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I cringe each time I see major insurance carriers advertising their coverage using “save ___% in __ minutes” or “name your own price” deceptive sales pitches. Most sophisticated consumers understand that in order to significantly lower insurance costs, certain sacrifices in protection (known or unknown) lurk somewhere in the fine print.

Meanwhile —- there IS a way to purchase high limit personal excess liability (often referred to as “umbrella” coverage) at costs between 30 and 50% below the prevailing market costs. Often, coverage enhancements can be included that even expand the protection normally available with such policies. More coverage at a lower cost —– but how?

As always, there is a “catch”: more protection for less money can be arranged only when carriers are presented with a large enough group of applicants who comprise an eligible “Group”. “Group Personal Excess Liability” (GPEL) is a concept that has been around for decades, and is regarded as a valuable voluntary benefit at many large corporations.

The leading underwriters for this product are Chubb, CNA, Chartis, Fireman’s Fund and Ace. The differences in eligibility, costs, and coverage features offered by each carrier are subtle, yet important. Generally, the program is most successful in a workplace with a group of 10 or more participants seeking liability limits of $5 million or more. For larger groups, the coverage enhancements, ease of enrollment and cost discounts can become very meaningful. I’d be happy to have a conversation to help you examine whether this program can benefit you and others you know, or clients you advise.

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