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  • 1. Saving money on health care Views: 42
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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 cha  More...
  • 2. When can an insurance company consider my vehicle to be totaled and how is the market value determined? Views: 39
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    Terms of Use: Your car will be considered to be totaled by the insurance company any time, usually when the costs to repair the vehicle exceeds the costs to replace it. If your vehicle is considered to be totaled, you can expect to receive the vehicle's market value. There are several standard guidelines for determining the market value of your car for insurance purposes. You and your insurer can refer to the Blue Book, which lists the depreciated value of all new and used cars. One Blue Book is  More...
  • 3. Where can I buy auto insurance? Views: 35
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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...
  • 4. Does Medicare or Medicaid cover long-term care cost? Views: 34
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    Terms of Use Medicare is a federal program that pays for health care for people over age 65 and for people under age 65 with disabilities. Many people assume Medicare will pay for their long-term care expenses, but in fact, Medicare only covers a small portion of the country's long-term care bill. It covers the cost of some skilled care in approved nursing homes or in your home, but only in certain situations. For example, for nursing facility care Medicare covers on average 20 days a  More...
  • 5. Is a divorced spouse entitled to COBRA coverage from their former spouses’ group health plan? Views: 31
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    Terms of Use: Under COBRA, participants, covered spouses and dependent children may continue their plan coverage for a limited time when they would otherwise lose coverage due to a particular event, such as divorce (or legal separation). A covered employee’s spouse who would lose coverage due to a divorce may elect continuation coverage under the plan for a maximum of 36 months. A qualified beneficiary must notify the plan administrator of a qualifying event within 60 days after divorce or legal  More...
  • 6. What things can I do to reduce my auto insurance costs? Views: 31
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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...
  • 7. How does Social Security define what is considered to be disabled? Views: 30
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    Terms of Use The definition of disability in the Social Security law is a strict one. To be eligible for benefits, a person must be unable to do any kind of substantial gainful work because of a physical or mental impairment (or a combination of impairments), which is expected either: to last at least 12 months, or to end in death. If, because of a medical condition, a person cannot do the work that they performed in the past, then age, education, and past work experience must be considere  More...
  • 8. Who is entitled to benefits under COBRA? Views: 29
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    Terms of Use There are 3 elements to qualifying for COBRA benefits. COBRA establishes specific criteria for plans, qualified beneficiaries, and qualifying events: Plan Coverage Group health plans for employers with 20 or more employees on more than 50 percent of its typical business days in the previous calendar year must provide COBRA continuation coverage. Both full and part-time employees are counted to determine whether a plan is subject to COBRA. Each part-time employee counts as a fracti  More...
  • 9. How much disability insurance do I need? Views: 28
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    Terms of Use: You need enough coverage to provide you with sufficient income to live on until you are able to return to work or receive other financial resources (retirement, social security, etc.). The benefits you purchase through a disability policy are quoted as monthly income that you receive if disabled. Consider your monthly income after taxes as the base amount you would need. Also pay attention to the premium amount. If you have other sources of income, that should be considered i  More...
  • 10. What is Medicaid and what does it cover? Views: 26
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    Terms of Use Medicaid is a jointly-funded, Federal-State health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people. It covers approximately 36 million individuals including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled, and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments. Most of your health care costs are covered if you have Medicare and you qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid programs vary from state to state. You will need to contact the State medical assist  More...
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