Pet insurance coverage is worth the cost

Many pet owners struggle with the decision as to whether or not pet insurance coverage will be a good investment to protect their finances and ensure that their pets will obtain the veterinary care they require for the best quality of life. Unfortunately, a large number of Americans are already finding it challenging to be able to afford their own health insurance. This makes the decision even more of a struggle. Currently, there are almost one million North American pets covered by pet insurance. This may sound like a lot,…

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Hartville Group launches new plans for expanded pet insurance coverage

The Hartville Group, Inc., when considered with Petsmarketing Insurance.com Agency, Inc., its subsidiary, is among the oldest and the biggest insurers of pets in the United States, and it has just revealed that it will be expanding the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Pet Health Insurance coverage. It will now be providing its policyholders with a 90 percent reimbursement for veterinary costs and for congenital and hereditary conditions that are included in its coverage, and it will offer higher limits per incident, among other improvements.…

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Petplan Pet Insurance releases the names of the veterinarians on the short list for its annual award

The top rated pet insurance in the United States, Petplan Pet Insurance, has released the names of the veterinarians on the short list for its 2012 “Vet of the Year Award”, narrowing the list down from the original 2,000 nominations that had been received by the insurer from across the country late last year. The names on the list include: • Dr. Matt Hennessey, Houston, TX – Jersey Village Animal Hospital • Dr. William Latter, Lakeland, FL – All Creatures Animal Clinic • Dr. Gary Richter, Oakland, CA – Montclair…

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Trupanion pet insurer raises $9 million to improve customer service and widen sales force

The Trupanion pet insurance company has raised $9 million in financing, with funding coming primarily from the Highland Consumer Fund, but also from Maveron, a venture capital firm from Howard Schultz. The insurer provides pet coverage to owners in Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States. It provides coverage for 90 percent of medical care from a veterinarian should the protected pet be injured or fall ill. Premiums for a mixed-breed dog at three years old are typically around $40 per month. Trupanion explained that it intends to use the…

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Could pet insurance become the bread-and-butter of insurance agents

Pet insurance is a growing segment of the insurance marketplace and some agents are starting to wonder if it may be the next gold rush. That said, experts in the industry are warning agents not to hop aboard too quickly, as this is a specialized segment of the insurance market and it is important to know this niche in the industry very well in order to be successful. Pet insurance is a form of health insurance for animals. It involves the payment of premiums in order to be able to…

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Pet owners can shrink veterinary costs with the right insurance

When it comes to healthcare, it isn’t just the cost of medical treatment for humans that is continually increasing. Veterinary expenses are also on the rise, causing many pet owners to take out animal health insurance in order to help to compensate for it. That said, there is still some debate over when coverage is necessary, and when it may not actually be appropriate. There is also some disagreement about how much coverage is needed. For example, whether a specific pet should have a complete wellness package, or whether only…

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Pet insurance now available through Capital Blue Cross

Capital Blue Cross, a major health insurer based in Harrisburg, has announced that it will start selling pet insurance. Officials from the company believe that this act will make Capital Blue Cross the first insurer to offer pet insurance policies. The program will be managed by PetPlan, a company based in Philadelphia. Stacy Balaban, the strategic development director for Capital Blue Cross explained that many Americans think of their pets as members of their families, so it makes a lot of sense to offer a new program such as this…

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Veterinary plastic surgery skyrockets

Recently released data from the largest pet insurance provider in the United Kingdom, Petplan, has shown that last year there were almost $2.5 million (1.5 million pounds) in claims made for dog and cat nose surgery. This represents an increase in 25 percent in this type of claims over the previous three years. Furthermore, that same insurer also paid more than $1.5 million for young dog eye lifts, and over $400,000 for household pet dental work. According to Petplan, the increase in veterinary plastic surgery makes it possible for pets…

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Know your breed’s need before buying pet insurance

Pet insurance has been moving ahead by leaps and bounds and is increasingly being recommended in order to help to make it possible for pet owners to provide superior care for their companions, where that care would otherwise be too expensive to afford. Pet health insurance can cover everything from costly surgeries and medical treatments to prescription drugs. As the number of providers of pet insurance grows, it is also becoming more affordable, as competition is starting to play an important role in pricing. The primary decision that most pet…

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Animal liability takes a bite out of the insurance industry

Almost one thousand Americans are treated in emergency rooms every day as a result of dog bites. Estimates show that in 2009 insurance companies paid out a total of 412 million dollars in claims for dog bites. In a survey recently conducted by State Farm, they reveal the states with the highest amount of claims for dog bites. Topping the list was California. According to the State Farm survey, California rated the highest in dog bite claims filed. Last year, California had 369 claims filed on insurance because of dog…

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