In the UK around 7 million people spend around Ј3 billion a year on medical insurance. One in seven policies are taken out by individuals with the balance being put in place by their employers. The problem is that Medical Insurance is complex and few policyholders take the time to really study the details of their cover. As a result, many misunderstand what will be covered. If you expect medical insurance to pay every health claim, you're mistaken. Medical Insurance is designed to provide protection for curable, short-term health problems and allow policyholders to jump the NHS queues to see consultants, be diagnosed, receive surgery or be treated. That sounds fine, but before you buy you need to appreciate the treatments and situations that fall outside the scope of the cover. But first a word of warning. This article does not relate to any specific policy and the terms and conditions issued by individual insurers do vary. So please ensure you also check your policy documents. After reading this article, you'll know what to look out for! Sorry – it's a chronic condition If a condition can be cured and is not a long-term problem, your insurance company will classify it as acute and should meet the cost. If your problem is incurable or it's a problem that, despite appropriate treatment, will be with you for a long time, then your insurance company will classify it as chronic - and no, you won't be covered. But deciding whether a condition is acute or chronic is fraught with problems. It's rarely a black and white decision and this can lead to a major area of conflict between policyholder and insurer. It's clear that asthma and diabetes are chronic conditions as you're almost certain to suffer from them for the rest of your life. So those categories of illness are not covered. Problems arise when Doctors initially consider a patients' condition to be curable, but the condition later deteriorates and the medical team changes its' mind, it's now become incurable. This can sometimes happen, especially in the treatment of certain types of cancer. In these circumstances, the condition is initially defined as acute and is therefore insured, but deteriorates and becomes chronic - and outside the terms of cover. This is possible as insurers retain the right to reclassify a condition from acute to chronic during treatment. Sorry - it's too long term The insurance company will not pay out for long term treatment. But you need to check your policy documents to see how they define “long-term”. You can find the situation where a course of drugs extends for say 12 months, but the insurer will only pay for ten months. Sorry – it's preventative Your insurance is designed to pay for the treatment and cure of conditions when they arise. It is not designed to pay for treatments that are used to prevent an illness. Again, the problem of definition arises. Sometimes it is arguable whether a treatment is preventative or a cure. Take the drug Herceptin for example. This drug can be used in the early stages of breast cancer. Research shows that Herceptin can halve the incidence of cancer returning for women who have a particularly virulent form of the cancer known as HER2. In this situation, is Herceptin offering a cure or is it a preventative? Insurance companies are split on the debate. Norwich Union, WPA, BUPA and Standard Life Healthcare will pay for Herceptin for HER2 patients whereas Legal and General and Axa PPP will not. Sorry – the drug is not approved Two of the main attractions for taking out medical insurance are: to jump the queues at the NHS, and to get the latest treatments and drugs. But there's a rider. The Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence exists to approve the use of new drugs by the NHS in England and Wales. Until that body has approved the drug your insurer is unlikely to pay for its use. The problem is that the Institute's brief is to perform a cost/benefit analysis to ensure that the financial benefits to the nation from using the drug, outweigh the costs of using it in the NHS. A difficult brief and it has placed the Institute under scrutiny for the extended delays in drug approval. The compromise hit on by the Financial Ombudsman is that if your medical policy won't pay for the use of experimental treatments, then it should meet the cost of an approved conventional treatment with the policyholder footing the bill for the balance if the experimental treatment is more expensive. Sorry – it's a pre-existing condition The basic principle is that if you are already suffering from a condition when you start a policy, then that condition “pre-exists” the policy and any claims for its treatment are invalid. For this reason, insurance companies insist you complete an exhaustive questionnaire before they agree to insure you. After all they need a clear picture of your medical condition before they quote. For many applications, the insurer will, with your approval, also write to your GP for specific details of your medical history. They like to have a complete picture. So lets say some years ago you twisted your knee playing tennis. It appeared to recover but now it turns out that you have a torn cruciate ligament and it needs to be operated on. Your medical insurance company could argue that the ligament damage was a pre-existing condition and you have to pay for the operation. Some insurers try to accommodate these grey areas with a moratorium provision within your policy. These provisions typically say that so long as you have been symptom free for two years relating to any condition you've suffered from within the last 5 years, they will pay for subsequent treatment. Not all policies have these moratorium provisions and the time periods do vary between insurers. You should carefully read your policy. Sorry – its not covered Medical Insurance is an annual contract – just like your car insurance. So when it comes to renewal, your insurer is at liberty to review not only your premium but also change the conditions on which your cover is provided. Therefore, if your policy comes up for renewal mid way through a course of treatment, it's possible to find that your new policy no longer covers that particular treatment. This means that you will have to foot the bill for the balance of the treatment. Furthermore, with ongoing advances in medical research, more and more conditions are becoming treatable. This progress has the effect of shifting back the dividing line between chronic and acute conditions. This hits the insurers' pocket in two ways. With more conditions being reclassified as acute, the number of claims is increasing. And there's also a trend for new treatments to cost more – Herceptin being a good example. The net result is that the insurers are finding themselves having to pay out far more. This is inevitably passed back to you through increased renewal premiums. And in an attempt to reduce their risk exposure, insurers have a tendency to adjust their definitions and exclusions. This means that you must read your renewal notice closely before you decide to renew. So if you're tempted to buy Medical Insurance, be aware that everything is not always black and white. If you've got insurance and need treatment, you're well advised to contact your insurer without delay and get them to confirm that they will meet the cost of your proposed treatment.
Are you shopping for health insurance? Are you looking for the best rates? Are you totally confused? There are so many people scrambling for health insurance and are trying their best to compare the rates. This is not easy at first because the health insurance companies have had to come up with creative alternatives in their insurance portfolios. Those creative alternatives can give the average person an insurance headache. The rising costs of hospital and physician services are always passed on to the consumer. The consumer depends on their insurance company to pay for their medical expenses in exchange for a premium. The medical rates are based on several criteria. Here are a few: 1. Gender – Male/Female rates differ. 2. Tobacco - Non-Tobacco – Tobacco users are higher 3. Household Status - Single, Parent-child, Parent-children, Husband-Wife, Husband-wife-child, Husband-wife-children 4. Deductible – $500 to $5000 (with some companies) There are some things that you can do to affect the rate. The most cost savings method is to choose a high deductible plan. The higher the deductible calculates into a lower the rate. Low deductibles no longer justify the premiums paid. This trend toward high deductibles is called self-insuring. You are taking on the financial responsibility for the deductible amount. The best way to offset and prepare for the out of pocket deductible is to start a health savings account. This is a tax deductible savings plan for medical expenses. It’s the equivalent of a medical IRA. The tax deduction offsets some of the out of pocket expense you incur with the higher deductible. Contact your tax advisor or accountant about starting a health savings account.
: A medical review company supplies more than a second opinion. The unbiased nature of a medical review company is critical not only to the bottom dollar, but to the final result. Too often, patients think they are just numbers in a file or bits of information in a computer program. The maligned image of an insurance company’s automatic denial of claims without really understanding the patient’s need contributes consumer dissatisfaction and frustration. What Does It Have to Do With You? Patients are people and when they need healthcare, they don’t want to read the fine print or a medical dictionary, they just want their claims covered. Most often, it’s unlikely they would realize that their insurance claim went through an Insurance Review Organization’s medical insurance review process. In fact, they probably just fill out the forms, hand a receptionist their insurance card and sign on the necessary release forms. One of the most common complaints about needing healthcare is the cost followed closely by the complications of paperwork generated through authorization forms, claim forms and more. An insurance review organization is an intermediary company that insurance companies may outsource their claims to in order to determine with medical and insurance coverage accuracy the validity of a claim filed by someone insured by their company. Your Health Matters Insurance companies who deny a claim are often portrayed as heartless or more interested in the bottom dollar than they are about showing compassion. This perception is only augmented when an insurance company rejects a claim for anecdotal evidence. When a claim goes through a medical review company’s insurance review process – it will not be rejected or denied based on anecdotal evidence. For example, a patient suffers from shoulder, back and neck pain as well as bra strap grooving and eczema. Her medical history indicates years of chiropractic treatment as well as advice for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (i. e. Tylenol, Advil) and worn specialized support bras to support a 34DD frame and all of it to no success. Excessively large breasts can cause many of the symptoms the woman’s medical history indicated. The doctor recommended a breast reduction procedure to alleviate the problem and the symptoms. Your Coverage Matters When the claim is submitted to the insurance company, the policy may not cover elective cosmetic procedures. Many policies do not. Claim managers lacking medical expertise will often compare a procedure request against a list of approved procedures. If cosmetic procedures are not covered, it is likely the claim will be denied. The patient is left either choosing to pay for the procedure out of pocket or continuing to suffer. If the claim is submitted to a third party intermediary such as a medical review company, the answer will be different. The medical review company has access to a large number of medical specialist and insurance experts. The medical specialists will review the patient’s medical history and the doctor’s recommendations. When her file is reviewed, the third-party specialist will take into account the history of shoulder, neck and back pain. They will note the visits to a chiropractor and other pertinent symptoms. If the medical specialist agrees with the patient’s physician that she is suffering from Macromastia (excessively large breasts), then he or she will understand that the cosmetic surgery of breast reduction provides the patient with the best option for the patient’s relief. Confidence Matters The review process may be transparent to patients whose insurance company uses a medical review company; but the effect is profound. Their coverage premiums will likely be lower. Their medical needs will be addressed. They will not see their healthcare costs rise due to the underwriting of unnecessary procedures. When it comes right down to it, a medical review company gives patients confidence that both their medical and insurance needs will be met. They won’t have to suffer misery unnecessarily nor face collections over mounting debt.
What is the biggest fear that most people have about visiting the doctor for medical treatment? Well for many it will undoubtedly be the discomfort of a medical examination or other such fear. But for a huge proportion, their big fear of the doctor will be the cost of the treatment. The problem with visiting the doctor is that you will never know how much the whole service costs until after the treatment and you are presented with the bill. This unknown quantity with medical costs causes many people to shy away from paying the doctor a visit even when they should be getting treatment or at least a check up. Therefore, one of the greatest assistances to your health could be getting some good medical insurance. Medical insurance can improve your health not just because it will pay out for expensive treatment in the case of a medical disaster or accident, but because it will make you more likely to visit the doctor for routine treatments and check ups. These are things that all medical professionals will advise you against postponing. Visit the doctor does not have to be something you dread if you have proper medical coverage. Being secure in the knowledge that you and your families health costs are provided for, you can enjoy life more fully and when illness or accidents do occur, you will have one less thing to worry about and can concentrate all your energy and attention on getting well yourself of helping your family member to make a full and speedy recovery. Medical research is starting to show a correlation between state of mind and recovery rates from illness. If you are happy and relaxed, you are far more likely to make a full recovery from illness, and the recovery is going to take less time, this means that if you can avoid having to worry about your medical bills because you have adequate insurance, your recovery will be helped, and this is before any account is taken of the better treatments and medicines that you will have access to as an insured patient. These days, medical insurance is available from a variety of insurers at very competitive rates. You can ensure world class, state of the art treatment for you and your family with private medical insurance that will give you access to the services and treatments you need, when you need them, without the same problems of waiting lists and shortages of staff and funding that the public sector might be experiencing.
Last month I had to drive down to London. I don't like driving at the best of times but the rain, spray and heavy traffic on the M1 made conditions difficult. Radio 2 kept me company and the heater kept me warm. Then I hit that queue - six miles solid and I was soon an hour behind schedule. They were still clearing up the accident when I got there. It was nasty. A lorry and what was left of two cars. Made me think, after all that could have been me. Yep, my life insurance is up to date and my Will was renewed only last month. The family would be well cared for and the mortgage repaid. Had I missed anything? The business. What would happen to that? We have two directors, 7 employees, an overdraft and lots of insurance. Public Liability, professional indemnity, vehicles and stock are all insured. We even have legal protection insurance. Had I missed anything? I got to thinking. Thank goodness it wasn't George in that accident. A great guy and he's been with us five years. He's our top salesman. There again what if it had been my co-director who also owns 50% of the business? What would be the repercussions on the business? Sales down, profits down, bank phoning all too politely to ask about the Directors guarantee on the overdraft. Then I'd have to try and buy his shares. I wouldn't want someone else to get hold of those. At some stage I'd have to recruit someone of his calibre to continue the company going forward - that wouldn't be easy! And recruiting top people doesn't come cheap. That's more time and more money. The personal problems …… the repercussions …….. the extra work ……… the extra stress …….. Oh heck, I don't want to think about it all. Quickly, switch over to Radio 1 . Does all this ring alarm bells with you? 95.2% of UK businesses employ less than 10 people and these are precisely the organisations most at risk from the impact of severe illness or death of a key person. The risks of a key person being stuck down with a long term illness or death are real. 1 in 5 men suffer a critical illness before their normal retirement age. Then there's the M1. The fact that it hasn't happened so far might just mean your business has just been lucky. Now to those actuarial boffins in insurance companies, risk and luck are flip sides of the same coin. And they can provide insurance cover for most risks. After all they too want to increase sales. But they're scratching their heads about Keyman Insurance. Most of Britain's 4.1million small businesses should have it but few do. What can it do? It can be structured to: Provide an income stream to the company whilst the key person is incapacitated (compensation for the lost contribution from the Keyman) Provide a lump sum to the business in the event of death (pay off the overdraft or simply bolster cash flow?) Provide money for remaining shareholders to buy the shares from the original shareholder or their estate You'll need to talk to a Financial Adviser about these issues but they are all insurable. Can your business afford to take a risk it doesn't need to? Memo to myself – get Keyman Insurance!
Everyone knows that health insurance costs are at an all time high. With the cost of medical care also skyrocketing, people, especially those that are self-employed are desperate to find ways to save money on their health insurance. This can be a difficult task as most insurance companies are far from excited to offer coverage to the self-employed. Your first step would be to shop around. Contact an agent that deals with many companies instead of contacting the companies directly. This will save you not only time but also some money in the process because an agent will not be paid unless he or she finds the insurance that is right for you and you agree to take it. Tell the agent exactly what you are looking for and how much you wish to spend on premiums, deductibles and so on. Remember, be specific! If you want to ensure that you are getting what you want then you need to give as many details as possible. Once you have some offers in hand read the fine print. This is the number one mistake made by people when seeking health insurance. Sure, the policy looks grand on the surface but then once you are locked in you find that it is full of restrictions and extra fees. Insurance companies are in business to make money, not spend it. If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Finally, do not agree to any policy until you have checked out all the offers that were made to you. More often than not, a higher premium policy is better in the end because it offers smaller deductibles, and fewer restrictions. You could find yourself paying less for a policy but then also getting a lot less in return. If the policy does not help you then it does not matter how small the premiums are.
Insurance, as we all know is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of potential financial loss. Insurance is defined as the equitable transfer of the risk of a potential loss, from one entity to another, in exchange for a premium and duty of care. When we think of taking insurance what immediately strikes our mind are the life insurances. Families often consider life insurance as necessary as a sound roof when it comes to protecting them from the harsh winds of fate, especially when children are small. Primary bread earners want assurance that even if worst things happen, the house will be paid for and the youngsters can continue to go to college. But there are many worst things which can happen within one’s life period like a disability that could knock the family provider out of the workplace. While industry studies show that workers are three to five times more likely to be disabled than die early, disability insurance is often neglected. What is the point of having a life insurance if you are disabled? While premature death tends to have a bigger emotional impact, disability can be equally, if not more, devastating to a family's financial stability. Disability can be long term or short term and can be broken down into a number of broad sub categories. •Physical impairments affecting movement. •Lack of amputation of limbs or other body parts. •Sensory impairments, such as visual or hearing impairments •Neurological impairments. •Cognitive impairments. •Psychiatric conditions The often heard “It won’t happen to me” has become a joke as daily someone or the other living in this world is diagnosed with some kind of a disease or other. For example Diabetics is one such kind of a disease that is common among youngsters today. Shocking to hear!!! But true facts are sometimes difficult to accept. With such a situation in hand, there is a high demand not only for life insurances but also disability insurances. Disability insurances are of two types; •Long Term Disability (LTD) •Short Term Disability(STD) Based on the type of disability, there are various different policies to suit you need and requirement. •Short-Term Disability policies (STD) have a waiting period of 0 to 14 days with a maximum benefit period of no longer than two years. •Long-Term Disability policies (LTD) have a waiting period of several weeks to several months with a maximum benefit period ranging from a few years to the rest of your life. Disability policies have two different protection features that are important to understand. 1.Noncancelable means the policy cannot be canceled by the insurance company, except for nonpayment of premiums. This gives you the right to renew the policy every year without an increase in the premium or a reduction in benefits. 2.Guaranteed renewable gives you the right to renew the policy with the same benefits and not have the policy canceled by the company. However, your insurer has the right to increase your premiums as long as it does so for all other policyholders in the same rating class as you. In addition to the traditional disability policies, there are several options you should consider when purchasing a policy: Additional purchase options Your insurance company gives you the right to buy additional insurance at a later time. Coordination of benefits The amount of benefits you receive from your insurance company is dependent on other benefits you receive because of your disability. Your policy specifies a target amount you will receive from all the policies combined, so this policy will make up the difference not paid by other policies. Cost of living adjustment (COLA) The COLA increases your disability benefits over time based on the increased cost of living measured by the Consumer Price Index. You will pay a higher premium if you select the COLA. Residual or partial disability rider This provision allows you to return to work part-time, collect part of your salary and receive a partial disability payment if you are still partially disabled. Return of premium This provision requires the insurance company to refund part of your premium if no claims are made for a specific period of time declared in the policy. Waiver of premium provision This clause means that you do not have to pay premiums on the policy after you’re disabled for 90 days. If you decide to buy a private disability insurance policy, remember that policies are legal contracts. Read and compare the policies and understand the provisions before you sign. In comparing policies, you might want to consider: •Is disability defined as your inability to perform your own job or any job? •Does the policy cover accidents and illness? •Are benefits paid for partial or recurring disabilities? •Are full benefits paid after loss of sight, speech, hearing or use of limbs? •Is the policy no cancelable, guaranteed renewable or conditionally renewable? •How long must the worker be disabled before premiums are waived? •Is there an option to buy additional coverage, without evidence of medical insurability, at a later date? •Does the policy offer an inflation adjustment There are many disability insurance companies and agents all around the world to offer their services. Based on one’s necessities, he or she can choose the best disability insurance to suit their needs.
Getting a mortgage is bad enough – what with terms like fixed rate, discount, variable etc – so mention mortgage insurance and naturally your eyes will start to glaze over. However, mortgage insurance is an extremely important insurance to have – in fact, it can the difference between keeping a roof over your head or ending up having your home repossessed. If you recently took out a mortgage, you may remember the lender asking you whether you wanted mortgage payment protection insurance. It probably sounded expensive and unnecessary. And while, in some cases, there are companies who like to charge you too much for the product, it doesn’t have to be that way. As for it being unnecessary – get the right policy and at the right price and it will be an invaluable safety net for you. So, what is mortgage insurance? It is a product whereby should you be unable to meet your mortgage repayments due to being made involuntarily redundant or due to being able to work because of sickness or maybe an accident – then it will cover your mortgage repayments. Your mortgage repayments (and sometimes other mortgage related outgoings too) will be covered for up to a set period of time (typically 12 months but this can vary from provider to provider) to give you enough time to find another job, or get well etc. Many people may think that mortgage payment protection insurance is a waste of money, using the old adage “It’ll never happen to me”. However, this is not true. Being unable to work – and therefore having to struggle on state benefits – due to involuntary redundancy, accident or sickness can happen to anyone. It does not discriminate and can strike anyone at any time. Therefore, if you are in full time employment for more than 16 hours a week and you have a mortgage, then taking out insurance against the financial ramifications makes sound sense. Despite what the press says, it doesn’t have to be expensive to take out this kind of insurance, and nor do you have to take out a policy with your current mortgage lender. This means you are free to shop around to get a policy that offers you comprehensive protection without a high price tag! If you are looking for mortgage protection insurance, then do not automatically accept the first quotation you get – premiums can vary wildly, as can the terms of the policy and the benefits. Do your research – the internet is a quick and easy way to compare policies – and then make a decision from there.
The coverage usually is supplemental to a Mortgagee's Title Insurance policy, and the premium is customarily paid by the buyer. As with most other types of insurance, you pay a monthly premium on top of your monthly mortgage payment for this policy. A mortgage insurance policy protects the bank in the event they are forced to repossess your house and sell it at a loss. Private mortgage insurance is an insurance policy designed to protect the lender in case you do not pay back your mortgage loan. A one-year paid receipt for homeowner's insurance policy for at least the amount of the mortgage is required at the loan closing. As soon as the sum insured is paid out the mortgage life insurance policy ceases. A mortgage insurance premium is a policy that insures the lender against loss if the homeowner defaults on a mortgage. top Insurance Fees Your policy of homeowner's or hazard insurance will need to be current at the time the new mortgage closespare the cost of a term life insurance policy to a mortgage insurance policy. It is often less expensive to purchase a term life insurance policy to function as a mortgage protection life insurance policy. The idea behind mortgage protection insurance is straightforward: You pay a premium, which remains the same for the duration of the policy. You have a separate policy for the mortgage and other policies for other life insurance needs. An individual mortgage insurance policy, obtained directly from an insurer, puts you in control of your own coverage. If a borrower stops paying on a mortgage, the insurance company ensures that the lender will be paid in full. Disposable Income A term referring to all income remaining after all necessary expenses are paid, such as mortgage, car payment, insurance, etc. Private mortgage insurance can help out enormously, especially after you have already paid your closing costs and your down payment. The refunds will involve premiums that were paid for unnecessary mortgage insurance over the last three years, although aides to Mr. It also does not allow you the option of retaining the insurance coverage past the point in time that the mortgage is paid off. Most mortgage insurance premiums are paid monthly as add-ons to the principal, interest, insurance and tax escrows. Your insurance terminates when your mortgage is paid off or transferred to another party. Private mortgage insurance can be paid on either an annual, monthly or single premium plan. Homeowner's InsuranceExperts say that even if a mortgage is paid off, homeowner's insurance is still a good buy. Lenders are paid in advance for how is difficult to 80 of borrowers, who put down on mortgage insurance preamble. Once your loan balance is paid down to less than 75% or 80% of property value, you can cancel your mortgage insurance. The mortgage loan insurance premium may be paid in cash or added to your mortgage. With mortgage insurance, the borrower pays the premiums, but the lender is the beneficiary. A mortgage insurance apart from providing security against losses to the lender also helps in reducing the down payment. Mortgage insurance coverage on low-down-payment loans protects a lender against losses due to homeowner default, says the company in a news release. With PMI, the borrower pays a premium to a mortgage insurance company selected by the lender. When you have private mortgage insurance you are essentially protecting the lender from any bad deeds on your part. Don't throw away your money, ask your lender for the details about private mortgage insurance and your mortgage. You can ask the lender to cancel your private mortgage insurance once you get to the 20-22 percent equity mark. Much of the available jobloss mortgage insurance is available at no cost from the lender as part of a loan package or program. All dealings concerning mortgage insurance are usually handled by the lender. Private mortgage insurance helps to protect the lender if the borrower cannot repay the loan. Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is a form of insurance that protects the lender against loss in the event the borrower defaults on the mortgage. In effect, the mortgage insurance company shares the risk of foreclosure with the lender. Private mortgage insurance is insurance that protects a lender in the event that a homeowner defaults on a loan. insurance-health-quote/mortgage-insurance/
A mortgage is often the single biggest financial commitment that many people make during their lifetime, yet fewer than half of all residential mortgage holders choose to take on protection of their mortgage repayment ability with mortgage protection insurance. Mortgage protection insurance, or mortgage payment protection insurance, is a form of insurance that ensures mortgage repayments are met should the mortgage holder become unemployed, fall critically ill or be unable to earn income due to an accident. This type of protection insurance product is quite cheap to maintain, and allows mortgage holders to set an insurance amount for monthly protection pay-out that covers mortgage costs and additional expenses up to a set percentage above mortgage outgoings. Most mortgage payment protection insurance policies are strict on protection insurance claims. For instance, should the mortgage holder become unemployed through their own free will, then they would not be covered by the mortgage payment protection insurance policy. However, redundancy does qualify for payment through the protection insurance policy, providing that the mortgage holder actively seeks new employment. Additionally, mortgage protection insurance may not pay out if the claimant takes on voluntary or part-time work, although the protection insurance terms & conditions relating to this area will vary with each type of mortgage payment protection insurance product. Typically, mortgage holders will have to endure a mortgage payment protection insurance qualifying period before receiving payment protection pay-outs. The qualifying period on mortgage payment protection insurance policies is normally 90 - 120 days. If the mortgage holder is still eligible for mortgage payment protection insurance after this period, then protection payments are commenced on a monthly basis. Insurance companies often require holders of mortgage payment protection insurance to renew their mortgage protection insurance claim every month by completing a form. Sometimes the insurance companies will request evidence from the mortgage holder so they can evaluate the mortgage holder's eligibility for the continuation of mortgage protection insurance payments. This could be a doctor's note of illness or copies of job applications if claiming mortgage payment protection insurance pay-out because of redundancy. Mortgage payment protection insurance pay-outs are normally paid directly into the mortgage holder's bank account one month in arrears. Pay-outs on mortgage payment protection insurance are often limited to a set insurance period. Depending on the insurance company, monthly protection payments over six months or twelve months from the first mortgage protection pay-out is normal. As two out of every ten people who are made redundant take over a year to re-establish themselves in a new job, mortgage payment protection insurance could mean the difference between keeping your home or losing it.
: Mortgage Protection – easing your biggest concerns. OK, now you have a lovely new home and with it comes a lovely new mortgage. With the average mortgage advance standing at around Ј150,000 it's a long-term commitment to repay a lot of money. The repayments also take a fair slice out of your monthly income. What could go wrong with these financial arrangements and can you hedge your bets by insuring against the risks? After all you have a family to protect. Most people would identify 5 main areas of concern, all of which boil down to your ability to maintain the mortgage repayments:
Interest rates might increase and make the monthly repayments unaffordable
You might loose your job
You might be forced to take time off work through illness or accident
You may become permanently unable to work through accident or very serious illness
You could die before the mortgage is paid off.
The financial industry is packed with pretty shrewd people so it'll come as no surprise to learn that there are financial products to help with each of these risks. If you want to reduce the risk of interest rates rising to unaffordable levels, you should have discussed these matters with your mortgage adviser. He will then have told you about “fixed” and “capped interest rate” mortgages. As the name implies, a fixed rate mortgage fixes the interest rate you pay whilst with a “capped” mortgage, the lender agrees not to increase your interest rate above a pre-agreed level. Both types of mortgage revert to the standard variable rate after the fixed or capped period finishes which is typically after three or five years, depending on your lender. Fixed rate mortgages are currently very popular accounting for 55% of new advances and there are some very good deals around. The capped rate for capped rate mortgages is usually set at the outset above the equivalent fixed rates available but the rate you pay is lower than the fixed rates. In this context your interest rate risk can be effectively controlled. After the end of the protected period you always have the option to re-mortgage and find another rate protected deal. There are never any guarantees on the rates that will be available but the mortgage market is highly competitive, especially for re-mortgages, and special rate offers abound. It's really a matter of knowing which lender to approach. When the time comes you'd be well advised to ask a mortgage broker to search out the most suitable options. Worried about paying your mortgage if you lost your job? Then you need Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance - but be aware that in its basic form, this insurance is really only designed to cover redundancy. If you resign or are fired for gross misconduct your unlikely to be insured. The cost? Online you can expect to pay around Ј2.45 per Ј100 of monthly mortgage payment for a policy which starts paying out 30 days after you've been made redundant and will pay out for up to 12 months. You're sure to have been offered similar insurance by your bank or mortgage company but watch out, their premiums are likely to be two or three times higher for identical cover. Mortgage Payment Protection Policies can also be extended to cover the third area of concern – you lose income through illness or accident. But before you rush into this insurance you need to ask your employer how long they'd continue paying you if you were off work. Remember, you only need to insure for the period after your employer stops paying. You would then receive statutory sickness pay, but the odds are you'll need that income for general living costs. The cost for this insurance? Well, online it'll again cost you around Ј2.45 per Ј100 of monthly mortgage payment for a policy which starts paying out after 30 days, However, if you combine illness, accident and unemployment cover all into one policy you can currently get combined insurance for around Ј3.95 per month. The essential point to remember is that these policies will only pay out for 12 months. That leads on to the fourth area of concern. How would you pay your mortgage if you were unable to work again through a serious accident or critical illness? In this context it is important to appreciate the reality of the risk. The insurance industry estimates that 1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women suffer a critical illness before their normal retirement age. Just think what a heart attack at 40 would mean to your family finances, especially if you have a mortgage with many years still to run. For many, insurance is a must. The best option is to arrange insurance that totally repays the outstanding mortgage if you can't continue to work. That at least removes one big worry. The insurance you need is called Critical Illness Insurance but make sure “total and permanent disability” cover is included. This ensures that your mortgage will be repaid if you are incapacitated through an accident. You can buy Critical Illness Insurance with “decreasing cover” where the size of the payout decreases as the years go by. This is ideal if you have a repayment mortgage where you are repaying the mortgage bit by bit each month. Decreasing cover is also the cheapest form of this Insurance. If you have an interest only mortgage, the situation is different as the sum you owe your lender, remains constant. You certainly don't want the cover to decrease - so here you need Critical Illness Insurance with “level cover”. As with all these insurances, there's always a twist to watch out for. With Critical illness Insurance you always need to survive for a minimum period following an accident or diagnosis of a critical illness. If you don't, the policy will not pay out. With most insurance companies the survival period is 28 days although some have reduced this to 14 days. That leads on what happens if you were to die. Most lenders insist on Mortgage Life Insurance to repay your mortgage in one lump sum. However, you really don't need it if you're single and living alone. In these circumstances, if you would die, your estate would simply repay your mortgage by selling the property. For everyone else, Mortgage Life insurance is the most commonly held form of mortgage protection. Again it comes in a “decreasing cover” format for those with repayment mortgages and “level cover” format to repay interest only mortgages. All this insurance will not be cheap but there are ways of significantly reducing the cost. Buy a Mortgage Payment Protection Policy that combines unemployment, accident and illness cover. Sometimes this is called “unemployment and disability” cover. This will save you about 20%. The cheapest way to buy Critical Illness and Mortgage Life Insurance is again to buy a combined policy. Here it's difficult to be precise about the savings as the cost will be strictly calculated on your own personal details and health record - but you can certainly expect to save 20-25%. The final bit of advice is shop around for the insurance. Your bank or building society will be absolutely delighted to arrange it but you'll pay top dollar. The Internet is by far the cheapest way to buy all these insurances, especially if you use one of the many discounting brokers. You'll find these brokers if you search under “life insurance”, “cheap life insurance”, “life insurance quotes” or “Mortgage Protection Insurance”. Competition on the net is rife, so it's norm for these brokers to cut commission and pass the savings back to you through lower premiums. There are other aspects you'll need to consider such as whether to buy a policy with a “Guaranteed Premium” or a “Reviewable Premium”. So you're best advised to talk matters over with a life insurance adviser. Ten minutes on the phone with an adviser could save you more and avoid a lot of heartache. Be lucky, keep fit, happy and well insured!
It's tempting to sit back and relax once you've moved into your new home – but hang on, have you made sure that you're insured against all the risks that could stop you from paying your mortgage? Many things could go wrong and make it impossible for you to work, and in this article we go through each risk, and assess how important it is that you take that into account. If you are responsible for a family, then it is particularly important that you take heed of the following five issues: What happens if interest rates increase and you can no longer afford your monthly repayments What if you get made redundant What happens if you become ill or have an accident and you can't go to work What if you have a serious accident or become critically ill, and you can never go back to work What if you die and your family is left to cope with the outstanding mortgage These are all questions that new homeowners have to ask, and find answers to. The good news is, the insurance industry have it covered, and there are policies out there that can provide peace of mind against all these possibilities. On the subject of rising interest rates, you are unfortunate if you end up in the position where you can't afford the repayments, because there are mortgages that help protect you from this. The fixed rate mortgage sets a rate for an agreed period of time in which your interest rate remains the same irrespective of the Bank of England base rate. A capped mortgage allows your payments to fluctuate, but there will be an agreed rate at which the interest rate that you pay will be capped. Capped mortgages protect you for an average of 3-5 years, and then, as with the fixed rate mortgage, it will revert to the standard variable rate. 55% of all new mortgages are fixed rate deals, so they are by far the most popular type of mortgage. The capped mortgage is less popular because it still retains an element of risk, and they can be more expensive at the outset, which deters a lot of potential customers. At the end of the protected period, for both types of mortgage, you can choose to re-mortgage with another company without paying any penalties. It's a good idea to keep your eye on the available offers as the end of the protected period approaches, because there are likely to better deals out there. The market is so competitive that new offers are always arising, and they are particularly focused on attracting re-mortgaging customers. Ask a mortgage broker to see what else is out there, as they have all the latest information to hand. You don't have to commit yourself to anything. If you want to insure yourself against the possibility of losing your job, then you need Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance. However it's important to be aware that this type of insurance is designed to protect those that are made redundant, not those that resign or are dismissed. We found quotes on the Internet for around Ј2.45 per Ј100 of monthly mortgage payment. Once you stop working, the insurance will start paying after 30 days and then for a maximum of 12 months. You can buy this insurance through your mortgage lender but we don't recommend it, they always charge more than their internet rivals. You also have the choice of covering your mortgage payments due to sickness or illness keeping you from working. However we recommend checking with your employer first to see if they have a sickness payment plan in place. Some companies will give their employees full pay for six months for accident or illness. Even in this case, it's still worth getting the insurance because you could be off work for more than six months. It would be very difficult to meet the mortgage repayments on statutory sickness benefits alone. This type of insurance also costs Ј2.45 per Ј100 of monthly mortgage payment, but you can combine it with unemployment cover and it's Ј3.95 per month, which is less than buying the two separately. Both will cover you for a maximum of 12 months, so you really need to consider what would happen if a serious accident or illness left you permanently unable to work. The insurance industry estimates that 1/5 of men and 1/6 of women have to permanently leave work before retirement age because of a serious illness or accident. Think about it, if you have a heart attack at the age of 45 then you are unlikely to go back to work again. With a family to support, this could be disastrous. In this case, then you would need Critical illness insurance – it covers the outstanding mortgage in full if you are unable to work again. Look out for “total and permanent disability” cover – it is essential that it is included in the policy as it specifically covers the possibility of you not working again due to accident. There are a few options to look out for with Critical Illness Insurance – for example you need “decreasing cover” if you have a repayment mortgage. This is so the value of the payout decreases in line with the value of your outstanding mortgage. It is also cheaper than the alternative: “level cover”. You need this if you have an interest only mortgage because the outstanding mortgage balance will remain the same. Make sure you know all the facts about the insurance you buy, because there will be times that you can't make a claim. For example, Critical illness Insurance requires you to survive for a period following an accident or diagnosis of a critical illness, usually 28 days but sometimes 14 days. If you die before that time, then no claim can be made on your policy. To cover the possibility of you dying within 28 days, then you need mortgage life insurance. Many lenders require you to set up a mortgage life insurance policy as a condition of you taking out the mortgage. You don't have to buy it through the lender however, in fact it will be a lot cheaper if you don't. Also if you live alone and do not have to support a family, you don't necessarily need this type of insurance as the lender will recoup the money for the outstanding mortgage by selling off the property. Mortgage Life insurance is the most popular kind of mortgage protection, and like critical illness insurance, you can choose between “decreasing cover” and “level cover” depending on whether you have a repayment or an interest only mortgage. There's no denying that buying all these insurance policies to protect your mortgage will cost, but there are a few ways to get the best value. Firstly, if you combine accident and illness with unemployment cover then you will save around 20%, compared to buying them separately. Some insurance companies may refer to this as “unemployment and disability” cover. Critical illness and mortgage life insurance also become cheaper if you combine the two, and we predict an average saving of 20-25%. And don't forget the most obvious way to save money – shop around. Your lender will quote you on these insurances, and may even give you the impression that you have to buy your insurance through them, but you are free to buy it from any company you please. So it had might as well be the cheapest! Go online for the best deals, even better – contact a specialist life insurance broker and ask them to find the best deals for you. They can do all the legwork and, if you're not impressed, then you don't have to buy through them. The advantage they have on price is due to the hot competition on the Internet, especially for insurance. Brokers offer better deals by slashing their commission and giving you a further discount. Search using any of the following terms: “cheap life insurance”, “life insurance”, “life insurance quotes” or “Mortgage Protection Insurance”, and you will come across a number of cost-effective options. The other advantage to using a broker is that you have full access to their expert advice. When faced with the option of getting a “Guaranteed Premium” or a “Reviewable Premium” for your critical illness insurance, will you know what it means? Even if you do, which one is best? That's when a life insurance adviser is worth their weight in gold. So we recommend picking up the phone and talking to an expert in person, it doesn't take long and it guarantees you getting it right first time. The bottom line: peace of mind comes at a price – but it doesn't have to be expensive!
Getting a motor quote – or motor quotes - should no longer be the time-consuming and effort-fuelled experience that it used to be compared to say, around 10 years ago. The internet now makes getting a quote for car insurance a less unpleasant experience – and – in theory at least! – a heck of a lot quicker than ringing up various insurers and repeating your details over and over again until you find a realistic motor quote. To get the right deal for you - that is, one that fits your budget and your circumstances – the internet really is the obvious answer. However, before I explain how you can make the most of an insurance quote so that you get one that saves you tens or even hundreds of pounds without compromising on cover, let’s take a look at exactly where you can find motor insurance quotes (and deals!) on the web. Access insurance on the internet There are a number of ways that you can access insurance deals on the web. You can visit so-called ‘aggregator sites’ which list a major percentage of all the car insurer ‘players’ all under one site. You simply need to key in your details (ie your personal details and details about your vehicle such as where it is kept, estimated milage etc) once and the website will provide details of the quotes available to you. You then can compare the quote and the different terms and conditions and make a decision from there. Or, you can visit one of the specialist insurance sites that may not have as many insurers on its panel to search from, but can sometimes offer better deals. Using a search engine will help you find a relevant website. Useful stuff to remember when completing your online quote request There are a number of things you should bear in mind when requesting an online quote – which should help secure a cheaper deal too. Things like increasing the excess optionally could get you up to a 10% discount. This is because in effect, you are reducing the amount that the insurer would need to pay out if you did make a claim, therefore making you a less ‘risky’ proposition and thereby earning you a discount. The obvious – and one that you cannot really do much about if you are online and needing a quote immediately – is to drive a ’normal’ car. Sports cars and modified cars immediately will make your premiums rocket. However, it may be worth bearing that in mind next time you go to change your car! Finally, do try not to get any points or speeding fines - insurers reward safe and careful drivers. Motorists without points or blemishes on their driving licence can earn discounts on car insurance – meaning even more money in the bank for you!.
Motorcycle riders often get an unjustified reputation as being reckless, risk takers, and that they generally disobey traffic laws. This perception is unfounded and there are many statistics that back up the fact that most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle rider, but that of another driver. A major study conducted by the University of Southern California (USC) found that approximately three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involved a collision with another vehicle, usually a passenger automobile. It was also found that in the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents. Further the study by USC found that the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision. These findings go to show that the motorcycle rider has unjustly received a bad reputation from the general public as well as from insurance companies that cover motorcycle riders. Motorcycles are inherently prone to accidents caused by other drivers because of their small size. Motorcycles easily fit into the blind spot of typical passenger automobiles. The truth is that most motorcycle riders are very good drivers and keep an eye out for motorists who do not see them. This awareness of other drivers however does not prevent all accidents. When accidents such as these happen, the insurance company of the driver who is at fault will go to great lengths to keep from giving the motorcycle rider the money he or she deserves. Insurance companies will frequently rush the victim to make a quick settlement as a way to save money. Most people in the general public are not insurance experts and do not know if they are getting a bad deal from the insurance company or not. When a check is stuck in front of them it can be quite tempting to sign. Taking the insurance companies first offer is usually a mistake. Other times the insurance company of the other driver will try to not pay at all for the accident and resulting injuries. They often try to make it appear that the motorcycle rider was at fault in the accident. It is not hard to convince a jury of this since motorcycle riders have this unjust reputation of being less than careful. This is why it is critically important to have a qualified and competent lawyer on your side if you find yourself the victim of a motorcycle accident. A qualified lawyer will help make sure that you get the settlement that you deserve; a settlement that will cover your medical bills as well as paying for the damage to your motorcycle. Not having a lawyer to stand up for you will cost you more than just money, it will also cause you a great deal of headaches and heartache. Trying to fight an insurance company on your own, while at the same time dealing with physical injuries can be an overwhelming task. A qualified lawyer is the only one who will be on your side in case of an accident. A lawyer works for you and only you. The insurance company works for their shareholders and will try very hard to keep from getting you the money that you deserve.
As a new driver, expect to pay more for your car insurance than you would if you were an older more experienced driver. All is not lost, however, there are things you can do to take the sting out of the cost of insurance and lower your rate. 1.Vehicle: Stay away from brand new, very expensive, very fast, sport cars. Expensive cars cost more to insure, the more horse power, the higher and the premium. Go for something that is older, with many safety featurespanies offer discounts for features like automatic seatbelts, airbags and anti-lock brakes. 2.Drivers Education: As a new driver, it will help your insurance rate if you take an approved drivers safety course. Chat with your insurance agent before taking the course. You want to make sure that they recognize and approve of the institution offering the class. Aside from getting good driving information, you do want to get the insurance premium discount so make sure that it is one accepted by your insurance carrier. 3.Sober Driving: This is a no brainer, but needs to be said. Driving while under the influence is not only dangerous, but costly in more ways than one. If you are stopped with a DUI, not only will your insurance rates increase, if you are under aged, it is illegal and your insurance company may void your coverage. 4.Student Drivers: If you're a new young driver that is still in school, maintaining good grades (B average or above) may earn a discount of up to 25% of your insurance premium. 5.Talk to your agent. Your insurance agent is aware of various discounts offered by the insurance company. You might qualify for some of them, but you won't know unless you ask. 6.Compare: Get quotes from more than one company. Shop around. Hang in there. You're only new once; rates will go down with driving experience.