Home Insurance Getting Cancelled Because of Claims? 3 Tips to Get Your Insurance Back on Track

At the very core insurance is meant to protect you from the unexpected. Sometimes the unexpected events can add up and even the best insurance clients can end up with multiple claims over a short period of time. In today’s insurance market many customers are finding themselves in the position of being cancelled from their current homeowners companies for 1 or more losses in the previous 5-years. Often, these are customers that have been with the same company for a decade or more and may have gone without claims for years. If you find yourselve in this situation rest assured that you do have options to get your insurance back on track.

- Shop Around with an Independent Insurance Agent

An independent insurance agent represents several homeowners insurance companies. By offering a broad array of companies with different criteria an independent agent can match each client with the best company available. Companies all have different underwriting requirements. Some companies will not consider new policies with any prior claims and others may be willing to write new policies with multiple claims. Companies may classify losses diferently. Many companies will not count wind related claims, such as a blown down fence.

- Make your Case

If you are facing cancellation of your home insurance for previous claims, don’t give up. Making your case to your current carrier or a new provider can make the difference. What have you done to mitigate the potential for future losses? If you had a loss because of a burglary and installed a central alarm system to prevent future losses companies are interested in hearing that. Your proactive response to protect your home against future losses can make a difference. A few examples would be:

- Water Damage Caused by Ruptured Water Pipe – Updating or Replacing Plumbing

- Damage Caused By Leak in Roof – Roof Replaced

- Loss Due to Wind Damaged Wood Fence – Mitigated by replacing fence with a cement block wall

- Consider a Higher Deductible Option

A higher deductible option on your insurance can help a company consider writing your insurance with past losses. Especially if you have had losses in the smaller range. Many customers are finding that they can save a considerable amount of money and also prevent future small losses by chosing a higher deductible option such as $1500, $2,500 or even $5,000.

- Crosby and Crosby Can Help

If you are confused on which way to proceed and are facing a cancellation notice because of claims we can help. We represent 11 of the best homeowners companies and have many great options to choose from. Our consultive approach and comparative rating can compare many different companies and coverage options in one easy step. Give us a call today, 661-327-5531, send us an email at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com or complete a live comparative quote below.

Crosby and Crosby is Now A Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider For Home and Auto Insurance

We have long been fans of Dave Ramsey. His sound financial advice has helped us personally. We are now very proud to announce that we are Dave Ramsey “Endorsed Local Providers” for home and auto insurance.

Dave, has been a big advocate for local independent agents. We agree that an independent agent, with several great companies to chose from, is the best option for purchasing your home and auto insurance.

Crosby and Crosby Insurance serves insureds in California, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Give us a call if we can help. 661-327-5531 or complete a free no-obligation quote here.

California will not be extending date for cancelled health insurance

Please see the attached press release from Covered California. The Covered California board voted unanimously yesterday to uphold the December 31st deadline for non-ACA health insurance plans. The cancel notices that have gone out will not be reversed. Have questions about what this means to you? Call us at 661-327-5531.

COVERED CALIFORNIA UPHOLDS ORIGINAL DEADLINE FOR ENDING HEALTH PLANS THAT DON’T MEET LAW’S STANDARDS
Strong Enrollment in New Health
Insurance Marketplace a Factor in Decision
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As consumer enrollment continues to grow, the Covered California™ Board unanimously voted today to uphold its Dec. 31, 2013, deadline for health insurance companies to discontinue plans that don’t meet basic standards. The board cited that extending the deadline offers no benefit to the consumer and may create confusion about accessing affordable health care coverage through Covered California.
The board, consistent with President Barack Obama’s recommendations, also urged Covered California staff to implement helpful tools for consumers currently enrolled in affected plans, to better understand their options.
The decision to maintain the original deadline also confirms the state exchange’s commitment to transitioning Californians into plans that are compliant with the reforms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, protecting consumers from double deductibles and stabilizing the risk pool to control costs for consumers beginning in 2014.
Additionally, Covered California is implementing five key strategies to sustain, if not increase, its enrollment momentum and help affected consumers:
• Extending the deadline for enrollment for coverage taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014, from Dec. 15, 2013, to Dec. 23, 2013, and extending the deadline for payments due from Dec. 26, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014.
• Establishing a telephone hotline for consumers to resolve enrollment questions. The hotline, (855) 857-0445, will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 25.
• Sending information directly to nearly 1.13 million affected individuals that provides clear options for coverage. The information will be sent from Covered California and the individual’s current insurance provider.
• Collecting and reporting data, on a regular basis, showing the impacts of conversion for individuals.
• Engaging consumers in their communities through the thousands of Certified Insurance Agents, Certified Enrollment Counselors and Certified Educators now deployed statewide.
“The consumer is front and foremost in Covered California’s policy decision process. These new strategies will provide consumers a better enrollment experience, more flexibility in the selection of a plan and, most importantly, increased knowledge with which to make the best health coverage choice possible,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee.
The board and Covered California staff discussed options for maintaining or extending the deadline after President Obama last week gave state insurance exchanges flexibility on when policies that were not grandfathered and are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act could be ended.
About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.
Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. For more information on Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.

Covered CA Q&A

We get questions daily on Covered CA and try to answer them as quickly as possible. Here are some questions and answers recently posted by Health Care Shopper you may find interesting:

Covered California Q&A

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• Why Are Rates Higher in Northern CA?
• Why are Networks Restricted?
• Who Sets Prices?
• Continuation of Non-ACA Policies
Why Are Rates Higher in Northern CA?
Posted: 19 Nov 2013 04:50 PM PST
**Question**: Rates are considerably higher in the northern part of the state than in SoCal. What’s up with that? I understand San Francisco being higher because everything is costlier there, but even the rural areas of the north counties are pricier than LA and Orange County. Can you make sense of it? **Answer**: In a nutshell, it’s about population and competition. More population means more hospitals, large medical groups and other providers. That means more competition with more providers willing to contract at lower rates to get a leg up. That translates to a 48% difference in premium rates between San Francisco and Los Angeles for a 40 year old buying the 2nd lowest priced Silver Plan – $373 vs $252.
Why are Networks Restricted?
Posted: 19 Nov 2013 03:07 PM PST
**Question**: There has been much talk about restricted provider networks in the Covered California plans. If the plans have to be the same as those offered outside the marketplace, how are they restricted? Or all all individual plans restricted in comparison to group plans? Can you shed some light on this subject? **Answer**: Individual plan provider networks have been “narrowed” for 2014 as a way of controlling costs. That’s because a smaller number of medical providers are willing to agree to lower contract rates. Carriers who offer qualified health plans in the exchange must “mirror” those plans (including networks) outside of the exchange, so the individual plan networks are identical in the exchange and off the exchange. Group plans will generally have broader networks than individual plans, if not the same as pre-2014.
Who Sets Prices?
Posted: 19 Nov 2013 02:06 PM PST
**Question**: Does the ACA set prices for procedures etc or are insurance companies allowed to charge anything? Also, which insurance company has the best record for not overcharging for procedures? **Answer**: The ACA does not set prices for medical services, nor for that matter does the law set health insurance rates. Insurance companies negotiate with health care providers – doctors, hospitals, etc.- to set a contract rate for each medical procedure or service. There is considerable variance in medical costs between insurance companies for the same service or procedure and also between providers within the same insurance company network, because negotiated contract rates are lower with some providers than others. There is no transparency for the consumer in this system so there is no way to compare the contract rates among carriers.
Continuation of Non-ACA Policies
Posted: 19 Nov 2013 02:37 PM PST
**Question**: I got a letter from Blue Shield that my existing policy would be terminated Dec 31st 2013, and I would be switched over to some new bronze ACA plan for the next year. A few weeks ago I received another letter and that states my current policy can continue until March 31, 2014. What is the significance of March 31st deadline? Has this something to do with the administrative directive Obama administration issued regarding individual mandate? The above letter was before the more recent development of the administration allowing non-ACA policies to continue till the end of the year. In light of that, should I expect yet another letter from BlueShield extending the current policy until Dec 31, 2014? **Answer**: It is possible that Blue Shield will extend current non-grandfathered plans for another year. If so that would be a result of the recent mea culpa announcement by President Obama. The initial Blue Shield extension was ordered by the Department of Insurance because Blue Shield allegedly did not give policyholders sufficient notice of cancellation.

Medicare Advantage Plans Discontinuation & Open Enrollment

Earlier this month notices began going out to Medicare Advantage customers who are currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that is being discontinued in their area. An example of this is in Kern County where the Anthem Blue Cross Senior Secure Plan I is no longer available. If you receive one of these notices and need help in obtaining a new plan please contact us. We are a local, independent, family owned agency in Kern County and have been doing business since 1963. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you get enrolled in an available plan. We work with great health insurance carriers like Anthem Blue Cross, BlueShield, Kaiser and HealthNet. We offer all lines of insurance including Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Supplements. You can contact our health insurance agent directly at jenni@crosbyandcrosby.com, 661-327-5531 or by visiting our office at 111 H Street. We hope to hear fromy you soon.

Obamacare System Glitches Continue

In case you missed the Bakersfield Californian story over the weekend on the Covered California glitches here is a link to the article:

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/health/x558593247/Technical-woes-but-also-interest-in-Obamacare-abound

Crosby & Crosby Insurance continues to work with Covered California and the insurance carriers to try to help as many people as we can. We know you have questions and we are here to help find the answers. Call us today for help enrolling on Covered California or help enrolling off-exchange directly with carriers like BlueShield, Anthem Blue Cross, HealthNet and Kaiser. We can be contacted by calling 661-327-5531, emailing our health agent, Jennifer Crosby, directly at jenni@crosbyandcrosby.com or stopping by our office at 111 H Street.

Our Insurance Discounts for Bakersfield Teachers Just Got Better

Insurance companies have long recognized that certain occupations deserve lower insurance rates. Many companies including Safeco and Travelers Insurance have been offering large auto insurance discounts for teachers over the last decade.

The Bakersfield office of Crosby and Crosby Insurance helps numerous teachers, counselors and adminstrators with their home and auto insurance.

Our discounts have just got better! We can now offer an occupation discount on our homeowners insurance coverage in addition to the great discounts we have had on auto insurance.

These discounts are the best way to receive the best value for your insurance. Saving money is great and saving money while receiving the proper coverages is the way we have been selling insurance since 1963.

It is easy to get a quote. You can give us a call at 661-327-5531 or complete an instant online quote here.

 

Our Idaho Course of Construction Insurance is Now Easier to Quote and Issue

Are you getting ready to break ground on construction of your Idaho dream home? It is now easier than ever to get a course of construction quote with Crosby and Crosby Insurance Services.

A Course of Construction / Builders Risk Policy That Rolls into a Homeowners Policy

In the past, the normal course of action to insure a home during construction would be purchasing a “course of construction” policy. These policies generally provided coverage for direct physical loss to the building and materials during construction. This could be losses caused, for example, by fire or even theft of building materials. There are several coverage issues with this option such as the unability to provide liability coverage and expense.

Our new favorite option is the ability to issue a full homeowners policy with a special endorsement to cover “course of constuction”. The benefits of this policy include:

- Lower insurance cost vs a traditional “course of construction” policy.

- A broader coverage option that also includes “personal liability” for the premises.

- The ability to save more by packaging along with you auto policy.

- A quick and effecient quote process that can provide an accurate quote to you the same day

Getting a Course of Construction Quote In Idaho

Our Idaho office can provide an immediate “course of construction” quote. We are available at 208-366-8366. You can email us at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com. You can now get an online quote comparing all of our course of construction options.

 

 

Obamacare (aka Affordable Care Act) Opens Today

Starting today the state exchanges opened to enroll in health care for January 1st. We know it has been all over the news the past few weeks but we are still getting a lot of questions on what it all means and how to enroll. Do you have to enroll? Do you have to go to the exchange? How much is this going to cost? Where is the “free” healthcare you heard about? There is so much to cover and the answers are specific to each individual. If you need help please let us know. We can answer your questions and help you enroll if you would like. We also have options to get health insurance off of the exchange. Don’t let it overwhelm you; call us today at 661-327-5531 or email Jenni at jennI@crosbyandcrosby.com. We are here to help!

Obamacare Update: Employer Mandate Delayed

Only 176 Days until the Affordable Care Act health insurance plans (often referred to as Obamacare) are available.  With the constant updates and changes going on we are going to try our best to keep you updated on what this all means and most importantly how it is going to affect you.  One of the most recent changes to the mandate is the extension of the employer penalty from 2014 to 2015.  This extension gives the business owners, employees, health insurance carriers, and government one more year to iron out the details of the mandates and how they will implement them.  Here is a notice from Anthem Blue Cross on this extension:

Employer mandate delayed

July 3, 2013

On July 2, 2014, the Obama administration delayed part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or health care reform law) that affects employers. The parts of the law listed below will now go into effect in 2015 instead of 2014:

1.        Employers will not have to report certain information to the IRS. This has been referred to as “employer reporting requirements.” We are waiting for the IRS to give details on what requirements this includes.

2.        The rule that says large employers have to offer coverage to full-time workers or pay a penalty. “Large employer” in this case is a business that has 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees (that work an average of 30 hours a week).

3.        The rule that says coverage offered by large employers cannot be more than 9.5% of a worker’s pay for self-only coverage.

The delay notice changes the employer mandate part of the law only. The individual mandate and other parts of the law are unchanged. We are evaluating the impact and waiting for more information. The IRS has said it will release more details about the delay soon. We will share more information as soon as possible.

This article applies to:

  • California, Wisconsin, Virginia, Ohio, New York, Nevada, New Hampshire, Missouri, Maine, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Connecticut,  and Colorado
  • Small Group, Large Group,  and ANA Consultant

We will continue to update you as we receive updates from our carriers and the administration.  If you have any questions or would like to speak to us about health insurance please call our office at 661-327-5531, email Jennifer Crosby at jenni@crosbyandcrosby.com, or stop by our office at 111 H Street.

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