Two insurance policies will not reimburse for the same expense

Published in Mint on Apr 12 2016, Written by Abhishek Bondia   Can I take a health insurance plan for my parents who are senior citizens? Are there any tax benefits that I can avail of if I pay the premiums for the insurance policy? —Shalin Gupta Yes, you can be a proposer for your parents’ […]

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Standalone Critical Illness Plans – a Comparison

Insurer Diseases Insured (number) Maximum Sum Assured (Rs lakhs) Maximum entry age (years) Renewability Pre-existing disease exclusion (years) Survival Period (days) Premium for Rs 5 lakhs sum assured for a 40 year old ICICI Lombard 9 12 45 50 Always excluded Survival not required 2496 HDFC Ergo – Silver Plan 8 10 45 Lifelong Not […]

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If insurance nominee is a minor, you need to name an appointee as well

Published in Mint on August 20th, 2013, Written by Kapil Mehta What’s premium waiver benefit? —Shakti Menon Premium waiver benefit is an excellent feature offered in many child insurance plans. If the insured parent dies, then the requirement to pay premiums for the remaining policy term is waived off. Instead the insurer pays the premium […]

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Critical illness diagnosed in waiting period is not covered

Published in Mint, December 4th 2013, Written By Kapil Mehta What is the criterion to determine the eligibility of loan and repayment thereof under a life policy? —Ketan There are five requirements for determining the eligibility. First of all (and the most obvious), the insurance should have a loan facility. This feature is most common […]

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Why should one take riders with term life insurance

Riders are add-on covers insurers provide to enhance the scope of a life policy. Riders cover risks that are beyond the scope of the main life policy, resulting in a more comprehensive protection. The most common riders cover critical illness (or dreaded diseases) or personal accident (or accidental death and dismemberment). These add-ons step in […]

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A top-up plan is useful only if you already own a base plan

Published in Mint on 18th February 2014, Written by Kapil Mehta I am 33 years old. I am covered along with my family (wife and child), for Rs.4 lakh through my company’s group mediclaim policy. I am considering taking a personal cover as well. Would you recommend going for a top-up insurance plan? Not all […]

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Nominee has to pass money from insurer to deceased’s heirs

Published in Mint on 11th February 2014, Written by Kapil Mehta Do critical illness protection riders offered by life insurance companies serve the same purpose as health insurance? —Avik Health insurance is a broad term that covers several types of insurance products—mediclaim or indemnity-based, critical illness, hospital cash or accidental injury. Generally health insurance is […]

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Non-annual premiums are a bit higher than annual payment

Published in Mint on September 22th, 2013, Written by Kapil Mehta How does a critical illness rider along with a life insurance policy work? Should one go for it? —Atul Nagar Critical illness riders are optional extensions to your life insurance policy. They pay a fixed amount if you are diagnosed with any of the […]

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