Jeremy Scarlett FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (January 27, 2015) – MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Jeremy Scarlett has joined the company’s Marketing Department as Marketing Assistant. Scarlett’s primary focus will be implementing the company’s social media marketing strategy, in addition to providing general marketing support to all divisions within the MHG Group of Companies. Scarlett is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. While at university, Scarlett interned with the university’s Athletics Association and served as Director of Special Events for the Society for Marketing Professional Services where his primary achievement was influencing over 40 local companies to attend and recruit students for internship and full-time positions. 

 

“Jeremy is exceptionally driven and has already exceeded our expectations in engaging our followers via social media.” said Melissa Gribas, MHG’s Marketing Manager. “He shows great promise and he’s a welcome addition to the marketing team.” 

MHG Insurance Brokers has been providing insurance guidance and solutions since 1991. The company has established an unrivalled reputation for providing quality insurance products that meet clients’ coverage requirements and budget.

About MHG Insurance Brokers 

Established in 1991 in Miami, Florida, MHG Insurance Brokers is an independent, global, full service insurance brokerage and consultative facility. Through its extensive relationships with international underwriting markets, MHG develops and provides a full range of employee benefits, risk mitigation programs, business insurance and financial services. In the marine community, MHG is well known for its expertise in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) and developing MLC-aligned crew insurance solutions. In the U.S. MHG provides group and individual employee benefits along with advice on federal regulations regarding Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act. For more information about MHG Insurance Brokers and the services we provide, please visit mhginsurance.com    

MHG Insurance Brokers Hires Jeremy Scarlett as Marketing Assistant

Time to get healthyThere’s never a bad time to make the decision and commitment to live a healthier lifestyle. We all know that the most popular time to start working out and eating better is at the start of the New Year. Probably because people feel that they need to make drastic changes because this is a new year, or want to lose that holiday weight. Gyms are crowded, carbs are being cut, and many are cooking at home rather than eating out. However, there are countless reasons getting healthy should be the number one priority on your list, and it has a lot more to do with than just losing weight and starting to work on your summer body. Here are just a few that may inspire you to start living healthy today! 

 

More Productive 

Many people don’t exercise or stay active because they have an excuse. Many times that excuse is, “I don’t have enough time.” Which is ironic, because people who do make time to work out every day, whether it be getting up earlier or staying up later, actually get more done in a day than people who don’t. Usually in less time too. Especially those that choose to work out or go for a run in the morning before going to work. It’s a bit ironic considering that exercising can make you tired, but if done correctly, it can get the blood pumping and the mind working and get you ready to perform at your best.

More Energy at Work 

One of the reasons people who live healthier are more productive is because they have much more energy. Most of us arrive at work still trying to wake up, needing to get into our zone in order to get some work done. Yet those that live healthy lifestyles tend to not go through that. They arrive at work ready to go, and when 2:00 pm comes around, they are still kicking. There are certain foods that you can eat and avoid as well to make sure you have the energy you need. Eating fruits and vegetables is a natural way to feel energized. If you’ve noticed, anytime you load up on bread and other carbs, or eat a very big meal, you may tend to feel a little drowsy.

Nip it in the Bud 

Living a healthy lifestyle goes beyond eating right and exercising, you also need to go to the doctor and have your yearly check-ups. By doing so, you may catch an issue and be able to do something about it before it is too late. Also, your doctor may be able to suggest something for you to change in your lifestyle that can aide you, such as vitamins, supplements, exercises, and nutritional advice. For instance, if you have changed your diet, you may be losing weight and feeling better, but also may be depriving your body of certain vitamins or minerals. A doctor will be able to tell you to keep up the good work, or recommend something to help! 

You will be Glad You Did 

The most important reason for you to start living a healthy right now is simple, why not? It is never a bad time to take control of your life and make the changes necessary to ensure that it’s as long and fulfilling as possible. Also, if you start now, in no time will you begin to feel better, and pretty soon, you won’t even remember how you felt before you started. If you have excuses or are waiting until next Monday every week, just remember this, the sooner you start, the sooner you reach your goal! 

Your health and wellness is a priority. MHG Insurance Brokers is committed to serving all of our clients and making sure you have the coverage necessary for you to live a healthy life. We have the experience to assist and advise you on what insurance would be the best for you. If you are interested in Health Insurance, or would like more information, contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit mhginsurance.com.  

Why “Now” is the Best Time to Get Healthy

New Year's ResolutionAs the clock starts to count down, the New Year is almost here. The countdown can also signify the end of the holiday season. With that comes many people wanting to start the New Year on the right track. Maybe set goals and standards to help assure that this New Year will be better than the previous. Many make New Year’s Resolutions, and most fail to keep them. Whether it’s to lose weight, quit smoking, save money, many people have forgotten their resolutions by the time February comes. So instead of worrying about what to put on your New Year’s Resolution list, worry about how to make that list a long-term reality.     

 

Pick One Thing 

When making a New Year’s Resolution, try not to “fluff” it up with little things that you would like to change in your life, instead, pick one thing. Pick something that is important, maybe something that needs to change that is affecting your health or relationships. It is easier to focus on one item at a time rather than having several different things or habits you are trying to change. Also, you will be able to put all your time and energy into it, which will increase your chances of being successful. If you are doing well after a couple months, then add something else to the list. With this strategy, you can have a whole new you by the end of the year! 

Plan Ahead 

After you have selected your resolution, start planning ahead. Make a schedule, and start thinking of how you are going to make this change, and different things you can do to be successful. For example, if your resolution is to lose weight, start planning your workout routine and meals, etc. With a well thought schedule and strategy, it is easier to stick to it rather than waiting to see what comes up. Also, do your research! Read up on it, see what different techniques and tips there are, and see what would work best for you. 

Expect Problems 

Problems will always arise, they are just a part of life. So if something comes up that ruins your routine, try and start back fresh the next day. However, to make sure that there are as few issues as possible, think of all the problems that can come up ahead of time, and how you will deal with them.

Accept Failure

Many times, New Year’s Resolutions are created to break existing habits. They say it takes about three weeks to break a habit or create a new one. So expect to fail or have a setback. If you sneak a cigarette one day, it isn’t the end of the world, it is only part of the process. So, don’t give up! Learn from the failure, figure out what triggers caused the setback, and try to avoid them in the future. 

Reward Yourself

Resolution ListThe best incentive for hard work is reward. We go to work every day to be rewarded with a pay check. We try to get healthy and lose weight to be rewarded for looking and feeling better. However, sometimes hard work can leave you with no rewards to see. Which is why it is important to reward yourself, especially through those tough first weeks. Start with little rewards in the beginning, and as you achieve your goals, make the rewards fewer and farther between. Then at the end of the year, give yourself an anniversary reward such as a nice vacation or gift. Something that you will look forward to and will keep you motivated!

MHG Insurance Brokers would like to wish you, your family, and loved ones a very Happy and Healthy New Year. In order to ensure that the upcoming year is a healthy one, make sure you have the proper insurance coverage today by calling +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit mhginsurance.com for more information. Our insurance specialists have the experience to advise and assist you in selecting the best plan for you, your family, and your business.

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ACA Open Enrollment Deadlines

It is the goal of MHG Insurance Brokers to regularly inform and keep clients up to speed regarding the latest news and information associated with the ACA (Affordable Care Act). The ACA is now in effect for 2014, and its core goals are to provide Americans with improved quality health care, health plans that are more affordable, and access to comprehensive health coverage to those who would have previously been denied coverage before the act was put into place. 

The ACA provides consumers with a choice – something that didn’t exist in the world of healthcare in the United States until now. Whether you were deemed ‘uninsurable’ do to preexisting health conditions, or were simply stuck paying inflated premiums with no other alternatives available to your family, all of that has changed now - you, the consumer, are in the driver’s seat. MHG Insurance Brokers wants to help you take control of your health. There has been quite a bit of chatter in the media about enrollment deadlines and penalties for not having health insurance. MHG Insurance Brokers would like to share the following current and accurate information regarding the open enrollment period with you:

  • Open enrollment for ACA health coverage runs through March 31, 2014.
  • The deadline to enroll is the 15th of each month, in order for coverage to become effective on the 1st day of the following month. For example, if you enroll for coverage by January 15th, your coverage will begin on February 1st. If you enroll by February 15th, your coverage will start March 1st.
  • Those who enroll by March 31st, but not by March 15th , will have an effective coverage date of May 1st.
  • During this open enrollment period, you may also make changes to your existing plan if you don’t find it to be adequate or are not satisfied with it.
  • Penalties for exceeding 3 consecutive months without health coverage have been waived by the Administration, but only during this open enrollment period.
  • After the open enrollment period has ended, changes cannot be made to existing plans until the next open enrollment period begins, unless there is a life changing event, such as a marriage, divorce, loss of employment, birth or adoption of a child.
MHG has extensive knowledge and expertise in health reform. We also have the experience and network of resources to provide you with the very best, solid, comprehensive health coverage available that suits your healthcare needs and works with your budget. It is crucial to have a trusted insurance broker like MHG to work with to help you navigate through all of the new regulations, perplexing terminology, and health plan options.  Let us provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to make an educated choice regarding your health care. 

MHG Insurance Brokers will also walk you through the enrollment process, which is vital especially if you are purchasing coverage for the first time, whether you are a young adult, or someone who has lost access to health benefits through your employer. If you already have health insurance, contact us and speak with a specialist who will assist you in comparing your existing plan to the new ACA plans that are available. This can help you determine which plan would be most advantageous to you and your family. They will examine the cost comparisons and identify the differences in coverages offered between each of the plans. Contact MHG Insurance Brokers today online at mhginsurance.com or call 954-760-9033 and take control of your family’s health today!

What You Should know about Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Deadlines

Buying Travel Insurance

We all consider insurance to be necessary when it comes to our health, automobiles, and homes. Though it is difficult for the average person to understand the verbiage that is contained in most policies, that does not hinder people from purchasing life insurance and other types of coverage once they reach a certain age and wish to start a family, or start planning for retirement. One type of insurance that often gets overlooked, however, is travel insurance.  Many people are not sure if they need it, or are aware of what exactly it can do for them. Travel insurance is a valuable tool that is designed to protect those traveling domestically or abroad, for business or recreation. There are several options to choose from depending on the types of coverage you require, but most travel insurance policies provide coverage for the following occurrences:

  • Medial emergency or evacuation: This should be the primary reason to buy travel insurance. Although your current health plan may cover you in certain instances while you travel, emergency medical transportation is often not covered, and the cost of this service can rise upward toward $100,000. Travel insurance comes in handy here, as it can prevent you from maxing out the benefits allotted through your health plan. There are primary as well as secondary plans available, which work in tandem with your current health plan.

  • Trip cancellation: When you plan a trip months in advance, there is no way to predict what circumstances may arise between now and your departure date. Trip cancellation insurance will protect you in the unfortunate event of a death in the family, an illness, or an accident. You are also covered for situations that occur which are outside of your control, such as severe weather causing the delay or cancellation of your flight.

  • Baggage or Personal Items Loss/Theft: This covers you if the airline loses your luggage, or if you stored your laptop in your hotel room one afternoon, only to come back to find it missing. You can also insure camera equipment, and other valuables.

  • Personal Liability:  If you are involved in a car accident while driving in a different country, or accidentally cause damage to something and are now finding yourself being asked to remedy the situation, this coverage will be of great value to you.
How can you determine if you need travel insurance? Here are some things to think about:

  • Take Inventory: Assess the policies that you currently have in place to check to see if you are covered for health emergencies, medical care and treatment when you travel. Check the credit cards you use as well. Some automatically cover things like baggage loss or flight cancellations.

  • Don’t Skimp on Protection: Most people skip travel insurance because they just see it as an added expense being tacked on to their trip. With most travel insurance policies costing somewhere between 3% and 8% of what the trip costs, this is a drop in the bucket compared to out-of-pocket costs if an incident does occur and you aren’t covered.

  • You Snooze, You Lose: If you are considering buying travel insurance, it is best to purchase it within 24 hours of booking a trip, or as soon as possible afterward in order to get the best rate.

  • Travel More, Save More! If you travel frequently, you can consider multi trip insurance policies, or annual policies, which may be less expensive as compared to obtaining coverage right before each trip.
MHG Insurance Brokers draws from their extensive experience and knowledge in the insurance industry to give clients the greatest value and most comprehensive coverage available. MHG insurance specialists will clearly outline the coverage provided to you in your travel insurance policy, as well as tell you about any limitations or exclusions so you are fully aware of how protected you are before your trip.  Visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com, or call and speak to an MHG insurance specialist today at 954-828-1819. Don’t leave home unprotected.

Must Knows Before Buying Travel Insurance

Plans On and Off Exchange

If you are currently in the market to purchase health insurance coverage, MHG Insurance Brokers would like to share some information regarding the healthcare plans that are available both ‘on’ and ‘off’ the exchange which could benefit you. The health insurance exchange is an online marketplace for Americans seeking health coverage that allows them to comparison-shop the different plans that are being offered by competing health care providers. For Americans who previously could not afford health insurance, and yet were not eligible for programs like Medicaid or Medicare, may qualify for federal assistance by way of a tax credit, which will reduce the cost of their monthly premium. This subsidy is only available when selecting a health plan on the exchange. 

Plans offered both on and off the exchange provide the same mandatory essential benefits, however, many plans offered off the exchange provide more comprehensive coverage and have larger provider networks than many of the new 2014 plans offered on the exchange. Plans offered off the exchange are still government approved. MHG Insurance Brokers can assist you with determining whether you qualify for a federal subsidy based on your income, as well as evaluating the benefits and provider networks included in each of the plans that you are interested in, whether they are on or off the exchange. Here are just some of the mandatory essential benefits that are offered through the plans available both on and off the marketplace:

  • Outpatient doctor visits, including preventative and wellness services
  • Pediatric services including dental and vision
  • Emergency room services
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Mental health services
  • Substance Use Disorder coverage
  • Prescription Drug coverage
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Lab tests and services
The Affordable Care Act has made way for many improvements to healthcare for Americans. New plans and many older plans will now provide subscribers with these key enhancements, in addition to others that aren’t mentioned on this list:

  • Advances in women’s health services
  • Improved care for seniors
  • New preventative services that require no out of pocket costs.
  • No annual or lifetime limits on healthcare.
MHG Insurance Brokers is here to guide you each step of the way during these changing times.  MHG Insurance Brokers will assist you with comparing plan choices that are available both on and off the exchange, and help you obtain the health care coverage that is best suited to your family’s health needs and budget. We will utilize our knowledge and expertise to determine whether it is more advantageous to you to shop for a plan on or off the exchange, and clarify the details regarding the benefits, rights and protections included in the new plans. Call one of our insurance specialists today for expert guidance on all matters concerning health care to ensure you are getting the best coverage. MHG Insurance Brokers is always available to answer questions, or assist with processing claims. We continue to be of service for those who are in the market for Supplemental and Long Term Care coverage, Life insurance, and more. Visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com, or call and speak to one of MHG’s representatives at 954-828-1819.

Availability of Plans On and Off Exchange

ACA Health Insurance Plans

The open enrollment period is in effect through March 31st, 2014. MHG Insurance Brokers would like to make you aware of specific deadlines that are approaching, as well as provide you with information on a topic that has been getting a lot of attention lately – shrinking plan provider networks on the ACA health insurance marketplace.

Here are some notable dates to bear in mind:

  

  • For government approved health plans effective March 1st – enrollment deadline February 15th, 2014
  • For government approved health plans effective April 1st  – enrollment deadline March 15th, 2014
  • Final Enrollment date to obtain a healthcare plan or off the exchange – March 31st, 2014 for effective date of May 1st, 2014
If you are looking to buy health insurance, use this time to evaluate and compare the many plans available that you will be presented with. There has been attention given recently to the sizes of the provider networks that are a part of the plans offered through the health insurance marketplace. It appears that these plans’ provider networks are smaller in order for the plans to provide affordability and be able to compete with other plans offered on the exchange. The ACA doesn’t set prices for these plans or for medical services provided to the consumer, the insurance companies do. Smaller networks with fewer provider choices means smaller premiums for the consumer. In order to be more affordable, these plans exclude the most expensive providers. 

While insurance companies decide which doctors and hospitals will be a part of a network, there are also doctors who will only accept higher fees before they choose to participate in some networks. This is typical behavior within a competitive market. It is important when weighing the benefits of plans you are considering to check what provider networks your current doctors are participating in. You may wish to only consider those plans if keeping your doctors is important to you. When you find networks that your doctors participate in, call your doctors to confirm the information before selecting a plan. This extra effort will pay off, as selecting a plan that your doctor may no longer accept could be a critical mistake, as you won’t be able to change your plan again until the next open enrollment period, or a qualifying life event takes place, such as a marriage, birth or adoption of a child, or divorce. 

One comforting fact to be aware of: no matter which plan you select, the law prohibits insurance companies from requiring higher copayments or coinsurance if you get emergency care from an out-of-network hospital. If you are traveling and an unfortunate accident lands you in a hospital emergency room that is not on your provider network, you do not need to get preapproval before receiving emergency services. This applies to all plans that were created or obtained before March 23, 2010. 

 As always, MHG Insurance Brokers is here to assist you with all of your insurance needs. Our in depth and current knowledge can help you navigate through all of the information and choices you will come across when shopping for a health care plan. Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 to learn more about the new healthcare plans available, or visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com. We look forward to protecting your health!

Affordable Care Act: Health Insurance Marketplace Plans and Their Provider Networks – How Do They Affect You?

Health & Fitness Tips

Making time for fitness is one of the most important aspects of a healthy and productive lifestyle, yet it’s one of the first things to get pushed aside when life gets hectic. You know how crucial health and fitness are to your overall happiness, performance and body image, but when deadlines, children, meetings and social obligations are calling, how do you find the time? With these 10 health and fitness tips, you’ll be living a healthier, happier, more fit life before you know it, no matter how pressed for time you are. 

 

Break it up

You don’t have to workout for an hour straight to reap the benefits of working out for an hour. Break it up, fitting in short bursts when you have time. Do a 20 minute strength set in the morning, walk a mile on your lunch break, and throw in another set in the evening. Breaking your workout into smaller parts makes it seem less daunting – plus, short bursts seem more manageable, so you’re less likely to skip exercising. 

Fast, healthy food fixes 

A busy lifestyle often lends itself to convenience foods, which usually aren’t healthy. Invest time now in learning fast recipes you can easily throw together no matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day. Gourmet salads, veggie burritos and turkey steak are healthy options that can be whipped up in 10 minutes flat.

Healthy hotels matter 

Traveling for work can be great for your career, not so great for your waistline. People who travel for work more than 20 times per month are 2.61 times more likely to feel like they have poor health and 1.92 times more likely to be obese compared to those who only travel six times per month, according to a Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine study. Make traveling work to your advantage. Stay in hotels with gyms and healthy menu options, and try to get in quick workouts. Bonus: Exercise sharpens your mind, so your work performance could improve by staying at healthy hotels too. 

Be active all day

Sometimes, getting to the gym is impossible. For these seasons, making exercise a part of your lifestyle will keep you healthy no matter what your schedule. You can do lunges while you’re on the phone, squats while brushing your teeth, turn date night into rock climbing, hiking or ice skating, take the stairs, run instead of walk when you take your dog out, chase your kids around the park, or head to yoga with a friend instead of grabbing a drink. Every bit of exercise counts - be creative! 

The smart commute

If possible, turn your commute into a workout. Walk, bike, or run if you have a place at your office to store extra clothes. You might be surprised how fast you arrive, and if you live somewhere with bad traffic it might even be a shorter commute. Don’t live close enough for these options? Get off the metro or bus a few stops early and savor the morning air, or park far away so you can still get a few blocks of walking in.

Become a morning person

It might sound excruciating, but people who workout early usually workout more, and you’ll get used to the early wake up call. If you set your alarm early, it means you can finish your workout before the rest of your day begins. For extra motivation, sleep in your gym clothes so all you have to do is wake up and go. 

Maximize your lunch break 

Lunch hour is great for catching up with colleagues, but make a point a few times a week to squeeze in some exercise. Sixty minutes is enough time to go for a walk, or even hit the gym. Best of all, it’s been proven that people are more productive after exercising or taking a break from their computer, than they are if they eat at their desks or work all day straight.

Make it a family affair 

Busy parents know it’s not always easy to make time for yourself when kids are young. However, children are active beings, so join in their day-to-day activities and you’ll be getting all the exercise you need.  Play tag, blast music and dance, jump rope, or take a family bike ride. This way you get fun, family and fitness in one. 

Make it count 

When you do get to the gym, make it count so you have some leeway on the days you don’t get there. Do supersets, maximizing your time and muscle. Instead of resting between sets, rest the muscle group you’ve just trained while working another, before reversing again. So, work out your lower back, then rest it while you do your abs, then rest your abs while you do the next set of lower back, and so on.

Fitness fun for everyone 

Combining your work/social life with your fitness life can bring the ultimate payoff. Next time a friend suggests coffee, try a spinning class instead. Hold one-on-one meetings over a walk in the park, or turn company outings into bowling instead of drinks/dinner. Not only do you get exercise in, but making plans with other people also ensures you don’t skip out. If you tell your friend you’ll meet her at yoga, you’re accountable and more likely to actually go. As always, before starting any fitness routine, consult a doctor. When debating between healthy recipe options or possible new supplements, a nutritionist can be beneficial as well. It’s also a good idea to look over your health plan to see what types of health specialists are covered. 

If you need assistance in obtaining a new health plan or have questions about your existing policy, visit mhginsurance.com, or call MHG at 954-828-1819 and speak with one of our knowledgeable insurance representatives. MHG Insurance Brokers cares about its clients, and encourages everyone to eat healthy and exercise, no matter how busy their lives are.

Top 10 Health & Fitness Tips for Busy People!

Buying Health Insurance

With the Affordable Care Act in full effect for 2014, Americans now have more options when it comes to choosing a health insurance plan than ever before. This makes it critical to comparison shop for the plan that will best accommodate your family’s health care needs. While more choices are always welcome, the process of shopping around can be overwhelming and somewhat confusing, as there is a lot of information to take in and dissect. The following factors are important to consider when in the market for a new comprehensive health insurance plan: 

  • Under ACA, individuals and families are now able to get group like coverage. Group plans were generally more comprehensive, but now individual plans can be just as good. Before the ACA went into place, group plans offered health care that was less expensive, and was extended to employees with pre-existing health conditions. Now, having a medical condition is no longer an obstacle when purchasing health insurance. While these plans may be less expensive than other plans, it pays to compare the benefits of a group plan to plans you can purchase independently.
  • When comparison-shopping, be sure to check the network of providers in each plan. If maintaining the same physician is important to you, be sure to inquire with your physician’s practice to see what insurance plans they accept. Also, check to see if the prescription medications you are currently taking are included on each plan’s approved prescription drug list.
  • When considering the costs of each plan, remember that the lowest premium does not equal the cheapest plan. Other costs to the subscriber include the annual deductible, which is the amount you will have to pay out of pocket before your benefits kick in. There are also copayments, which are minimal out of pocket expenses that are due at the time of a doctor’s visit, and lastly, there are coinsurance amounts. Coinsurance is the amount that is usually expressed as a percentage and refers to the remaining balance owed for treatment after the deductible is paid. If the insurance company pays 80% of the balance due, then you will be responsible for the other remaining 20%.
  • Identify the benefits you must have. Although we cannot predict injuries or illness, we can look into our family’s history for some indicators. If your family has a history of heart disease or Diabetes, you may want to make sure that testing for these medical conditions, and receiving medications to treat them, are covered in the plan you select. If you want to start planning a family, you will want to make sure that the plan you choose has decent maternity coverage.
  • Don’t buy more insurance than you need. If you are young and healthy, it may benefit you to choose a plan with a higher deductible and lower premium, as it could potentially save you money each month.
MHG Insurance Brokers wants our clients to be fully informed before selecting a health care plan. Let MHG Insurance Brokers assist you with the application process, determining your health care needs, clarify any confusing terminology, and introduce you to the most comprehensive plans on the market today that will work with your budget. Visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com, or call and speak with an MHG insurance specialist today at 954-828-1819. Here’s to your good health!

Things You Must Know Before Buying Health Insurance

Business Insurance Policies As a business owner working in today’s litigious society, there are many different types of coverage that your company may need in place not only to protect your business but to protect your personal assets as well. Which type of insurance and the correct policy amount differs depending on your type of business.  It’s important to mention that your insurance needs will also change over time, as your business continues to grow. 

 

MHG can help you determine which insurance will most benefit your needs; here are the five most common commercial insurance policies that are essential to almost every business: 

General Liability Insurance – General Liability insurance is the most basic form of business insurance available and protects you, the business owner, should someone suffer an injury and you are named liable. General Liability policies also provide coverage for property damage, advertising injury and personal injury, including slander. Should you be served with a lawsuit, this type of insurance could also pay defense costs and settlements even if the claims made against you are fraudulent. You should consider obtaining this coverage if you or your employees:

  • Visit a client’s place of work or if a client visits yours
  • Have access to a client’s equipment
  • Write or speak about a client’s business
  • Use third party locations for any business related activities
Commercial Property Insurance – Disaster can strike at any time. Commercial Property insurance can protect your businesses' assets and inventory against physical damage and loss of use due to theft, an accident or other means. If you are leasing office space or retail location, you may only need to purchase "contents" coverage to protect your fixtures, furniture, inventory, office equipment and supplies; however, if you've made 'improvements and betterments' to the space you're leasing, you may want to include those expenses in your insurance policy as well. No matter what size your business is you may qualify for a Business Owners Policy or a "BOP" which allows business owners to secure Commercial General Liability, Property Insurance and often, includes loss of income and extra expenses that you may suffer following a loss. 

Commercial Auto Insurance - Car accidents happen every day and as a business owner, you need to make sure you have the proper insurance coverage in place to protect you, your employees, your assets and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. As a rule of thumb, if the vehicle is used primarily for business purposes or is titled in the company's name, you should have a Commercial Auto policy regardless if you lease or own the vehicle. Commercial Auto policies may pay for damages or medical expenses sustained by you, an authorized driver on your policy, or a third party. Depending on the type of coverage you select, your company vehicle may also be insured against damage caused by a flood, fire, or theft. 

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) – We unfortunately live in a very litigious society and it’s important for business owners to have the right coverage in place to protect themselves against frivolous and legitimate lawsuits made by current, former and potential employees. An EPLI policy protects the business, its directors and officers and employees against allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, emotional distress and wrongful termination among others.

Workers Compensation Insurance - As a business owner, you do your best to provide your employees with a safe working environment; however, accidents happen and it is important to have the proper protection in place. Workers’ Comp policies are mandatory for all businesses employing four or more people although contractors are required to carry a Workers’ Comp policy if they have at least one employee. Workers’ Comp covers medical expenses and some portion of an employee’s wages if they were injured on the job. Accidental injuries, occupational diseases, and even death arising from the employee’s employment are covered under this policy. In the marine industry, The Longshore Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (USL&H) provides similar Workers’ Comp benefits for employees working on navigable waters, on a dock, during a dry dock or other areas commonly used by vessels. Workers' Comp policies can be endorsed to offer coverage for the employee while working on land as well as for USL&H exposures.

The Insurance Specialists at MHG understand that every business is unique. We have the experience and resources to help you find and purchase the right insurance to meet the needs of your business. Let us help you protect your business, good name and reputation. 

Call and speak with one of our Insurance Specialists to discuss options to cover your company's risk appropriately at 954-828-1819 or visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at  https://mhginsurance.com/ to learn more. 

Common Business Insurance Policies