Common examples of qualifying events
Some changes that typically count as qualifying events:
- Changing ownership
- Changing business focus
- Expanding your employee base
- Expanding your business property
- Expanding your business location
- Reducing your business production
Sometimes, you might not realize that your business has undergone a qualifying event that could affect your insurance. For instance, as your company grows, you might add more products or services, hire more employees, open new locations or acquire new company vehicles. These changes could mean you need additional insurance coverage.
Internal changes in company governance, such as succession planning, can also necessitate an insurance review. Check with your insurance company on what they consider qualifying events.
How do qualifying events typically impact your insurance coverage?
Qualifying events can impact your coverage in one of these ways:
- You could lose coverage
- You could end up with too little or too much coverage
- New items aren’t insured
- New employees aren’t covered
- New facilities aren’t insured or aren’t covered enough
- New inventories aren’t insured or aren’t covered enough
Your insurance premiums will likely change based on the new coverage after a qualifying event. If the event increases the need for coverage, you can expect your premiums to go up.
On the other hand, if the event reduces your need for coverage, your premiums could decrease. Each situation is unique and comes with its own set of needs. However, it’s important to note that any changes to your coverage usually need to be made within 30 days of the event to ensure you’re fully protected.
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