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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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 ...
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How to best insure my phone?

I just bought a smartphone. Family plan with wife and parents. The salesmen were trying to push an insurance plan, but with just a quick look down the exclusions it's pretty restrictive. At $8 per ...
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How can one guarantee income in the event of incapacitation and also in the case of death in UK?

I wanted a policy that protects my family in case I get injured or get ill (incapacitated) and also in case I die. They suggested a combination of Income Protection Insurance and Life Insurance. I'...
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Can a non-resident claim an out of pocket health cost tax deduction?

I am a graduate student and my health insurance is paid by the university. I had an emergency visit and few subsequent doctor's visit in last financial year which were not covered by the insurance and ...
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How does mobile home insurance work?

Let's say I have a 2000 model mobile home work around 20k and it is insured for 65k with replacement cost coverage, if it is damaged and has 20k to 25k in damages would the insurance pay to fix it or ...
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Home rebuilding cost vs “Cost Approach (If Developed)” on appraisal?

I am in the process of buying a home. The lowest cost to rebuild quote I've been able to get is $309,000. I just got my appraisal back today. And it has something call "Cost Approach (If Developed)". ...
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How do I obtain the foreign equivalent of homeowner's insurance when buying a vacation home in another country?

I am considering purchasing a property in another country as a vacation home. I'll continue to live in the US (nation of citizenship), but may consider using the foreign home as a retirement locale, ...
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How to value employee benefits?

How should I value benefits such as health insurance and employee stock purchase plans when I'm comparing jobs? I'd like a conversion to dollars so I can fairly compare them to jobs with only direct ...
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How can I get values of household items for my homeowners insurance?

I have homeowners insurance that covers my home and has a flat coverage for household items. For additional coverage you need to provide evidence of value. We have many items for which we don't have ...
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Personal property insurance, without home insurance

I'm trying to insure an engagement ring, and have been advised to look into personal property insurance. However, these schemes all seem to be a bolt-on option to home insurance or home contents cover,...
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UK: Is there a difference between Renter's, Tenant's and Contents Insurance?

I'm in the UK, needing to get some insurance for my possessions, and I'm getting confused by the terminology in trying to do so. When I search for tenant's insurance or renter's insurance, I can ...
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How does unemployment insurance work?

I hear people on the radio going on about emergency funds to cover job loss, and I'm wondering how unemployment insurance factors into this. I've never applied for UI, let alone received it, and I'm ...
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Am I elligible to contribute to an HSA plan if my spouse is on Medicare?

I'm a little confused about the IRS qualification rules for an HSA account specifically with respect to Medicare. The eligibility rules state that You must not be currently enrolled in Medicare. So, ...
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Should I elect to have my long term disability insurance be taxable?

My employer offers long term disability insurance as a standard benefit, and they also give me to option to make it taxable. From what I can tell, this means: The premium is added to my taxable ...
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What kind of insurance would cover death/disability for organ donors?

Let's say I'm going to be a living donor for a relative. I'm about to willingly undergo major surgery with known (albeit low) risks. I will be taking on significant debt to pay for the whole thing. I ...
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Self paid Insurance Premiums and taxes

Currently my employer proivdes a Health Insurance Allowance (which I understand is really just added compensation), but I am wondering if it is possible to somehow shield that money similar to a pre-...
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Home loan: loss payable clause in favor of lender for home insurance?

I am buying a house, and got a set of documents from my lender today. A part of that document says: Please notify your insurance agent that your hazard insurance and if applicable, your flood ...
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Tools for comparing costs between different healthcare providers?

I have a high deductible health insurance plan. That means the first $2000 or so expenses per year are not covered by my insurance. What's a good way to compare health care costs from different ...
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How important is disability insurance, e.g. long-term, LTD? Employer offers none

How important is it to have disability insurance? My employer does not provide it. I work in the web development business.
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“Surety Bond” as a cheaper alternative to auto insurance in Florida

There is very little information about "surety bonds". Officially, it looks like FL is one of the states that accepts surety bonds as an alternative to liability insurance. What are pros and cons vs ...
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Canceling credit cards - insurance rate increase?

So, in the U.S., everyone seems to want to have a great credit score. But, if you are doing well financially, you probably won't have much debt. In fact, I don't really want to have a bunch of ...
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What options exists if your wife's employer doesn't cover any type of maternity leave?

Recently I discovered that not all employers will cover maternity leave. Many will allow an expectant female to leave for a period of time, but it will be under a leave without pay license. Aside ...
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Going carless: how long before insurance no-claims benefits and good history become invalid should wish to become a car owner in future?

Going carless: how long before car insurance no-claims benefits and good history become invalid should wish to become a car owner in future? Update: Based in UK, would keep license. Reason for going ...
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Do Americans still need extra health care / medical insurance after reform to health care? [U.S.]

Does the passage of the recent bill in the US change the way Americans budget for health care? If so who benefits?
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Do I need another health insurance policy?

I am 24, single, no dependents, and provided with a co-terminus health insurance policy by my employer. I understand that if I have multiple health insurance policies, I can only make claim from only ...
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How to balance spending on different types of insurance?

Given that I'm spending $x per year on insurance, I would like to know how to most efficiently spend that money (on car, house, disability insurance etc) in order to minimize my overall risk of loss. ...
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Is an iPhone insurance or warranty a good buy, or a waste of money?

I normally don't pay for product protection plans or extended warranties on electronic devices, but I just got a new iPhone 4, and it sits at the nexus of portability (losable and drop-able) and high ...
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At what age should I consider buying long term care insurance?

An oft overlooked, but important insurance product that has the ability to protect us from a reasonably likely and fiscally devastating event, Long Term Care insurance seems like something I am out to ...
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What is long-term care insurance ? How does long-term care insurance work?

What is long-term care insurance? How does long-term care insurance work? Who should consider getting long-term care insurance and why?