Celebrating Independent Insurance Agents Day

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed February 25, 2021, as Independent Insurance Agents Day! At Mason-McBride, we’re proud to be independent insurance agents and serve our commercial lines, personal lines, and group benefits clients! Here is how the proclamation reads: WHEREAS, we join with the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents to applaud the entrepreneurial spirit […]

Demonstration of Insurance Policies as Contracts

Insurance policies are in fact contracts. All contracts, including insurance policies, contain rights and duties. A recent Michigan Court of Appeals case demonstrates that insurance policies are contracts. In the case of Fabatz v. Auto-Owners, December 17, 2020, Fabatz made an addition to their home in early 2017 at a cost of $150,000. The insurance […]

Protecting Your Building for Winter Vacancy

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It’s typical to prepare for the cold and snow as a part of your winter maintenance routine. But things might look a little different this year if your building is vacant or only partially occupied because of COVID-19 or another reason. However, any changes in occupancy should not affect the care and management of your […]

Temporary Rules for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

There are new temporary rules for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).  President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law on December 27, 2020. The Act provides temporary special rules for health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) that give employees additional time to use these funds. Change in Election Amounts Employees are also able […]

Insurance-to-Value Replacement Cost vs. Market Value — Do You Know the Difference?

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Today, we’ll discuss insurance-to-value replacement cost vs. market value.  Every homeowner needs home insurance. But, this type of insurance can be confusing and leave you asking questions. With defining terms such as insurance-to-value replacement cost, reconstruction cost, and market value, homeowners might be comparing these definitions to the current market value of their homes. The […]

Five Ransomware Developments — and What’s Next

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While most people know the basics of ransomware, the details of this threat – like all aspects of cybersecurity – are constantly evolving with new developments. Learn about the trends and what to expect next. In this post by Nick Graf, Assistant Vice President, Information Security, Risk Control at CNA Insurance, Graf discusses recent changes […]

Annual Medicare Part D Notices Deadline Approaching — October 15

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The annual Medicare Part D disclosure notices have a deadline of October 15, 2020. Highlights of the Annual Medicare Part D Notices Medicare Part D imposes disclosure requirements on employers with group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals. Plan sponsors must provide the annual Medicare Part D creditable coverage disclosure notices […]

Myths About Life Insurance Dispelled

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The idea of shopping for a life insurance policy can seem morbid, suspicious, and confusing. Plus, there are a lot of misconceptions about the value life insurance offers, how to buy it, and what the policy rules are. However, if the idea of protecting your family and ensuring their future is something you do value, […]

Medical Loss Ratio and MLR Rebates

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What is Medical Loss Ratio (MLR)? Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) is the percent of premiums an insurance company spends on member care, claims, and administrative expenses that improve health care quality.   What is the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rebate? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 requires insurance companies to pay annual […]

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