The Ins and Outs of Insurance Companies

Insurance companiesInsurance companies are individual businesses, however, they are all regulated by the same governmental bodies. Each state has a state insurance department or bureau that must comply with the federal insurance bureau / department. As long as the state’s laws are not less than is expected by the federal insurance laws, each state can set its own standards when it comes to insurance companies operating within its jurisdiction.

– Differences in Insurance Companies

While all insurers must follow the same rules, it does not mean that all suppliers are alike. Differences between vendors include products offered, rules for underwriting policies and premium charges. It is a good idea to get quotes for insurance from several different insurance carriers, as the price for identical policies may vary widely between them. In part, this is due to how many claims each company has received in the past 12 to 24 months. The more claims an insurance Co. has to pay out on, the more it is going to charge future policyholders for that coverage.

Underwriting Rules Vary in Insurance Companies

Underwriting rules also vary from company to company. For example, some suppliers decline to provide medical or life insurance for those with certain health conditions. Others will accept customers with those conditions, but place a limitation on covering anything regarding thoseĀ  particular health issues. Insurance Firms that agree to take on customers with health issues typically refused by others, often place a waiting period requirement on any treatment for those named conditions, but everything else is covered from the policy’s inception. The same differences apply to auto insurance coverage. Some insurers refuse to write policies for those with high-risk driving records, while other companies will take them on at a higher than average premium charge.

– Ratings

In choosing a provider, be sure to check the company’s ratings before buying a policy. Ratings are given in A,B.C letter grades. An AAA rating is the highest an insurance vendor can receive. Rating are based on several factors including the provider’s financial stability and overall customer service. Try to do business with insurers that have no less than an AA rating.

Insurance Companies Offer Discounts

Companies often offer incentives for purchasing a policy through them. Bundled policy discounts, for having all your insurance needs handled by one company are common in the industry. Other suppliers offer things like reduced deductibles for each year you drive without causing an accident, or each year that goes by without a claim on your homeowners insurance policy. In seeking insurance be sure to check for such discounts that may apply to you.

Insurance Companies Can Drop Your Coverage

Each state has laws about how this must be done, but it can be done as long as the rules are followed. You may find your policy expiration date looming and get a letter from your carrier that you will no longer be allowed to renew. Insurers drop coverage for several reasons, including you turning in too many claims in a short period, the company deciding not to offer that product anymore or your failure to pay your premiums. If you are facing a loss of coverage, it is important to seek out new coverage and get it in place as soon as possible, so as to avoid a 30 day lapse. Once you have a 30 day lapse in coverage, you may have to pay high-risk premium rates for six months to a year to reestablish yourself as a reasonable risk to your new insurance company.