Save with Dave: NEA Vehicle Protection Program

Is your vehicle protected? Well, NEA Member Benefits can assist in providing bumper to bumper coverage:

 

The NEA Vehicle Protection Program offers you the peace-of-mind that comes from not having to worry about the high cost of unexpected auto repairs. Backed by CARCHEX, an A+ Rated BBB Business and nationwide leader in automotive extended warranty protection, the NEA Vehicle Protection Program provides you with the highest level of extended auto warranty coverage at the lowest possible price. By extending warranty coverage beyond the term of your original manufacturer’s warranty, the NEA Vehicle Protection Program lets you steer clear of the high cost of major auto repairs.

 

Purchasing and Using Extended Vehicle Protection is Easy

  • Choose the coverage option and pricing plan that best meets your needs
  • You choose the repair facility—you can use any licensed repair facility in the US or Canada
  • After satisfying any applicable deductible, the repair facility will submit your claim
  • Your claim is paid directly to the repair facility

 

NEA Members are eligible for a $100 discount on any extended vehicle protection policy and also receive the following benefits:

  • We Pay Your Vehicle Repair Bills
  • 0% Easy Payment Plans
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • Car Rental Coverage
  • Hotel and Lodging Coverage
  • Lock-Out Service
  • Emergency Fuel Delivery
  • Flat Tire Change Service
  • Battery Jump Service
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NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program With California Casualty

California Casualty has been a business partner with IEA Member Benefits since 1988. Over 3000 IEA members (it is the most used benefit of all the association benefits available) will testify that this is a great insurance company with competitive pricing and outstanding services.

Plus, there are extra perks (most at no extra charge) you may not find with any other auto insurance company:

  • $500 personal property coverage,
  • deductible waiver if your auto is vandalized at or close to your school,
  • summer or holiday skip payment option,
  • ID defense,
  • rates locked in for a full year (California Casualty had a rate reduction in Idaho this past September),
  • towing and roadside assistance, etc., etc., etc.

See the ad and get a quote for great coverage.

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Take Care of Your Pets

Pets are part of the family too, that’s why pet insurance from Pets Best is available to NEA members.

 What is pet insurance?

Pet insurance helps you pay expensive veterinary bills, so your pet can receive the recommended care they deserve.

How does pet insurance work?

Pet insurance is a reimbursement policy. You choose a reimbursement percentage from 70% up to 90%, and pair it with your desired deductible amount to create a plan that works with your budget.

What’s covered?

Accidents and illness coverage from Pets Best reimburses you for many common procedures and illnesses such as:

• Cancer
• Surgeries
• Prescriptions
• Emergency visits
• X-rays
• And much more…

With Pets Best…

• Premium options are flexible and affordable
• Most claims are paid in 5 days or less!
• Wellness options are available as add-ons
• You can be reimbursed within 5 days or less!
• You can take your pet to any licensed veterinarian in the country
• You pay an annual deductible, not per incident
• You have short waiting periods
• No upper-age restrictions and all breeds are eligible for coverage

Pets Best has you covered—from basic accident and illness plans to routine care—and plans start at less than $1 per day!
The next time you’re faced with an unexpected vet bill, let Pets Best help!

NEA members are eligible for a 5% discount.

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IEA Member Benefits Launches New Website

“No foolin!”  (This is April Fool’s Day, don’tcha know.)

IEA Member Benefits has launched a new website in response to advice from the IEA Technical Specialist. This will make IEA Member Benefits more visible to you, our valued members.  Now you can get to all of the benefits available to you as an association member more quickly.

See us at ieamemberbenefits.org and continue to learn and use the dozens of benefits available to you that makes your membership valuable.  Be sure to bookmark this site.

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May is Member Appreciation Month!

This notice is a month early but we wanted to give you a “heads up” so you can get ready! We’ll remind you again with the May newsletter.

NEA Member Benefits is going all out to celebrate NEA members throughout May! Here’s how we’re appreciating YOU all month long

31 Days of Giving – You’ll have a chance to win awesome daily prizes – or the grand prize of $1,000 – every day in May! Starting at noon ET on May 1, go to neamb.com/appreciation every afternoon to find out that day’s giveaway. You can enter once a day, every day, through May 31.

Limited-time deals and freebies – You’ll also have access to lots of exclusive discounts and gifts to thank you for all the hard work you do every day.

This is our way of saying “thank you” for everything that you do to help shape America’s future.

Don’t miss out: Go to neamb.com/appreciation starting May 1!

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Save with Dave: NEA Life Insurance

NEA Complimentary Life Insurance

At five consecutive years of membership:

  • $1,000 Life
  • $5,000 AD&D
  • $50,000 AD&D on job
  • $150,000 homicide on job

Register or update beneficiary online: www.neamb.com

 

NEA Introductory Term Life Insurance

Free for brand new members of NEA:

  • $15,000 for 12 months at no cost
  • After 12 months choose to continue with no underwriting  and at a low, member-only rate.
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Vision Insurance: A Look at the Basics

What is vision insurance?

Vision insurance provides coverage and savings on the cost of an annual eye exam, prescription eyewear and lenses, contact lenses, and other eye-related services.

What can vision insurance do for me?

You deserve the best vision coverage at the lowest out-of-pocket costs—and VSP® Vision Care delivers. With VSP, you’ll get coverage for the things you care about most:

 

Personalized eye care for you and your family

An annual eye exam that allows your eye care provider to check the health of your eyes and for signs of other health conditions

A wide selection of affordable and stylish eyewear you’ll love

Savings on exams, services, and eyewear—meaning more money in your pocket

What does VSP vision insurance cover?

Everyone needs an annual eye exam, and most families have at least one member who needs glasses or contacts. In addition to a comprehensive eye exam, VSP covers lenses and lens enhancements with low copays or savings on standard pricing. Some plans also cover sunglasses.

VSP providers take the time to get to know your eyes and deliver the best possible care. Many have evening, weekend, and early morning office hours to fit your busy schedule. Visit vsp.com to find a conveniently located VSP provider.

Plus, using your VSP benefit is easy. There are no claims to file when you see a VSP provider.

Contact us.
vsp.com | 800.877.7195

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Your Association’s Got You Covered with No-Cost NEA Life Insurance!

Being a member of the NEA has many advantages, but one of the best benefits your Association provides to eligible NEA members is no-cost life insurance. If you haven’t done so already, take the time now to register or update your beneficiaries for:

NEA® Complimentary Life Insurance (for all eligible members): 

NEA Complimentary Life Insurance is provided at no cost to active, staff, reserve and life members. Coverage is automatic, and members do not have to enroll or apply. Plan benefits include: up to $1,000 of Term Life Insurance, up to $5,000 of Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance ($50,000 for covered accidents that occur on the job or while serving as an Association Leader), and $150,000 of Term Life Insurance for an unlawful homicide while on the job. This insurance is provided through the NEA Members Insurance Trust® and underwritten by The Prudential Insurance Company of America—a trusted NEA partner for more than 50 years. We strongly encourage you to register or update your beneficiary for this coverage at www.neamb.com/complife.

NEA® Introductory Term Life Insurance (for eligible NEW members): 

$15,000 of Term Life Insurance is provided to all eligible new NEA members for 12 months at no cost. Coverage is automatic, and members do not have to enroll or apply. After the initial 12 months of coverage, members may continue their insurance with no medical questions, applications to complete, or evidence of insurability. All that’s required is paying their insurance premium when due. This coverage is also provided by the NEA Members Insurance Trust® and underwritten by The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Register your beneficiary now at www.neamb.com/introlife.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for either of these NEA life insurance programs, please call the Member Service Center toll-free at 1-800-637-4636, email Ask-Us@neamb.com or chat online at www.neamb.com .

NEA Member Benefits (NEA MB) wishes you a successful school year!

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Are You Covered?

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the HO-3 homeowner’s policy. Visit neamb.com for helpful articles and guides regarding member benefits such as homeowners insurance.

Am I covered for direct losses due to fire, lightning, tornadoes, wind storms, hail, explosions, smoke, vandalism and theft?Yes. The HO-3 provides broad coverage for these and other disasters or “perils,” as they are called in the policy, including all those listed in the question. You should check the dollar limits of insurance in your policy and make sure you are comfortable with the amount of insurance you have for specific items. Also, if you live near the Atlantic or Gulf coasts there may be some restrictions on your coverage for wind damage. Ask your agent about windstorm/hurricane deductibles. In areas prone to hailstorms, you may have a specific hail damage deductible.

Are my jewelry and other valuables covered?

The standard policy provides only from $1,000-$2,000 for theft of jewelry. If your jewelry is worth a lot more, you should purchase higher limits. You may wish to add a floater to your policy to cover specific pieces of jewelry and other expensive possessions such as paintings, electronic equipment, stamp collections or silverware, for example. The floater will provide higher limits and protect you from additional risks not covered in your normal policy.

If my house is totally destroyed in a fire and I have $150,000 worth of insurance to cover the structure, will this be enough to rebuild my home?

If the cost of rebuilding your home is equal to or less than $150,000 you would have enough coverage. The HO-3 policy pays for structural damage on a replacement cost basis. If the cost of replacing your home is, say, $120,000, then that is all the insurance you need. On the other hand, if the cost of rebuilding your home is $180,000, then you will be short $30,000.

If you live in an area that is frequently hit by major storms, ask your insurance company about an extended or guaranteed replacement cost policy. This will provide a certain amount over the policy limit to rebuild your home so that if building costs go up unexpectedly, due to high demand for contractors and materials, you will have extra funds to cover the bill.

If you choose not to rebuild your home, you will receive the replacement cost of your home, less depreciation. This is called actual cash value. You should make sure that the amount of insurance you have will cover the cost of rebuilding your house. You can find out what this cost is by talking to your real estate agent or builders in your area.

Do not use the price of your house as the basis for the amount of insurance you purchase. The market price of your house includes the value of the land on which the house is situated. In almost all cases, the land will still be there after a disaster, so you do not need to insure it. You only need to insure the structure.

Am I covered for flood damage?

No. So, if you live in a flood-prone area it may be wise to purchase flood insurance. Flood insurance is provided by the federal government, under a program run by the Federal Insurance Administration. In some parts of the country, homes can be damaged or destroyed by mudslides. This risk is also covered under flood policies. Contact your agent or company representative to get this insurance or call the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-427-4661 or visit its website at www.fema.gov.

A pipe bursts and water flows all over my floors. Am I covered?

Yes. The HO-3 covers you for accidental discharge of water from a plumbing system. You should check your plumbing and heating systems once a year. While you are covered for damage, who needs the mess and hassle?

What if water seeps into my basement from the ground, am I covered?

No. Water seepage is excluded under the HO-3. And if the water seepage is not due to a flood you will not be covered under a flood policy. Seepage is viewed as a maintenance issue and is not covered by insurance. You should see a contractor about waterproofing your basement.

Am I covered for earthquake damage?

No. Earthquake coverage is sold as additional coverage to the homeowner’s policy. To find out whether you should buy this insurance, talk to your agent or company representative. The cost of this coverage can vary significantly from one area to another, depending on the likelihood of a major earthquake.

A neighbor slips on my sidewalk or falls down my porch steps and threatens to take me to court for damages. Does my policy protect me?

Yes. The policy will pay for damages if a fall or other accident on your property is the result of your negligence. It will also pay for the legal costs of defending you against a claim. Also, the medical payments part of your homeowner’s policy will cover medical expenses if a neighbor or guest is injured on your property. You should check to see how much liability protection you have. The standard amount is $100,000. If you feel you need more, consider purchasing higher limits.

A tree falls and damages my roof during a storm. Am I covered?

Yes. You are covered for the damage to your roof. You are also covered for the removal of the tree, generally up to a $500 limit. You should cut down dead or dying trees close to your house and prune branches that are near your house. It’s true that your insurance covers damage, but falling trees and branches can also injure your family.

During a storm, a tree falls but does no damage to my property. Am I covered for the cost of removing the tree?

Your trees and shrubs are covered for losses due to risks like vandalism, theft and fire, but not wind damage. However, if a fallen tree blocks access to your home you may be covered for its removal. Decide if you need extra insurance for the trees, plants and shrubs on your property. You may be able to purchase extra insurance, which will not only cover the cost of removing fallen trees, but will also cover the cost of replacing trees and other plants.

If a storm causes a power outage and all the food in my refrigerator or freezer is spoiled and must be thrown out, can I make a claim?

The general answer is no. However, there are a number of exceptions. In some states, food spoilage is covered under the homeowner’s policy. In addition, if the power loss is due to a break in a power line on or close to your property, you may be covered. You should check with your agent to find out whether you are covered for food spoilage in your state. If not, you can add food spoilage coverage to your policy for an additional premium.

I have children away at college. Are they covered by my homeowner’s insurance?

If they’re full-time college students and part of your household, your insurance generally provides some coverage in a dorm, typically 10% of the contents limit. If they live off campus, some companies may not provide this limited coverage if the apartment is rented in the student’s name.

My golf clubs are stolen from the trunk of my car. Does my homeowner’s policy cover the loss?

Yes. The HO-3 covers your personal property while it is anywhere in the world. However, if your golf clubs are old, you will only get their current value, which may not be enough to purchase a new set. Consider buying a replacement cost endorsement for your personal property. This way you will get what it costs to replace the golf clubs, less the applicable deductible.

I have a small power boat. If it is stolen, am I covered? What if there is a boating accident and I get sued? Am I covered for that?

Whether or not you are covered for either theft or liability depends on the size of the boat, the horsepower of the engine and your insurance company. Coverage for small boats under homeowner’s policies varies significantly. Ask your insurance representative whether you need a boatowner’s policy.

My house is close to the ocean. I’ve heard that if it is destroyed by the wind, the town’s new building code requires me to rebuild the house on stilts. This will add $30,000 to the cost of rebuilding my house. Am I covered for this extra cost?

No. The HO-3 excludes costs caused by ordinances or laws that regulate the construction of buildings. You can purchase an Ordinance or Law endorsement. This will cover the extra costs involved in meeting new building codes.

Am I covered for “Acts of God”?

Sometimes. The term “Acts of God” is not specifically mentioned in homeowner’s insurance policies. It usually refers to natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, as opposed to man-made acts, like theft and auto accidents. Some natural disasters, such as damage from windstorms, hail, lightning and volcanic eruptions, are covered under homeowner’s insurance. Damage from floods and earthquakes is not.

What should I do if my policy provides less coverage than the HO-3?

Review your coverage with your agent. Some older policies provide less coverage than the HO-3. They may not provide coverage for water damage, theft or liability. They may also provide coverage for the house on an actual cash value basis, rather than a replacement cost basis.

“Actual cash value” means replacement cost less depreciation. For example, if your roof is destroyed in a storm, the insurance will only pay for the cost of a new roof less the amount of depreciation of the old roof. If your roof was in great shape, this deduction will not be large. However, if the roof was old and worn out, the deduction for depreciation may be significant.

 

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You Could Win a 2017 Ford Focus!

California Casualty is giving away a 2017 Ford Focus!  The long-standing and popular IEA endorsed auto & home insurance provider cares about IEA Members and their students. California Casualty feels it is their role to focus on you so you can focus on the students. The company is keenly aware that the commitment of our members extends beyond school to home and family. The California Casualty Promise to Drive Focused campaign allows educators, like you, to join the movement to drive undistracted for a chance to win a new 2017 vehicle. It is free to enter. You may also request a rate quote if you’d like. Wouldn’t it be fun if one of our members to win a new car?  Make your promise and enter to win right away.

From the IEA Executive Director

"I feel that being an IEA member is a professional right and responsibility. Partnering with MBC just makes your membership an even more valuable resource."

Sue (Scott) Wigdorski
Idaho Education Association
Executive Director

From the IEA President

“The IEA is the voice for public education in Idaho, the leader in professional development opportunities, and the greatest source for support for the education profession. Having access to discounts from an array of vendors through Member Benefits is an added bonus for members!”

Kari Overall
President
Idaho Education Association

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