GLOSSARY TERMS & DEFINITIONS
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Below we have provided a compiled glossary/dictionary that is based on the most typical and common Insurance Terms & Definitions used in the industry. Please be advised that any Coverages and/or Benefits listed below may not be available in your state and could be subject to actual policy language. Some coverages and/or benefits might be offered at an additional cost if they are available and applicable to your specific policy.
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Coverage for losses above the limit of an underlying policy or policies such as homeowners and auto insurance. While it applies to losses over the dollar amount in the underlying policies, terms of coverage are sometimes broader than those of underlying policies.
A form of annuity contract that gives purchasers the freedom to choose among certain optional features in their contract.
UNDERINSURANCE - UNDERINSURED
The result of the policyholder’s failure to buy sufficient insurance. An underinsured policyholder may only receive part of the cost of replacing or repairing damaged items covered in the policy.
Insurance professional who underwrites a policy to help determine the risk and rates. See "underwriting" definition below.
Examining, accepting, or rejecting insurance risks and classifying the ones that are accepted, in order to charge appropriate premiums for them.
The insurer’s profit on the insurance sale after all expenses and losses have been paid. When premiums aren’t sufficient to cover claims and expenses, the result is an underwriting loss. Underwriting losses are typically offset by investment income.
The portion of a premium already received by the insurer under which protection has not yet been provided. The entire premium is not earned until the policy period expires, even though premiums are typically paid in advance.
Risks for which it is difficult for someone to get insurance.
UNINSURED MOTORISTS COVERAGE
Portion of an auto insurance policy that protects a policyholder from uninsured, underinsured and hit-and-run drivers.