23. May 2017 · Comments Off on Explaining Car Insurance for Students · Categories: Car Insurance

Many college students now drive their cars, and one common complaint is the high cost of car insurance for college students. The first thing to put in mind is that car insurance is seen by almost everyone to be expensive. It is viewed as an added expense, and because it is enforced, it does not have consumer-friendly connotations. Some people think having an insurance for your car is absolutely necessary. For students, it probably is.

Why is it expensive?

However, it cannot be denied that the students are hit the hardest by high insurance cost. The rationale behind the high cost of car insurance for college students is due to mainly one factor-their age.

The Age Factor

Car insurance is perhaps an area wherein age is an advantage. Insurance rates get better as you grow older. Nascent drivers are still learning how to drive and train their reflexes. The chances that they may bump their car into a signage or lamp post are high. Also, they are less equipped with skills and reflexes to avoid accidents.

The Gender

The gender of the student partly determines the cost of their auto insurance. Usually, college boys will have to pay more than college girls. Statistics indicates that teenage boys are susceptible to driving accidents and violations, most probably because they are new to the activity and they want to be adventurous. But the practice of insurers to offer more expensive insurance for males has been viewed by some critics as a form of discrimination.

Looking for Favorable Deals

It may be a challenge for students to save on car insurance. One way is to look for quotes online. There should be a few insurers who are willing to offer cheap car insurance for students. Shopping for insurances can be daunting for young drivers. You may want to get advice from mom or dad.

Opting for Temporary Insurance

Students who use their cars occasionally may opt for temporary student car insurance, which is the cheaper alternative. This allows you to avail of the coverage only when you use your car. A similar insurance product is the pay-as-you-go policy. However, check with your state authorities if insuring a car on temporary basis is legal.

Choosing the Right Car

Insurance companies classify cars in several groups, depending on price, newness, features, engine size, and so on. Usually, inexpensive cars would qualify for low premiums. The problem with many college students is that they want new stuff-new gadgets and new cars. If the car is not sleek, it will most likely be left in the garage. But new and classy cars are likely to get high insurance costs.

Adding Your Parent to the Policy

When you add a more experienced driver, like your father, on your insurance, the insurer will assume that the driving is shared. Doing this will reduce insurance premiums. Parents should not insure a car under their name if the main driver or user is their son or daughter. This is illegal.

Taking Care of Your Car

Reckless driving has several negative repercussions. One is your car can get damaged. Another is you can damage someone’s car. You may crash into a property or hit a pedestrian. All the recklessness can incur liability and rise in the cost of your insurance.

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15. May 2017 · Comments Off on Car Insurance Coverage – Why It Makes Sense to Have the Right One · Categories: Car Insurance

Most people look at car insurance as a burden, one that they have to bear because of State insurance laws. They buy the bare minimum state mandated liability coverage to stay legal and carry on driving, assuming they are completely covered in case of a mishap. Yet others start with buying multiple car insurance coverages, and over time decide they need to save money, which can be done by cutting on certain coverages. The rude awakening comes when they get into an accident where they are at fault, or have their car stolen or damaged, and realize their policy did not include the necessary car insurance coverage to cover any of these events. A little bit of planning and foresight can help avoid such situations.

Car insurance isn’t rocket science, and all it takes is some understanding of the basic function of each car insurance coverage and then deciding if it’s really worth investing in or not. This is especially true if you have an old beat up car. Would you rather pay for comprehensive and collision insurance and the deductibles as well (at the time of claiming), or does it make more sense to simply go without, and save the premium and deductible money in an emergency fund for your car? Insurance is a gamble and you pay for the peace of mind from knowing that in case of an eventuality you are covered. You may or may not need to use it.

Liability or third party insurance is another area where you need to consider the particulars of your location, the driving skills of the other drivers using the car, and your financial capability to pay the other driver for any damages you might have caused, in case you are found at fault in an accident. If you drive long hours, on congested roads, or if you have a relatively inexperienced driver also driving this car, you might consider keeping a high liability car insurance coverage. TX car insurance laws for example, ask for a minimum liability of 30/60/25 starting January 2011. One in five people in TX are uninsured, so while you want to be sure you get adequately compensated in case of an accident, you might also want to buy Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist coverage if you live there.

Umbrella insurance is one of the most under rated car insurance coverages. It’s actually a very smart way to increase your liability coverage and comes in handy incase of potentially bankrupting lawsuits. You don’t want to have to pay out of your pocket in case your car hits a school bus full of kids and hurts somebody seriously or ends up totaling a high-end luxury car. It doesn’t cost too much to get $2 million umbrella insurance, and it kicks in only when the upper limits of your liability coverage have been exhausted.

Gap insurance is a good option to invest in if your car is not fully paid for and you still have to make most of the payments. In case your car is totaled, your full car insurance coverage will only pay for the car’s blue book value which factors in its depreciation amount, whereas you will still need to pay your dealer the balance installments for the car, making you upside down on your payments. Gap insurance fills this gap and helps you pay off the balance amount. However, investing in gap insurance is only recommended if you still owe most of the money on your car.

PIP or no fault coverage is mandatory in some states while it isn’t available in others. However if it is available in yours, it’s a good option to look into, after reviewing your health insurance policy. Personal Injury protection coverage takes care of medical, work loss, funeral, survivor’s loss and other maintenance expenses incurred post an accident regardless of who is found at fault in the accident; a good car insurance coverage to consider as it takes so many factors into consideration while calculating your claim account.

So next time you decide to buy yourself just a minimum liability car insurance, think twice. The liability coverage will only compensate others for injury or property damage caused by your car; it will do nothing for you. Also look at the other car insurance coverages and try to strike a good balance of rates and coverage to give you better protection in case of an unforeseen eventuality.

09. May 2017 · Comments Off on For Women – How to Buy Health Insurance When You’re Between Jobs – Without Losing Your Skirt · Categories: Health Insurance

As a woman, I have been worried about not having health insurance, have you been worried too? I know how to use a computer, so I was able to check out the online health insurance quotes on the Internet. I filled out a few forms but it was difficult to pick the right one for me, there were just too many choices! So why was I researching online health insurance quotes? I was recently laid off, my boss said “he hated to let me go” but he had to lay some people off and since I was the last hired…well you know how it goes. I found out I could not afford the Cobra Plan for continuing my group health insurance, no way for $585.00 per month! I was shocked to know that is how much my company had been paying for my individual health insurance. Guess a person does not really appreciate some things until they are gone…like boyfriends, a good job and oh, a flattering hair style!

My biggest concern about shopping online for health insurance was how does a woman know if the health insurance quote you get is a good deal? I mean, we know if a handbag is a good deal or a business suit for work or a gift we buy off eBay, but health insurance? Also, I feel uncomfortable with insurance salespeople; I don’t like being pressured to decide to buy something right now. So if you are like me, you can understand how we don’t like to be pressured into a sale or “sold’. Why? Have you ever been in a mall and had a sales lady warmly greet you and smiling so much at you, she looks like her face hurts? Then she follows you around the store and won’t leave you alone to shop? I have, I hate it, bet you do too and we can’t wait to get away from her, right? So I get the same feeling about insurance, especially health insurance sales people.

So here I am unemployed, with only unemployment pay and in need of really cheap health insurance. I got a really bad scare recently. A long time and close friend of mine did not have health insurance through the small business she worked for and got stuck with an enormous medical bill! I won’t tell you what she had, just that she is recovering and will be returning to work soon. But her retirement fund is going to be drained dry when she pays that huge medical bill. Her retirement account is will be almost empty! That is so terrible, she has worked so hard and now this!

I had figured to chance not having health insurance for a while, just until I get a new job…But after what happened to my good friend, I can’t chance it. I am much older than her and don’t want to fall victim to a health catastrophe. Now, I am scared and just don’t feel safe without some kind of health insurance. So again, I went out to the internet looking for a decent website that could give me an inexpensive health insurance plan. I was afraid to wait and wanted a short term health insurance plan to tide me over and protect me until I get a good job with a group health insurance plan. I warmed up my Mac computer and got online and went looking for a “good, inexpensive, low monthly premium health insurance plan.” One that I could afford without losing my skirt!

Before I had bookmarked a few websites to return to, so I went to those first. But I was getting frustrated with slow loading insurance sites; you know the ones I mean. You can go grab a soda and check your mail while they load! Anyway, after searching and being frustrated by filling out forms that did not send my information, I finally found a couple good ones to submit my informaiton to and get a good quote. A high quality site generally makes it easy to find the information you want. After browsing the sites I located information on different types of insurance and on health insurance providers. Stuff a woman needs to know to make an intelligent decision about buying health insurance. The websites online covered all sorts of things you would want to read about, like HMO, PPO, health saver plans. As I searched the sites I noticed threre were many different insurance providers! That made me feel like I needed help since there were so many good providers.

Great now I was ready to check out their Privacy Policy and that looked good and safe too. When I was browsing I found that many sites have all 50 states coverage. I looked at the health insurance page for quotes and followed their easy instructions on “How to get your fast health insurance quote.” I clicked in the area of the form that said, “fill in your zip code” and filled it in. I filled in my personal information and clicked the submit button. I received confirmation of the personal information and that they would be getting in contact with me right away with more information about my health insurance quotes.

I was happy to find the agents were easy to deal with. They really wanted to help. That made me feel good and like I was being properly cared for. No high pressure just good advice and easy to understand answers to my not so smart insurance questions. I felt good and really took my time, I even was able to buy my policy online! So after paying for my health insurance this month, how much money do I have left…or so, how short is my skirt?

Well, a little higher than just above the knee, I really hope are in style again! But you know what? I feel good about my short-term health insurance. This will work for me to tide me over and keep me safe until I get a good job with health insurance again. I know my retirement money is safe and will not be taken from me because I got stuck without health insurance. I love taking good care of myself and I hope you do too. So if you are a woman and need health insurance, please take care of yourself. Please be safe, and just click on the link and “fill in your zip code” Well, here’s to your having great looking legs, you’ll need them, since your skirt is a wee bit shorter!

02. May 2017 · Comments Off on Affordable Health Insurance Options in Ohio: An Interview With Ohio Department of Insurance Director · Categories: Health Insurance

According to the United States Census Bureau, 87.7 percent of Ohioans had some form of health insurance coverage during 2005, while 12.3 percent were not insured at any time during the year. Additionally, 14 percent of Ohio residents under the age of sixty-five did not have health insurance during 2005.

AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE OPTIONS IN OHIO

Most Ohioans who have health insurance are covered by either employer based plans or government programs. What options are available for individuals who do not have access to such coverage? Ohio Department of Insurance Director, Ann Womer Benjamin, references the “increasing number of options with Health Savings Accounts. There may be a person, or a family, generally comfortable paying for health care costs, but wants a high deductible policy. Also, for fairly young, fairly healthy individuals, an HSA coupled with a High Deductible Health Plan could really work.”

Health Savings Accounts are not feasible for everyone. Ohio residents who are not interested in HSAs should try to take advantage of alternative plans and programs. “Ohio has an Open Enrollment Program that takes (uninsured individuals) regardless of pre-existing conditions, but is likely costly”, Womer Benjamin explains.

HEALTH CARE COVERAGE LEGISLATION

There are currently two bills in the Ohio Legislature, Senate Bill 272 and House Bill 5 / Senate Bill 5 that are generally supported by the Ohio Department of Insurance as methods of expanding access to health insurance coverage.

Senate Bill 272 would repeal the Open Enrollment Program, as well as the Open Enrollment Reinsurance Program. In its place, the Ohio Health Insurance Risk Pool would be created to provide health care coverage to individuals who are unable to obtain affordable health care coverage in any other manner. This would eliminate the annual periods of open enrollment that sickness and accident insurers, health insurance corporations, and multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) are currently required to hold. “The Ohio Health Insurance Risk Pool would provide a state fund for those without health insurance coverage. We would support this concept and have various suggestions for funding. We would theoretically be able to reach ten times more individuals than the Open Enrollment Program does currently”, says Womer Benjamin.

House Bill 5 / Senate Bill 5 would permit small employers to offer health care plans that do not provide benefits otherwise required by law. The bill provides for the operation of health savings accounts that are consistent with federal law, and places a limit on an insured’s liability for co-payments and deductibles under a health benefit plan. ODI Director Womer Benjamin asserts that the bill “would provide more options for small businesses, and we are hopeful that that will pass”.

THE MASSACHUSETTS EXAMPLE

On April 4, 2006, Massachusetts House Bill 4850 was overwhelmingly passed by the state legislature. All Massachusetts residents will be required to obtain health insurance coverage by July 1, 2007. The state’s plan dictates that businesses with more than ten employees that do not provide health insurance coverage will be charged a fee of as much as $295 a year for each employee. Government subsidies to private insurance plans will provide affordable health insurance to a greater number of the working poor, and individuals who can afford private health plans will be penalized on their state income taxes if they do not have coverage. Should Ohio consider a similar plan in order to achieve nearly universal health insurance coverage? Ohio Department of Insurance Director Ann Womer Benjamin says that we need to “watch Massachusetts and evaluate the plan’s success and funding”. “Ohio has a larger number of uninsured individuals and is different than Massachusetts, politically.”

Ohioans have a large selection of health insurance carriers and government programs to choose from. Regardless of the provider, it is extremely important for individuals to obtain a health insurance plan. Director Womer Benjamin emphasizes that she is “concerned with people who don’t think they need health insurance coverage”.

About The Ohio Department of Insurance

The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) is an informative resource for those seeking information regarding health insurance options in the state. ODI asserts that its mission is to be “responsive to and safeguard consumer interests through education and vigilance while promoting a stable and competitive marketplace among insurance providers”. The Ohio Department of Insurance can help uninsured persons sort through their options, depending on their individual circumstances. For more information, call the ODI Consumer Hotline at 1-800-686-1526.

The Department is headed by Director Ann Womer Benjamin, who was appointed in January of 2003, and is the first woman to hold this position. Prior to this appointment, Womer Benjamin served in the Ohio House of Representatives for eight years.

26. April 2017 · Comments Off on Getting Temporary Car Insurance for Permanent Drivers · Categories: Car Insurance

By itself auto insurance is confusing enough for many people. Throwing in a wrinkle like temporary car insurance may be a bit much. But relax, temporary car insurance is quite specialized and really isn’t that scary.

As the name implies, temporary auto insurance is a policy designed to be in force for a short period of time and for a certain occasion. Terms for policies are usually measured in days or weeks. Temporary car insurance shouldn’t be confused with things like non-owned auto insurance, which is a full-term auto insurance policy that covers a driver instead of a vehicle.

Temporary Car Insurance for Rentals

Although there are other uses for it, the most common application of temporary car insurance is in a rental situation. Rental temporary auto insurance is not true car insurance as much as it is an agreement between you and the rental company for that company to reimburse you for damages. It’s an added charge to your rental and always presented as an upsell.

Many insurance companies will automatically cover you at least partially in a rental car as long as you stay in the United States or Canada. Temporary car insurance offered by the rental company may pick up the slack, or may be completely unnecessary.

If you plan to rent a car in the near future and are unsure of your coverage, consult with your insurance agent before renting. It could save you quite a bit in unnecessary rental car charges. If you do rent, plan on an extra $6 to $12 a day in rental charges – not cheap if you annualize that premium.

If you’re driving in any other country, however, you want to seriously consider taking the rental company’s temporary car insurance. Apart from Canada, most American auto insurance policies exclude international coverage in general and coverage in Mexico in particular. The chances are very good indeed your car insurance back home won’t be there when you get off that international flight. That rental auto insurance may be the only thing between you and an unfortunate international incident should you get in an accident.

Temporary Car Insurance in Mexico

Another common application of temporary car insurance involves driving south of the border, even if it’s your own car. Unlike in Canada, where your local auto insurance policy is valid and generally recognized by local authorities, legally driving in Mexico carries an entirely different set of requirements.

American insurance companies don’t do business in Mexico or sell Mexican auto insurance. You will have to strike out on your own to get the coverage you need.

Temporary Mexican car insurance may be available through your agent by way of an insurance brokerage, online, or through an agency based close to the border. When purchasing temporary auto insurance for use in Mexico – and especially when dealing with agents or firms you don’t know – be sure you’re actually getting Mexican auto insurance. Also be sure you’re not paying too much.

There are several reputable Mexican insurance companies to choose from including ACE Seguros, HDI Seguros, Grupo Nacional Provincial and others. Don’t be afraid to do some research on these companies as many have A. M. Best ratings for financial security just like their American counterparts. “Seguros,” incidentally, is Spanish for “insurance.”

Now that you have your Mexican insurance, you’re just about halfway done. You also need to get a Mexican tourist visa and a “Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit” for your automobile. Although this permit isn’t required in Baja California and parts of Sonora in the northwestern part of the country, don’t even think about driving without it elsewhere in Mexico. If you’re caught without one, your car will likely be confiscated and you might find yourself spending time behind Mexican jail bars.

The visa and permit are available at the customs port of entry at the border or at a Mexican consulate. An English-language online application for the permit is also available, which will help you save time at the border. All told the total investment for driving in Mexico will run you several hundred dollars, however much of that is a deposit on the permit. You’ll get the deposit back when you surrender the permit upon returning to the United States.

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