A Vet's Review of Pet Partners / AKC Pet Insurance

by Frances Wilkerson, DVM

This review discusses coverage and payout structure

To get the most from this review, please read the Guide to Pet Insurance first.
For a detailed look at AKC, see AKC's Comparison Sheet.



Overview

AKC has offered pet insurance since 2003. This review refers to the following plans: Essential Plan; Essential Plus Plan; Wellness Plan; Wellness Plus Plan.



Coverage Overview

In general, AKC Pet Insurance covers diagnostics and lab tests, surgery, treatments, hospitalization, and prescription medications for accidents/injuries and illnesses as long as the condition is not pre-existing, has not occurred during the waiting period, and you have not reached your maximum payout limits.

AKC Pet Insurance does not cover exam fees unless you purchase the ExamPlus addon.

Non-routine dental coverage is limited.



Coverage For Chronic Diseases & Continual Coverage For Chronic Diseases

AKC pet insurance does not cover some very common chronic diseases unless you purchase their InheritedPlus addon. These include but are not limited to: diabetes mellitus/insipidus and osteoarthritis. Coverage for these types of chronic diseases must be apart of any pet insurance plan you purchase as these are common ailments seen in older pets. (See: 5 Points of Coverage Your Pet Insurance Plan Must Have).


Also, if your pet develops a chronic disease that is hereditary or congenital in nature you will not be covered unless you purchase their InheritedPlus addon.

The InheritedPlus addon has additional waiting periods and is only available to pets enrolled before the age of 2.



Hereditary & Congenital Coverage

AKC Pet Insurance does not cover hereditary and congenital conditions including hip dysplasia unless you purchase their InheritedPlus addon.

The InheritedPlus addon has additional waiting periods and is only available to pets enrolled before the age of 2.


Hereditary / congenital coverage is one of the important pieces of coverage that must be part of any pet insurance plan. (See: 5 Points of Coverage Your Pet Insurance Plan Must Have).



Cancer Coverage

AKC Pet Insurance offers cancer coverage but... if the cancer is shown to be due to hereditary or genetic reasons, it may not be covered unless you purchase their InheritedPlus addon which has additional waiting periods and is only available to pets enrolled before the age of 2.



Coverage For Breed Specific Conditions

Breed Specific Medical Conditions occur as hereditary and congenital issues and as chronic medical diseases. AKC Pet Insurance does not cover hereditary or congenital conditions unless you purchase their InheritedPlus addon which has additional waiting periods and is only available to pets enrolled before the age of 2.



Maximum Payout Structure

AKC has a per-incident maximum payout structure combined with an annual maximum payout structure. Therefore, there is a maximum you will receive per-incident depending on the plan you purchase.

AKC's per-incident maximum payout structure may work for people whose calculated "Worst Case Scenario Costs" are on the low end to moderate range... but if your calculated "Worst Case Scenario Costs" are on the high end, the payout may not meet your needs. (See: Picking the Right Maximum Payout)



Summary of Coverage and Payout Structure

Gotchas

  • No hereditary or congenital coverage unless you purchase the InheritedPlus addon
  • Some very common chronic medical conditions are not covered unless you purchase the InheritedPlus addon
  • If a cancer is shown to be hereditary or genetic, it may not be covered unless you purchase the InheritedPlus addon
  • The InheritedPlus addon is only available to pet who are enrolled before the age of two (2).
  • The per-incident payout structure may not be enough for those with high "Worst Case Scenario Costs"



Good Points

  • Coverage when travel out of state or to Canada



Additional Comments Regarding All Pet Insurance Companies:

  • Make sure you research what customers are saying about the company. A company may have the 5 components that should be part of a pet insurance plan, but the company may not be a hit with customers. Sites to check include but are not limited to, Yelp.com and PetInsuranceReview.com. Things to look for include but are not limited to: How fast are payments paid?, What are customers saying about the pre-existing conditions policy?, How often are claims denied and for what reason?, What is the customer service experience like?
  • Make sure you understand what the waiting periods are.
  • Make sure you understand their bilateral conditions policy.
  • Make sure you understand any requirements that you must adhere to to maintain coverage.
  • Make sure you read the terms and conditions to get a thorough understanding of all exclusions.
  • Make sure you understand how and when your premium can increase.
  • If you change plan levels, there is a possibility that all medical conditions present under the old plan will be considered pre-existing in the new plan. Make sure you ask the company if this is the case.
  • For some companies, pre-existing conditions can be based on symptoms alone, a diagnosis is not needed. For example, if your pet had a cough before you applied for pet insurance and this cough was discussed and written in the pet's medical record, there is the possibility that all future cough conditions, no matter what the cause, would be considered pre-existing - even if there was no treatment given. Make sure you ask the company if this is the case.
  • Pet insurance companies are businesses. The top priority of any business is to make a profit for their stakeholders. Pet insurance companies can and may change your rates and terms to meet that top priority. A change of business ownership or underwriters can also be a catalyst for changes in your rates and terms.

    When you purchase pet insurance make sure you have a realistic understanding of this and how it can affect you.


Additional Reviews:

AKC | ASPCA | Embrace | Figo | Healthy Paws | PetFirst | PetPlan | Pets Best | Trupanion | VPI | 24 Pet Watch


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