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Water Coverage Reviewed, Part II: Flood Coverage

By Gabe Wooldridge
Express Solutions Producer and Private Client Consultant

Spring showers are around the corner and this brings the potential for increased water exposure to many property owners. Water damage may wreak havoc on your home and possessions and it can occur when you least expect! There are three major aspects of the dreaded words WATER CLAIM and how it is or isn’t covered under your homeowner’s policy. This section will review flood and how insurance companies review this peril.

Many homeowners could be potentially impacted by flooding. The trends of sudden large storms in the US are more frequent now than in the last 105 years since they began recording storms — just look at the situation in California. Per the EPA statistics, “In recent years, a larger percentage of precipitation has come in the form of intense single-day.  Nine of the top 10 extreme one-day precipitation events have occurred since 1990.” The intense increase in the amount of water in a short span of time is what causes many flash floods.

Unfortunately, MOST homeowners do not carry flood insurance even in regions in which floods are more prevalent. For example in Louisiana, 80% of the residents that had flood damage this August did not have flood Insurance! This is possibly one of the largest gaps and misunderstood aspects of property exposures. To put it simply, flood coverage is defined as water entering your home from outside of the home. The bad news is if water enters your home from the outside and causes damage and you do not have a separate flood policy there is NO coverage from your homeowners insurance.

The good news is that the United States government saw the extensive damage floods were causing Americans and created […]

March 27th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

The Hartford introduces unique new coverage for small businesses

By Cory Fischbach

Most businesses have essential employees who are vital to the operation and financial well-being of the business. Losing an essential employee can be devastating to a small business, and preparing for this is a vital part of any business insurance program. Until now, this has typically been done with key person insurance (often referred to as key man insurance), which is a life insurance policy that a business takes out on an essential employee. With a new endorsement released by The Hartford on March 11th, coverage is now available for temporary absences as well.

Business Income Extension for Essential Personnel
Most business insurance policies cover loss of business income and extra expenses incurred due to a covered loss. This endorsement extends that coverage to include loss of business income and extra expenses incurred due to the unplanned absence of an essential employee. Unlike key person insurance, this coverage is triggered by anything other than termination, resignation, or retirement

The Hartford is currently the only insurance carrier that offers this type of coverage, and the optional endorsement covers up to a 90-day absence. For coverage to apply, the essential person must be absent for more than 30 days, and the employer must not have been aware of the absence for more than 30 days in advance.

Analysis
If this product is successful, I expect other companies to begin offering something similar in the near future. This is a great first step, but I think that the 90-day limit is conservative. As The Hartford and other companies become more comfortable with this type of coverage, I would hope to see options for 6-12 month limits. If you are a business owner with essential employees, I encourage you to ask […]

Assured SRA guests hear about healthcare reform at March executive briefing

Approximately 100 Assured SRA clients and other friends gathered at the Kansas City Carriage Club on Friday, March 3 to hear from special guest speaker Joel Wood. Wood is senior vice president, government affairs for The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. The Council represents 80 of the top 100 insurance firms including Assured Partners and Wood heads its lobbying and government affairs segment.

Wood’s presentation was entitled “Trump, Congressional Chaos: The Consequences of the Benefits Agenda.” He detailed the changes coming in healthcare policy with the new Trump Administration. He described how employment-based coverage is still by far the dominant means of health insurance in the U.S. and the uncertainty about what might happen with proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

He explained that several options exist including buying across state borders, a higher tax on the one percent of wealthiest Americans, tax deductible premiums and others. He also described the contentious state of government discourse in Washington and how that issue was complicating the reform picture.

March 10th, 2017|Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, General Information|0 Comments

Assured SRA is proud to support Women in Construction Week

By Karra McGreevy
Account Executive, Assured SRA

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2017. NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry and the Kansas City Chapter #100 is purchasing multiple billboards around the downtown area to showcase local companies that support Women In Construction Week. Assured SRA is proudly purchasing space on one of those billboards to recognize the important role that women play in the construction industry. The billboard will be displayed at I-670 eastbound over I-70.

“The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to enhancing the success of all women in construction – not just those who are NAWIC members,” said Sandy Field, the immediate past-president of NAWIC. “We accomplish this through educational opportunities, networking, and community/industry service projects”

“While there are more than one million women employed in the construction industry, women only comprise approximately ten percent of the construction workforce.  These women, whether they are administrative specialists, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, or professionals, are vital elements to the construction process,” said Field. “’Women in Construction Week’ is simply a time set aside to thank those women for all their efforts toward successful construction projects.  WIC Week will also bring attention to the industry and encourage others to realize that construction is a viable, profitable career field.”

Thank you Assured SRA for your support of […]

Going on vacation? Don’t come home to a watery loss!

By Gabe Wooldridge
Consultant, Private Client Services

When you’re a homeowner in the Midwest, water damage can wreak havoc on your home and possessions. Water damage can occur when you least expect it. There are three major aspects of the dreaded words “WATER CLAIM” and how it is or isn’t covered under your homeowner’s policy. This section will review frozen pipes.

Overview

The majority of homeowner’s policies have coverage for sudden and accidental losses that occur from frozen pipes. A frozen pipe while on vacation can cause extensive damage to homes.  This sort of sudden occurrence from an event is typically covered on a homeowner’s insurance policy. One aspect to review is that even though a sudden broken pipe is likely covered on a policy, insurance companies will exclude coverage for prolonged water loss – like a continual drip that causes damage over a period of time.

Prevention

Many times frozen pipes can be prevented even in the most frigid regions. There are three smart was to prevent frozen pipes when the temperature drops below freezing:

Homeowners should keep the heat going inside the home even while traveling to keep the pipes warm.
Allow the faucet to slightly drip into the sink to allow the water to flow without bottling up to freeze.
Open cabinet base doors on all the faucets to allow the heat of the home to reach the pipes.

Review your Coverage

On your insurance policy you will want to review your coverage with your agent. There will be specific coverages related to water damage on the policy. Not all policies are created equal so reviewing this section on your company specific water coverage is important. Reviewing these coverages will help give you piece of mind.

 

January 10th, 2017|General Information, Homeowners insurance, Personal Insurance|0 Comments