Cheap High Risk Home Insurance In Alabama

Everyone wants to insure their home (their biggest asset) but everyone also wants to find the best possible deal when it comes to their home insurance. Fortunately there are several different ways for homeowners to get this in Alabama.

If you are willing to take the risk you can lower the cost of your home insurance by not insuring for flood damage. No standard policy protects for flood damage; if you want flood damage insurance you’ll have to purchase a special policy that is federally insured. Not purchasing this policy will save you money.

Also, most home insurance polices in Alabama do not offer full-coverage for wind damage. If you live in an area where high winds – hurricanes or other storms – are a problem then you will have to purchase a rider to your policy that will cover you for full wind damage. Not buying this extra protection is a risk on your part, but not buying it will save you money.

Increasing your deductible will also save you money. Just remember that if you ever file a claim you will be expected to pay your deductible out of your own resources, so don’t offer to pay a larger deductible than you can actually afford to pay. You can save money on your home insurance if you install motion-sensitive floodlighting and if you install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and make sure every window has a working lock.

You can save money if you install a kitchen-rated fire extinguisher in your kitchen and you make sure to install the proper number of smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your house and make sure they each have a working battery.

Installing a 24/7 home security system that automatically reports problems to fire and police authorities can save you 20% or even more on your monthly premium. Just be sure to discuss your choice of system with your agent ahead of time since not all systems qualify for the highest premium discount.

Buying your high risk home insurance online will also save you money. Looking at the prices on several of the price comparison websites will allow you to see the widest range of prices and will help you to find the very best price that’s available.

Alabama has some of the best rates for home insurance, but if you are seriously in the market for affordable high risk home insurance in Alabama then you are in luck because there are several simple things you can do to save more money than you ever dreamed possible.

Let’s start with the simple stuff. Paying your premiums yearly rather than monthly will save you money. If you can’t swing paying all of your premiums at once then set up an automatic monthly payment for your premium. If your insurance company doesn’t have to bill you each month you’ll save money. Make your home less attractive to burglars by adding motion sensitive floodlighting, deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and working locks on all windows.

Make your home safer from injury claims by filling pot holes, replacing broken or cracked cement, and replacing all broken and lose floorboards on decks and porches.

Purchasing a home security system that monitors your home day and night for fire, theft and carbon monoxide can save you a bundle each month on your premiums, but make sure you discuss your plans with your agent first as some systems won’t qualify for a full discount. If you run a business out of your home you may be able to also claim a tax deduction for a portion of your home security system, adding even more to your savings!

Here in Alabama most home insurance policies do not cover your home for wind damage. If you want full wind coverage you will need to pay extra. Due to hurricanes and other wind-related problems not signing up for the extra insurance, while saving you money, is somewhat risky.

Similarly, no standard policy covers you for flood damage. In order to be covered for floods you will need to purchase a separate policy that is backed by the Federal Government. Not buying this insurance will save you money but it is a risk to you. Increasing your deductible will save you quite a bit of money every month. Just be sure you don’t make your deductible so high that you are unable to pay it should you ever file a claim.

Buying your home insurance online will definitely save you money. If you are serious about finding this then you will need to take the extra time necessary to run your price comparisons on more than one of the price comparison websites. The more sites you run your policy on, the more prices you are going to see and the more chances you’ll have of finding the lowest price possible.

Impact Of Health Care Legislation Hr 3962 On The Outsourcing Industry

President Barack Obama had a hard won victory on Saturday night (the 7-8th day of November 2009) when the landmark health care reform legislation (HR 3962) was passed with 220-215 votes. Now if everything goes the Obama way, then by the end of the year 09 Affordable Health Care for America Act would apply as a law impacting almost fifty million US lives. But what does this Act actually imply? How does it stand to impact an average US life? How does the Act affect the outsourcing industry at large? Through my article below I endeavor to answer these and many more questions.
Ab-initio we will refresh the fundamentals of federalism, stating the Roles, Duties, Nature, Scope and Restrictions on the government in a written federal constitution. Next we proceed to see whether the above attempt by the federal government to accede healthcare legislation is ultra-vires the powers granted by the US Constitution.

What is Federalism?

According to the traditional classification followed by the political scientists, constitutions are either unitary or federal. In a unitary constitution, the powers of the government are centralized in one government viz., the Central Government. In the federal constitution, on the contrary, there is a division of power between the federal and the state governments in a way that they are both inter-dependent and independent at the same time.
As we all know that Constitutions are organic documents which operate as fundamental law. The governments and their organs owe their origin to the constitution, derive their authority from the constitution and discharge their responsibilities within the framework of the constitution. The judiciary has the power to declare a law unconstitutional if the law is found to have contravened any provision of the constitution. The American Constitution is the oldest and a well praised example of federalism.

What are the powers granted by the US Constitution to the State Government?

Powers reserved for State Governments are:
Establishing local governments
Issuing licenses (driver, hunting, marriage, etc.)
Regulating intrastate commerce
Conducting elections
Ratifying amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Providing for public health and safety
Exercising powers which are neither delegated to the Federal Government nor were prohibited from the States by the Federal Constitution (residuary powers)
Framing other domestic law (for example, setting legal drinking and smoking ages etc.)

What are the powers granted by the US Constitution to the Federal Government?

Under the Constitution, powers reserved for the Federal Government are:
Printing of money
Declaration of war
Establishing the armed forces
Entering into treaties with foreign governments
Regulating commerce domestically and internationally
Establishing post offices and issuing postage
Making laws necessary to enforce the Constitution

What are the powers shared by Federal and State Government?

Under the Constitution, the shared, or “concurrent” powers are:
Setting up courts
Creating and collecting taxes
Building highways
Borrowing money
Making and enforcing laws
Chartering banks and corporations
Spending money for the betterment of the general welfare
Acquiring private property with appropriate compensation

What is the HR 3962 Act ?

The HR 3962 Act conceptualizes a new, voluntary, public, long-term care insurance program to help purchase services and support for people who have functional limitations. The Act endeavors to form a new national program to provide affordable coverage for those who cant get health insurance today because of pre-existing conditions. Under this, the insurance companies must spend 85 cents out of every premium dollar on medical services, thereby fostering the expansion of Medicaid and improving the Medicare. Under this, the young adults, till the age 26, are covered within their parents policies.

The Obama administration intends to attain this by creating mandates. As a self-sustaining public insurance option (that is financed not by tax dollars but by insurance premiums), this provides an alternative to and competes with private health insurance companies, on a level playing field. Additionally, the Act intends to eliminate the antitrust exemption for health insurers and medical malpractice insurers thereby fostering competition thus targeting the existing monopolies in the health insurance market. It aims to establish a new mandatory essential benefits package that shall become the minimum quality standard for employer plans, with the passage of time. The package places a cap for annual out-of-pocket spending, at a maximum of $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per family to prevent bankruptcies from medical expenses.

This Act requires the employers to either provide insurance to their employees or contribute to the cost of their coverage through the public plan/exchange, though the small businesses are exempted from this requirement.

Arguments regarding Constitutionality of HR 3962

The legal fraternity is divided between two schools of thought about the constitutionality of the Act. First school believes that the Act is unconstitutional and places reliance on Articles I 8 and V of the US constitution and on Tenth Amendment. They claim that their argument is supported by the celebrated case of MARBURY v. MADISON, 5 U.S. 137 (1803) and some federalist opinions. The second school of thought places reliance on Article I 8 and the celebrated case of McCulloh v. Maryland, 4 Wheaton 316 (1819); Steward Machine Co. v. Davis, 301 U.S. 548 (1937); United States v. Butler, 297 U.S. 1 (1936) and some federalist opinions. An in-toto analysis of these school of thoughts would conclude that the true interpretation of the word general welfare in Article I 8 of the U.S. Constitution can only determine the constitutionality of an Act like HR 3962. Till date the court opinions have been more inclined towards Hamilton (Federalist 33, 83 etc.) and Story rather than Madison (Federalist 41, 45 etc.).
Simply put, when the government mandates welfare as a quid-pro-quo for premiums collected, such welfare translates to nothing but a tax liability for the country men. Such an attempt by the government to regulate insurance sector by masquerading as an industry player is inspired from socialism. I personally feel that socialism is a Marxian concept and may not go well in an economy with capitalist foundations. The good thing is that people all over the world should buy insurance; this however turns bad when the government forces people to do so.

What are the implications of HR 3962 on the Outsourcing industry?

The object clause to the Act states that it is meant to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending.

In reality, the act is a victim of haste. Ideally if the intention of the Obama administration and the object clause of the Act were actually in-sync then the administration should have awaited a confirmed indication of the end-of-recession. The administration should have first looked at strengthening the fundamentals of the economy, by:
better regulating the existing insurance sector,
improving the US agrarian culture and making the country self sufficient regards its food requirements,
checking the cost-of-living index and
creating more jobs in the private sector.
But if the intention is to make more and more Americans dependant on Federal Government for basic requirements, then the attempt is bang on.

Impact on the outsourcing industry:

Prima-facie it may seem complex but there are clear indications for the outsourcing industry to benefit once the HR 3962 is implemented. The benefit roots from the fact that the employees will become expensive for the employers post this Acts applicability. Now given the very competitive market scenarios, thin profit margin and the inability of the employer to transfer this increased cost to the end consumer, the employer is forced to search for the less costly alternatives. It is needless to say here that the Act magnifies the already existing labor arbitrage opportunities internationally. To appreciate the existing labor arbitrage opportunities you can refer to my older blog post.