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Disaster Strikes Your Second Home: Are You Prepared?

Once you decide you’re financially ready to buy a vacation home, one important step is insuring your new pad. It’s different than buying insurance for a primary residence. Factors such as where it’s located, who stays there and what amenities are available will help determine your home insurance needs. Your Vacation Home Versus Mother Nature For many people, the whole idea of a vacation home is to be closer to a sandy beach or among the crisp mountain air. That perfect location for rest and relaxation may come with some additional insurance costs. Hurricane season and intense rainstorms underscore the…

Four Steps to Make the Most of Open Enrollment

We’re headed into one of the business times of the year. Between buying the Thanksgiving turkey and shopping for holiday gifts, you’ll find selecting your employee benefits on your to-do list. It might be tempting to let your benefits plan from last year roll over into 2019. However, experts advise against the set-it-and-forever-forget-it model. Open enrollment is your golden opportunity to sign up for your 2019 benefits. Take time to review your current benefits plan and ensure you’re taking full advantage of what’s offered. Here are four steps to help you make the most of open enrollment. Step One: Outline…

What’s Covered by Insurance When Your Car is Stolen?

Pop quiz: What is the most popular vehicle in the United States? If you answered the Ford F-150 pickup, you know the auto industry. What about the most popular vehicle among car thieves? If you said the 1996 Honda Civic, you know the insurance industry. So what happens if your vehicle disappears from your driveway, parking garage or wherever you last parked it? From an insurance standpoint, it all depends on the type of policy you purchased to cover the vehicle. If you’re driving a ’96 Civic, chances are you’re carrying only liability and/or collision insurance. That’s a wise decision…

Diabetes Dilemma: How to Get the Best Life Insurance

A diabetes diagnosis does not mean it’s impossible to get approved for a life insurance policy. Top insurance companies understand which health factors matter when you have a chronic condition such as diabetes. Here are answers to common questions about life insurance coverage for diabetics: How do Insurance Companies Decide Eligibility for Life Insurance for Diabetics? Your overall current health, your age and your gender all considered in the approval process. You must prove your diabetes has been under control for at least 6 to 12 months, as measured through blood tests. Insurers will also look at your overall health, including…

Understanding Medicare Prescription Coverage

If you’re among the 59 million Americans on Medicare – 18 percent of the population and growing – you’re probably well aware of the Medicare prescription coverage gap, often called the “doughnut hole.” With 2019 just weeks away, fall is the time to plan your Medicare coverage, as certain rules change for the coming year. The good news is that Congress passed a bipartisan prescription drug coverage deal in February, so you should spend less on drugs in 2019. Open enrollment began October 15 and you’ll want to compare your Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage options to make sure…

4 Reasons to Choose Term Life Insurance

Term life insurance offers one of the simplest ways to protect your loved ones in the event of your passing. It can also provide peace of mind. Mortality cuts well beyond six feet and leaves a trail of expenses and heartache in its wake. Knowing life is short, and may be taken away at any moment, it reinforces the desire to care for loved ones. Term life insurance pays out a guaranteed benefit when you die during a specified period of time. Say, for example, you buy a 30-year term life insurance policy and die before the 30-year timeframe ends, your…

How to Plan for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

Every year, the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) or Open Enrollment kicks off Oct. 15 and closes Dec. 7. Whether you are newly eligible for Medicare or already in a plan, you’ll want to consider several items in preparation for the enrollment period. We outline steps to help ensure you get the most out of your planning. Already Enrolled in Medicare? The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is an important time for you. Before the AEP starts, it’s always good to review your current needs and anticipate what you might need in the coming year. Perhaps you now need prescription drug coverage.…

Buying Life Insurance in Your 20s and 30s

If you’re part of the Millennial Generation, buying life insurance may be the furthest thing from your mind. You may feel you don’t need it because you’re young, healthy and have other financial priorities. But this is the best time of your life to think about life insurance. Here’s the bottom line: If someone depends on your income or would be stuck paying for your debts if you die, you need a life insurance policy. If you’re single and don’t have financial dependents or debt, you may not need life insurance right now. Prime reasons to buy life insurance are…

Is Life Insurance Through Work Enough?

Beyond salary or wage, your benefits package stands as one of the great perks of employment. Included in that benefits package, you may find group life insurance. For the first time since 1960, more people are enrolled in group life insurance plans than those with individual coverage. Group life insurance is a great low-cost or free benefit for employees. But does life insurance through work offer enough coverage for your circumstances? For many, life insurance through work would not adequately protect their families. According to Life Happens, many group life insurance plans cover one to two times your salary. In…

Take the Pledge During Life Insurance Awareness Month

Thinking about financial fitness, the basics probably come to mind. It’s all about budgeting, saving, spending, income, retirement and how to maximize all those components. But we cannot forget the importance of insurance, specifically life insurance, when building your financial portfolio. Peace of Mind According to the 2018 Insurance Barometer Study, by Life Happens and LIMRA, 84 percent of people say most people need life insurance. Yet only 68 percent say they personally need it and only 59 percent own some form of life insurance. It’s human nature. People put off getting the insurance they know they need. Other financial…

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