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How to Get Health Insurance After Adopting a Child

Welcoming a new member to your family is one of life’s most rewarding and fulfilling experiences. Whether you are adopting a new baby or an older child, adoption is treated as a “qualifying life event” that allows you to purchase health insurance. A qualifying life event triggers a special enrollment period that allows you to put health insurance in place for your new family member...

Annuities: Pros vs. Cons

An annuity is an insurance product used to plan for retirement. The beauty of an annuity is that they pay out a steady stream of income when you retire, which can be used to supplement your other retirement accounts, or on its own. Annuities have pros and cons: Pros An annuity can provide you with the income you need to enjoy life during your golden...

How to Prepare For Your “Welcome to Medicare” Visit

If you are new to Medicare, you are embarking on a new phase in your healthcare journey. One of the first things you will do is schedule a “Welcome to Medicare” visit. Medicare covers this visit. When scheduling this first visit, ensure the medical provider you choose accepts Medicare. When you choose your Medicare plan, ensuring you will retain access to your usual doctor could...

Common Types of Surety Bonds & How They Work

A surety bond is a contract that ensures specific obligations are met. These bonds are often required for contractors working on government contracts. They are performance-based. A surety bond is a guarantee between three parties. The parties in a surety bond are: The Principal: The individual who is required to have a surety bond. The Obligee: The individual requesting the bond. The Surety Company: The...

Understanding What Your Home Insurance Policy Covers

Understanding your home insurance policy and what it covers is essential but easier said than done. Insurance contracts are written in a legal language unfamiliar to most of us. To understand your coverage, you may want to get help from a local insurance agent. You need to know what is covered – hopefully long before you need to file a claim. You likely have homeowners'...