Tags: Insurance Basics

How to Choose the Right Individual Health Insurance

How to Choose the Right Individual Health Insurance

It’s time to buy your health insurance for 2017. Open enrollment for individual health insurance began November 1st and will continue through January 31, 2017. If you are new to purchasing individual health insurance, this is the time of year you must choose a plan for 2017. If you don’t choose a plan now, you will not be able to get individual health insurance again until 2018, unless you have a major “qualifying” event happen in your life, such as getting married or divorced, having a child, making an interstate... Read More

What Every Employer Must Know About Their Group Health Plans

What Every Employer Must Know About Their Group Health Plans

Open enrollment for 2017 insurance plans is just around the corner. If you haven’t already started preparing for your employees’ enrollment in the 2017 group health plans, it’s definitely time to get started. Do you know what you need to know for a successful open enrollment this year?     What Do You Need to Know as an Employer for Open Enrollment? Do you have a grandfathered plan? Knowing whether or not you have a grandfathered plan is critical to making sure you are following the right guidelines. It’s also... Read More

Be Prepared: Do You Have A Business Disaster Plan?

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Have you prepared your business for the unthinkable? How will your business survive a fire, flood, tornado, blizzard or hailstorm? What about a workday disaster that leaves your staff stranded at the office? Chances are you’ve thought about protecting your business against theft, employee accidents or even a cyber breach (if you haven’t, stop reading and call us right now at 303-721-1145—you need help!) But most businesses don’t have an emergency management plan in place. Did you know that according to FEMA, 40 percent of businesses will not survive a... Read More

Umbrella Insurance Brings Peace of Mind for Your Business

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We live and do business today in a litigious society. You may think your biggest business worries are making profits and keeping great employees. Consider the possibility, however, that a customer is injured by one of your products. What could happen? A devastating lawsuit with exponential damages and a ruined reputation. While it’s difficult to protect against a ruined reputation, commercial umbrella insurance purchased in addition to your standard commercial general liability (CGL) policies can help protect you from the expenses of a lawsuit. Most CGL policies have an aggregate or... Read More

How to Know Whether to Go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room

How to Know Whether to Go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room

When you or a family member are sick or injured, deciding where to get care is the last thing you want to have to figure out. Understanding your options now will make decisions easier when you need immediate care. If you are ill or injured, your primary doctor is your best starting point. They have quick access to your health history and any underlying medical conditions. This makes them the best choice to make informed decisions about your care. Even outside of normal office hours, a phone call to your doctor’s office... Read More

How to Choose the Right Health Insurance for Your College Student

How to Choose the Right Health Insurance for Your College Student

Sending a child off to college is a significant milestone that represents the culmination of years of planning and hard work. As you prepare for the start of the semester, you should consider how your insurance needs may change with your son or daughter away at school. While rental insurance and auto insurance are certainly considerations, let’s look at the type of insurance that may have the most financial impact on your student’s college career. College students have a variety of health insurance options, and it is important to examine the... Read More

5 Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your HSA

5 Tips for Maximizing Your HSA

Health savings accounts (HSAs) are a great tool for helping manage your out-of-pocket health care expenses. If you have an HSA, you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.  Here are five strategies that will help you get the most out of your HSA investment. Contribute as much as you can. HSAs are designed to offer triple tax benefits—meaning you put your money in tax-free, it gains interest tax-free and you can withdraw it tax-free for qualified medical expenses. In addition, many employers will contribute to an... Read More

How Are Life Insurance Premiums Calculated?

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Have you ever wondered how your insurance company arrived at your premium payment amount? Does it seem like some mysterious formula that seems Greek to you? Is there anything you can do to reduce your premiums or are you just stuck with the amount they give you? Life Insurance premiums are calculated after looking at an individual’s health risk factors, such as tobacco use, cholesterol level, obesity, diabetes and family history. When applying for life insurance, the insurance company will determine your status based on your age, gender and overall... Read More

Top 10 Threats to Small Businesses—Part 1

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Optimism is the fuel that drives the entrepreneurial spirit, so it isn’t surprising that most small business owners consider themselves optimists. Too much optimism, however, can get a small business owner into trouble. A business plan built solely on the “best case scenario” is like a house of cards—one gust of wind (or fire or wrongful termination lawsuit) and the entire business can come crashing down. That’s why smart business owners temper their innate optimism with a healthy dose of reality. In other words, they learn to manage risk. The... Read More

A Handy Guide to the Most Confusing Life Insurance Terms

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When it comes to choosing a life insurance policy, you have several choices. And like many industries, the world of insurance uses its own unique terminology to describe its products. For the rest of the world—and even for some insurance pros—these terms can be confusing. So, no matter which type of life insurance might be right for you, this handy glossary will help you understand some of the basics of life insurance. And if this doesn’t help you understand everything you need to about life insurance (and don’t feel bad—it... Read More