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Lon JeffriesWhen is the last time you compared rates on your home and auto insurance policies – doctors and all ME-P readers? Unfortunately, a stellar safety record doesn’t always translate into lower insurance rates. Even if you think you have a good rate, shopping around periodically is smart.

A Reader’s Query

After attempting to follow my advice of maintaining an umbrella insurance policy, one of our ME-P readers contacted his insurer to add coverage. This reader was shocked when his insurer informed him that he didn’t qualify for an umbrella policy because he didn’t carry sufficient liability insurance on his auto policy. (Minimum auto liability insurance – frequently $500,000 – is required in order to purchase umbrella coverage.) Although this individual had owned his policy for eight years, he was unaware that the policy only provided $50,000 of liability coverage. This amount was clearly insufficient for an individual approaching retirement.

In addition to realizing that he was severely under-insured, this individual discovered he was also paying excessive premiums. For only $50,000 of auto liability coverage, this person was paying $914 per year. Moreover, the individual realized he was paying $351 per year for the $350,000 of liability coverage the individual had on his condo. Consequently, in total, this person was paying $1,265 per year for $50,000 of auto liability and $350,000 of home liability coverage.

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This individual then spoke with an independent insurance agent to increase auto liability coverage to an amount that enabled him to obtain an umbrella policy. This was critical, as it dramatically decreased the individual’s liability exposure, a risk an individual with accumulated assets clearly shouldn’t have. Even better, the individual was able to obtain dramatically improved rates on his policies. For a total of $1,207 (less than he was previously paying!), the individual was able to secure $1,000,000 of auto liability coverage, $350,000 of home liability, and an additional $1,000,000 umbrella policy.

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Clearly, it can be beneficial to occasionally review and compare rates on your insurance policies. People tend to believe that policies that have been owned for extended periods of time are efficiently priced, but it may be the opposite. If you haven’t verified that you are adequately insured and conducted a cost comparison recently, speak to an independent insurance agent and minimize your exposure with cost-effective policies.

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Rick Kahler CFPHurricane Sandy attacked the East Coast, did her worst, and disappeared. Yet cleaning up the mess she left behind will take months and even years.

When Disaster Strikes

Even dealing with damage from much smaller disasters can take a long time. As an example, in July 2011 a severe storm with baseball-sized hail moved through southern Rapid City. It only took nature a few minutes to flatten gardens, beat up vehicles, and damage buildings. It will probably take until the second anniversary of the storm to repair all the damage to our house.

Such a delay isn’t unusual. The most common reasons are finding a contractor and negotiating with your insurance company.

Rapid Response

Moving quickly to report a claim after a disaster is important. In fact, you should probably call a contractor even before you call your insurance agent. Insurance companies are fast to respond to disasters and easily move adjusters in from other areas. Local, credible contractors, on the other hand, fill their schedules fast. We spent hours on the phone to get bids from beleaguered roofers, painters, and carpenters.

Low Balls

These bids were worth our time, because they showed us that the initial repair estimates from our insurance company were low—usually by 50% to 66%.

For example, our roof had cedar shake shingles. The company’s replacement estimate was for much cheaper asphalt shingles. Estimates to repair our siding and deck were also low. It took us 15 months to come to an agreement on the cost of replacing the deck. The work probably won’t be done until summer of 2013.

Switching Gears

Does this difficulty in getting a full settlement mean it’s time to switch insurance companies? Certainly, I thought so more than once during the negotiating process. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. It’s important to remember that getting compensation from an insurance company is just business. And good business means not necessarily accepting the first offer. Negotiating will take time and effort, but it eventually should get you full compensation.

Competing Claims Interests

When you file a claim, you and your insurance company have competing interests. The company is not your advocate. You want as much money as possible from them for repairs, while they want to repair your damage for the lowest cost. There’s nothing out of place with either motivation.

Once I understood that the insurance company and I were natural adversaries, not friends, it helped me feel less victimized and more empowered. While getting the money we needed to make the repairs certainly took time and perseverance, the company readily acquiesced when we presented the facts. After all, their best interest also included keeping us as customers. We did not have to threaten a lawsuit or go to court.

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Certainly, when it’s time to renew my home insurance I will ask my agent to investigate other companies. That’s just business. However, I won’t change companies just because I had to argue with this one.

Understanding your role in negotiating an insurance claim helps bring a healthy perspective to your relationship with any service provider. Unless they are a fiduciary to you (like an attorney or doctor, or some a fee-only financial advisors], they have no responsibility to look out for you. Someone selling you something has no duty to put your interests before theirs. Protecting your interests is your duty and yours alone.

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When a natural disaster strikes, whether it’s a hail storm or a hurricane, we are certainly victims of nature’s whims. When it’s time to clean up the mess, though, we’re not victims. We’re our own advocates, with the responsibility and ability to look out for our own best interests.

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The life insurance industry tried to make variable annuities irresistible to investors and was enraged when a Rhode Island lawyer exploited the fine print for his own profit.

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For practicing physicians, selecting a knowledgeable insurance advisor and developing a comprehensive personal and corporate risk management plan can be a daunting task. As a consequence of today’s litigious environment in the healthcare industry, physicians must now carefully assess their personal and practice risks as they seek to be indemnified should an event or cause of action occur. This process requires integrated knowledge of the healthcare industrial complex, as well as the rapidly changing insurance industry.

The Reality

Fortunately, Insurance and Risk Management Strategies for Physicians and Advisors confronts the reality that insurance planning in healthcare is decidedly more complex than most other businesses or professions and, in an easy-to-understand manner, explains to physicians and insurance professionals the background, theory, and practicalities of medical risk management and insurance planning.

Certified Medical Planner® Dr. David Edward Marcinko and his team of contributing authors go into great depth on the growing range of insurance planning options in order to assist physicians, and their advisors, to choose the “right” course that balances risk, cost, time, outcome as well as his or her own personal risk tolerance life style.

Insurance and Risk Management Strategies for Physicians and Advisors is ideal for medical professionals and the insurance advisors who seek to serve them, as well as for financial planners, insurance agents and healthcare business advisors wishing to re-educate and help doctors by adding lasting value to their client relationships.

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Includes tools, templates, case studies, glossary of terms, and examples required to make insurance issues “come alive” in a real world setting

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“Insurance and Risk Management Strategies for Physicians and Advisors is an essential textbook because it explains to physicians and insurance professionals the background, theory, and practicalities of medical risk management and insurance planning.  The insurance haze is lifted by dual-degreed editor, and Certified Medical Planner© Dr. David Edward Marcinko, and his team of contributing authors.

Insurance and Risk Management Strategies for Physicians and Advisors fulfills its promise as a peerless tool for physicians wanting to make good decisions about the risks they face. It is also ideal for financial planners, insurance agents and healthcare business advisors wishing to re-educate and help doctors by adding lasting value to their client relationships. With time at a premium for all, and so much information packed into one well-organized resource, this book should be on the desk of every physician, or financial advisor serving the healthcare space.

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By Thomas A. Muldowney; MSFS, CLU, CFP®, CMP™

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The words of Mr. Spock!

Recently, during my promotional speaking tour for the summer of 2009, I had the occasion to visit a few nursing and related homes for the elderly, sick, infirmed and aged. This harkened warm thoughts back to my time at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA as a young medical student. So, as a health economist and former certified financial planner, I recruited some folks and did some research on the domestic aging population to refresh my understanding of the facts and figures; especially in light of the current healthcare reform political debates [DEM].

Just the Facts  

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, there were almost 49 million people in the United States who were over age 60 in 2001. There are approximately 4 million people over the age of 85 living in the US and there are over 60,000 people older than age 100 estimated as of July 1st 2004. For every100 middle aged persons in the United States there are at present about 114 persons over the age of 65. This statistic will change as we move forward through time. In the year 2025, there will be about 253 people over age 65 for every 100 middle-aged people.

Enter the Baby Boomers

Beginning on January 1, 2006 at midnight and every 12 seconds thereafter for fifteen years, a baby boomer will have a birthday and cross over the age threshold of age 60. In the next 30 years, the 60+ age group will more than double, becoming 25% of the total population, and will have to be supported by a proportionately smaller workforce. Research published in June 2005 by AARP (based on data from 2002) estimates that: ‘‘In 2002, roughly $140 billion was spent on nursing home and home health care, with 24% of these costs being paid out of pocket” (O’Brien and Elias, 2004).

Aging Boomers

As the baby boom generation ages, the care needs will expand precipitously. Add to this, scientific and technological improvements in healthcare. These very same people will need more expensive healthcare and more expensive custodial care, and they will need it for an even longer period of time. Who will pay for this expanded need is not so clear. What is clear is that it will take money and lots of it to make these payments.

Money Preservation Variables

There are only three variables associated with the accumulation or preservation of money: ‘‘time, money and rate of return.’’ Time is reduced to the following two questions ‘‘How long until I will need my money?’’ and ‘‘How long will I live?’’ an uncertainty to be sure. Rate of return is either a function of the financial markets or the successful maintenance of a Long Term Care Insurance [LTCI] plan. Because of the volatility in the financial markets, the ‘‘money’’ question is equally as uncertain. In order to accumulate sufficient assets; an aging physician must ’tradeoff’ many other alternatives such as ’lifestyle.’

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What is certain is this—financial planning is important. More important is the implementation.

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Essentials of Risk Management

By Gary A Cook; MSFS, CLU, ChFC, RHU, CFP® CMP™ (Hon)

Medical professionals may not be familiar with the unique differences between the terms – property, casualty and liability.  Property insurance is coverage for the loss of, or damage to, real and personal property caused by fire, theft, explosion, riot, vandalism and a host of other risks.  Casualty and liability are generally interchangeable terms for the coverage of legal liability due to injury to others or damage to their property.

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Personal Liability Coverage

One of the most common of all personal liability coverages is the Homeowner’s policy. This is not one policy, but several policy declarations (what is insured – the location), forms, endorsements, and “floaters,” which protect the structure of the home against loss, as well as the personal property (contents) to various degrees. Risks for homeowners need not be consistent across the country and the rates generally reflect the differences. For example, homes in the Midwest need protection from tornados, while homes along the East, West and Southern coasts need coverage for hurricanes and flood risks. 

Policy Form

The Home Owners Policy Form contains five categories of coverage for property:

  • The dwelling
  • Other structures
  • Personal property
  • Loss of use
  • Additional coverages, such as debris removal, trees, shrubs, and plants, or now, electronic theft (credit card, checking account theft).

The Contract

The contract contains three areas of Liability Coverage:

  • Personal liability
  • Medical payments to others
  • Miscellaneous liability benefits.

The Endorsements

Endorsements are an important aspect of the Homeowners coverage because they permit the customization of the coverage to the unique requirements of the individual. Two examples:

We noted that the West coast does not have tornados, however, they do have earthquakes and therefore, an endorsement can be added which will transfer the risk for earthquakes – or even volcanic eruptions. If the individual doctor has a home business, the business property can be protected against such perils as loss of business records due to fire or water damage. There is, however, no coverage for liability for providing poor professional services.

The Floaters

Finally, the Homeowners policy may contain “floaters” (named because the articles covered are moveable, thus “float around.”). The use of floaters can be very beneficial for coverage of unique or expensive electronic equipment and most commonly, jewelry. The other common personal coverage is Automobile Insurance. Forty-two states have compulsory insurance laws that require insurance on automobiles before it is registered. Various states have unique laws pertaining to:

  • Financial Responsibility, or proof of responsibility, by carrying insurance, a cash deposit, bond or security for future liability effective after an accident, which is the major criticism of these laws. 
  • Unsatisfied Judgment Funds that compensate individuals who are unable to collect from a judgment resulting from an automobile accident.
  • Uninsured Motorist Coverage is required in most states as mandated by state insurance regulators.  In essence, the insured’s own insurance company acts as the insurance company for the uninsured motorist.
  • No-fault Automobile Insurance stems from the problems associated with today’s tort law.  These policy forms, however, vary dramatically by state and a full discussion is not possible here.  Information and advice from a professional insurance agent is always recommended.

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