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The Moneywise Podcast is hosted by Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi of Shalin Financial and Jennifer Stucky with the A. I. Group. Topics discussed are insurance, employee benefits and money saving ideas for individuals and business owners for their personal and group benefits. R. J. and Jennifer have been in the insurance and financial services industry for more than 15 years and have assisted hundreds of individuals and business owners for their insurance and financial services needs. The podcast is sposored by www.ShalinFinancial.com and can also by www.theaigroup.com

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The Moneywise Podcast is hosted by Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi of Shalin Financial and Jennifer Stucky with the A. I. Group. Topics discussed are insurance, employee benefits and money saving ideas for individuals and business owners for their personal and group benefits. R. J. and Jennifer have been in the insurance and financial services industry for more than 15 years and have assisted hundreds of individuals and business owners for their insurance and financial services needs. The podcast is sposored by www.ShalinFinancial.com and can also by www.theaigroup.com

    Do You Need Visitors Health Insurance?

    Do You Need Visitors Health Insurance?

    On this episode of the Moneywise podcast, Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi is joined by his long time colleague Kirit Ghandi to talk about travel insurance.  Kirit is originally from Bombay India, and has resided in Atlanta for nearly four decades. A pioneer of the Indian Community, he is a founding member of IACA, ICRC, and Gujarati Samaj.  Kirit is a Georgia Tech Engineering graduate (B.S. and M.S.) who has enjoyed many successful years in the technical field.  A Registered Life and Health Insurance Agent, he has been associated with Shalin Financial since 2004 while providing fulltime guidance and services to individuals and businesses in the area of Insurance and Financial well being.  Jennifer Stukey will be back on future episodes of the Money Wise podcast.  Today's topic is appropriate for this time of year, looking into traveler's and visitor's insurance policies. These would be policies purchased when traveling outside of your home country, providing protections in case of medical emergencies or other issues occuring outside of primary coverage. It should be considered as another part of the overall travel expenses.  Check your own policy specifically for coverage in the areas that you will be traveling, to determine whether you are covered for medical emergencies. Out of Network deductibles may be double the amount of in-network deductibles for today's popular, preferred provider policies.  R.J. relates a story of a fellow traveler in Tibet who fell from a yak, and broke her shoulder in four places. Unfortunately, there was no medical evacuation services available in the area, so the entire expedition had to escort her back to Katmandu for treatment. Her traveler insurance policy covered the medical expenses that she incurred.  Look closely at the policy's clauses regarding pre-existing conditions and illnesses or injuries that occur as a reslut of a pre-existing condition, which might not be covered. Policies that are comprehensive in nature where there is a deductible but no caps on hospital stays etc., might be a best option.  And you may find some high-risk activities are excluded from your coverage.  Other types of insurance include trip cancellations, lost luggage and other services offered by cruise lines and travel agents.  The question arises as to where to get these policies, is the home country better or from the country of travel. This really depends on your level of comfort, as many find that having an insurance agent to work with in the home country prior to travel provides the most secure feeling.  Check out the Visitors Health Plans page on ShalinFinancial.com for more information.    Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi of Shalin Financial & Jennifer Stucky with The A. I. Group have been in the insurance and financial services for over 15 years and have assisted hundreds of individuals and groups for their insurance and employee benefits needs. For questions, they can be reached at Rajesh Jyotishi:  770-451-1932, Jennifer Stucky: (770) 664-5526. Theme music for the Money Wise podcast is Now or Never, available on the album Carpe Diem.

    The Money Wise Podcast Episode 8 - A Primer on Medicare

    The Money Wise Podcast Episode 8 - A Primer on Medicare

    On this episode of the Moneywise podcast, Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi and Jennifer Stucky discuss the complexities of the Medicare system, eligibility requirements and various options of coverage.  The primary location for accessing information about Medicare is the web site at Medicare.gov and we highly recommend working with an advisor who is an expert in this field.  Medicare is health insurance for U.S. citizens and lawful resident aliens over the age of 65.  Some exceptions can be made for individuals with disabilities.  Historical information about this social insurance program can be found here.  In some cases the coverage can be purchased if applicants do not meet the eligibility requirements.  Medicare can be broken into four coverages.  It is important to be aware of the timeliness of the application requirements for eligibility.    Part A - Hospitalization Part B - Doctor's visits Part C - Medicare Advantage plans, supplemental to the above coverages provided by insurance companies. Part D - Prescription benefits are also provided by traditional insurance companies.  So, what are some of the insights we can provide when looking at participating in a Medicare Advantage plan.    Make sure your healthcare provider is in the Network The prescriptions you are taking are in the Formulary Make sure that emergency coverages are available internationally if planning on travel  RJ was recently at a conference where it was discussed that on January 1, 2011 over 10,000 seniors will be reaching the age of 65, and each day after, another 10,000 will reach that age of eligibility. It is this influx of Baby Boomers that is challenging the financial viability of the Social Security and Medicare systems.  To stay on top of this complicated and shifting topic, work with a qualified financial advisor and pay close attention to changes in legislation.  Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi of Shalin Financial & Jennifer Stucky with The A. I. Group have been in the insurance and financial services for over 15 years and have assisted hundreds of individuals and groups for their insurance and employee benefits needs. For questions, they can be reached at Rajesh Jyotishi:  770-451-1932, Jennifer Stucky: (770) 664-5526. Theme music for the Money Wise podcast is Now or Never, available on the album Carpe Diem.

    Healthcare Reform; An Update

    Healthcare Reform; An Update

    Since we have reached the date of October 1, 2010 there are implementations of the Healthcare reform act that we would like to call to your attention.  There are several provisions that apply at the time of the first renewal of a plan post September 23rd, so this first day of October is significant for many employers. A first item to address is the extension of coverage for adult children up to the age of 26.  This is regardless of marital status or whether child is a student.  January 1, 2011 will find that over the counter medications will be excluded from reimbursement in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's). For some plans that are not grandfathered, plans will now have to provide preventive care at 100%. There will no longer be allowable deductibles or co-pays.  The definition of preventive care can be found at U.S. Preventive Services Task force web site.   A new provision eliminates any pre-existing conditions for children under the age of nineteen. Plans can no longer excludes pre-existing conditions, in particular this is having a big impact on individual plans.  Grandfathered provisions must be looked at carefully regarding what compliance factors must be adhered to when looking at renewals.  Provisions such as patient protection and 100% preventive care can be determinants  Losing grandfathered status can come about if you significantly cut or reduce benefits, you cannot raise co-insurance to your employees, and you cannot significantly raise co-pays. They can only be raised by $5.  This applies to all size groups.  Finally, as an employer, you cannot change insurance companies and must not pass any additional rate hikes on to employees.  On Good Morning America this morning they announced a web site called Healthcare.gov, that is a great resource on information regarding the changes being made under Healthcare Reform.        Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi of Shalin Financial & Jennifer Stucky with The A. I. Group have been in the insurance and financial services for over 15 years and have assisted hundreds of individuals and groups for their insurance and employee benefits needs. For questions, they can be reached at Rajesh Jyotishi:  770-451-1932, Jennifer Stucky: (770) 664-5526. Theme music for the Money Wise podcast is Now or Never, available on the album Carpe Diem.

    Is Medical Tourism a Good Option?

    Is Medical Tourism a Good Option?

    With the cost of healthcare and insurance increasing, Medical Tourism is becoming an interesting option for many individuals seeking medical procedures. Medical Tourism is a way of getting care provided by a healthcare practitioner in another country, some times with a vacation or tourism activities included. Steve Forbes made a statement in 2007, that Medical Tourism is expected be a $30 Billion dollar industry by the year 2010. In this issue of the Moneywise podcast, Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi and Jennifer Stucky discuss the pro's and con's of medical tourism and what you should look out for when considering this option.   Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi of Shalin Financial & Jennifer Stucky with The A. I. Group have been in the insurance and financial services for over 15 years and have assisted hundreds of individuals and groups for their insurance and employee benefits needs. For questions, they can be reached at Rajesh Jyotishi:  770-451-1932, Jennifer Stucky: (770) 664-5526. Theme music for the Money Wise podcast is Now or Never, available on the album Carpe Diem.

    What You Need to Know about Disability Income Insurance

    What You Need to Know about Disability Income Insurance

    Podcast No. 6 Understanding Disability Income Insurance Disability vs. Other Events In any single year: Death - 1 out of every 106 people Home fire - 1 out of every 88 homes Serious auto accident - 1 out of every 70 autos Disability - 1 out of every 8 people (at least 8 days) Sources: National Safety Council American Society of Actuaries Commissioners’ Disability Table National Center for Health Statistics   Disability is 16 times more likely than death to cause foreclosure: Death 3% Disability 48% Source: Federal Housing Administration Many of the conditions that once would have killed people are leaving them disabled instead. Like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc. Percentage of people who can expect to suffer a disability lasting at least 90 days before reaching age 65. If a disability of 90 days or more lasts two years, it will probably continue longer, even for life: Social Security Facts Definition: Inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which has lasted or could be expected to last for a continuous period of 12 months or result in death. Impairment must be so severe that individual is unable to engage in substantial gainful work that exists in the immediate area in which applicant lives; a specific job vacancy exists; applicant would be hired. Average benefits: $570/mo. If Your Three Most Valuable Assets Were Worth: $20,000 $200,000 $2,000,000 Which Would You Insure? Do you have your car insured? Do you have your home insured? Doesn’t it make sense to have your income insured?   Short term vs Long Term Disability Insurance Group vs Individual DI policies. Do you really need benefits payable to age 65? How much benefit can you qualify for? What about doctors and professionals who need large amounts of coverage? How to shop for rates? What to look for in a disability income policies? Definition of disability Waiting periods Benefit periods Guaranteed renewable or Non-cancellable Cost of living riders Residual disability benefits Catastrophic benefit option.   Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi of Shalin Financial & Jennifer Stucky with The A. I. Group have been in the insurance and financial services for over 15 years and have assisted hundreds of individuals and groups for their insurance and employee benefits needs. For questions, they can be reached at Rajesh Jyotishi:  770-451-1932, Jennifer Stucky: (770) 664-5526.   You can Listen, Subscribe & Download on itunes Theme music for the Money Wise podcast is "Now or Never" written by Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi on an upcoming CD called Carpe Diem.

    Group vs Individual Benefits in Georgia

    Group vs Individual Benefits in Georgia

    Podcast No. 5 Group vs. Individual Health Benefits in GA One question we get asked very often from small business owners is, which type of health plan is better for me in GA?  An individual health insurance plan or a group health plan? The answers may surprise you! In this issue of Moneywise  Jennifer Stucky and Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi discuss the pros and cons of each arrangements.  Some of the questions addressed in this podcast are: What does it take to form a group health plan? Health Insurance:  Group vs. Individual Main benefits of group plans          Main benefits for individual health plans.                Life & Disability insurance:  Group vs. Individual Dental:  Group vs Individual Other Ancillary benefits: Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi of Shalin Financial & Jennifer Stucky with The A. I. Group have been in the insurance and financial services for over 15 years and have assisted hundreds of individuals and groups for their insurance and employee benefits needs. For questions, they can be reached at Rajesh Jyotishi:  770-451-1932, Jennifer Stucky: (770) 664-5526.   You can Listen, Subscribe & Download on itunes Theme music for the Money Wise podcast is "Now or Never" written by Rajesh (R. J.) Jyotishi on an upcoming CD called Carpe Diem.

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