How to pay Health Insurance without bank accounts?

If you are a person who don't trust banks or don't want to deal with their unreasonable bank charges like overdrafts then you are in trouble, you can't pay your health insurance without a bank account.

Next January federal health law will require Americans to carry health insurance, but most health plans accepts credit cards for first month's premium then pay the succeeding monthly premiums with check or an electronic funds transfer from a checking account. To those who don't have bank accounts this will be a real problem.

I think the government should require the health insurance providers to implement a reasonable payment options for everyone.

You can read more about it here.

Robert Hurdman's Financial Thinking

We have found Robert Hurdman's Financial Thinking blog very useful. He talks about finances and savings and he gives valuable advice on money and investments. I personally don't know a lot about investing and the stock market so I'll be sure to bookmark his site so I can learn more. You can check him out at Financial Thinking.

What does Standard Home Insurance cover?

Standard Home Insurance,insurance,home insurance,molds,damages
Unplanned home repairs can ruin your budget, especially if it is a major repair. It can break you financially. A standard home insurance policy will not cover mold damage or earthquake damage.

A Standard Home Insurance covers damage and loss of the structure of your home in the event of hail, hurricane, lightening or fire (structural components). Standard Home Insurance policies do not cover mold damage due to neglected maintenance, such as faucet or pipe that are leaking. In case of flood and earthquake, a separate policy is required. The location of the property is taken into account if it is prone to natural disasters. Other detached buildings on your property like garages or gazebo get the typical coverage of 10%.

The Personal Property coverage included in a standard home insurance policy covers your personal items (jewelry, cash, collections, clothing) and household contents (furniture) if they are stolen or destroyed by fire or hurricane. It will only cover to a certain extent like $5,000 for personal belongings. You will need to pay more to get additional coverage.

Automobile insurance policy will cover the loss of your car or damage to it, but will not cover personal belongings that are inside like briefcase, laptop, suitcase, purse, wallet, GPS, iPod, sunglasses etc.

Home insurance covers theft of your personal belongings from a vehicle, even if the crime occurs away from your property. Whether you are a homeowner, condo owner, or tenant, personal items will generally be covered under your property insurance policy.

The personal property that is temporarily away from your home is usually insured for up to 10% of the amount of your personal property insurance or $1,500 or whichever is greater.

Personal liability protects you or your covered family members if you injure another person or cause damage to someone else's property. It's also known as third-party insurance because it protects you if a third party files a claim against you. Personal liability insurance can be purchased as part of a package policy. Pets are also included in this portion of your policy protecting you against bodily harm or property damage that they may cause to others.

Simplified Homeowner Insurance Policies

No more gibberish insurance talks and hiding conditions by using terms ordinary people are unfamiliar with, and that are usually in the middle of a thousand-word fine print.

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill (S-2502) that requires insurance companies to provide a one page summary and description of the terms of policies to homeowners together with the fine print. It should explain what will it cover and will not cover.

This law is designed to avoid the confusion that happened after Hurricane Sandy, were many homeowners discovered the limited coverage of their property insurance, most of them did not include flood insurance.

The law still requires the Department of Banking and Insurance to establish first a timeline for implementing the requirement. They will issue a proposal for public comment before they can finalize it.

Health Insurance Importance

Health Insurance Importance, health, good health, insurance
Our health is really important, take it for granted to save a few dollars, and the repercussions will hunt you in the future. It will cost you a lot and will surely drill holes in your pocket. Furthermore, if you cannot work due to your health, how will you earn for yourself and your family?

Just like money, we never really have a true idea of its value until we lose it.

Life is unpredictable. That's why health insurance is important, it's designed to protect us in case of emergency. It guarantees medical treatment based on your coverage.

Insurance can be expensive but it's worth it. A report by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund estimated that 84 million adults in the US have inadequate health care coverage. Families are foregoing care because they cannot afford it, even with the implementation of the AffordableCare Act in January 2014. The under-insured and uninsured will just be transferred to an inferior plan with huge out-of-pocket costs.

Investing in insurance now is like investing in your quality of life. Having good health and preventive care plan may help but there's really nothing better than knowing that you and your family are protected.

Obamacare supporters admit insurance premium will rise

Obamacare, Obamacare raise premiums, insurance premiums,obama
The federal health law that will take effect next year is expected to raise insurance premiums, especially for people who purchase their own insurance, expert said.

The law will mandate that plans increase their minimum benefits, and it will ban insurers from weeding out people already diagnosed with illnesses.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said to reporters that "Some people purchasing new insurance policies for themselves this fall could see premiums rise because of requirements in the health-care law."

Her remarks come weeks before insurers are expected to begin releasing rates for plans that will start on Jan. 1, 2014, when key provisions of the health law kick in.

Some insurers have already begun signaling that they could dramatically increase prices for people buying policies in the individual market to compensate for restrictions on how they treat consumers, as well as new fees and requirements that they provide bigger benefits packages, reported by The Wall Street Journal last week.

The Society of Actuaries also issued a warning that the cost of medical claims in the new individual-insurance market could rise by an average of 32% per person over the first few years the law is in place.

ACE USA Expands Coverage to Address Growing Trend of Hospital and Physician Integration

ACE USA Medical Risk Group introduce a wide range of physician professional liability insurance products and coverage solutions in support of hospitals and healthcare facilities for their employed physicians, and their owned or affiliated medical groups. Product offerings include companion primary physician professional liability policies, fronting capabilities for primary physician professional liability policies, reinsurance of physician professional liability policies issued by healthcare facility captives, and uniquely structured integrated hospital and physician insurance program designs that may include separate or shared retentions and policy limits.

The physician professional liability insurance coverages are available for hospitals, healthcare facilities and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) providing insurance or alternative risk financing solutions to their employed physicians, or owned or affiliated medical groups.

Product Highlights of the companion Primary Physicians Professional Liability policy* include:

  • Separate limits of liability each physician and corporate entity
  • Defense expense in addition to policy limits
  • First dollar coverage (no deductible) or deductible options
  • Individual tail coverage or group rolling tail coverage for departed physicians
  • Consent to settle provision
  • Professional Legal & Audit Defense Coverage
  • Full claims capabilities to support companion primary physician primary policies

Benefits of an integrated or coordinated hospital / physician insurance program include:

  • Common insurance or reinsurance partner for both the healthcare system and their employed, owned or affiliated physician groups
  • Joint or coordinated defense provides greater control and cost containment of joint claims
  • Coordinated risk management support services
  • Integrating physician insurance into an integrated self-insurance or alternative risk financing mechanism may offer lower cost compared to traditional insurance
  • Backed by the ACE Group’s financial strength and excellent reputation

*This coverage is currently not available for stand-alone medical groups that are not owned by or affiliated with an ACE insured hospital or healthcare system.