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.

19. April 2017 · Comments Off on Personal Finance & Money Management Roles & Responsibilities Defined · Categories: Finance

The business of managing personal finances comes with myriad tasks. You earn, you pay bills, you invest, you write checks, you plan, you, you, you…. I think you get the idea. Handing the finances can be a lot of work for you. These tasks involved can be grouped into into three distinct and different roles that are similar to ones you might find in any professional business. I refer to the roles of my personal finance and money management business as the Money Leader, the Money Manager and the Money Handler.

The Roles.

The Money Leader provides the strategic leadership, vision, purpose and goals for your financial operations. He is your business’ chief executive officer. If we make the analogy that successful money management is like a trip in your favorite automobile, the Money Leader decides: Where are you going? What stops along the way should you make? When will you start your journey?

From a personal finance perspective, Money Leader tasks include:

  1. Establishing vision – What is the end state you are trying to achieve? Where are you going?
  2. Developing financial strategy – How do you link your Financial Ends (outcomes/desires), Ways (plans) and Means (resources)?
  3. Setting Goals that enable the strategy- This will drive many of the plans that are developed.
  4. Provide guidance and direction to the Money Manager (more on him in a moment) has he develops the financial plans necessary to ensure the plans achieve the vision.

The Money Leader decides where you are going, when you need to get there and why you’re on this journey.

Middle management is the responsibility of the Money Manager who helps develop financial plans and ensures the processes of money handling are running smoothly. He has a more narrow view than the Money Leader and focuses on the details of the route our financial vehicle will take when we drive it and monitors the systems within it along the way.

The Money Manger is thinking about which highway or streets can I take to avoid traffic? How fast am I going? Do I have enough fuel to get there? How’s the car running? When is the next scheduled engine maintenance? Is there anything wrong with the car that needs to be fixed right now? What kind of gas mileage are we getting? Does the motor need a tune up?

From a personal finance perspective, Money Manger tasks include:

  1. Developing financial plans to achieve your goals – Choosing investments, selecting insurance policies etc.
  2. Guiding, monitoring and assessing the execution of financial plans – Things like monitoring earnings and expenses so you can create and maintain positive cash flow.

The Money Manager develops financial plans and monitors our performance executing the plan. He seeks to improve the efficiency of the processes use to handle the details of your personal finances.

When it comes to finances, many of us wind up getting mired in the details of handling money and will feel most comfortable with our final role.

The Money Handler is the role that most people will find familiar. This role deals with the nitty gritty bits and pieces necessary to keep your financial vehicle running. The Money Handler changes the oil, adds wiper fluid, puts air in the tires, replaces light bulbs etc. To quote an English friend of mine, he “works at the coalface.”

From a personal finance perspective, Money Handler tasks include:

  1. Paying bills – writing checks, stuffing envelopes and licking stamps.
  2. Making investments – filling out paperwork, writing checks or making e-transfers.
  3. Moving money – between accounts as necessary (e.g. on payday, etc.)
  4. Reconciling accounts – balancing checking, savings, etc.

The Money Handler accomplishes the tasks necessary to implement the financial plans that the Money Manger developed and monitors in order to fulfill the Money Leader’s vision and strategy for financial success.

Each role is necessary in order to properly handle your finances. However, the Management and Leadership roles are most important as they determine what success means and how you plan to achieve it. I’ve often said that a “failure to plan is a sure fire plan for failure.”

Unfortunately many of us get mired in the details of being the Money Handler and miss or fail to accomplish the bigger picture vision and planning tasks of the Money Leader and the Money Manager.

13. April 2017 · Comments Off on Cheap Car Insurance For Damaged Cars · Categories: Car Insurance

Car insurance varies depending on various factors such as the price of the car, the purpose for which it is being used, capability of the driver, own or rented car, safety features of the car, etc. It is recommended to go for the best insurance quote that would cost less to the car owner, yet gives all the benefits of auto insurance. There are many so called cheap auto insurance agents in the market who promise to offer low premium insurance quotes.

Preliminary requirements for car insurance are:

• The car should fall below a stipulated number of miles

• It should have been manufactured after a particular date and be of a certain level

• Do not be gulled into believing that the car has none but scrap value; be sure to get a second opinion

Several insurance agents offer low auto insurance premium quotes compromising with the benefits the car owner would get in case of an accident or damage to the car. For example, the insurance premium would be high for rented cars and one may not rent a car if the driver is not willing to pay the insurance premium. The premium for rented cars is high because there may be individuals who wouldn’t drive a rented car as carefully as an owned car.

Used cars attract better auto insurance premium as the damage may be higher in an accident to used car. The damaged cars should also be insured properly to avoid lesser payout if met with an accident. For brand new cars, the auto insurance has to be taken considering all the features like the airbags in the car and other safety features apart from the driver’s profile of the car. Check out for more details on auto insurance quotes on the website.

Damaged vehicle insurance can be easily to find as it is easily available from several top insurance providers. You can also get cheap auto insurance for your damaged vehicle, simply because the liability coverage amounts remain about the same. Most difficult part is to get comprehensive coverage. Most of the insurance firms won’t offer comprehensive coverage on damaged cars, in case you find a firm that offers, you will notice a huge jump in premiums.

So, it is better to work with a licensed insurance broker, who is familiar with the ins and outs of the several insurance companies in your locality. Hey can help greatly in finding a company that fits with your needs. Consulting a broker is a great source for various insurance problems.

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