Insurance

If you’re a Medicare beneficiary, check your mail very carefully. You’ll be receiving a new Medicare card with an important new identification number that you’ll need soon. Your current Medicare ID card contains a Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), which is the same as your Social Security number. Your HICN serves as your identification for
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Life Insurance isn’t for you – it’s for those you leave behind. Without sufficient insurance, your family may endure financial hardships on top of the shock and grief caused by your passing. According to a recent survey from the online life insurance start-up Bestow, many people aren’t convinced enough of the benefits of life insurance
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When using the Life Insurance Quote Comparison Tool on MoneyTips, you can see multiple carriers and rates. Daily, we receive new applications for life insurance through this channel. When I see a new application, I know that an intelligent person has made a choice to get coverage, and that they likely did some investigating before
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Millions of Americans choose to supplement their Original Medicare benefits with additional coverage that helps to cover the gaps. Medigap plans in America are standardized, and for decades, Medigap Plan F has been a top seller. This is largely because it covers all of the deductibles, coinsurance, and copays that would normally be your responsibility
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Every year, floods cause significant property damage throughout America. Years ago, private insurers had difficulty providing economically viable flood insurance, so the government stepped in to subsidize the process. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was created in 1968 to provide flood insurance to properties that are
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Coming into a new year seems to compel us to look back and to look forward. How was your 2017? What do you expect from your 2018? While we can’t change the things that are now in our rear view, we do get to envision and create what is in our forward view. As a
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Every year, thousands of Medicare beneficiaries enroll in Medicare Advantage plans during the fall Annual Election Period. With low premiums and ancillary “extras” built in, these plans on paper appeal to many individuals. However, in all the election period excitement, people sometimes overlook aspects of Medicare Advantage coverage that are important. All too often, January
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Everywhere you look, you see announcements, signs, banners, and flashing lights promoting a momentary lowering of the cost for just about everything. Everything, except for life insurance, that is. As I was researching this topic, I took a moment to Google “life insurance sale” to see what would come up. Here is what I found
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Successful retirement planning requires a good understanding of what you want to do in retirement and a reasonable estimate of your expected expenses. Once you have a grasp of your likely retirement costs, you know approximately how much money you will need to salt away. However, one retirement expense is notoriously difficult to predict –
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Did you quit smoking last year? Move into a gated community? Do you live within five miles of the nearest fire station? These factors – and many others – make you a safer bet for your homeowner’s insurer, which means you can get a significant discount on your insurance premium. Something as simple as installing
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What does it take to be financially prepared for potential healthcare costs in retirement? As the old saying goes, “Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t need it again.” Healthcare costs can add up for even the healthiest of retirees, so what can we
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When it comes to life insurance, there are so many different options and “flavors” that deciding which type of policy is right for you can be difficult and confusing. Not to complicate matters even more, but there is one type of insurance that you might want to add to the flavor mix if you are
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Have you ever purchased a product, decided after a few days that you didn’t like it, and promptly returned it? Most of us have – but did you know that you could essentially do the same thing with most life insurance policies? Most insurance policies have a “free look period” that allows you to reconsider
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Applying for life insurance is not most people’s idea of a good time, especially when it comes to the required medical exam. Thanks to new advances in the insurance industry, you may be able to get insurance without having to be probed or prodded at all. Says Kirby Thomas, Customer Service Lead at LifeInsuranceToday.US, “The
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Sunday, July 23, is Parents’ Day, which was established when President Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law in 1994 to recognize, uplift, and support the role of parents in raising children. At some point when those children are grown, however, it often becomes their responsibility to care for their aging parents. It is an
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June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day and less than a week later, on the Fourth of July, we celebrate Independence Day. This is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of fireworks safety and how potential damage or injury could be covered by your insurance policies. For many Americans, the Fourth of
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It’s bad enough when your day is derailed by an unexpected trip to the doctor, but it’s even worse when you can’t afford to pay the bill. Unfortunately, too many Americans find themselves in this position, according to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos for the healthcare transparency group Amino. The survey found that 37%
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If you are a first-time homebuyer, you may be aware of mortgage insurance but you may not know that there are two different types. Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) and Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) both have the same general purpose: to offset the default risk to lenders when borrowers have purchased homes with low down payments
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Leasing a car can be an attractive option if you drive reasonably low miles and enjoy upgrading your ride frequently. You can look forward to a new car every few years without dealing with large down payments and losing money on rapid depreciation. However, leasing can be more expensive than buying a car, and prohibitively
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One of the biggest things I learned in the military long ago was that proper prior planning prevents pitifully poor performance. I am astonished at the number of otherwise seemingly intelligent adults who do not have some amount of insurance, even if only enough to prevent placing the financial burden of paying for their
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How to Lower Your Rate and Save Money Auto insurance payments always seem to go up each year when you receive your renewal quote. Despite this, people tend to stay with the same auto insurance company since they feel a sense of loyalty. However, given the current economic climate, how loyal will you continue to
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