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Your home (and everything in it) is likely your largest investment, and we help you protect it. Not all policies are the same. While many companies offer home insurance, ours is the only one created exclusively for Wisconsin public school employees like you. Here are your home insurance advantages.

Especially for teachers

Educator benefits

Increased coverage for personal property losses on school premises—regardless of the cause of loss—to $2,000. No deductible.

Loss of preparation materials

We’ll cover up to $500 ($100 per hour) as reimbursement for preparing new teaching materials that were either stolen or damaged by a covered loss. No deductible.

Protecting your home and possessions

Guaranteed Replacement Cost

If your home was built in 1950 or later, we will pay the full cost to repair and replace your home even if the cost of the repairs exceeds your policy limits.

Extended Replacement Cost

For homes built prior to 1950, we provide up to 125% of the dwelling limit on your policy.

Personal Legal Protection™

An additional benefit to our home policyholders at no extra cost. Create wills, trusts, healthcare directives, and more.

Equipment breakdown coverage

Covers the cost of repairing or replacing mechanical and electrical equipment in your home when it breaks down.

NEW! Flexible jewelry coverage

We offer a straightforward coverage for your jewelry instead of requiring itemization for each piece.

And more…

And if you have an auto policy with us, don’t forget your personal liability/umbrella coverage—keep everything under one roof to protect your family and everything you own.

Get an insurance quote

…and have your family members* and colleagues contact us to get a quote, too.


Or sign up for a personal consult. Evening consultations available by appointment.


*Family members who may be eligible include your spouse or domestic partner, children and their spouses, parents, and parents-in-law.

Who needs life insurance?

When considering your decision, start out by asking yourself a simple question: “Would someone suffer financially if I were to pass away?

Explore our life insurance section and learn more about:

Then compare quotes from numerous life insurance companies without sharing any of your personal information.

Evaluating insurance in retirement

Before canceling or making changes to a policy, consider this information when evaluating your different policies.

Medicare supplement insurance

Health care costs tend to increase with age, so having a policy that keeps you covered is critical.

Once you qualify for Medicare, you may want to consider looking into a supplemental insurance policy to help fill the “gaps” in health care costs. This extra coverage can help with out-of-pocket expenses original Medicare doesn’t cover, such as coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles.

Long-term care insurance

Long-term care (LTC) helps people live as independently as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own. Our life expectancies are longer than ever, and someone turning 65+ has nearly a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care support during their lives.1

Problem: Most costs for long-term care aren’t fully covered by health insurance or Medicare.

Solution: Long-term care insurance (LTCi) can help with costs that aren’t covered.

LTCi policies can be built to fit your needs and budget. When deciding what coverage you’ll need, here are a couple of things to consider:

If you require long-term care, it can be a big relief to have a plan now that will help you and your loved ones cope in the future.

Life Insurance

Protect the ones you love! Life insurance can be an important part of your family’s financial stability. It’s an answer to the difficult question: How will my loved ones manage financially if something were to happen to me?

Did you know retirement account beneficiaries may need to fully withdraw from the account within ten years? Life insurance can help offset that and be used to cover daily living expenses, funeral costs, medical bills, loans, and many other essential expenses.

Wherever you are in life, you can apply for a life insurance policy to help ensure your family’s financial security.

Home, auto, renters, and liability (umbrella) insurance

If you’re a retiree, you’ll likely find yourself with new hobbies, new places to live, and traveling more (or less). In this case, the insurance policies you had when you were working in your district may need to be adjusted. In some situations you could be under-insured, and you could be over-insured in other situations.

Insurance evaluations are a great tool to use as you encounter life changes. Life may be different, but it’s still important to protect yourself and your family with insurance designed to fit your needs.

Find someone you trust to help advocate for you and listen to your insurance needs when reviewing your policies and liability coverage.

Member Benefits believes public school retirees deserve an insurance company that offers high-quality products and exceptional customer service.

And for those insurance products we didn’t initially offer, we’ve partnered with industry expert Associates of Clifton Park to better meet the needs of our members.

You do NOT need to leave our insurance programs when you retire. Member Benefits is here for you to and through retirement—and that includes insurance, too.

1 Source: acl.gov/ltc/basic-needs/how-much-care-will-you-need

Home and auto rates: Is cheaper better?

The idea of saving some money by choosing the cheapest auto and home insurance is a tempting idea. But does that mean the insurance meets your needs? Maybe. But cheaper may mean you’re not getting the coverage or service you need when it comes time to make a claim.

Many people treat insurance as a one-size-fits-all commodity. However, that is far from the case. Your needs are unique to you, so it’s critical that you understand what you are comparing when contacting insurance companies.

Why is cheaper not necessarily better?

Almost no two insurers sell the exact same coverage. If you’re getting online quotes, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Some may quote you on a different levels of coverage than another company, such as bodily injury or liability protection on your auto and home policy.

Some companies bundle certain coverages together, so you may be paying for coverages you don’t need. It’s important to know exactly what you’re being quoted on.

Cheaper may mean less coverage, and that may inadvertently expose you to more loss than you expected.

You may get what you pay for when it comes to service. Is it worth a long wait time, convoluted claims process, or poor communication when you’re most in need?

A cheap insurance policy may make promises on what you can save, but when it comes time for a claim, it can really cost you.

A testament to our service

Educator Sam Bina, School District of La Crosse, had a hailstorm pass through his area on March 31, 2023, and cause damage to homes in his neighborhood. When he called us, Halona Lippert, Senior Claims Specialist, promptly assigned an adjuster to inspect his home.

The adjuster found minor damage and the amount was below Sam’s deductible, so a claim payment was not issued in this case.

However, Sam couldn’t say enough about our service.

“Halona! You get a double A++ for such incredible work, and your impeccable service to the (Member Benefits) universe.

I also did see some dings on the wind turbines but not enough to replace them. If it’s still functioning then why replace it, right?!?

Thanks for getting back to me. If a tornado, hurricane, tsunami, monsoon, Santa Claus, or hail larger than 0.76th of an inch lands on my house in the near future, YOU are the one I will contact!

Thanks for all your work helping the teachers of Wisconsin (like me).”

Be a value hunter, not a bargain hunter

We’ve said many times that insurance is an important part of your financial security. If you’re like most people who treat auto and home insurance like a commodity—or one-size-fits-all—you risk leaving yourself (and your family) exposed to financial loss or purchasing coverages you don’t need.

By going deeper and considering these three principles, you may be able to increase the likelihood that you are appropriately covered.

→ Buy value, not price
For example, is exposing yourself to loss by lowering your liability limits worth saving a few dollars every month? Make sure you understand the implications of the coverage decisions you make.

→ Maximize your insurance dollar
The risk of a catastrophic event may be low but it does happen…and it can be financially devastating. If you’re looking to save money, explore reducing your deductible before you consider reducing coverage.

→ Insure for the catastrophic
It’s the real reason we have insurance. Liability (umbrella) insurance is often overlooked, but most financial planners consider it a must-have. It’s also very affordable.

Claims service you can trust

Because we are member-focused, you can expect a great service experience.

When your life is significantly disrupted by accident or home loss, you depend on your insurance to be there for you. Member Benefits was created by educators for educators. It’s not always the least expensive, but it will be there for you when you need it most.

Help prevent a fire in your home

Keep yourself safe with some common sense precautions and make sure you’re properly insured.

Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires and fire injuries, and winter months are the peak time for fire-related deaths. To play it safe, stay in the kitchen while cooking and make sure you never leave space heaters or fireplaces unattended.

Frayed wires can also cause fires. Replace all worn, old, or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.

Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly and change batteries once a year. Be sure a smoke alarm is installed on every floor of your home and in each bedroom, and that a carbon monoxide detector is near all bedrooms.

Have a fire safety plan and adjust it to help children and older adults escape a potential fire, as they are more likely to sleep through or not react to the sound of a fire alarm.

Schedule a professional inspection each year of all fuel-burning home heating systems including furnaces, boilers, fireplaces, wood stoves, water heaters, chimneys, flues, and vents.

To avoid financial hardship if you do have a major fire, be sure you have enough insurance coverage to rebuild the home and replace personal possessions. A 2022 American Property Casualty Insurance Association survey found that a majority of insured homeowners have not taken steps to ensure their insurance coverage is keeping pace with rising inflation and increased building costs, which could leave you underinsured if catastrophe strikes.

If you’re unsure about your coverage, give us a call at 1-800-279-4030 or set up a personal phone consultation. We can help you evaluate your policy to make sure you have the right coverage for your situation.

Sources: National Safety Council, Ready.gov

Are you missing these important pieces of your financial security?

Perhaps you’ve been working to get your finances in order. You’ve set up a budget to get your spending under control and build up your savings. You’re putting money into a retirement account and you have the right amount of auto and home insurance coverage for your needs. You’ve taken advantage of Member Benefits’ financial planning services. You may think you’re all set, but there are more pieces to your financial security to consider—long-term care insurance and life insurance.

Protecting your financial security

Long-term care insurance can help protect part of your financial security. Long-term care is the care you may need at home if you are unable to perform daily activities on your own, such as eating, bathing, dressing, or going to the bathroom. It may also include care in the community, such as in an adult day care facility.

It’s best to plan for long-term care insurance while you’re still healthy. Having a long-term care insurance policy gives you more choice to live on your own terms and more say in the decisions for your care.

And not only does it help protect your assets, but it also helps reduce the potential financial burden on your family.

Long-term care insurance can be tailored to cover varying circumstances. Policies are not one size fits all. When deciding which coverage you’ll need, here are some things to consider:

Protecting your family and their future

Life insurance is an important part of your family’s financial stability and well-being. If anyone depends on your income, they would likely struggle without it if you were to pass away.

Some common everyday expenses your family may use life insurance for include:

In addition to letting your loved ones maintain their standard of living now, life insurance also helps ensure their future. It may help with college costs, a spouse or partner’s retirement, or other important costs down the line.

Life insurance costs less the younger you are, so it’s good to plan for it as early as possible. The life insurance landscape has also changed considerably over the past several years—there are many more options available to meet your needs and budget. One of the best ways to help you decide is to work with a licensed insurance agent who can walk you through the entire process.

Learn more and get a quote

Our partner for long-term care insurance and life insurance is Associates of Clifton Park. They have years of expertise to share with you to help you make informed decisions about your insurance options. Let them help you build a policy that fits your needs and budget.

How to avoid common home insurance mistakes

Have you made any of these mistakes with your home insurance coverage? If so, don’t worry—Member Benefits can help you sort it out.

Not keeping up with costs

We all know that inflation has affected our budgets recently. Inflation hit 8.5% in March 2022, a 40-year high. You’re probably paying attention to the rising cost of food and gas, but have you thought about the impact of inflation on the insurance coverage for your home?

A 2022 American Property Casualty Insurance Association/Harris Poll survey reveals a majority of insured homeowners have not taken steps to ensure their insurance coverage is keeping pace with rising inflation, despite increased building costs and potential reconstruction delays due to labor or materials shortages. The price of construction materials rose by 44 percent from December 2019 through December 2021, yet two-thirds of homeowners may be without key additional coverages that can better protect them in this economic climate.

Some companies offer inflation guard protection that automatically adjusts your coverage limits by a certain percentage each year to help keep up with increases in material and personal property costs. However, you shouldn’t rely solely on this option to keep your coverage current—especially now.

Confusing market or assessed value with the cost to rebuild

There is some confusion between a home’s replacement cost, market value, and assessed value and which one to use when purchasing coverage for your home. These values are usually not the same and serve different purposes.

Replacement cost is how much it would cost to rebuild your house in the same spot with materials of like kind and quality.

Market value is how much you could expect to get for your home in the current real estate market if you were to sell.

Assessed value is the dollar amount placed on your home by your local government for taxation purposes. The higher the assessed value, the more you pay in taxes.

The cost to rebuild your home in the event of a fire or other loss doesn’t follow market value, and as we’ve seen recently, the prices of labor and materials don’t necessarily follow the housing market. When insuring your home, base it on replacement cost—you should have enough coverage to rebuild your home if needed. Using assessed or market value to decide on this amount could mean you are under- or over-insured.

Underestimating your liability coverage needs

Most experts recommend at least $300,000 worth of home liability coverage, but others like Member Benefits recommend even more. “Our home policy includes $500,000 of liability coverage. We don’t even offer anything lower,” says Kay Licciardello, Personal Insurance Consultant Supervisor. “The additional coverage is a relatively inexpensive way for members to protect their assets. It offers protection for you and all family members who live with you, including kids away at college, and it typically covers incidents on or away from your property.”

Because typical home policies can still leave you financially vulnerable, you should also consider additional liability insurance (umbrella insurance) for more protection. Umbrella insurance provides protection above and beyond the limits of your existing home policy and for claims that may be excluded from that policy. It covers not just the policyholder but also other members of their family or household. For example, maybe your dog viciously attacks a neighbor and your neighbor sues you, or your teenager has a party where an underage guest receives a driving under the influence offense and their parents sue you. Your costs could easily exceed your home policy’s $500,000 liability limit. An umbrella policy would add additional liability protection at a very affordable price.

Not creating a home inventory

Only 20% of insured homeowners created or updated a home inventory less than a year ago; 25% have never completed one (2022 American Property Casualty Insurance Association/Harris Poll). Don’t risk undervaluing your possessions if catastrophe strikes. Take photos, video, or download our free Personal Property Home Inventory eBook.

Failing to have insurance reviewed or adjusted

Some people buy their policy and never look at it again, despite the fact that they may have made major improvements to their home or that the cost of materials and labor may have increased significantly since purchasing their policy. Among insured homeowners who completed renovations or remodels during the pandemic, only 40% updated their home insurance to account for those changes. Just 30% of insured homeowners updated their policy less than a year ago, and 36% reviewed their policy less than a year ago (2022 American Property Casualty Insurance Association/Harris Poll).

Evaluating your coverage periodically will help to ensure you have adequate protection. Member Benefits can help.

Not understanding how your premium is determined

There is a big misconception among homeowners that the value of their land (51% surveyed) and the market value of their home (46% surveyed) affect their home insurance rates (Forbes Advisor survey, 2022). Your home’s location, condition, land value, and the selling prices of comparable properties, among other things, may be factored into market and assessed values, but not your insurance rates. Home insurance rates are based on the cost to rebuild the house, coverage limits, your personal claims history, and other factors.

Basing your insurance decisions solely on price

Price has always been a sticking point with insurance. Insurance is one of those gotta-have intangibles that unless you’ve been in a situation where you’ve needed it, the value isn’t always obvious. Maybe you went for the lowest price when you chose your insurance. But is it worth increasing your financial risk to save a few bucks?

Kay shares an example. “Say your house is insured for $250,000, but the replacement cost of your home is calculated at $300,000. That’s a $50,000 difference. That’s a lot of money if you need to rebuild your home. In this situation, the premium difference would be about $125 per year. It doesn’t make sense to underinsure a home by $50,000 for such a small annual savings,” she explains. “A better way to save money on home insurance premiums is to increase your deductible. Choosing a higher deductible could reduce your premium 15% or more—perhaps even as much as 30%.”

What’s going on with insurance premiums?

Many homeowners have noticed their home insurance bill has increased recently. The average premium for home insurance rose 12.1 percent from May 2021 to May 2022; the average annual increase was $134 (AARP.org).

Longer waits for qualified contractors, delayed supplies, and the rising costs of materials lead to higher claims, increasing premium. And those experiencing longer waits to get back into their home after renovating are claiming more living expenses from their policies as well.

As costs continue to rise, it’s important to make sure your insurance coverages are still appropriate. Don’t try to save on premium costs by shortchanging your coverage. This is the primary reason homeowners find themselves without enough coverage when they need it. Increasing your deductible is a better way to manage your premium costs. And make sure you’re getting all of the discounts to which you’re entitled.

Keeping it cool with a pool

Ahhh, the backyard pool…splashing around with family and friends, a chance to relax and relieve some stress, and a fun way to get some exercise. No wonder they’re so popular. According to the trade group Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, there are 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the United States. And the small window of warm weather in Wisconsin every year makes time at the pool even more special.

So there’s a lot to love about a backyard pool. But like anything else, there is a price tag that comes with it in order to keep everyone safe and make sure you’re financially protected.

With some careful planning and preparation, you can have a great summer with your pool. Before you dive in, you need to recognize the real signs of drowning, take some safety precautions, and make sure you’re financially covered so you don’t get dunked.

Drowning doesn’t look like drowning: It’s silent

Think you know what drowning looks like? Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In 10% of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC).

Drowning is usually a deceptively quiet event. The dramatic waving and yelling we often see on television and the movies actually rarely happens in real life. Dr. Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D, calls what people actually do to avoid suffocation in the water “the instinctive drowning response.” Here is some of what it looks like:

It’s still possible for a person to wave and yell for help very early on. Unlike true drowning, they can still grab a lifeline or a throw ring, etc. But that initial period doesn’t last long.

If you see someone who looks like they’re just treading water, looks glassy-eyed, or has their head tilted back with their mouth open, ask them, “Are you all right?” If they don’t respond, you may have less than 30 seconds to rescue them.

And remember—children playing in and around the pool make noise! If the kids aren’t making noise, get to them right away and find out why.

Play it safe

Better safe than sorry is more than just a piece of common sense. When it comes to having a pool, it should be your cardinal rule. Some of the tips below may seem obvious, but it’s easy to underestimate what can actually happen around a pool. Stay vigilant and you’ll reduce the risk of someone getting hurt.

Insurance costs and protection

Most insurance companies, like Member Benefits, require a pool to be four feet from the ground to the top of the pool in order to be covered in the policy. For an inground pool, the yard must be fenced in.

From an insurance perspective, swimming pools are considered an attractive nuisance—something that is likely to entice children and could pose a risk of injury. As the owner, you have the burden of taking adequate measures to protect children. Even if someone comes over and uses the pool without your knowledge, you may be liable for any potential injury they may suffer from it. So take safety measures seriously to reduce your risk. You may also want to increase your liability coverage through a personal umbrella policy.

Whether you have a pool or are considering purchasing one, be sure to talk to your insurance company so that you clearly understand your specific options, obligations, and coverages in your plan.

One last thing

Don’t forget to contact your town about local safety standards and permit requirements before you install a pool. Your neighborhood association may also have guidelines for you to follow.

So before you dive into your pool this summer, take some time to understand your risks and responsibilities and keep everyone safe. You’ll still have plenty of time to relax and make some waves.

>> Create a pool safety kit and more.

Get those summer toys ready!

All that green sprouting on the trees is a welcome signal that summer is on it’s way. If you have some of those fun outdoor recreational toys, now is the time to get them ready to use. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Member Benefits offers insurance for most of your recreational vehicles including boats, motorcycles, mopeds, campers, and ATVs. Call 1-800-279-4030 or fill out a quick quote form and we’ll be in touch.

Insurance lessons learned

Hindsight is 20/20—but when it comes to an insurance claim, most of us would rather not have to learn a painful lesson in the first place.

That’s why some of our staff would like to share their personal experiences and expert advice with you so that you can be prepared when the unexpected happens…and hopefully avoid an unwelcome surprise.


Consider adding rental car reimbursement to your auto policy.

We’ve talked with many people after they had an auto insurance claim who say, “I wish I had added rental car reimbursement coverage.”

This is especially important considering the current supply chain backlog on car parts, overbooked repair places, technician shortages, and vehicle pricing inflation. Being in a car accident is stressful enough, but if you have to wait weeks to get your car repaired or replaced, it makes matters worse if you now have to figure out how to get to work, get the kids to school, run errands, etc., without a vehicle.

Rental car reimbursement coverage through Member Benefits reimburses you for the cost of renting a car when your vehicle is disabled for more than 24 hours due to an accident. This coverage, which must be purchased as an addition to your policy, provides a per-day and total maximum benefit based on the option you select.

The difference rental car reimbursement can make…

Amy: I took my daughter and her friends to see some Halloween lights this year. We were parked along a street with other cars happily enjoying the light display when a person drove around the corner and smashed into the side of my vehicle. He proceeded to drive his Jeep Cherokee into and all along the driver side of my van. We were shaken up but fortunately OK. However, my van was totaled.

I filed a claim with my insurance company and realized I did not have rental car reimbursement coverage on my auto policy. My insurer told me that because I was not at fault I could try to ask the at fault driver’s insurance company to cover the cost of my rental car, but it was no guarantee.

My only viable option was to pay out of pocket for a rental car until I could purchase a new vehicle—which with supply chain issues and high demand, could be weeks.

Even with the discount from my auto insurer, the cost of renting a small car was over $50 per day. I was looking at a cost of well over $1,000 out of pocket to simply rent a car for the next three weeks. It was very challenging and stressful to be without a second vehicle for the next several weeks while we shopped for a replacement—under the current circumstances, car buying was a lengthy and expensive process.

Bottom line: I wish I would have paid the extra few dollars to add the rental car reimbursement coverage to my auto insurance policy. Even though I was not at fault, I was still on the hook for a rental car.


Understand your deductible(s).

Did you know some insurance companies have a split deductible? That means the deductible you choose applies to most claims, but a different deductible or percentage may apply to more expensive claims (sometimes referred to as “disaster deductibles”). Some carriers offer a higher deductible option for perils like wind and hail, but others do not give you a choice and apply it at renewal. Member Benefits does not use split deductibles nor percentage deductibles on home policies.

For auto insurance, your collision coverage (pays for the damage to the policyholder’s car resulting from a collision with another vehicle or object) and your comprehensive coverage (pays for the damage to the policyholder’s car resulting from incidents other than collision) are treated independently of one another, so you can choose the same or different deductibles for each. Consider your budget and the actual cash value of your car when deciding on these deductibles. Talk to one of our Personal Insurance Consultants to help you make a decision that best meets your needs.

It’s also important to consider that, while increasing your deductible may save you money, you could be in a bind if you have a claim and can’t afford it. Make sure the amount you would owe will fit within your budget.

The importance of understanding your deductibles...

Bob: My wife and I had been with the same national company for over 25 years, insuring our homes and cars and providing our personal liability (umbrella) coverage. After 20 years, the local agent convinced me to raise the deductible on my home from $100 to $1,000. By “self-insuring” with a higher amount, I saw a decrease in my premiums.

After four and a half years in our home, we had a storm blow through that caused a lot of hail damage. I submitted the bid to repair it to the national insurance company. The check had an $8,000 deductible listed that I had to pay out-of-pocket! The claims person on the phone explained that my deductible for “most” claims was still $1000, but the roof had a deductible of 2% of the insured value of the home.

I went to see my agent and was upset that I had never been notified of the policy change. I was told that I had been notified by mail three years earlier. This was in spite of the fact that I had actually been in his office at least 15 times in those three years dropping off checks, my kid’s grades, and to sign things. I reminded him that he had multiple opportunities to bring this up. He shrugged and said, “It’s our policy to notify our customers of changes by mail.”

Needless to say, we changed to a new company as quickly as possible.

Anna: Two years ago, my home and car insurance was coming due and I wanted to get a second opinion on it. Steve at Member Benefits told me that he’d be happy to review my current coverages. My husband and I learned through our previous carrier that we had a ‘split deductible’, meaning that one deductible would apply to only certain events and the second deductible would apply for everything else. Steve said this type of deductible didn’t make sense for our needs. In the end, we not only saved money by switching to Member Benefits, but we also got an umbrella policy plus overall better coverage. Whenever a member asks about my experience with Member Benefits’ insurance, I always tell them what a great experience I had with Steve!


Know the importance of umbrella insurance on protecting your assets.

Auto and home policies, on their own, can still leave you financially vulnerable. No one expects to be sued for a catastrophic event such as a car accident—but no one is perfect, either. Without umbrella coverage, everything you’ve worked hard for—your assets, your college fund, your nest egg, your retirement savings—could be at risk if you are found liable for personal injury to others, damage to other people’s property, and a variety of other claims.

For example, under Wisconsin law, a “wrongful death” occurs when the death of an innocent person is caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person. The maximum wrongful death award is $350,000 for an adult and $500,000 for a minor child. Even if you already carry the highest liability limits on your auto and home insurance, you are now exposed to a possible loss that may exceed the liability limits of your policy.

If you don’t carry umbrella insurance, you may be surprised at how affordable it is for the protection it provides.

Umbrella insurance peace of mind…

Julie: Before I started working at Member Benefits some years ago, I had never heard of umbrella (personal liability) insurance. Once I understood how much it could save my assets if the worst happened, and how affordable it is, I purchased it. Fortunately I have not had to use it (yet), but I’ve known others who have and it made all the difference in protecting their finances. To me, it’s worth the cost and the peace of mind—you never know what’s going to happen in your life.


Keep an inventory of your stuff.

Beth at Member Benefits says, “After recently dealing with someone who had a detached garage fire claim, I want to remind people how helpful it can be to either create a home inventory or take video of what is in your home and garage. I know I wouldn’t be able to remember everything in my house, and it will help you if you ever have a claim. Keep your video or list somewhere other than your property. That way, it doesn’t burn up in the fire.”

Get started by downloading a free Personal Property Home Inventory eBook.


Be smart about submitting claims.

Making multiple claims in a short period may trigger a rate increase or even cause an insurer not to renew your policy. For example, making three claims in two years may cause an insurer to think you have a proclivity for claims.

It’s generally best to avoid making claims of just a few hundred dollars above the deductible. Doing so might erase discounts you’re getting for remaining claim-free.


Keep your contact information up to date.

Make sure address and phone are correct so that your insurance company can reach you in a timely manner. This can be critical if you ever have a claim or if we need to get important information to you. If you have insurance with us, you can update your information through your online account through yourINSURANCE.


Reevaluate your insurance at least annually.

Not only will the value of your car change over time (larger economic factors can affect your costs and the value of your car positively or negatively), but your personal financial situation may have changed due to marriage, divorce, job change, home renovations, etc. It’s a good idea to review your insurance on a regular basis to make sure your coverages are still meeting your needs. You may also learn something from this article that you want to follow up on. Contact a Personal Insurance Consultant to help you evaluate your insurance needs.

Buy value, not price…

Ben: Prior to Member Benefits, I had no insurance knowledge other than what I learned the hard way. We had a different insurance carrier where we bought a policy online, without speaking to anyone, for what their computer algorithm said was good coverage for our family. As it turns out, we were severely underinsured for our auto insurance liability and didn’t know it until it was too late and we needed it. It was a hard life lesson but one worthwhile if I can help others avoid my mistake.


Work with a company you can trust.

It makes a difference when you have access to people who can talk you through the process of making the best insurance decisions for you and your family. Having a conversation with a Personal Insurance Consultant can be very valuable to you because they can guide you on coverages available, what they mean, and how your choices could impact you later with a claim.

We have decades of experience with insurance, and we want to help you become a better insurance consumer. Give us a call or set up a consultation.

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