Angela Borden | Feb 4, 2019
Because of that, most consumers don’t take time to review what they bought and that means that when they do have to file a claim against their policy, they are often confused about what’s covered and disappointed if it’s not. Also, there are often certain actions you have to take, such as filing a claim within a certain time period. This type of detail is stated in the policy, and you need to be aware of it. The only way to truly understand the coverage you purchased is to actually read your insurance policy.
If you are not used to reading contracts or other types of legal documents, it may be a little tough, but there is a way to approach reading a policy that will make it easier. Also, remember, you can always call your insurance company and ask them questions. Believe it or not, they want to make sure you understand what you bought, so there is no confusion later. One of the most frequent frustrations for consumers is when they buy a policy and think something is covered only to find out later it never was. This is a great time to mention insurance agents. If you buy a policy through an agent, he or she will also be happy to answer your questions before and after your purchase.
This may not sound like a big topic, but it’s very important because coverage for a specific item can hinge on the definition. You will see capitalized words throughout the policy, and all of these words will be included in the definitions section. You cannot apply a standard dictionary definition to a defined term in the policy. The interpretation of the policy will be based on how it is defined within the policy. For example, the definition for a physician may state that it cannot include a relative of yours. This means that if you go see Uncle Billy for your pneumonia, and he gives you a prescription for an antibiotic and charges you $150 for an office visit, it will not be covered.
This is the section of policy that describes who can purchase it. Make sure you take a look at this, especially if you are buying a policy online. If the policy does not allow you to buy coverage for Aunt Martha, don’t list her as an insured on the application. If she has a claim later, it will not be covered. Policies will normally specify that you can add a traveling companion or “other,” or they will state that you can only buy coverage for dependents, and the term “dependent” will likely be defined in the definitions section.
Hopefully, this quick study on insurance policies has shed some light on how to review one so you will have an understanding on what you bought or are planning to buy. No one will argue that policies are not confusing, but if you read a little and ask a few questions, you can be well-informed and know what to expect from the product you purchased.
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