Mar
2023

Self-Employed Health Insurance Premiums – How to Reduce Them

Unlike other insurance getting a self-employed health insurance is not easy. Almost all types of self-employed insurance are expensive especially if you also want your family to be insured.

Moreover, finding this kind of insurance is not easy because you have to look for an insurance company that will suit you and your family’s life style and at the same time it won’t cost you that much. People who have an employer usually have a group discount when they get one that is offer to them by the company they work for.

You won’t have this kind of benefit if you’re a small business owner or a self-employed professional. But there are also those insurance companies that offer affordable insurance for self-employed persons that will also suit their budgets.

  • If you work alone and does not have any employees then you should look around for some insurance companies are offering affordable insurance which you could avail. They can offer you indemnity or manage plans which will cover the health care that is if the insured find doctors that is contracted by the insurance company. Here are some tips and advice for you that want to get insurance.
  • If you wanted to get an insurance plan first you have to go to the department of insurance in your state and get a list of the insurance company that are legal. The insurance company must licensed by your state in order for them to operate.
  • Find a company that has a higher rating and are well known that offers a self-employed health insurance not only in your state but also nationwide. You should also check the feedbacks of the clients for the insurance company you have chosen.
  • The same as all other insurance if you want to have a lower premium you should aim for a higher deductible in order to lessen your premium rate.
  • You also have to be cautious in finding insurance especially on the internet for not all website on the internet can be trusted. If you don’t want to fall victim to these fake website you have to check first if the website can be trusted. You could check them on BBB.
  • There is affordable self-employed health insurance that is offered but if you have a preexisting illness then you should expect that the cost of your premium will soar, sky high.
  • There are these, what they called medical discount cards that are usually sold as a health insurance. But this card only gives discount to medication and the doctor’s fee; they don’t help you pay for your medical expenses. Getting health insurance is important for it helps you cover for your medical expenses when you are caught in an unexpected accident of when you are injured. Also self-employed insurance can be deducted from your self-employment tax and income tax up to 100% (but check with a financial professional before making any deductions).

    May
    2022

    Insurance Benefits of a Dashboard Cam for Your Car: Current Perspective and Outlook

    DASH CAMERA INTRO

    A dashboard cam is a camera that is placed on your windshield or dashboard and is continuously recording everything that happens while you are driving the car. More advanced version of the cameras can also record rear views; some are equipped with infra-red sensors to enable recordings in the dark too. The camera automatically switches on and begins recording as soon as the car engine starts. It saves all video data to a memory card. Some cameras are capable of recording in High Definition and deliver great video quality.

    This is a particular technology that can be quite interesting for many drivers. It is mature and extensively used technology in several countries where accident and insurance fraud appears to be a problem (e.g. Russia, China).

    IS A DASH CAM HELPFUL FOR DRIVERS?

    Is it a good idea to have such a device on board of a car? I think so! The camera is your objective witness and can “speak” for you should something happen. It can be an accident due to an unexpected maneuver from the car in front of you or a fraudulent accident that is almost impossible to recognize or simply a situation that will require a detailed examination later. Whatever it is, a dashboard cam will be there to contribute to finding out the truth.

    Is data privacy a concern in this case? I do not think, as long as the video stays with the car and is not transmitted elsewhere. At the moment most dash cams use a memory card which is constantly being re-written since video is recorded in a loop. This results in only the last few hours or days of the video available (depending on memory card’s size).

    DASH CAM IS A GREEN FIELD FOR INSURERS

    There are two organizations that would probably benefit the most from such a device being used by consumers: insurers and law enforcement. This is because a dash cam can greatly contribute to the resolution of traffic accidents and claims.

    I am not sure how police sees the idea of dashboard cams in ordinary cars but police cars are equipped with this technology to document road situations. I would imagine they would embrace this technology as it would only facility their jobs.

    The situation with insurers is a bit different. I am not aware of any insurers rewarding their clients with lower premiums for having a dashboard cam in their car. In fact, when I was talking to one insurance company asking if they recognize the evidence via a dashboard cam in consideration in their claim assessment process, the reply was very general: “We welcome any additional information that would contribute to correct assessment of an accident and to handling of a claim. But we do not have any particular perspective on a dashboard camera usage in the cars though; it’s quite new to us… “

    My hypothesis is that you should make use of dash cam data in discussion with police or in the court to make sure that you are not considered to-be-at-fault. Not being considered at-fault after an accident could help prevent your insurance premiums from increasing. Additionally, a dash cam can help to preserve a clean driving record.

    OUTLOOK: WHAT COULD DASH CAMERA BECOME IN FUTURE?

    Is there any future for a dashboard camera? Absolutely! I think it can contribute to both the correct assessment of traffic accidents and to better driver behavior. You’ll get a “trustful” witness who always “sits” in your car and can prove your points but the same observer will ensure that you are not making any mistakes since these will be recorded as well and the data could be used against you.

    Insurance discounts: One of the scenarios that I could imagine is the appearance of insurance products linked to having a video camera in your car e.g. dash cam insurance discount for those drivers who decide to install such a device. In fact, dash cam material can significantly reduce claim-processing time for insurers since claim adjudicators can find out the truth much faster.

    New insurance product for consumers: Tape-as-you-drive insurance can be also more attractive for consumers if they get the feeling that their case will be assessed very precisely with help of a camera instead of using a predefined 50-50 rule for handling cases as many insurers do today. An example could be a side collision of two cars on a road when it appears that both were on or over the center line (so called “sideswipe”) and there is no way to prove it without a video recording.

    Built-in car option: Furthermore it’s possible that adapted versions of dashboard cams could find their way into mass car production as a special feature. Having such a car with an officially certified camera could be recognized in insurance premiums like winter tires, alarm device or hybrid vehicle. Just think about other means of transportation such as planes or ships – they are all equipped with a black box recording everything that happens. Why should a car be any different?

    Extension of pay-as-you-drive solution: There is a so called pay-as-you-drive insurance that is being successfully offered by several insurers. Pay-as-you-drive insurance calculates premiums according to an individual’s driving behaviour, rewarding secure driving while tracking and increasing insurance costs on dangerous driving styles. A “black box” device installed in the vehicle tracks key parameters of the journey and transfers the data to the insurer, who then regulates the premium rate. Dash cam is a logical extension of this insurance that can complement it with more data and insight.

    Fun, fun, fun: One fun use of a camera in a car is when doing a road trip – you could easily create a nice road trip video combining the best video pieces. Dashboard cams can get a lot of work done for you!

    WHERE CAN YOU FIND A CAR CAMERA?

    Well, I got mine couple years ago via eBay. I believe you can get dash cams now both on Amazon or eBay. A decent camera would cost around couple hundred dollar, there are also cheaper options but obviously the quality (especially battery) is not that high.