April, 2011 Shaken and Stirred
The horrific images and aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami should be a call to action for property owners and public officials, and not just in California. There are known (and unknown...Read more
February, 2011 Ignore Ads When Buying Insurance
"I would encourage people to completely ignore the marketing materials you receive from the insurers. The information is geared to persuade people to buy the product. It doesn't explain the benefits...Read more
February, 2011 Here's to a Healthier New Year
As pieces of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect, UP will continue to explain new options and rules . In our June 2010 Tip of the Month we touched on the new protection that...Read more
December, 2010 Take advantage and share the wealth
Take advantage of the wealth of information at www.uphelp.org and our network of professional insurance consumer advocates throughout the United States. We add new content to our website every week...Read more
December, 2010 P-U! Is sewage backup covered?
Stinky sewage back-up and overflowing drains are a very common cause of damage to homes and businesses, especially those located in flat areas or near the bottom of slopes. Many policies now exclude...Read more
October, 2010 Whose money is talking?
Whether it's a damage report from a vendor hired by your insurer or a political ad...a savvy consumer needs to know whose money is behind the message. Is there a hidden agenda or can you trust what...Read more
October, 2010 Your Home, Your Choice
Whether your home was damaged by something as wild as a tornado or as commonplace as an overflowing washing machine, your insurer may suggest a contractor to do the repairs. They may call them "...Read more
October, 2010 Water water everywhere…and not a drop of coverage?
We're not there yet, but we're getting close, and UP is trying to stop the trend. It's commonly known that you have to buy separate coverage for flood damage because it's been excluded under most...Read more
August, 2010 Hot button words to avoid when making an insurance claim
When talking to a claim representative or insurer, it's wise to choose your words carefully. A claim can get off to a bad start if you report it using "hot button" words like "mold" or "flood." Those...Read more
August, 2010 Recent graduates: You can go home again ... (at least for health insurance!)
Whether your graduating baby bird is returning to the nest or taking flight, you want them to have health insurance. Most students lose their coverage when they turn 19 or graduate high school or...Read more