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1Having employer based benefits is important. Not all companies have them in today’s world, so if you are someone who’s fortunate enough to receive benefits offered by your employer, count your blessings. However, even if you receive benefits, you may not have sufficient coverage. There are several different scenarios where you can find yourself needing additional coverage.

While employer based benefits are important, it may not be the best idea to fully rely on your employer to provide all of the benefits and coverage you need. What if you were to lose your job? Or maybe your company is having to make some budget cuts, and happen to cut the amount of benefits you receive. One of those benefits is disability insurance. For those that don’t know, disability insurance is a great way for your employer to give you and your family the coverage you need in the event you develop an illness or sustain an injury and are unable to work.

Coverage Options

Different coverage options for disability insurance can range from the length of coverage, to the amount of coverage you may need. A short term plan will usually provide coverage for up to two years, while a long term plan should provide coverage from anywhere after two years until retirement age, depending on the plan.

Can’t Work Due to Injury

There are several reasons you should consider disability insurance coverage. One of the main scenarios that would call for an individual disability plan is in the event your employer doesn’t offer a plan. What if you were doing some gardening one weekend and hurt your back? If the injury keeps you from being able to do your job, your company may not be willing to pay your salary while you recover, leaving you without a wage. Having an individual disability plan would provide you with a way to receive a wage in order to pay your bills and support your family.

Employer Stops Benefits

It’s no secret that the past several years have been tough on businesses. The recession forced companies to make some tough decisions. Many people lost their jobs, and many that were fortunate to keep their jobs may have lost some of their benefits due to budget cuts. In the event that your company decides to reduce your benefits, you may be left needing coverage!

Not Enough Coverage

It’s important to know whether your employer offers a short-term or long-term disability insurance plan. If your company offers short-term disability insurance, you may want to think about purchasing a long-term disability insurance plan in case you are unable to work for two or more years. If your company offers long-term disability insurance, you may want to think about purchasing a short-term disability insurance plan to give yourself coverage until the long term coverage kicks in.

It’s also important to note that disability insurance often doesn’t fully match your existing wage. Typically, employer based disability insurance will provide you with 66% of your normal wage, while supplemental disability should cover the remaining percentage. So in order to fully cover your wage amount, you may want to obtain both.

Are you interested in purchasing disability insurance? Would you like some more information regarding options that are available to you? Would you like to ask some questions to an insurance expert? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please contact us 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com and talk to one of our insurance specialists for help in selecting disability insurance and other coverage to ensure that you and your loved ones have the protection you need at every stage of life. There are many things to take into consideration when making the decision of which type of policy is best for you, your family, or loved ones. For help trying to figure out which policy is best for you, read our previous blog, “What You Need to Know About Company Sponsored Insurance Benefits”.

What if you were doing some gardening one weekend and hurt your back, keeping you from being able to work?

Group of young people holding a world globeHaving life insurance should be a priority for everyone!

Life Insurance can be a topic that is difficult to plan for, and may be something you don’t want to think about. However, no matter what stage you are at in life, it should be a priority. If you are a young person just starting your career, now is the time to purchase a policy so you can lock in a lower premium. If you are a bit more established with children, what will happen to them if something happens to you? If you are about to retire and move to your dream house in the tropics, how will your spouse pay for the mortgage if the unexpected happens?

Questions to Ask Yourself

When purchasing a life insurance policy there are a plethora of things to consider; such as the amount of the benefit, the beneficiaries, and what actions are actually covered. One thing that may be assumed is that the coverage will be provided no matter where you are in the world. However, that is not always the case. For the most part, life insurance policies only provide coverage in the country they are purchased.

When purchasing life insurance, you should ask yourself questions such as:

  • “How much coverage do I need?”
  • “How long do I need coverage for?”
  • “What type of policy should I purchase?”
  • “Who should be my beneficiary?”

Many people don’t think to ask themselves:

  • “Do I have international coverage?”
  • “Do I need international coverage?”

That latter set of questions can be crucial if you are a person who travels a lot. Retirees traveling the world, yacht crew, and cruise ship workers are just a few of the people who may need international coverage. Typically, if you are in a foreign country for 3 or more months, your life insurance will not offer the coverage if something were to happen to you. So if you are a world traveler, or hope to move to a foreign country one day, or are an expat who looks to settle down back home when you are done with your career abroad, it may be smart to look at your policy and see if you are covered.

MHG Can Help!

If being away from home for long periods of time applies to you, then international life insurance should be a priority. Deciding if you need the extra coverage is the easy part, now comes what type of policy is right for you!

A large number of our clients work internationally, and could greatly benefit from having an international life insurance policy. In fact, many of our employees are expats themselves, and have personal and professional experience that can be used to assist you. It should also be noted that the price for international coverage policies are usually comparable to those that don’t have international coverage.

There are many things to take into consideration when making the decision of which type of policy is best for you, your family, or loved ones. For help trying to figure out which policy is best for you, read our previous blog, “What Are My Life Insurance Options?” Are you interested in purchasing Life Insurance or International Life Insurance? Would you like some more information regarding Life Insurance options that are available to you? Would you like to ask some questions to a Life Insurance expert? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please contact us 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com and talk to one of our insurance specialists for help in selecting Life Insurance and other coverage to ensure that you and your loved ones have the protection you need at every stage of life.

Did you know? Your life insurance may not cover you internationally! Read more.

budapestAre you ready to explore a tale of two cities? No I’m not talking about the famed Charles Dickens novel, I’m talking about Budapest, Hungary!

Budapest, Hungary is a wonderful example of old world charm. Located in the heart of Europe, the city is split down the middle by Europe’s second longest river, the Danube. One reason this city is so scenic is because Buda is on one side and Pest is on the other. Buda has more of a “hilly” landscape and tends to be more rural. Here you can find some famous must-sees such as the Royal Castle and Fisherman’s Bastian. Pest on the other hand is more of an urban city area. It is on this side that you can find the Parliament Building which is the largest one in the world! While the two sides used to be separate, in 1873 they unified to become one of Europe’s most culturally diverse cities, Budapest.

While there are obvious stops to be made while visiting this historic area, getting involved and entrenched into the culture is the best way to get the most out of your trip. Walk the streets and take in the views, visit local restaurants and cafés to taste authentic goulash or sausages, talk to a local to find out where the best spots are located, and when you are done you can relax and unwind by having a roman bath in the Gellert Hotel; the list goes on and on.

For those that don’t remember, earlier this year we wrote a blog, “The Top 5 Places to Visit in 2016.” Number five on that list was Budapest, Hungary!

Danube River

danube riverOne of the best ways to see Budapest is by taking a cruise down the river. The Danube River splits both sides of the city, and offers some of the most scenic views of the city. Many would agree that there are few better ways to sit back and relax after a day of sightseeing than by floating down the river and taking in the views. Take your pick from a plethora of different river cruises to choose from depending on what you’re looking for, from a romantic dinner cruise to a wine tasting or cocktail cruise!

Chain Bridge

chain bridgeThe Chain Bridge is one of the most iconic and symbolic sights to see in Budapest. It was the first permanent stone bridge to be constructed which connected Pest and Buda. Built between 1839-1849 by William Tierney Clark, Chain Bridge has gone through a couple rebuilding periods in order to remain properly functional. The bridge is littered with photo opportunities, street vendors, and several stone statues. Try walking the bridge at night when it is all lit up for a nice romantic stroll!

Grand Market Hall

If you are looking to get lost in Hungarian culture, this is the place to be. The Grand Market Hall is one of the best places to find authentic Hungarian food, spices, folk, and art. That is probably because it is the oldest and largest indoor market in the city. Its architecture and design is quite unique as it is three stories tall and fit with colorful tiling, large windows, and open spaces. On the ground floor you can find everything from meats, to spices, to spirits. The second floor offers souvenir shops and eateries. And in the basement contains butcher shops and a fish market. The building is located on the Danube and is over 100 years old!

Fisherman’s Bastion

Budapest panorama from Fisherman's Bastion at sunsetLocated next door to the Royal Castle and St. Stephen’s Church (who was the first king of Hungary) is the iconic Fisherman’s Bastion. This terrace was built between 1895-1902 and includes a whopping 7 towers! Part of the attraction to Fisherman’s Bastion is its location. Located on the Buda side, this terrace offers magnificent views across the Danube, most notably one of the best views of the Parliament Building. Try going here at dusk to see the lights of the Parliament Building as well as the surrounding city.

Szechenyi Baths

budapest szechenyi bathNo matter what time of year you are visiting Budapest, a visit to the Szechenyi Baths should be on your itinerary. Known as the largest medicinal bath in Europe, the Szechenyi Baths are supplied water by two thermal springs below Hungary. Because of the natural chemicals in the water such as sulfate, calcium, magnesium, etc. it has been said that the waters can help degenerative joints, joint inflammation, and some orthopedic post treatments. These baths are not like anything you have ever seen, as they are from the Victorian Era with Neo-baroque styled architecture surrounding the “heated pools”. There are 18 pools in total, ranging from a large outdoor pool, to smaller indoor pools and spas all ranging in temperatures and characteristics such as different jets.

Now that you have some ideas of where you should be traveling in the upcoming year, don’t forget to protect yourself by getting Travel Insurance. As stated in a previous blog, “Tips Everyone Should Follow When Traveling Abroad”, it is important to have proper travel insurance coverage in case of an unexpected emergency while traveling abroad. Our Insurance Specialists have the knowledge and experience to offer advice or help select the best insurance plan for your needs. Visit mhginsurance.com or call +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 for help in selecting the plan that fits you best. Safe travels!

Are you ready to explore a tale of two cities? No I’m not talking about the famed Charles Dickens novel, I’m talking about Budapest, Hungary!

Close up of senior man shaking hands with insurance agent.Have you ever heard the saying, “brokers make you broker”?

Brokers and insurance companies tend to have a bad reputation. Some people immediately have negative thoughts whether they are warranted or not. In fact, when we ask someone if they know what an insurance broker is or what they do, we receive all kinds of answers, most of them being negative. It’s time to improve on the perception of an insurance broker.

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.

Common Misconceptions

Insurance brokers aren’t evil, in fact they are quite helpful. It is a common misconception that brokers work for insurance companies, however that couldn’t be further from the truth. As insurance brokers, we work for you, the people!

It is also incorrect that working through an insurance broker costs the client more money. In contrast, working with a broker can actually 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 judgement of a good broker to recommend whatever policy is most appropriate to the situation as presented by you, the client.

Who Can Benefit?

Everyone who works on board a private or charter yacht that is travelling internationally should have private health insurance. Whether health insurance is provided by the vessel owner, or is purchased by each crew member individually, each person needs protection from a potential financial disaster caused by an unexpected illness or accident. The challenge is that it can be quite a task to sort through all of the options allowing you to determine what plan is best suited for your needs, or the needs of your group. This is where an insurance broker can be an invaluable source of information, and most importantly a helping hand.

So 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 health 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, a broker advocates and works on your behalf. If and when a situation arises where a shore-side helping hand is needed you can turn to your broker for assistance leaving you to continue to concentrate on your employment at sea.

How Do You know if a Broker is Reputable?

Word of mouth is the best form of marketing for a business, as well as the best form of research for a customer. There is no better way to find something than by asking someone you trust who has experience with your issues or concerns. This is also the case when finding a good insurance broker. Generally though, you want to look for a broker with experience and longevity in the health insurance business and one who certainly should be able to provide references. It is also important that the broker is specialized and experienced in the yacht crew area as it is quite different from the typical expat insurance market.

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea, or docked at a shipyard. MHG is your specialized broker when it comes to crew insurance. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. For more information on preparing to work on a yacht, read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Terms 101”.

Have you ever heard the saying, “brokers make you broker”? That couldn't be further from the truth. Read more!

Luxury YachtThe Palm Beach International Boat Show is quickly becoming one of the top shows in the world. After all, who doesn’t want to spend a week in sunny South Florida? It’s no secret that one of the highlights of any boat show is getting to see some amazing yachts up close and personal. While you may not be able to go on-board these vessels, getting to see them in person can give you a new appreciation of the size of these boats, and offer a new respect for the entire crew that it takes to keep everything running in check.

Below is a list of the 6 largest yachts to look for when attending the Palm Beach International Boat Show which takes place March 17th-20th, 2016. It should be noted that it is common for yachts to change plans at the last minute, so there is a possibility that some of these vessels may decide not to attend the boat show. Therefore this list may not be 100% accurate at the time of the show.

“Solandge”

“Solandge” will be the largest superyacht at the show, and should be on every attendee’s list to see. Built by Lurssen, she measures in at a 280 feet long, almost the size of a football field! See her at PHD; Slip 302C-D, 300D-E where she will be displayed by Moran Yacht & Ship, whose headquarters are Fort Lauderdale.

“Silver Fast”

This 252 foot vessel was built by Silver Yachts in 2015, and is the largest and fastest aluminum motor yacht with conventional propulsion in the world! Her exhibitor is Burgess and will be located at PHC; Slip 210-212, 219-222A.

“Northern Star”

“Northern Star” was the largest superyacht at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. For anyone who wasn’t able to attend in November, should make a point to stop by and check out this vessel which is a whopping 247 feet long and was built by Larssen. See her at PHD; Slip 302C-D, 300D-E where she will be displayed by Moran Yacht & Ship.

“Positive Carry”

Feadship is the builder of this 204 foot vessel. The location of “Positive Carry” will be PHD; Slip 302C-D, 300D-E and her exhibitor is Moran Yacht & Ship.

“Sealyon”

This 203 foot vessel was built by Viareggio in 2009, and is the last of the superyachts above 200 feet long. See her at PHD; Slip 207-208 G-I, where she will be displayed by International Yacht Corp.

“Illusion”

This mega-yacht was built in 1983 by Feadship. “Illusion” is 183 feet, and can accommodate 12 guests. The Exhibitor is Burgess, whose headquarters are in New York City, and will be located at PHC; Slip 210-212, 219-222A.

Make sure to be on the look-out for Mark Bononi, JW Haagensen, and Clayton Swart as they will be at the Palm Beach International Boat Show representing MHG Insurance Brokers, and helping anyone who has questions regarding their insurance!

Boat shows can often be a time where crew members to jump ship. Make sure that you maintain proper coverage through the process. Read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Options While You are Between Jobs”, for guidance on what options may be best for you. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, or would like some advice, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Don’t forget, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is almost here, see you there!

The Palm Beach International Boat Show begins today!

Mark Bononi - high resThe bottles are popping! The champagne is flowing! The confetti is falling! MHG is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, which means it is time to get this party started!

MHG Insurance Brokers has been serving the marine industry, businesses, and groups and individuals around the world since 1991. Reaching this milestone is no small feat, and makes it a perfect time to look back and do some reflecting. What better way to do that than by giving some insight into the history of MHG and its employees?

A lot goes into a business lasting 25 years. Even more goes into a business experiencing success and continuing to grow during that time. While much of it can be attributed to a company’s philosophy, structure, and culture, a business is nothing without the people who execute that philosophy and help create a one of a kind culture. Here at MHG, we are an extremely diverse bunch. Many of us are from various countries, involved in several community organizations, and from different career backgrounds. It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

So, let’s get to know the Director of our Luxury Yacht Division, Mark Bononi!

Mark’s MHG Timeline

Mark has been with MHG for almost 11 years. Hired in June 2005, his first position at MHG was as Account Assistant in the Cruise Division. Within a few months, he transitioned to the same position in the Luxury Yacht Division. After proving to be a valuable member of the team by going above and beyond for clients, Mark was promoted to Director of the Luxury Yacht Division, which is the position he still holds today.

The Luxury Yacht Division has experienced a great deal of success under Mark’s leadership. Today, MHG insures 5 times as many yachts than when Mark originally took over several years ago. This includes over 20% of the top 200 largest yachts in the world!

Community Involvement

One of Mark’s many passions is community involvement. He is a regular volunteer at several charity and community events. We can also thank him for the Spin-a-thon, as he played a key role in helping organize the event which raises money for the Marine Industry Cares Foundation. Other organizations he continues to be involved with are Kids in Distress and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center. His strong work ethic and his passion for charity and the community is one of the many reasons Mark is well respected in the marine industry and within local businesses.

Mark was elected to USSA board of directors as membership chairman and served 6 years. Other organizations he has been associated with include International Superyacht Society, Florida Yacht Brokers Association, Marine Industry Association of South Florida, and the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club.

Service

Mark is committed to customer service, and has continued to make sure clients receive the highest level of support. He is an amazing advocate for crew and is insistent on helping clients through claims. He also is passionate about educating on health insurance, which includes weekly appearances at yacht crew training schools.

To hear some insurance advice from some of our employees, read our previous blog, “If You Could Give One Piece of Advice to Your Clients, What Would it be?” MHG is here to help and provide assistance with all of your insurance needs. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Please contact us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Let our insurance specialists find you, your family, or group, the best insurance available for your budget.

MHG is celebrating it's 25th anniversary! It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

world in my handsAre you looking to move and start a new life? Becoming an expatriate is one of the best ways to make a new start. Moving to a new country, creating a new home, making new friends, it can be a very fulfilling experience. One of the hardest decisions can be deciding where to move. After all, the world is a big place and it can be difficult deciding on one location. So if you are looking to make the big jump but are having trouble deciding on where to go, use the list we complied of some of the top places to be an expat!

Ecuador

According to InterNations, Ecuador is the highest ranking country in the world for overall satisfaction of expatriates. Although the language barrier can be difficult to overcome, it can be very easy to make new friends in Ecuador. It also offers a low cost of living, with growing downtown areas in cities such as Quito and Guayaquil which is creating a plethora of job opportunities.

Switzerland

Switzerland is notorious for having some of the world’s best banks and financial companies. With so many foreigners investing in their financial industry, it has helped create a high standard of living. English is commonly spoken helping to make it easier to adapt and settle down. Switzerland is also full of crystal clear lakes and beautiful mountains which makes it perfect for those who love the outdoors and wish to live an active lifestyle.

Singapore

One of the biggest draws for expats going to Singapore is the opportunity to earn a higher salary. A higher salary may be needed for those with children, as schooling here can be quite costly. Even though schooling is costly, it may be well worth it as Singapore is home to some of the best schooling in the world. Some other great benefits of living here are a great public transportation system, a stable economy, and low tax rates.

Canada

Oh Canada! Canada is a beautiful country that can offer wilderness and one of a kind natural beauty, and also appease to those who wish to live in a metropolitan area. One reason expatriates may be drawn to live in Canada is their national healthcare system. While the majority of Canadians speak English, Canada has a multicultural population with a plethora of friendly locals to help make it easier to settle in to your new country. Just make sure you pack some jackets!

Thailand

Who wouldn’t want to live in a tropical climate? Or in a place that is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and islands? Aside from Thailand being an exotic location, there are many benefits for expats besides the tourist attractions. Some benefits include a low cost of living and a friendly tax system. Also, Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, offers plenty of employment opportunities to expatriates.

Australia

Many people who visit Australia never want to leave. This could be why there is such a large number of expats living there. Australia offers people a great quality of life, breathtaking landscape and wildlife that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world, and we can’t forget the beautiful beaches. Think about it, how cool would it be to say that you live “down under”?

Moving to a new country can be an amazing experience, however if you decide to move back home there are some things you should be aware of. For more, read our previous blog, “What to Expect When Repatriating”. For those that are preparing to move to a new country, read our Expat Checklist for a to-do list to complete before the big move. If you are interested in more information about Expatriate Insurance, or are interested in purchasing Expat Insurance, contact us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help finding expatriate insurance coverage for you, your family or group!

The world is a big place and it can be difficult deciding on one location. So if you are looking to make the big jump to become an expat, use this list we complied of some of the top places to be an expat!

Golf Ball near holeFour! Are you ready for a golf getaway?

Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world, and often times one of the few activities that can be associated with business and leisure. Some of the largest business deals have taken place on a golf course. In fact, golfing is one of the few sports that can be the purpose of a trip or vacation. Many of those who play regularly dream about playing on certain courses around the world. It might be time for you to start panning a golf getaway at one of these amazing places!

1. Scotland

Those who follow golf know that Scotland is the birthplace of the sport. Scotland is also home to the most famous golf course(s) in the world, St. Andrews, which is also considered the home of golf. St. Andrews has hosted The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, a whopping 29 times! What golfer wouldn’t play the same course that many of the world’s best play?

Don’t forget about all that Scotland has to offer outside of golf. Bagpipes, scotch, kilts, seemingly endless rolling hills, you’ll be sure to enjoy every moment on the course as well as off.

2. Ireland

Everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s whether of Irish decent or not. Maybe it’s time you go experience the home of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day! Ireland is home to the K Club, which should be on every golfers list. With two courses designed by none other than Arnold Palmer (the person, not the drink), you’ll feel right at home when stepping onto the green.

3. South Africa

Many people associate a trip to South Africa with safari tours, and wildlife expeditions. But did you know it can also be a top golf destination? South Africa is home to one of the world’s famous courses, Francourt. Francourt has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the President’s Cup! Where else in the world can you go play a round of golf, then go on a safari?

4. New Zealand

Many people consider New Zealand home to the some of the jaw dropping natural beauty the earth has to offer. You can see and experience landscape and scenery that looks straight out of a movie. Could you imagine playing a round of golf surrounded by all of that beauty?

Try playing a round or two at Kinloch, the only golf course in New Zealand designed by arguably the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus!

5. Hawaii

Who needs an excuse to go to Hawaii? It’s a top destination for any vacation, but when golf is involved, it should only climb higher up the list. This group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is home to a very famous course that many who follow the sport may have heard of, Turtle Bay. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, Turtle Bay has hosted many tournaments and is on many golfer’s “golf course bucket list.”

For more help when traveling overseas, read our previous blogs, “Tips for Traveling Abroad” and “5 Tips for Surviving Your Next International Flight.” We wish you safe travels along your journey. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. Our insurance brokers have the experience to assist you in selecting the right plan for you, with the best value.

Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world, and the setting for many business deals. Find out where you should plan to play!

appealHave you ever found yourself in a situation where your health insurance isn’t covering what you expected it would? Sometimes mistakes are made, and just because your insurance carrier isn’t paying for something, doesn’t always mean that you will be left to foot the bill. There are steps that you can use to take action and to ensure that you receive the coverage you purchased. By filing an appeal or disputing a health insurance claim, you can hopefully change the outcome. Filing an appeal can sometimes feel like a daunting task and can seem like a hassle, but by following these tips, we hope to ease the process for you, so you know what to expect.

1. Read Your Policy

The most important thing that you can do when you are filing an appeal to a health insurance claim is read your policy. You should read your policy when you purchase it, then re-read from time to time so you are refreshed on the breakdown of your coverage. It’s also a good idea to review your policy before having any procedure. Doing so could help avoid a situation where you need to file an appeal. It’s also important to assemble all important paperwork, and keep an organized record of the details of your case (Who, what, when, where, why, how).

2. Try to Have a Main Contact at the Carrier

Having one contact can make the process easier for you. By doing this, you will not have to keep explaining your case to every person on the phone. Also, you may be able to build some rapport with your contact, which may inspire them to go above and beyond to help you.

3. Be Patient Approach in the Right Manner

Patience will be required whenever filing an appeal as the process can take some time. The insurance company will conduct extensive research to determine if your appeal is worthy. Going into the situation knowing that the process can take some time may help you with expectations. It’s also important to approach the situation in the right manner. In many situations in life, handling something in a positive, respectful manner can get you a lot further than having a negative attitude or having a chip on your shoulder.

4. Contact Doctors and Hospitals

Be prepared to contact doctors and hospitals, and do a little bit of investigating on your part. You may come to find that there was an issue with the provider and it was just a simple error.

5. Act fast

When filing an appeal, there may be a limited time that you have in order to file. Similar to a return policy when you buy at a retail store, you may only have a certain number of days to make an appeal.

Beware

If your claim appeal is with a network provider, by contract the insurer usually can only pay the network provider, not you. So if you pay the bill and are awaiting reimbursement, it can be complicated. Also, if you decide to not pay any bills and wait for the appeal process to finish, your credit may take a hit. Talk to your doctor or office that you are working with and let them know the situation. Try to keep them from sending your outstanding bills to collections.

If you have any more questions about what steps you should take when filing an appeal, please feel free to ask us or comment below! Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea, or docked at a shipyard. MHG is your specialized broker when it comes to crew insurance. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. For more information on common yacht crew insurance terms, read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Terms 101.”

Filing an appeal can sometimes feel like a daunting task and can seem like a hassle, but by following these tips, we hope to ease the process for yacht crew so they know what to expect.

droneTechnology has come a long way over the past few decades. Remember when the only “remote controlled” thing you saw was a toy car? Now it seems everything can be remote controlled, including drones!

From kids to adults, drones seem to be all the rage today. Walk through most neighborhoods on a Saturday afternoon and you will likely see someone flying a drone around. Companies like Amazon are even testing them to see if they can be used to deliver packages right you your house! And we’ve all heard the horror stories of people having their privacy invaded. They are even being used by the military. While drones are an amazing piece of technology, they still have the potential to cause damage, which is why you should consider getting proper insurance coverage to protect you and/or your business.

Is Insurance Mandatory?

While there is yet to be any mandates for insurance requirements to operate a drone, if you are using it for a commercial purpose, you must assume that at some point clients and others will want to see certifications that you are properly insured for every part of your business, which would include the drones. Not to mention, if any of your drones do cause damage, your company would be responsible for the damages. Part of running a good business is making sure all of your liabilities are covered.

Am I Already Covered in my General Liability Policy?

While general liability policies cover an extensive amount of your business, they typically do not provide coverage for aviation exposures. While many don’t consider drones to be dangerous, or part of the “aviation” community, if damage is caused to property or a person, legal action can be taken.

Is There Insurance for Personal Use?

Depending on the language of your policy, your homeowner’s insurance policy may provide coverage for recreational or personal use of a drone. Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover personal property, and since drones aren’t used to fly people or cargo, they may be included in your policy.

A larger cause for concern is the liability for damages that is caused by your drone, such as crashing into a window or a car. Physical damage isn’t the only liability you should be concerned with, as you should also look for coverage to protect yourself in case someone pursues an invasion of privacy claim, which should fall under personal injury. If you took a picture using your drone, and your neighbor felt that their privacy was violated, there is a chance they can file a claim against you.

If you own a business, and are looking for protection and would like more information about business insurance coverage, we would be happy to assist you. Also, if you are looking to purchase various forms of business insurance such as General Liability or Professional Liability, our insurance specialists have the experience to assist your business and offer advice in finding the perfect plan to fit all of its needs. For more information about the importance of umbrella policies, read our previous blog, “Why Business Owners Need an Umbrella Policy.” Contact us today at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com.

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