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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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....
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How do CDIC savings insurance work? [duplicate]

Savings accounts are insured by CDIC up to $100k. Is it a total of $100k across all savings accounts I have with different banks or 100k per account?
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Is Prepaid Legal a legitimate company?

I've just seen a recruitment video for Prepaid Legal. The company sells, essentially, legal insurance - a prepaid service that covers potential legal fees. Their marketing strategy, though, reads ...
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How do I evaluate a health insurance policy that covers a specific disease?

I know that medical emergencies could be fatal for emergency funds and other personal finance aspects. How can you evaluate a cancer insurance policy? What are the aspects that makes one policy ...
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What is the best way to determine the value (balance of reliability and cost) of an insurance company?

How can an individual determine how reliable or likely an insurance company is to pay on their claims? I'm trying to balance two things here - cost of premiums and reliability of paying claims. I have ...
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Is it ok to request a chargeback for an insurance premium?

I changed my auto insurance coverage from company A to company B, effective July 1. I later found that company A had processed an automatic premium payment for the period July 5 - Aug. 5. I called ...
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Better LIC health insurance plan? [India]

I have just started working. I have a plan of taking a insurance for myself where I could pay a maximum of Rs.2000 as premium. Can any one suggest how I should go about finding a better policy for me?...
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Taxes on money received from a death benefit

When my father had passed away, all of us kids signed off on the rights to any of his money/assets to our mother. Upon receiving the money, she had paid taxes on them. She then dispersed an amount off ...
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What is the difference between an A+, A or A- Insurance Company?

I've noticed insurance brokers providing me quotes and tables of quotes that compare insurance plans, and all of the institutions have a letter grade value assigned to them. Nobody that I have asked ...
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Comparing Life Insurance Proposals

I want to compare different types of Life Insurance in which a series of annual premiums are paid for a specific term. At the end of policy term, which may be longer than premium paying term, a ...
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Is having a Critical Illness Insurance worth it?

I am aware that the typical argument for having a CI insurance is because we just really don't know what will happen in the future and it's better to be protected. But is it really worth it paying for ...
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What is the reasonable amount yearly for a Hospitalization + Disability Income + Critical Illness Insurance?

I live in Singapore. I'm in my mid-20s and I currently have medical insurance that covers hospitalization bills. This amounts to roughly USD 250 per year. However, I lack Critical Illness insurance ...