Archive for October, 2009

What the House Healthcare Bill Means for Florida Health Insurance

A few days ago the House of Represenatives released there own version of Healthcare reform. The bill is close to 1900 pages long and would take at least a few hours to understand every little provision.   So we went ahead and did the work and condescend it to a few key points.  What does this mean for Florida Health Insurance?

PUBLC OPTION:

*Only sold in exchange
*Abide by all rules private carriers must follow
*Offer Basic, Enhanced and Premium plans
*Geographically adjust premiums in same manner as private plans
*Rates must fully finance costs
*No bailout provision – cannot get additional Federal funding to pay claims
*2 billion to fund private option
*Medicare docs are in network unless they opt out
*No punishment for docs who opt out
*Annual enrollment period where docs can opt in or out

Coverage Sold in the Exchange
*No pre-ex exclusions
*2:1 max rating based on age
*Area rating allowed as specified by the Commissioner
*Individual premiums “uniform” with family premiums
*Dependent age to 27
*Carrier’s rates must be approved before allowed into the exchange

As it currently stands there is no definitive answer on how this will effect Florida Health Insurance.

As always we will keep you posted on the public reform as it relates to Florida Health Insurance.

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Friday, October 30th, 2009 Blog Posts Comments Off on What the House Healthcare Bill Means for Florida Health Insurance

“Even with the Public Option, You Need Florida Health Insurance for the Next Four Years”

Even with the Public Option, You Need Florida Health Insurance since the “exchange” and public option, if passed, won’t be available for 4 years.

Under both the  House and Senate versions of the healthcare reform implementation  will not occur till at least  2013.

The House bill doesn’t even require full funding until 2019.

If you are waiting on the public option to get Florida Health Insurance you will be waiting for at least 4 years so give us a call and let us see how we can help.

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 Blog Posts Comments Off on “Even with the Public Option, You Need Florida Health Insurance for the Next Four Years”

The Health Care Product in Customer Service

You often don’t know what you have in terms of health care benefits until you find out you don’t have them. Read the fine print.

It’s no laughing matter when you go to use your health insurance benefits and find out you don’t have what you thought you did for health coverage. In fact it’s often a nasty shock to the system and to your wallet.

This, more than anything, points out one essential thing we all should be doing – reading the fine print on our health insurance contracts, supplements, plans or whatever you want to call them. Whatever you do choose to call them, make sure when you search for Florida health insurance that you have a list of questions you want answered.

While it might seem as exciting as watching paint dry, reading the fine print will tell you precisely what is covered and what isn’t. In other words you won’t find out about it later when you’re in a situation where you thought you had coverage – and didn’t. Now that just cost you some money you didn’t expect to be paying out. Whether you’re opting for Florida HMO, PPO or POS, know what you need versus what you might get.

Sad, but true, are the health insurance companies that hope you don’t read what type of coverage you’re getting. This means they can sell you something that is relatively inexpensive compared to other plans. Well there’s a reason the plan they’re selling is cheaper. It doesn’t have the kind of coverage you may need. Florida health insurance has so many different loopholes, options, advantages and disadvantages that your best bet is to talk to an expert agent who knows their stuff.

Customer service hears these kinds of complaints all the time from people more than a tad irked about not being covered for something they wanted. It’s not their problem that you didn’t get what you wanted. They’re trying to backfill what an agent sold you. If you’re annoyed about your coverage, it’s the agent with whom you need to deal.

Make it a point to take the time to read what your health insurance benefits really provide, not assume without glancing at them that you have all you really need. Far too many people have been unpleasantly shocked to find out their health coverage wasn’t all that it should be.

If you’re in Florida and wanting information on Florida health insurance and what it really has to offer, talk to the experts. Don’t call a large online health care quote provider who could care less where you live or what you need.

Evan Tunis is with FloridaHealthcareInsurance.com, the leading provider of Florida health insurance quotes. To learn more about Florida health insuranceFlorida health insurance quotesFlorida life insurance,Florida life insurance quotesFlorida group health insurance visit Floridahealthcareinsurance.com.

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 Articles Comments Off on The Health Care Product in Customer Service

The Cash Crunch Affects Life Insurance

Life expectancy for Americans is higher than ever – almost 78 years. On the other side of the coin, the death rate has dropped dramatically to 760.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

If one sits down and does some math with the life expectancy and lower death rates, the first thing that comes to mind is that if people are living longer and dying less, they will need to have more money to do that. In addition to needing to have more money, they will also need life insurance that makes sense for them in order to be covered properly.

The problem is that many Americans just don’t have spare cash right now, if they have “any” cash at all during this recession. All over the U.S. things are tight and people don’t spend money on anything they don’t think is absolutely necessary – often that includes life insurance. Unfortunately that is somewhat counter intuitive as this is a product that people “do” need in times like this despite begin strapped for cash.

Many people are faced with situations such as taking out a loan/mortgage for a house and then not going for the life insurance to cover it in case of a death. Those who already have life insurance are also cutting back on their coverage, in the hopes they will pick it up later when things improve economically.

Right now the life insurance market is fairly competitive and the rates are pretty good. There are many different options open to people and they’re fairly easy to get information on by going online to various life insurance websites. Fighting with the fear of not having enough money to pay the bills usually stops people from considering purchasing life insurance. However, if they can see past the immediate problem to the long-term future, this would be a worthwhile and smart investment.

One doesn’t need to buy a life insurance policy with all the bells and whistles. A basic life insurance policy is a grand place to start. Make it a point to check that out first and also compare what other kinds of policies happen to be available as well. Whole life is also an option – for which a person pays a set premium while decreasing life insurance lowers the coverage while the mortgage decreases. Generally speaking whole life insurance pays out on your death, while the term cover simply refers to insurance for the “term” of that particular policy. That means it could end without any payout, so in the long run, term insurance is cheaper.
There are tough questions to face when trying to determine the amount of life insurance that would work to cover the family in the event of the death of the major income earner. For instance, are there other loans and debts to pay off, has the mortgage been increased or borrowed against for other reasons? Has the level of the life insurance been raised to cover all the extra debt? Is it feasible to “not” have insurance or be adequately covered?

Always make it a point to speak to a life insurance expert to get the real scoop on all the differing policies available for various situations. The agent knows the product and can definitely provide professional advice on what would work best in certain situations.

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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 Press Comments Off on The Cash Crunch Affects Life Insurance

Making Sure Life Insurance Proceeds Aren’t Taxed

There are ways to make sure life insurance proceeds don’t become a part of your estate.

First of all, if you are in a position to buy additional life insurance, meaning more than what you currently have, not only will you likely save money on the premiums, but you will have the opportunity to put that policy (or policies) into an irrevocable trust. The main reason for doing that is to make sure the proceeds of that policy or policies are not taxed leaving the beneficiaries with less money than they would need to survive.

Chances are that since you last bought a life insurance policy that rates have jumped substantially. The fact is if you check online you’ll find out that premiums have actually shot up anywhere from 10% to 15%, a significant hike. This may be a deal breaker for some people, but one needs to remember that either way with higher premiums or the prospective buyer being older, the premiums are going to be high.

This means shopping about for the best rate right now and not waiting another six months or so to make a decision. The longer people wait to buy extra insurance, the higher the costs. That’s a fact of doing business during a recession. Prices won’t drop and one can pretty much guarantee they will continue to rise, so acting quickly may offer the better deal on life insurance premiums.

Figuring out how much coverage is needed is a bit like a game of Russian roulette – it’s hard to know what the outcome will be. Generally speaking the rule of thumb is that people should buy five to 10 times their income in coverage. This may be too small for some people and they may opt to bump that figure up to 20 or even 30 times their income for coverage. This of course is an individual decision based on the family’s circumstances and future plans.

If the policy is supposed to be owned by a trust, speak to an attorney who will outline how the process is initiated and ultimately achieved. It’s usually best to set up the trust first and then apply for the life insurance. Setting up a trust does tend to take some time, so if this is something worth doing, take the time to do it right the first time so there are no glitches further down the road.

There are a few things needed to set up a trust – a separate bank account to fund the trust and an employee identification number obtained from the IRS, and a few other legal documents. Entrust this process to an attorney and save the major headache it will generate.

Once the new additional life insurance policy has been bought (and the trust fund all ready to roll) the good news is that it is really easy to transfer any other life insurance policies into the trust. This protects a person’s estate from being unnecessarily taxed – for now that is. No one really knows what will happen with estate taxes in the future, so be safe now because if things change, what is in place now will likely be grandfathered.

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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 Articles 4 Comments

Cheaper Florida Health Care Is Available

Not to put too fine a point on it, but you really can find cheaper Florida health care if you take the time to look for it. The secret is comparison-shopping.

While it might come as a surprise to think you really are able to get cheaper Florida health insurance; the fact is, it really is available. All you have to do is be willing to surf the Internet, carefully read what you find, and call a Florida health insurance agent to ask questions.

Not everything you see on a health insurance website is the gospel truth as you’d like to know it. You are only seeing part of a huge network of people dealing with thousands of variables as they try to quote health insurance prices to thousands of people – most of whom want the cheapest fix they can get, but the best coverage that money can buy. Bit of an oxymoron that was.

Sure you might find insurance agents that can quote you a price that suits your budget, but when you get to chat about pre-existing health conditions, suddenly the price changes – drastically. So you scratch that carrier and move on to find one who will accept you. You may find one, and their price may be better than the first company you talked to, except they exclude your pre-existing medical condition. This basically means you’re no further ahead than you were when you started calling around.

Cut to the chase when you call Florida health insurance agents and let them know right up front if you have any pre-existing health conditions. This will save you time on the phone and also tell you who will cover you and who won’t. Chances are in the long run you will need to go with a carrier who will cover you, pre-existing condition and all.

The exclusion of pre-existing health conditions is rather an odd form of discrimination against people with an illness and indicates the insurance company would prefer to only insure healthy people as they’re less of a risk. There’s food for thought.

Evan Tunis is with FloridaHealthcareInsurance.com, the leading provider of Florida health insurance quotes. To learn more about Florida health insuranceFlorida health insurance quotesFlorida life insurance,Florida life insurance quotesFlorida group health insurance visit Floridahealthcareinsurance.com.

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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 Articles Comments Off on Cheaper Florida Health Care Is Available