Do you know about our Claims Advocacy Team?
When you get your life insurance, trauma cover, income protection insurance or health insurance though a Plus4 adviser, you automatically have access to the Plus4 Claims Advocacy Team. This is a great benefit, let us explain why.
If we believe a claim has been unjustly denied, this team will get together and take a closer look at the wording of the policy, the circumstances of the claim and appeal to the insurance provider on your behalf.
While this isn’t a legal service, it provides another layer of accountability to the insurance providers, and is a good first step before escalating a claim dispute to the ombudsman (the Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman Scheme resolves complaints about insurance and financial services.)
Our Claims Advocacy team are rarely assembled, as we find our customers seldom have claims denied. There are a few reasons for this:
- Insurance providers pay out
It might sound a bit simple, but it is true. If everything in your application is in order, and the event is covered in your policy, insurance providers pay 100% of all legitimate claims.
- Our customers have bought their policies through an adviser
A simple way to increase your chances of having a claim covered is by buying insurance through an adviser – just like Plus4. We read the fine print, so we always confirm that what you are buying covers your circumstances. This means you are unlikely to have a nasty surprise at claim time.
- Our customers didn’t buy their policies through a bank
If you have bought your insurance through an adviser, it means you didn’t buy it through a bank. We have written before about our reservations regarding buying insurance from banks, including non-industry standard exclusions, which can lead to claims being denied when they may have been otherwise covered.
- The importance of full disclosure
On the rare occasions claims are denied, it is usually the result of a lack of disclosure. When we help clients choose a policy, we also guide them through the paperwork for the application. The paperwork can seem like a hassle at the time, but the effort pays off when it comes to making a claim.
If you want to know more about our Claims Advocacy Team, or talk about making sure you are covered come claim time, get in touch with one of our advisers.