Notice to Mississippi Residents
MISSISSIPPI INSURER DISCLOSURE OF IMPORTANT POLICY PROVISIONS
Please read below for important information to help you understand our coverage.
Underwriter, Producer, Brand Information
Please read below for important information to help you understand our coverage. Your coverage starts on the effective date listed on the Declarations Page.
Chronic condition. “Chronic condition” means a condition that can be treated or
managed, but not cured.
Congenital anomaly or disorder. “Congenital anomaly or disorder” means a condition that is present from birth, whether inherited or caused by the environment, which may cause or contribute to illness or disease.
Hereditary disorder. “Hereditary disorder” means an abnormality that is genetically transmitted from parent to offspring and may cause illness or disease.
Orthopedic. “Orthopedic” Refers to conditions affecting the bones, skeletal muscle, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and joints, including, but not limited to, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc degeneration, patellar luxation and cranial cruciate ligament ruptures but not including cancers or metabolic, hemopoietic or autoimmune diseases.
Preexisting condition. “Preexisting condition” means a condition for which any of the following are true prior to the effective date of a pet insurance policy:
Renewal. “Renewal” means to issue and deliver at the end of an insurance policy period a policy which supersedes a policy previously issued and delivered by the same pet insurer or affiliated pet insurer and which provides types and limits of coverage substantially similar to those contained in the policy being superseded.
Veterinarian. “Veterinarian” means an individual who holds a valid license to practice veterinary medicine from the appropriate licensing entity in the jurisdiction in which the individual practices.
Veterinary expenses. “Veterinary expenses” means the costs associated with medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment that a veterinarian provides, including the cost of a drug a veterinarian prescribes.
Waiting period. Means the period of time specified in a pet insurance policy that is required to transpire before some or all of the coverage in the policy can begin. Waiting periods may not be applied to renewals of existing coverage.
Determination of Claim Payouts
Premium Increases Due to Pet Age and Geographic Location
There are WAITING PERIODS that apply before certain coverages are effective. For accident and illness policies, a 14 day illness coverage waiting period applies to the first policy period. Any Illness, congenital anomaly or disorder, hereditary disorder and orthopedic illness that occur during or before a waiting period are considered pre-existing and excluded from coverage.
You may elect at your cost to pursue a Waiting Period Health Assessment. If you and your pet meet the requirements of the Waiting Period Health Assessment, then the waiting period may be modified. A copy is available online or by calling customer service.
In order for us to modify the waiting period, you must meet each of the following requirements:
- A qualifying exam of your pet by a veterinarian that includes an assessment of all body systems and parts;
- Results of the exam need to be documented at the time of exam on our completed Waiting Period Assessment Form;
- The qualifying exam may occur within 3 days prior to or 7 days after your initial policy effective date; and
- The Waiting Period Assessment Form must be provided to us within 30 calendar days of your qualifying exam.
If the Waiting Period Health Assessment requirements are met, the waiting period will be waived to either the policy period effective date or the day after the qualifying exam, whichever is later. This waiver does not alter the pre‐existing conditions exclusion.