Review Insurance Coverage Before Kids Head to College

Student’s new address may require changes to insurance policies

When checking off items for college, AMAC wants to remind students and parents not to forget insurance coverage.

“College students will be heading to school soon, some for the first time,” “hat brings a lot of work and preparation, and we want to remind parents and students that insurance shouldn’t get lost in the shuffle.”

Insurance needs and coverage may change when a student moves away to college. Consider these tips to make sure your students are properly covered when they’re off at school:

  • Auto insurance:If your child is taking a car to college, check with your insurance agent about your coverage. The price and coverage of your policy may change based on the city and state where your child will live. In addition, ask whether your insurance company offers a good-student discount for maintaining a certain grade-point average.
  • Homeowners and renters insurance:Ask your agent if your child’s possessions will be covered under your homeowners policy. Some homeowners policies cover a student’s possessions if they live in on-campus housing. If your student will be renting, consider purchasing renters insurance, which averages $8 to $21 per month, depending on the amount of coverage. Some renters wrongly believe their landlord’s insurance will cover their possessions in case of fire, storm damage or theft. Most landlords’ policies only cover the building, not tenants’ possessions. Renters insurance also covers tenants from liability for damage to the landlord’s property, such as a kitchen fire.
  • Health insurance: Most young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance up to age 26, regardless of marital status, financial dependency, enrollment in school or residence. Students should take copies of their insurance cards and check their parents’ health insurance plans to know which physicians and hospitals are in their network while away at school.

This is also a good time to complete a home inventory, which is an itemized checklist of all possessions. A home inventory can make the process of filing a claim much more efficient in the event of fire, storm damage or theft.

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A neurologist
8 years ago

Remember, kids now get to stay on your health insurance until age 26 because of Obamacare!

Hooray! Soon my insurance won’t be able to drop me for my pre-existing condition either! They are already giving me more benefits for my dollar because of it. I am so glad that I won’t be treated poorly by them any more. I am also able to treat more patients and they will have more choice now (the insurance companies won’t force me to drop them).

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