In searching for a topic that could wake me up and get my brain flowing this Monday morning I got a bit sidetracked looking at this article on Above the Law. (As a side note, if you never surf that site, Above the Law is always good for some laughs . . . and some tears).
Anyway, looking at the claims of Thomas Jefferson somehow lead to an actual insurance topic. Sallie Mae is now entering the world of tuition insurance. Tuition insurance provides coverage for students’ tuition when they are forced to leave school mid-term for a physical or mental illness. Here is NY Times coverage on the plan. This article sparked some interesting comments, which you can read here due to the plan’s differing payouts for physical/mental health claims (100% payout for physical, 75% for mental health).
In April, when I first saw an article about Worker’s Comp, a TV show pilot following the inner-workings of an insurance company, I couldn’t believe there was enough humor to base an entire comedy series on the topic. Today, I stand corrected. After seeing this blog post on InsuranceQuotes, and being incredibly amused by the thought of someone coughing their way to $1 million, I did a little digging. Turns out people have attempted some crazy (read hilarious) things to try to squeeze some money out of their insurance carriers. For instance, Fox Business reported on a person attempting to put a mouse in their soup (but forgetting that there would be no soup in the poor critter’s lungs or alternatively, that they needed to cook the mouse in soup), and a man who attempted to collect on his home and car insurance after throwing flaming cooking pans into his car and on his couch. Then there is this article, from InsureMe, which, believe it or not, reports on a man who successfully claimed against a homeowner’s insurance policy for undue mental anguish after breaking into the home, locking himself in the garage, and having to live off of dog food and soda until the homeowner returned.
While there seems to be plenty of humor for a television show, there is also an important message in these articles. The insurance company will investigate claims, they have the resources to give mouse autopsies, and insurance fraud is not a smart get rich quick scheme.