Part B. You may also qualify for Extra Help to pay for your Medicare prescription drug coverage.

If you continue to work after age 65 or your spouse is working and you are covered by an employer group health plan (EGHP), you may want to delay enrollment in Part B of Medicare. Enrolling in Medicare Part B will trigger your open enrollment for Medicare supplement insurance at a time when you do not need supplemental coverage. The penalty for late enrollment in Part B does not apply if you are covered by an EGHP because of your or your spouse’s current employment. If you do work after age 65, you may apply for Medicare Part B at any time prior to retirement, but you must apply no later than eight months (the Special Enrollment Period) after your formal retirement in order to avoid paying a premium penalty. Even if your employer offers a retirement health plan, you will want to sign up for Medicare Part A and probably for Medicare Part B when you retire. Most retirement plans assume you are covered under Medicare and will not pay for services that Medicare would have covered. Veterans may be eligible for special medical programs. However, eligibility and benefits are very restrictive and are subject to change. The Department of Veterans Affairs advises veterans to apply for both Parts A and B of Medicare to ensure adequate medical coverage.

How Medicare Pays

The way Medicare pays is, you generally pay a set amount for your health care (deductible) before Medicare pays its share. Then, Medicare pays its share, and you pay your share (coinsurance / copayment) for covered services and supplies. There is no yearly limit for what you pay out-of-pocket. You usually pay a monthly premium for Part B. You generally don’t need to file Medicare claims. The law requires providers (like doctors, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies) and suppliers to file your claims for the covered services and supplies you get.

Medicare pays for only a portion of your hospital and medical bills. As with many private insurance plans, the government expects beneficiaries to pay a share of their bills. Medicare Parts A and B both have deductibles and coinsurance. The deductibles for 2016 are $1288.00 per Benefit Period, for Part A. A benefit period begins the day you are admitted as an inpatient in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). The benefit period ends when you have not received any inpatient hospital or SNF care for 60 days in a row. Therefore, it is possible to have multiple Part A hospital deductibles in the same year. The Part B deductible is $166.00 per year. Private insurance is available to cover all or part of these out-of-pocket costs. These insurance plans are called Medicare supplements (also called Medigap or Med Sup plans).

Accepting Assignment

Most doctors, providers, and suppliers accept assignment, but you should always check to make sure. Assignment means that your doctor, provider, or supplier agrees (or is required by law) to accept the Medicare-approved amount as full payment for covered services. Participating providers have signed an agreement to accept assignment for all Medicare-covered services.

If your doctor, provider, or supplier accepts assignment, your out-of-pocket costs may be less, they agree to charge you only the Medicare deductible and coinsurance amount and usually wait for Medicare to pay its share before asking you to pay your share, and they have to submit your claim directly to Medicare and cannot charge you for submitting the claim.

If your doctor, provider, or supplier does not accept assignment they are “Non-participating” providers and have not signed an agreement to accept assignment for all Medicare-covered services, but they can still choose to accept assignment for individual services.

If your doctor, provider, or supplier does not accept assignment, you may have to pay the entire charge at the time of service. They can also charge you more than the Medicare-approved amount, called “Excess Charges.” Excess Charges have a limit called “the limiting charge.” The provider can only charge you up to 15% over the amount that non-participating providers are paid. Non-participating providers are paid 95% of the fee schedule amount. The limiting charge applies only to certain Medicare-covered services and doesn’t apply to some supplies and durable medical equipment.

Your doctor, provider, or supplier is supposed to submit a claim to Medicare for any Medicare-covered services they provide to you. They cannot charge you for submitting a claim. If they do not submit the Medicare claim once you ask them to, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

In some cases, you might have to submit your own claim to Medicare using Form CMS-1490S to get reimbursed.

Medicare Supplement Insurance

Medicare Supplements are standardized by the Federal Government. They are labeled A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M and N. Each standardized Medigap policy must offer the same basic benefits no matter which insurance company sells it. Cost is usually the only difference between Medigap policies with the same letter sold by different insurance companies. Plan A pays the Medicare hospital and physician coinsurance, the first three pints of blood, and 365 days of hospitalization beyond Medicare. Plans B through N provide these benefits and add more benefits such as coverage for Medicare deductibles, excess charges and limited preventive care, and foreign travel. You can only have one Med Sup plan. No one should try to sell you an additional Med Sup plan unless you decide you need to switch policies.

Open Enrollment for Medicare Supplement Insurance is at age 65 for all consumers, including those already receiving Medicare due to disability. The Open Enrollment period is a six-month period. For six months beginning when you are both age 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B, companies must sell you any Medicare supplement plan they offer. After this limited open enrollment period, companies can pick and choose whom they will cover and how much they will charge based on your health. If you have an individual or “bank group” insurance policy, becoming Medicare eligible does not require you to cancel it and purchase a Medicare supplement. Doing so may save premium costs but it is important to compare benefits before deciding which will work best.

If you are eligible for employer retirement insurance, review the plan carefully to understand what benefits are available and how it works with Medicare. Be aware that employer plans are not standardized and are not subject to the requirements governing standardized Medicare supplement policies. Also, it is important to remember, if you leave an employer plan you may not be able to go back on it.

Some Texas residents are eligible to enroll in approved Medicare Advantage plans. These plans are offered by private insurance companies. Each year Medicare Advantage companies decide where they will offer their plans, what benefits will be offered, and what the premiums will be. Several include vision, dental, hearing, and wellness programs not covered by original Medicare. As noted earlier many Medicare Advantage Plans also offer prescription drug coverage. There are several Medicare Advantage plans available in Dallas, Tarrant and surrounding counties. Depending on plan choice, a member may be responsible for paying co-payments for certain covered services. Most importantly, with a Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage and standalone Part D plans, you must continue to pay your Part A (if any) and part B Medicare premiums.

DevOps Automation for Faster and Continuous Product Release

Success won’t come easily unless businesses lay groundwork for it. In the cut throat competition seizing market opportunities is a key challenge for companies. Businesses have diverse IT solutions for ensuring timely product delivery to markets and streamlining operations. But are they effective as they are supposed to be? This question is addressed to C level executives who are in the helm of finance, healthcare and insurance sectors to name a few.

Experts say DevOps is a lean and agile approach intended to capture market opportunities. For that it is necessary to integrate development and operations team to automate processes. The key is behaving like production system where development and QA team work together and perform well before it is ready for deployment. The agile environment helps in enhancing the quality process where innovation is fostered among team members and the whole execution process is streamlined.

While describing about DevOps it is also necessary to understand the difference between ‘agile’ and ‘DevOps’. This is to ensure that prospective organizations need to understand the key difference between the two. Agile is about change in thinking having limited scope. On the contrary DevOps’ scope is broad that spans cultural change with the involvement of all stakeholders involved in IT product delivery. For this, the release managers utilize tools like application release automation and continuous integration tools to attain project goals by emphasizing on continuous delivery approach.

Integration Leads to Standardization

In the same vein, DevOps encourages communication within the team working on the project to analyze gaps and fix the same before the product release. Now the question is how to improve the product quality by standardizing the processes. To understand more on DevOps let us take the example of testing, an important phase in product development. The traditional method of learning from mistakes and stop repeating it is time consuming and expensive. To solve this problem, DevOps approach calls for enhanced communication among the development, business, and testing team right from the planning phase to ensure all the three stakeholders are informed well on the workflow of the new product. To be specific, this means integrating the development environment, test environment, stage environment, and production environment where all stakeholders are headed towards one direction with no hindrance in the workflow. Once the testers are involved right from the day one, the possibilities of identifying and fixing gaps during each sprint are higher. It is at this stage the importance of automation coming as it is vital to ensure standardized processes are automated for the best product quality. The end result is quality product reaching the market at a faster pace.

Functions of DevOps

What are the functions DevOps integrates? For all those who aspire to use this approach need to know the integration of various functions like:

• Continuous integration
• Continuous deployment
• Log management
• Load balancing
• Monitoring
• Infrastructure management

Organizations need to have clear understanding about DevOps automation and how to obtain maximum results through a DevOps approach. For this, it is important to understand continuous monitoring of application and environments hold the key to success of business by improving the code and processes.

Do Businesses Have DevOps Strategy?

Businesses need to have a DevOps strategy to:

• Gauge DevOps business drivers and initiatives of organizations.
• Assess important DevOps domains that align with organization’s goals.
• Prioritize projects size wise and duration wise.

Strategies are vital for gaining visibility in a competitive era. DevOps itself is a combination of strategies understanding the gaps of products and processes intended to produce standard software products and services. If businesses are convinced about the need to have a DevOps strategy, they can count on reputed IT vendors who can suggest on ‘why’s and ‘how’s on DevOps. They will examine what can be automated after identifying the gaps in the existing development and operations process to improve the same. In sum, moving towards DevOps automation is advantageous for businesses.

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The Easiest Way To Get Insured

These three methods are used by millions of people to find their insurance, and everyone uses them in different ways. So, which is the best way? And how can you get insured as quickly as possible on a great policy?

The fastest way for sure is to use the internet. Instead of spending hours on the phone and walking along the high-street, you are just a few clicks away from pretty much any major insurance company in the world. You can search for them based on their reputation, or their prices, or any other criteria that you are looking for, and there are no shortage of websites to help you choose a particular insurance company. All this can be done with minimal stress, minimal hassle, and can easily be logged so you know which insurance companies you have considered, which you have chosen to avoid, and which you are interested in.

Another great advantage of using the internet is that you can get a quote in a matter of minutes. Instead of lengthy phone calls and long interviews, you can simply input your data into a short form and you’ll get an accurate quote back immediately. Most decent insurance companies offer this capability these days, and you’d be surprised how accurate the quotes can be. Of course, if you have some exceptional circumstances or there is important information that the form doesn’t cover, the quote won’t be as accurate as possible, but it will certainly give you a fairly good indication of what you could end up paying. With such a quick way of getting a quote, you can easily rule out any insurance companies which you can see are instantly far too expensive (or even far too cheap). You can do this easily, and without the insurance company hassling you like they might do if you were talking to them on the phone or in person. You can then simply move on to the next insurance company if you weren’t happy with the quote, or start the process if you were.

Once you’ve found and chosen the insurance company you want to work with, the internet once again comes to your rescue. Instead of filling out lengthy forms, and having to keep calling the insurance company, everything can be handled online. This has numerous advantages; every communication you have with the insurance company is tracked, so you know that if there are problems in the future, you have everything on record. Another advantage is the fact that everything will be kept organized, and you’ll be able to quickly email the person in charge of your case. Everything about your policy will be clearly presented to you on the page, and you won’t need to worry about any nasty surprises in the future.

Once your policy has started, you’ll have all the necessary contact details you might need, you’ll be able to print the terms of your policy, pay your bill, and inform the insurance company of any potential changes to your situation. This gives you complete peace of mind, and insures that you have a full understanding of your policy; it also gives you a much easier way of getting in touch with your insurance company, rather than waiting on the phone for hours.

As you can imagine, there are a great many things to consider when buying your insurance online. How reputable the company is, how much you are paying, the terms of your policy, and many more; however, the internet takes each of those things and makes them much easier to handle. You are given complete control over the decision making process, which is often not the case when you have a limited selection, or you are spending hours on the phone talking to different companies. Quite simply, there’s no easier way to get insure

Best Online Child Insurance in India

If you are evaluating various investments and saving schemes to build a solid corpus to fund your growing child’s higher education and other important events of his life, search and compare child insurance plans. Giving college education to children has become very difficult without proper planning unless you are very rich. Child insurance plans promote systematic savings and good returns on your investment. The insurance quotient of these plans makes them an invincible product to cater child needs and fortifying his future. These plans fall under the category of investment cum insurance plans. Unlike other popular saving and investing schemes like Mutual funds, Public provident fund (PPF), National savings scheme (NSC) etc the child insurance plans protect the child from the financial hazards arising from untimely death of the policyholder parent.

In the event of the unfortunate demise of the policy taking parent the insurance company waives off the remaining premiums and continues the policy. The company pays the sum assured to the child at the maturity of the policy. To understand the plan better you may take assistance from a qualified life insurance expert. Child insurance plans can be either participating life insurance plans or non-participating life insurance plans. In participating plans you are eligible to share the profits of the company in proportion to the premium paid by you along with the sum assured. In non-participating plans you get the guaranteed maturity benefit and death benefit with no share in the profits.

Some people argue that why they should have child insurance plan and start paying premiums now when there are options of education loans available. They strengthen their argument by saying that at present they don’t know the potential of their child. Maybe when he grows up he won’t go for higher education or would have some other talent like entrepreneurship. To such parents the answer would be, these plans help generating a good amount of corpus and readies the child with a good amount of money that can be either invested in studies or in some business or in any other important event like marriage.

Education loans are a good option and are very popular but they put a big burden of repayment on your child’s shoulders right from the starting of their careers. Such burden compels them to take a good employment in order to be able to pay off the loans. In the pressure of such burden they can’t even think of taking up entrepreneurship as they can’t afford the gestation period. Moreover, in some cases their other life goals like getting married or buying a house get delayed.

If you are planning for the future of your child you go for a judicial mix of insurance, self finance and loan so that the child also becomes responsible. Compare online child insurance plans to learn a range of features companies are providing and save on the purchase. An educated customer is likely to make a smarter purchase thus, gather as much information as you can in your busy schedule and then plan wisely.

Insurance: Avoiding Companies Quick To Collect Premiums But Slow In Claims Payment

In fairness the refusal/inability of companies to honour financial obligations is not a problem unique to insurance companies. All organisations rightly focus more on generating revenue but some become reluctant when called upon to fulfil promises to their clients involving financial outlay.

I conducted an experiment recently involving my mobile phone provider. As my contract was nearing the end after a two-year period, I contacted them and as usual followed the steps as directed by the automated answering machine. Astonishingly, after waiting for 20 minutes to speak with a staff, I was disconnected. This happened twice so when I rang the third time, I went for the option that linked me to staff in the sales unit and was instantly connected to a staff. Of course when it became clear to the staff that I was not after a new contract I was transferred to the cancellation team and continued to wait.

Without exception all countries where insurance companies operate will have some unscrupulous operators who are no better than the ordinary con man on the street using dishonest methods to trick people into parting with money. Though I praised insurance companies in earlier posts, feedback I have received coupled with a few personal experiences have led me to accept that there are insurance companies operating today that the authorities need to monitor closely.

Even the so-called hub of insurance- London has its share of insurance companies that use specially trained staff backed by fancy TV advertisements and publications to persuade unsuspecting members of the public into parting with money in exchange for badly worded insurance contracts.

How To Spot Crooked Insurance Companies

Premium

We are all hungry for bargains and most are quick to run to comparison sites for quotes. These sites unfortunately rank quotes from insurance companies based on prices with the cheapest ranked topmost. As with most goods and services, the cheapest is not always the best. This is especially true for insurance because it involves pooling of funds with each insured expected to contribute to the pool, premium commensurate with the risk it presents.

So when the price (premium) appears too good to be true, please avoid. When an insurance company undercuts the competition by quoting ridiculously low premium, it follows that in the event of a claim, that company may not have sufficient fund to meet its obligation after making provision for overheads.

Reviews

A great advantage of the internet is that people are able to post reviews of goods and services detailing their experiences. Reviews are also available online for companies with the customers rating services of companies. Most of us already read reviews for most goods and services before purchase and should therefore extend this practice.

I usually troll the web for as much customer review of a company as possible as some of these companies with the aid of their IT staff attempt to counter the negative reviews by posting fake reviews.

Referrals

Akin to points highlighted about reviews above. The old-fashioned way of deciding whether to patronise a company offering a service is usually to ask for the opinion of friends and family. Often we extend the enquiry to professionals we have had dealings with and trust/value their advice.

Company Annual Report

For those comfortable with numbers, the traditional method of reviewing a company’s standing is the annual report which is a comprehensive report of the company’s activities for the preceding year.

With a few clicks these reports could be accessed on the web offering access to useful information like the balance sheet of the company, its profit and loss and cash flow statement as well as helpful notes to aid understanding of the financial statements.

Opting for legal cover extras

This is particularly useful when you need to pursue an uninsured loss. Insurers are more likely to honour a claim which falls within the purview of their policy if lodged through a solicitor because prolonging such claims cost them a lot more in legal fees if they eventually lose the case.

However if you find that you are no match for the might of insurance companies but must invest in insurance regardless, you may want to seek the services of an insurance broker.

Vacant Land Insurance Claims That Tell You Need Coverage

Of course the vacant property owner needs insurance coverage! The insurance companies will emphatically tell you about all the liability risk – general, as well as bodily harm and property damage perils that exist in an unoccupied home, building or lot. But don’t take a blanket statement about it at face value until you view for yourself some very real claims examples. For your information, the professional agents bring you these land scenarios!

Vacant Land

• A downtown area vacant lot owner had a protective chain-link gate constructed around the property. As time progressed, however, age and weather conditions took their toll on the encasement. The fence was not in the best of condition anymore when a passerby suffered an eye injury as a result of a protruding chain link. The lawsuit ended with the insurance policy taking the brunt of defense costs and out-of-court mediation that resulted in a $350,000 payout.

• A pedestrian slipped on the sidewalk that ran next to a vacant lot. Her injury consisted of a broken hip. The women alleged that the leaves that had fallen onto the sidewalk from the lot were the cause of her misfortune. An insurance claim settlement was reached at $200,000. This included the $16,000 reserved for defense expenses.

• A motorcycle rider was struck by a car. Following the auto accident, the responsible party filed a lawsuit against the neighboring vacant lot owner, alleging that the posted lot sign’s hid his view of traffic. It was determined that the signs had no effect on the cause of collision. Related expenses came to $7,500.

• A man riding a bike around a fenced-in vacant lot hurt himself on a broken part of the property fence that stuck out. After filing a suit, the man received $45,000 for damages. The policyholder’s insurance also paid $20,000 for legal expenses. Ultimately, however, an award appeal resolved the issue. Payout included $30,000 with defense expenses paid by the coverage.

• Sitting directly next to a public sports’ field was a vacant lot. Though sports fans parked their cars and trucks on the public property, an incident involving a dead branch of a tree located on the adjacent private vacant lot occurred. With three workers’ cars damaged, a claim was forthcoming that resulted in $12,000 compensation.

• Teenage juveniles unlawfully used their free time to smoke on a vacant lot, causing a brush fire. The fire soon swept across the property, torching neighboring homes. The vacant land owner was held partially liable and responsible for damages and property replacement cost totaling $6,500.

Insurance Claim – What Are They?

Your insurance company provides this application to you so you can apply for benefits on your insurance policy whether it is a life, auto, or health insurance. You must file a claim before any money can be paid to any contracted service like a hospital or repair shop for your car. When you file insurance claims the company, based on their evaluation of the situation, may pay the claim or they may not.

When you take out an insurance policy, you must continue making monthly payments to the insurance company. These are called premiums. Generally, these premiums are used to increase the available assets of the company or to settle another person’s claim. Occasionally an accident will happen that can cause financial damage like a tornado, automobile wreck, or work-related accident. When this happens, the injured policyholder can file an insurance claim to receive money from that company.

When filing an insurance claim you will file it with a local agent that works for the company and they have the responsibility to instigate the specific details of the claim. Then the agent negotiates the payment from the main insurance company. Many times a recognized authority such as a repair shop, building contractor, or medical professional can file the necessary forms with the insurance company directly. If another party has agreed to pay for their mistake out-of-pocket or the damage is minor, the policyholder may not want to file an insurance claim.

Once an insurance claim is filed the insurance company usually has an appraiser or adjustor without bias evaluate the damage and determine if the estimates for repair the policy holder got are realistic. This can help prevent fraud by companies who inflate their estimates so they can get additional compensation. Most insurance companies will accept the appraiser or adjustor’s valuation as the last word. There are some insurance claims may not be paid for many reasons. Some of these reasons can include:

• The claimant’s premiums have not been paid each month and they are behind
• Policy may be inactive
• Another insurance company may have agreed to pay for the damages that were listed in the insurance claim. This happens often in car accidents where one of the parties is held responsible for the accident.
• Failure to not be under the conditions that are covered because most insurance policies specify specific areas that qualify for benefits
• If the damage or accident claim was an unavoidable “Act of God” or caused by carelessness your insurance company has the right to withhold payment.

The only way to apply officially for benefits is to file a claim. Until your insurance company has assessed the claim, it will remain as that and not a payout.

Finding the Very Best Insurance Rates

In order to spend less on your auto insurance, property insurance, life insurance policy or another type of insurance that is available in the industry today, there are a number of things that you can do. It is necessary to know about the do’s and dont’s for you to get cheap insurance rates from among the best providers available on the market. So, it is very important that everyone does their research well ahead of time before making an investment. In particular so, if you’re planning to get the cheapest rate possible when another policy term comes effective. Having this in mind, listed below are a few tips that you can share with other people who have the same or similar goals and objectives.

Shop Around for the very best Insurance Companies

One of the first steps in looking for the best insurance rates is searching for the most beneficial insurance providers in the industry. This action doesn’t have to be complex as there are a variety of websites that will provide the consumer with this kind of info. From reviewing websites that list the top ten insurance companies on the market to checking a number of different official sites to see what products they are offering, there is a lot of great info online that people have access to today.

Alongside reviewing internet based insurance quotes, another excellent way to find the best insurance firms is usually to network. Some of these networks may be within one’s family, on the job, social setting and among friends. There are several means now available that people might use to discover the information that they would need. For instance, when someone likes their own insurance firms, they are surely very willing to share what they have learned over time. So, they can point those who are on the lookout for good insurance coverage at an affordable rate in the right direction.

Contrast Insurance rates from Different Companies

Once it is time for an insurance plan to get renewed, the majority of folks are likely to settle for the new rates that they’re given without asking any questions. Even if the new rate could be the best rate that they may find, a lot of people do not take some time from their schedules to look for a better rate. Sadly, this is not always the most suitable practice for people that actually want to save money on their family’s budget. In truth, it is within this period that individuals have a chance to reduce their monthly expenses quite significantly. To illustrate, once the new policy renewal comes in, among the first things that every individual requires to do is begin looking around for multiple quotes. A lot of people highly recommend securing a minimum of three insurance quotes from multiple providers to compare. Before you start this process, however, it is very important for everyone to remember that these insurance quotes can only be compared accurately when the features of the insurance plan are the same. Meaning if the individual is aiming to secure a quotation for an auto insurance policy, they have to request the exact deductible amounts from each company in order that computations will be identical. If that recommendation is not followed, the best rate could be based of lesser coverage.

Go for a Lower Insurance deductible When Inquiring about Insurance Quotations

In addition to comparing quotations from multiple organizations, another wise way of managing monthly insurance payments is to choose lower deductibles. Lower deductibles will automatically lower the value that individuals are required to pay each and every month. However, before these amounts are changed significantly, it is necessary for the covered person to know that this amount comes out of the pocket first whenever a claim has to be filed. So, it is very important for individuals to take into consideration their insurance deductibles very carefully prior to signing the documents.

Inquire about Insurance Quotes Discount rates that Policy owners Qualify for

The insurance coverage rates for policy holders can vary greatly from one to another. This is because the amounts for each person can differ dependent on several types of discounts. One of these may involve buying multiple type of insurance policy from the same company. Because insurance companies are attempting to get as much business from the customers as they possibly can, such a discount may be a win win for both the client and the insurance provider. Another common discount that some people may or may not be familiar with is discounts for those who take defensive driving courses in case of automotive insurance. The reason being these programs teach their students how to make good driving decisions, as well as avoiding accidents. Each discount can help to lower the payments a bit or a lot so it’s essential for individuals ask about every type of discount offered, especially if they need to get the maximum benefits.

Conclusion

If you are thinking to invest in a fresh insurance policy for one’s vehicle, home or other items, you can acquire the ideal rates possible by looking around in advance. Even in the event the insurance policy comes up for renewal, it’s a sound practice to revisit the insurance policy rates so that you can still get the ideal deals. Furthermore it is worth noting that many professionals in the industry can offer great ways to get one of the best quotes. Several of which includes, obtaining multiples quotes from different companies, choosing lower deductibles, and asking about additional discounts.

Gain Efficiency Through Claims Investigation Services

Importance of Claims Investigation

Underwriting and claims investigations are the two most imperative perspectives in the working of an insurance company. In the current commercial environment where competitiveness and financial gains stand as vital business cornerstones, claims investigation can serve as a market differentiator that puts insurance agencies at the front line of industry leadership and innovation.

To be effective, insurers need to enhance the operational productivity of their claims processing and assemble a working model that can minimize claims costs and also dispense the unnecessary expense associated with managing real as well as fraudulent claims.

Numerous insurance providers have varied claims operations, personnel and units that concentrate on the products and services (non-life and life) they offer to people or on various business sectors. This model frequently brings about gigantic claims operations with notable unit designs, system infrastructure and procedures for every market or line of business. In addition, in high-volume or exceptionally complex operations, fraud, waste and abuse claims are the ones that distress the insurance companies the most. It is here that the process of claims investigation works wonders, and helps insurers gain efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

Understanding Claims Investigation

The Claims Investigations process is one in which Insurance Companies, Insurance Examiners, or Investigators get data to assess a claim. Thus, it might require examining documents, finding witnesses, going talking with individuals, assessing property, for example, vehicles, accident sites to give some examples. Further, these investigations may lead to taking photographs, video, finding witnesses, talking with the victims, claims managers and much more. In doing so, insurance companies are looking for able partners that can deliver all the services of the claims investigation process, and this leads to the need of a Third Party Administrator who can work in tandem with the insurance providers to settle the claims and give valuable suggestions.

Various Forms Of A Potentially Fraud Claim

Fraud is a general term used to portray an act of deceit by an individual or group. This act of deceit can come in various configurations. For instance, insurance investigators attempt to uncover the individuals who make false claims with a specific end goal to get insurance money. Likewise, intellectual fraud occurs when fake items are passed off or sold as originals. Mortgage fraud happens when some person has adulterated the paperwork to ensure a loan goes through. Since each of the aforementioned claims fall in the fraudulent claims category, then having a certified claims investigation agency can only gain efficiency in each and every step of claims adjudication.

As you must be aware of the fact that fraud is a gigantic issue that costs insurance companies billions of dollars each year. In such a scenario having a trusted insurance claims investigation partner can very well leverage the workload of in-house working staff of an insurance company. And with integrated platforms and digitized reports can present you with real-time information on every claim investigated.

Following these points can help evaluate the claims investigation service quality parameters, and check how well it suits your business.

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