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by Tony Novak, CPA, MBA, MT, NAHU certified consumer driven health care consultant,10/31/2011
An insurance beneficiary is the person who is paid the proceeds of an insurance claim. In many cases the beneficiary is the same as the policy owner. But when the policy owner dies before a claim is settled the settlement proceeds are paid to the person(s) named as a beneficiary for the policy? We tend to focus on the role of beneficiaries for a life insurance policy. Few people think about beneficiaries for health insurance policies. Yet since a large portion of our medical expenses accrue in the months before death, the issue is often important. Additionally, many of today's hybrid insurance policies, especially group insurance, includes both health benefits and a death benefit. The initial policy beneficiary is named in the application for insurance. Perhaps you skipped that non-essential section of the application or don't remember it. Or perhaps your health plan always assumes that the estate of the policyholder is the beneficiary. Yet every health insurance policy has one or more beneficiaries.
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