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If you have been in an at-fault car accident, it will affect your monthly insurance payments. However, you can save up to 40% of what most insurers are offering you. See how.
While Medicare and Medi-Cal are healthcare insurance assistance plans designed to help people, they are not the same. See if you qualify for one or both.
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Life insurance is generally not taxable, but there are a few exceptions. See when and how you get taxed on a cash value policy and more.
Given the frequency of accidental deaths, having an AD&D insurance policy that covers you and your family can be essential. See how it works.
Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is insurance you must buy if you cannot meet the 20% down payment for a private mortgage loans. See how it works.
Water damage can leave you with thousands of dollars in losses. See how renters insurance can help.
If you do not have homeowners insurance and your lender finds out, they will likely put force-placed insurance on your home. See what you can do to prevent this exorbitant cost.
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