When evaluating what kind of insurances we must have, three come to mind, of course, there are dozens of insurances one can buy making it more difficult and confusing to choose which ones we really need. There are three different coverage’s we consider essential: Possessions, Health, and Life insurance.
POSSESSION’S INSURANCE: HOMEOWNER’S, RENTER’S AND CAR INSURANCE
Possession is a broad word, by possessions we mean, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, depending on your case, and car insurance. When in the market for homeowners insurance you must take a few items into consideration. You need to make sure your homeowners or renter’s insurance will also cover some of your personal belongings: Jewelry, art, and electronics. Let’s begin with the protection of the property in the case that you are a homeowner. Here you have two options: to buy a cash value policy or a replacement policy.
A cash value policy will pay for the value of the property at the time of the incident that means, if you bought your property for 500,000 but at the time it got ruined it was worth 450,000 that’s how much your cash value policy will pay for. The other option is to buy a replacement policy, this is more expensive but it guarantees you that you will be able to rebuild your house from scratch at a comparable quality of the one destroyed. When buying either one of the policies, don’t forget to tell your agent of any home improvements you have made. It’s important that your homeowner’s insurance also covers personal items such as jewelry, art and electronics.
Every insurance company is different, but personal belongings are usually covered up to 75% of their face value. In the event that you are in the market for renter’s insurance, you need to make sure that your renter’s insurance also covers the belongings mentioned above: jewelry, art and electronics. Last but not least, it is important to keep a list of the personal items that you have and considered to be included in your homeowners or renter’s insurance. This will make it easier in the event that you do need your items to be replaced because they were stolen or destroyed in a disaster.
By State law, any car owner that holds a driver’s license must have car insurance. According to experts you should base the amount of coverage that you need on the assets that you have. The more assets, the more coverage. Here’s what’s recommended:
You might be familiar with this numbers:
50/100/25 they refer to the amount of damage covered by the policy.
$ 50,000 bodily injury liability for one person injured in an accident
$ 100,000 for all people injured in an accident
$ 25,000 property damage liability Every state has its own minimum liability coverage.
Again, when buying car insurance keep in mind the amount of assets that you have, don’t over buy but also don’t under buy. Uninsured/Underinsured motorist: You might be in for a big surprise even if you have car insurance but the person who hit you does not. PLEASE ask your agent about Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage. When buying car insurance, do consider your driving habits, the amount of driving that you do and the area where you live.
President Barack Obama just signed the Health Reform bill, what does this means?
It means that millions of people will have to buy their own health insurance. Health Insurance can be very expensive, especially if you are an older person or if you are a woman who wants to get pregnant. Under the new health reform bill, pre-existing conditions will have to be accepted, that’s a good thing, unfortunately it won’t be enforced until 2014. Children with pre-existing conditions will not be excluded under any insurance policy; this takes effect in mid-September 2010.
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Children 26 years or younger will be able to stay on their parent’s family policy, this took effect immediately. There are no regulations as to what the cost might be for covering children 26 and younger. Bottom line, the new health reform law won’t go into full effect until years to come, in the mean time, people get sick. You need to buy a health insurance that will cater to your specific needs, there are many insurance companies out there eager to get your business, but do consider their deductibles, co-payments, lifetime maximums and of course the limitations of their coverage.
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