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Types of Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

What Are the Basic Types of Life Insurance? One of the best ways to protect against the financial consequences of a primary wage earner’s premature death is life insurance. However, only about 6 out of 10 Americans actually own life insurance and 30% believe they do not have enough.1 However, choosing from the many types… Read more

Long-Term-Care Needs

July 30, 2015

How Likely Am I to Need Long-Term Care? If you were to suffer an illness or disability that required long-term nursing care, would you be covered? Maybe not. The vast majority of Americans go through their lives reassuring themselves that it will never happen to them. However, if past trends continue, 43 percent of those… Read more

Medicare Coverage

July 30, 2015

What Does Medicare Cover? Medicare is the federal health insurance program for elderly persons and certain disabled individuals. In 1965, Medicare was enacted to provide a “safety net” of health-care coverage for qualifying individuals. Medicare is packaged in two major parts. Part A is hospital insurance protection. It covers hospitalization, some hospice care, and a… Read more

Long-Term Care Costs

July 30, 2015

Am I Prepared for Long-Term Care Expenses? In general, Americans are not sufficiently prepared to pay for long-term care. Many of them go through their lives simply hoping that they won’t ever need it. Unfortunately, in the event that you or a loved one does need long-term care, hope won’t be enough to protect you… Read more

Evaluating Insurance Companies

July 30, 2015

How Can I Determine the Financial Strength of My Insurance Company? How do you compare life insurance companies? What features do you examine? What criteria do you use? How do you know what to look for? Making sure that your insurance company is financially sound is an important part of helping to ensure family security…. Read more

HMOs and PPOs

July 30, 2015

What Is the Difference Between an HMO and a PPO? Selecting health insurance is often one of the most important decisions you will make. Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) are types of managed health-care plans and can cost much less than comprehensive individual policies. Through the use of managed care, HMOs… Read more

Additional Liability Coverage

July 30, 2015

How Can I Extend My Liability Coverage? In this litigious society, no one is immune from potential lawsuits. Anyone with significant assets might need protection from the devastating effects of a liability lawsuit. Elected officials and members of boards may be especially vulnerable. It’s not uncommon for plaintiffs to name everyone involved in an incident… Read more

Types of Health Coverage

July 30, 2015

What Types of Health Coverage Are Available? Rising health-care costs have driven the demand for, and the price of, medical insurance sky-high. The availability of group coverage through employment has helped many Americans face such costs. However, people who are not currently covered by their employers have few affordable sources for group coverage currently. However,… Read more

Assessing Disability Income Insurance

July 30, 2015

Do I Need Disability Income Insurance? Although most of us are aware of the need for health insurance coverage when determining our risk-management needs, many of us fail to consider the possibility that we could become disabled. A disability income insurance policy can help replace income lost because of an injury or illness. Few people… Read more

Protecting Your Home

July 30, 2015

How Can You Protect Your Home? Your home is one of your greatest assets, and it should be well protected. It is startling to consider that an estimated 60% of American homes are inadequately insured by an average of 17%.1  Homeowners insurance protects against liability (in case someone is injured on your property), damage to… Read more

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