Q: What are the differences among the major types of insurers in the United States?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with M&C Insurance Agency 856-486-0077

The insurance industry is typified by insurers with a number of different organizational forms. Here are some Cliff's notes to help you keep it all straight!

Stock insurers are corporations owned by the shareholders of the firm. The shareholders hire managers to run the company and the insurance product is sold to customers who may or may not be shareholders in the firm. Mutual insurers are companies which are owned by their customers. Any policyowner of the company also owns a portion of the company. Reciprocal insurers or reciprocal exchanges are insurance companies where the policyowners of the exchange agree to insure one another. They are very similar to mutual companies.

Lloyd's associations are insurance companies where the manager who makes the decisions for the firm also has his/her own personal wealth at stake in the firm. Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurers are typically nonprofit (some may now be for profit), community oriented health insurance providers. Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies typically offer traditional indemnity health insurance. HMO's or Health Maintenance Organizations are companies which provide comprehensive health care coverage to their customers. HMOs, in their simplest form, provide prepaid health care coverage. Once you pay your premium you can use the services of the HMO at little or no further cost to you.

 If you have insurance questions, don't hesitate to call me at 856-486-0077.  OR visit our website:  www.MandCinsurance.com

Comments (2)

Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

Thanks for the information I think I understand what you are telling me.

Feb 15, 2010 04:35 PM
Duane Myers
M&C Insurance Agency 856-486-0077 - Pennsauken, NJ

You're welcome! It can get confusing, but it's good to know what you're buying into!

Feb 16, 2010 08:17 AM