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  • 1. Saving money on health care Views: 39
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    Terms of Use: It's estimated that each year on average Americans spend roughly $8,000 per person on health care. Without putting your health on the line, it's good to know where you can reduce medical costs: 1. Generic drugs: Always ask whether the prescription drug your doctor recommends is available in a generic form. Generic drugs can cost 15-50 percent less than name brands, saving you and your insurance company money. 2. Avoid unnecessary tests and visits . If you move or change docto  More...
  • 2. How much auto insurance do I need? Views: 34
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    Terms of Use: Almost every state requires you to buy a minimum amount of liability coverage. Chances are that you will need more liability insurance than the state requires because accidents cost more than the minimum limits defined by each state. If you’re found legally responsible for damages that are more than your insurance covers, you will have to pay the difference out of your own pocket. These costs could literally wipe you out financially! The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) rec  More...
  • 3. What things can I do to reduce my auto insurance costs? Views: 33
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    Terms of Use: You may not realize it, but the insurance rates you pay for your car can vary dramatically depending on the insurance company, agent or broker you choose, the coverages you request and the kind of car you drive. Listed below are a number of things you can do right now to lower your insurance costs. 1. COMPARISON SHOP . Prices for the same coverage can vary by hundreds of dollars, so it pays to shop around. Ask your friends, check the yellow pages or call your state insurance   More...
  • 4. Where can I buy auto insurance? Views: 32
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    Terms of Use You can buy insurance through an insurance agent that represents one or more companies or directly through the insurance companies that sell policies using their own employees. Buying directly will generally not save you any money. When looking for an insurance agent or company, consult your state insurance department , the yellow pages of your phone book, and most importantly friends and relatives to find out who they have their insurance through and their level of satisfaction. S  More...
  • 5. Choosing a health plan Views: 26
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    Terms of Use: Health care in America is changing rapidly. Twenty-five years ago, most people in the United States had indemnity insurance coverage. A person with indemnity insurance could go to any doctor, hospital, or other provider (which would bill for each service given), and the insurance and the patient would each pay part of the bill. But today, more than half of all Americans who have health insurance are enrolled in some kind of managed care plan, an organized way of both providing   More...
  • 6. What are my primary options for receiving benefits if I become disabled? Views: 24
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    Terms of Use: You have 4 primary sources providing disability coverage: Through your employer . Some states require that employers of a certain size provide some form of disability insurance to all employees. Through an insurance company that you buy directly yourself . Lots of insurance companies offer disability insurance. Through Social Security . Most salaried workers in the United States participate in the federal government’s Social Security program. Social Security is best  More...
  • 7. What steps can I take to lower my homeowners insurance? Views: 24
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    Terms of Use: 1. BE SURE TO SHOP AROUND. It'll take a few phone calls, but they could save you a good sum of money. Ask your friends, check the yellow pages or call your state insurance department. Also check consumer guides, insurance agents and companies. This will give you an idea of price ranges and tell you which companies or agents have the lowest prices. But don't consider price alone. The insurer you select should offer both a fair price and excellent service. Quality service may co  More...
  • 8. How much does long-term care insurance cost? Views: 24
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    Terms of Use: The cost of long term care varies for individuals living in different parts of the country, but the general consensus is that it is expensive, regardless of the level of care you receive. For example, an estimated cost of nursing home care is between $30,000 and $50,000 a year or more, with most individuals staying an average of 2.5 to 3.5 years. Costs of in-home care are harder to estimate and vary widely. So how can you protect your nest egg and that of your loved ones?   More...
  • 9. What are health savings accounts? Views: 23
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    Terms of Use: A Health Savings Account is an alternative to traditional health insurance; it is a savings product that offers a different way for consumers to pay for their health care. HSAs enable you to pay for current health expenses and save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis. You must be covered by a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) to be able to take advantage of HSAs. An HDHP generally costs less than what traditional health care coverage co  More...
  • 10. What are the types of permanent insurance that are available -- whole life and ordinary life? Views: 23
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    Terms of Use: Whole Life or ordinary life is the most common type of permanent insurance. The premiums generally remain constant over the life of the policy and must be paid periodically in the amount indicated in the policy. Universal life or adjustable life allows you, after your initial payment, to pay premiums at any time, in virtually any amount, subject to certain minimums or maximums. You also can reduce or increase the death benefit more easily than under a traditional whole life pol  More...
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