Questions tagged [insurance]

The promise that something will be paid in case of loss. Used to cover important items and reduce personal risk. This tag covers how to get it, how to keep it, what kind, and why you should have it.

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Retroactive COBRA Premium Increase: Can my COBRA health insurance premiums be hiked retroactively?

I hope this is the right place to ask this, but if not let me know and I'll go away. About 6 months ago I left a W-2 position to do independent consulting. Since then, I have been using my previous ...
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Trip Interruption insurance vs. Trip Cancellation insurance: what's the difference?

My credit card says they offer trip interruption insurance as a benefit. I am only familiar with trip cancellation insurance. Are these the same or different?
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How long does a business have to give a refund?

My dentist's office requires payment upfront, and then they wait to get paid by the insurance. On Yelp, people say that it takes a lot of sweat and tears to get a refund from them. (In my case the ...
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Insurance Copay requirement when paying 100% deductible

I have health insurance with a $500 deductible. If I go to the doctor and the bill is for example $400, I am required to pay the $400 and a $10 copay by the insurance company. Can insurance companies ...
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Life Insurance Policy for my Dad

My dad want me to get a life insurance policy on him. I have no clue where to start or even what type of questions to ask. What are the positives and negatives of buying a policy. Is it a sound ...
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What is the added advantage of a broker being a member of NFA in addition to IIROC

If my broker is a member of the national futures association, what extra protection does it give me over the fact that it is also a member of IIROC? I am particularly referring to this: http://www....
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Does the following kind of retirement product exist?

Say I am 65 and want to retire and I have saved up $1 million over my lifetime. I also want to use this money up before I die because I have no heirs. Let's say the average life span of humans is 85 ...
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How does agreed value insurance work with inflation?

In an agreed value insurance plan I understand that the number X is the amount that will be paid out upon loss. However I have two questions in regard to this: Upon renewing my policy yearly am I ...
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Calendar year changes and Out-of-Pocket reset

I have been with a School District for three years. This last year I had major surgery. I met my deductible and by August I reached my OOP max. In September the district got a new plan. They made ...
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Do I need ID theft Insurance?

Identity theft insurance? Dave Ramsey says yes. Consumer reports (CR) says no. The complication is that Dave recommends an identity theft insurance from Zander Insurance, where as CR says to say no ...
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renter's insurance for causing property damage

It seems that renter's insurance only covers the tenant's property and perhaps guests. I suspect that a far bigger financial risk for a tenant is in liability due to causing a fire, flood or other ...
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Is insurance worth it if you can afford to replace the item? If not, when is it?

I am talking here exclusively about insurance for items (not for health or other type of insurance where lives and liability are at risk). Let's say I have a 1-year old Macbook (costs $2000+tax new) ...
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COBRA and “in progress” expenses

I'm leaving my job in a few days, and I have significant "in progress" dental expenses. I haven't received any official COBRA information yet. I'm worried that any appointments after my last day at ...
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How to insure belongings on road trip?

I'm shipping my car with a reputable carrier across the country. I am going to put some of my belongings in the trunk. I have insurance on the car, but if I wanted to insure the items in the trunk ...
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Insurance against final value

If I have property/land for sale at a higher value than that which it was purchased can I insure against the selling price? Say my family home that has sentimental value above the retail value and I ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to help “Sanity check” insurance costs?

My house insurance is up for renewal. I'm busy and I don't want to spend a lot of time getting quotes, especially since this policy is tied to another one that is hard to get and that we could only ...
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Should I pay the insurance discounted rate or the full rate for an ambulance ride under my deductible?

I had to call recently an ambulance because of a food allergy. By the time I reached hospital, I was okay. Last month, I recieved a bill of 3500 USD. I am just wondering, is it a fair charge? Since my ...
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Where to get liability insurance for car rentals, as an add-on to Visa Collision Damage Waiver?

For car rentals paid for entirely by Visa credit cards, Visa usually provides a benefit called the Collision Damage Waiver, which in my experience is pretty good. It does not however cover personal ...
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Why would I enroll in a Limited Purpose FSA, on top of an HSA?

Open enrollment is coming up and I have the option to open both an HSA and a limited purpose FSA, which only covers dental and vision expenses. Why would I participate in both?
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Should my live-in significant other and I both have renter's insurance?

My significant other and I both have our names on the lease for our shared apartment. We are not married. She has a renter's insurance policy that she claims is enough to cover both her belongings and ...
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Paying for Long Term Care Insurance for relative

My mother-in-law (in her 60s) has no assets, and a pension (state and Social Security combined) of less than $700 month when she retires. Currently, I'm paying for LTCI ($150/day, 90-day elimination, ...
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Personal liability insurance with no car or house

Is it possible to get a personal liability insurance if I don't drive (I don't have a driving license and I don't own a car) and if I don't own a house (I am renting)? The use case I'm thinking about ...
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Is the Chrysler extended warranty coverage worth it?

Is it suggestible to take Chrysler bumper to bumper lifetime insurance? I bought a Jeep Cherokee 2014 and initial warranty info looks like this. Warranty Basic - Miles:36,000 Basic - Months:36 ...
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Car insurance versus personal liability insurance

I'm in the market for car insurance for the first time, and I'm trying to understand the best way to approach it. I've talked to some insurance salesmen, and they consistently try to convince me that ...
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Does insurance cover injury playing rec sports

If I get hurt playing recreational soccer after work, will my employer insurance cover my medical/hospital expenses?
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Equifax credit report insurance quotations

I have just ordered a credit report from equifax. The credit report shows up all healthy except for a large number of (genuine) 'insurance quotations'. These are car insurance quotations that I have ...
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Can one insure a home's AC unit?

My mother-in-law would like to insure her single family home AC unit while my wife and I are informally renting a room with her. Is this possible? Although the unit is 10 years old and runs fine, she ...
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Homeowner's policy - will insurance pay coverage amount in case of a loss?

I am reviewing my homeowner's policy that is due for renewal and I think I may have too much coverage. My question: will the insurance company pay the coverage amount if the building is a total loss ...
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Can I deduct my individual Health Insurance Premium in Tax

I have a my own LLC and working as self employee for this company. I am working on 1099 for this company. Since there is only 2 employee (including my spouse), I can't take health insurance from my ...
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How to start disability insurance when already disabled?

I'm not entirely certain this is the right place for this question, but I can't think of anywhere better either, so here it goes. I am currently suffering from moderate-severe depression and anxiety, ...
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When does it make sense to cancel collision and comprehensive auto insurance?

I have owned my car for about 8 years now and have had collision and comprehensive auto insurance the whole time. The starting value of the car was around $20K. The trade-in value is currently ~$6K (~$...
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What happens if the term insurance company closes?

I have bought a term insurance plan for 35 years. I pay yearly premiums, and will do so for a long time if everything goes well. My question is, what will happen if say after 20 years the company ...
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Tax on insurance payment due to car deemed as total loss?

What is the the IRS's view on insurance payment for a car that was deemed a total loss? Is the state tax for each state in this scenario the same? Or, do different states have different approaches? ...
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Liability insurance for hobby

Maybe I'm paranoid or something but it is hard not to be one when all you see in the news how some people sue others based on ridicules charges and then settle for millions. My situation: I work full ...
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Why do credit cards come with insurance, and what is the benefit for the user?

I have savings and don't need to borrow money, but still need a credit card for those payments that can't be made otherwise: primarily car rental and some online purchases. I've noticed that many ...
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Why the borrower needs to pay premium for mortgage life insurance

There is a product called mortgage life insurance. Apparently if I have the insurance and I die , the insurance will pay the bank the remaining mortgage. It is for the bank's protection, not mine. ...
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What is the use of mortgage insurance premium paid to CMHC

When I bought my condo, because I could only put down 10%, so I had to pay CMHC (Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation) insurance premium (about 12 000 dollars I believe but I could be completely wrong ...
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How can I improve my auto insurance score?

My auto insurance score on Credit Karma is 805. It also says insurability is poor. I was wondering if there is a way to improve that score? I have never had an accident and I am never late on my ...
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The doctor didn't charge the health insurance in time, am I liable?

I got a bill for an emergency room visit for one of my kids. It was the weekend and that was where the insurance told us to go. Luckily no stitches needed. Fast forward 7 months and I get a bill ...
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Life cover until death means?

My LIC insurance policy says : "Maturity Return : Sum Assured with Bonus on Policy maturity. Life cover continues till death" what does it mean to cover life after maturity & returns?
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What kind of company is USAA?

I'm a member with USAA. My membership eligibility is based on family membership. I'm a little bit confused about what kind of company USAA is. I have the general idea that it is a company that ...
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car loan life insurance

My brother-in-law bought life insurance on the last new car he financed. He died 9 months later. When my sister notified the insurance company, they requested the last five years of his medical ...
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Are wage loss insurance programs worth the cost compared to having an emergency fund?

Anybody heard of these wage loss insurance programs? The idea is in my provence short term disability only pays out up to 8 weeks and long term disability does not kick in until 6 months. The idea is ...
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Buying life insurance at the age of 25

Given that, the person is unmarried and without any dependent, is it advisable to buy life insurance (which is not a term insurance) at the age of 25? Considering it as an investment tool plus a ...
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How much should I fund an HSA? Is there a danger in over-funding one?

I'm reviewing my options for health insurance during open enrollment and one of them is a HDHP/HSA option. I hear these are best for young people without chronic conditions etc. I think I fall into ...
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How do insurers decide “their” proportion of a claim when dual-insured?

Most (UK) insurance policies have a "dual insurance" clause along the following lines: If any injury, loss, damage or liability is covered by any other insurance then we will not pay more than our ...
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Do my parents need to purchase long-term care insurance?

I've been hearing about long-term care from my parents since my sister moved out two years ago. They'll have to let me finish college before buying it, however. What is the purpose of long-term care ...
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is it good to buy insurance policy as investment for beginner?

I have no investment experiences before. So want to get some suggestions. Lately one insurance adviser was suggesting to buy one insurance policy as investment (they called it as saving plan ) . Here ...
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Why would a person not want to purchase a Personal Liability (Umbrella) insurance policy?

I was recently introduced to the concept of the PLP (specifically in the context of providing a globally-following umbrella policy to my renters' and auto insurance). After examining the policy and ...
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Should insurance pay me tax (hst) on top of the quote for home repairs?

I'm in the middle of an insurance claim for a flood at my house. Insurance gave us a quote for the repairs but we do not want to use their contractors because we have heard negative stories about them....