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Glossary of Insurance Terms

Accelerated death benefits
a life insurance policy under which policy proceeds are paid prior to death if the insured is terminally ill

an unexpected, unforeseen event not under the control of an insured and resulting in a loss

Accident frequency
the number of times an accident occurs. Used in predicting losses upon which premiums are based

Accidental death
coverage in the event of death due to an accident, usually in combination with dismemberment insurance

Act of God
natural occurrence beyond human control or influence. Such acts of nature include hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. (A snowstorm is an act of God. Driving in a snowstorm is an act of man or woman or teenager.)

a professional trained in the mathematics of insurance and risk management

additional coverage to your basic policy

a person employed by a property/casualty insurer to evaluate losses and settle claims

two types of agents sell insurance. Independent agents are self-employed business people who typically represent two insurance companies and are paid on a commission basis. Exclusive agents represent only one insurance company and may be salaried employees or work on a commission basis

Alien insurance company
an insurance company incorporated under the laws of a foreign country

a life insurance company contract that pays a periodic income benefit for a specific period or lifetime

a signed statement by a prospective insured person, which becomes part of the health insurance contract

Auto insurance premium discounts
a discount offered to drivers for such safeguards as air bags, seat belts, good driving record, anti-theft devices, multiple vehicles, etc.

Bail bond
money guarantee that an individual released from jail will be present in court at an appointed time. If the individual is not present in court at the appointed time (jumping bail), the monetary value of the bond is forfeited to the court. Personal auto policies commonly cover fees for an insured's bail bond

designation by the owner of a life insurance policy indicating to whom the proceeds are to be paid upon the insured's death or when an endowment matures

temporary insurance contract providing coverage until a permanent policy is issued

Blanket policy
a health insurance contract, which protects all members of a certain group against a specific hazard

a sales and service representative who handles insurance for clients, generally selling insurance of various kinds and for several companies

an insurer or insurance company

Cash surrender value
money the policyholder is entitled to receive from the insurance company upon surrendering a life insurance policy with cash value

Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
a professional designation conferred by the American College. Recipients must pass examinations in business courses, including insurance, investments and taxation and must have professional experience in life insurance planning

(1) A formal request for payment of a loss under an insurance contract or bond. (2) The actual amount of the final settlement

one who seeks reimbursement for loss under the terms and conditions of his/her insurance contract

a section or paragraph in an insurance policy that explains, defines or clarifies the conditions of coverage

COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act)
a federal law under which group health plans sponsored by employers with 20 or more employees must offer continuation of coverage to employees who leave their jobs, voluntarily or otherwise, and their dependents; gives individuals and their dependent family members the right to continue their health care coverage for as long as 18 months

in property insurance, a coinsurance clause requires the policyholder to carry insurance equal to a specified percentage of the value of the property in order to receive full payment of a loss. In health insurance, coinsurance is a percentage of each claim, above the deductible, that is paid by the policyholder

Collision insurance
insurance coverage which pays (maximum book value) for damage to the policyholder's car caused by collision

Comprehensive insurance
coverage in automobile insurance providing protection in the event of physical damage (other than collision) or theft of the insured car

Comprehensive major medical insurance
a policy designed to give the protection offered by both a basic and major medical health insurance policy. It is characterized by a low "deductible" amount, coinsurance feature, and high maximum benefits - usually $5,000 to $10,000 or higher

Conversion privilege
a right granted to group certificate holders, by which they may obtain an individual policy (upon leaving the group) regardless of physical condition

the portion, either a percentage or a fixed dollar amount, of a medical bill that a patient pays. The insurer pays the rest

a term usually referring to the type and extent of benefits provided by an insurance contract

Credit insurance
coverage that pays off an outstanding loan in the event of the policyholder's death and/or makes loan payments if the policyholder is disabled

Death benefits
amount payable, as stated in a life insurance policy, upon the death of the insure

Declaration page
that page of the insurance policy which lists the insurance company, its address, name of the policyholder, starting and ending dates of coverage, and the actual coverages given in the contract, including the locations and amounts

the amount of loss paid by the policyholder before the insurance policy benefits become payable

Defense clause
a provision in a casualty insurance policy that provides additional coverage for expenses of judicial assistance

Dental Insurance
coverage for dental services under a group or individual policy

a decrease in the original value of an item because of wear and tear, obsolescence, and deterioration

Disability insurance
a type of health insurance that pays a monthly income to the policyholder when he or she is unable to work because of illness or accident

Domestic insurance company
an insurer domiciled in this state

Earned premium
that part of the premium applicable to the expired part of the policy period, including the short-rate charge on cancellation.

Effective date
the date on which insurance policy coverage starts

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)
federal law that established rules and regulations to govern private pension plans. Most self-insured health plans are created under this act

Evidence of insurability
any statement or proof of a person's physical condition, occupation, etc., affecting his acceptance for insurance

specified hazards for which a policy will not provide benefit payments. They are often called exceptions

the record of claims made or paid within a specified time period

Experience rating
determination of the premium rate for an individual risk, made partially or wholly on the basis of that risk's own past claim experience

Fee for service
the traditional model for health insurance, in which patients go to the doctor or hospital of their choice and the insurer pays the largest portion of the bill

Fire insurance
coverage protecting property against losses caused by fire or lightning

Flat cancellation
cancellation of an insurance policy as of the date of its start with no premium charge

Foreign insurance company
an insurer domiciled in another state

Guaranteed renewable policy
a policy which the insured has the right to continue in force by the timely payment of premiums to a specified age, (usually age 50) during which period the insurer has no right to make unilaterally any change in any provision of the policy while the policy is in force but may make changes in premium rates for the entire policyholder classification

Guarantee funds
all 50 states; the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico require licensed insurers to assume some of an insolvent insurance company's policyholder liabilities. These funds (life & health and property & casualty) are the mechanism by which solvent insurers bail out the policyholders of companies that fails

Health insurance
protection against the costs of hospital and medical care or lost income arising from an illness or injury. Sometimes called Accident of Sickness Insurance, Accident and Health Insurance, or Disability Insurance.

Health maintenance organization (HMO)
an organization that provides health care for a monthly payment set in advance. In a traditional HMO, doctors and other providers are salaried employees and the facilities are owned by the organization. In recent years, however, other forms of HMOs have sprung up that contract with doctors and hospitals to care for members at set, negotiated fees. Many HMOs are hybrids, offering both kinds of care to members.

a system to protect persons against the risks of financial loss by transferring the risks to a large group who share the financial losses

the company offering protection through the sale of an insurance policy to an insured

the person whose risk is transferred and shared

Liability insurance
insurance for money the policyholder is legally obligated to pay because of bodily injury or property damage caused to another person and covered in the policy

Life insurance
protection against the death of the insured in the form of payment to a designated beneficiary, typically a family member or business

Long Term Care Insurance
covers the cost of long-term custodial care in a nursing facility or at home

Loss of use insurance
insurance against loss due to the insured's inability to use property, such as a vehicle or a store; includes additional living expense, business interruption, rent insurance, rental reimbursement, and rental value

Managed care
a health plan that places limits on which treatments and which doctors, hospitals and other providers a member can use and still receive full coverage. Generally under managed care an insurer negotiates lower fees with doctors, hospitals, laboratories, for instance, which join in a network that members of the plan are encouraged to use. Frequently, members of a managed care plan can use health care providers outside the network, but they must pay a greater share of the cost

Malpractice insurance
a professional liability coverage that insures physicians, lawyers and other specialists against suits alleging their negligence

Marine insurance
coverage for goods in transit, and for the vehicles that transport them, over waterways, over land and in air

a federal-state program that helps pay for health care for the needy, blind and disabled and for low-income families with children

a federal health care insurance program for people age 65 and over, and for the disabled

because Medicare does not cover all expenses, private insurers sell "Medigap" policies to supplement federal insurance benefits

Mortgage insurance
life insurance that pays the balance of a mortgage if the mortgagor (insured) dies

No Fault
a system in which each driver's auto insurance coverage pays for injuries and damage, no matter who caused the accident

Non-cancelable or Non-cancelable and guaranteed renewable policy
a policy which the insured has the right to continue in force by the timely payment of premiums set forth in the policy to a specified age, (usually age 50) during which period the insurer has no right to make unilaterally any change in any provision of the policy while the policy is in force.

Ordinary life insurance
life insurance usually issued in amounts of $1000 or more to an individual policyholder

Paid-up insurance
life insurance policy under which all premiums have already been paid, with no further premiums due

Personal injury protection (PIP)
coverage present in no-fault states which pays medical, loss of income, death and/or disability, and loss of services incurred as a result of an automobile accident

Physical damage insurance
property damage coverage for a vehicle under the "collision insurance" and "comprehensive insurance" sections of the policy

Pre-existing conditions
a physical condition of an insured person, which existed prior to the issuance of the policy

the payment for an insurance policy, usually paid periodically, i.e., annually, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly

Property damage liability insurance
coverage in the event that the negligent acts or omissions of an insured result in damage or destruction to another's property

cancellation of an insurance contract by the insurance company, allowing the policyholder a share of the premium relating to the remainder of the time under the contract that bears to the total contract premium

a reduction of a premium

Red book / Blue book
a publication used for the determination of values for used automobiles and trucks

a form of insurance that insurance companies buy for their own protection

an endorsement to an insurance policy that modifies clauses and provisions of the policy, adding or excluding coverage

a term used to designate an insured or a peril insured against

Short rate
cancellation of insurance contract at the request of the policyholder with a refund of premiums to the policyholder of less than would be given under pro-rata consideration

Specified disease insurance
a policy which provides stated benefits, usually of large amounts, toward the expense of the treatment of the disease or diseases named in the policy

one of MIA's primary responsibilities is to make sure insurance companies remain solvent, i.e., have sufficient assets and income, in order to have the ability to pay the claims of their policyholders

Term Insurance
life insurance issued for a stated temporary period of time

Title Insurance
indemnifies the owner of real estate in the event clear ownership of property is challenged by discovery of faults in the title

an unfair trade practice, in insurance, whereby an agent or broker attempts to persuade a life insurance policyholder through misrepresentation to cancel an existing policy and buy a new one

Umbrella liability insurance
a liability policy that covers in excess of primary limits of the basic liability policy

process of examining, accepting, or rejecting insurance risks, and classifying those selected, in order to charge the proper premium for each

Uninsured motorist coverage
endorsement to a personal automobile policy that covers an insured involved in a collision with a driver who does not have liability insurance

Universal life insurance
a flexible premium policy that combines protection against premature death with a savings account that typically earns a money market rate of interest

Whole life insurance
life insurance payable to a beneficiary at the time of death of the insured whenever that occurs

Workers compensation insurance
pays for medical care and physical rehabilitation of injured workers and replaces their lost wages while they're unable to work


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