A new year is upon us, which means that many of you are planning out the year ahead and have a general idea of your goals and targets. But one area you may not have considered thinking about is your insurance. More specifically, how using a broker can help you!
Time and time again, we come across people who have the wrong idea of what an insurance broker is and why they are actually advantageous to the consumer. So, how can using a broker help you have a successful year, you might ask? Simple, we work for you! Think of us as another employee or someone you have contracted to work to get you the best coverage, the best price, and continue to work on your behalf all the way through any potential claims. It is important to take the time to find a quality, reputable broker to work with you in fulfilling your insurance needs. Not only will it be time well spent in the beginning when finding a plan, but it will also serve you well for the entire time that you have private health insurance needs, on a yacht or wherever your travels may take you.
What Does a Broker Actually Do That You Cannot Do Yourselves?
First, they spend all day, every day dealing with insurance. They know the insurance industry, they live and breathe insurance, and they understand all the confusing terminology and phrases, which hopefully they can explain to you in a straightforward, no-nonsense way. They also know the insurers, and the people who work there, which is a significant advantage over you calling a toll-free number and hoping for the best.
Second, insurance brokers evaluate and research the marketplace on a regular basis. A reputable broker knows the dynamics of the insurance industry, what the headlines are, what is no longer relevant, and which carriers provide consistent service. Nothing is more frustrating than finding an insurance plan that fits your needs, only to realize at time of claim that the company does not deliver.
Finally, as stated before, a broker advocates and works on your behalf. When a situation arises where a helping hand is needed, you can turn to your broker for assistance, leaving you to continue to concentrate on your work.
But What About Costs?
Have you ever heard the saying, “brokers make you broker”? That saying could not be further from the truth. In contrast, working with a broker can save clients both time and money, in addition to frustration. Insurance brokers receive their compensation from insurers, but that does not (or should not) cloud the judgment of a good broker to recommend whatever policy is most appropriate to the situation as presented by you, the client. At the end of the day, utilizing an expert for the same price as doing everything yourself can only have a positive impact on your bottom-line.
Brokers Can Offer More of a Selection
One benefit of an insurance broker is the selection of policies and plans. Typically, brokers can help you select insurance from a variety of different companies. Different insurance companies offer different plans, so having access to plans from multiple companies can afford you the opportunity to find the coverage that fits you best and fits your budget best.
Also, depending on the insurance brokerage they may sell different types of insurance, allowing you to have a one stop solution for all your insurance needs.
Brokers Do Much More Than Sell Insurance
While brokers may act as the middleman between you and the insurance company, they can be so much more than that. An insurance broker will conduct research for you, file and assist you with the claims process, and work to get you the best coverage option for your situation. Often times a broker has direct connections with decision makers at the insurance companies so you may not have to sit on a 1-800 line for a long time, only to learn someone doesn’t have the authority to help you. Brokers also know which carriers provide consistent service, allowing you to avoid companies that may not deliver the level of care that you deserve at time of claim.
We Work for You!
As brokers, we do not work for any insurance company, we work for you! Our goals are to please you, and make sure all your questions and concerns are handled. If you think about it, with all the benefits of using an insurance broker, it is certainly better than just going out and buying a policy from an insurance agent. Will an agent fight for you and your best interests?
What sets MHG apart from other brokers?
MHG is one of the leading companies to push for crew benefits across both the yachting and cruise industries. 30 years ago, the marine industry started to boom, and MHG has been there from the beginning championing the wellbeing and livelihoods of crew members around the globe. So really and truly, MHG is more than an insurance broker, we are a wellness company!
With our growth in the industry and MHG becoming more and more diverse, MHG also began to offer other areas of coverage such as travel, travel medical and life.
As you can see, using an insurance broker offers a number of benefits, from saving you time, money, stress, etc., helping you focus on your upcoming year ahead. Are you interested in working with an insurance broker to help you achieve your goals? Contact MHG today! Give us a call at 954-828-1819, or visit mhginsurance.com.