A Vet's Review of Embrace 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 Embrace, see Embrace's Comparison Sheet.



Overview

Embrace has offered pet insurance since 2006. This review refers to the following plans: Plan 1, Plan 2, and Customizable.



Coverage Overview

In general, Embrace Pet Insurance covers examinations, diagnostics and lab tests, surgery, treatments, and hospitalization 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.

Coverage for prescription medications must be purchased as an additional add-on.

Non-routine dental coverage is limited.



Coverage For Chronic Diseases & Continual Coverage For Chronic Diseases

Embrace Pet Insurance covers chronic diseases and provides continual coverage for chronic conditions as long as your pet is not showing signs and the disease has not been diagnosed or suspected prior to enrollment or during the waiting period.



Hereditary & Congenital Coverage

Hereditary, breed-specific and genetic conditions, including hip dysplasia are covered by Embrace Pet Insurance as long as your pet is not showing signs and the disease has not been diagnosed or suspected prior to enrollment or during the waiting period.

I would like to see more clarity on whether or not Congential issues are covered.


Cancer Coverage

Embrace covers cancer conditions as long as your pet is not showing signs and the disease has not been diagnosed or suspected prior to enrollment or during the waiting period.

However, if your pet has been diagnosed or treated for cancer before your policy effective date or during the waiting period, your pet will not be covered for any further incidences of any type of cancer in any location in the body.



Coverage For Breed Specific Conditions

Embrace covers breed specific medical conditions, as long as your pet is not showing signs and the disease has not been diagnosed or suspected prior to enrollment or during the waiting period.



Maximum Payout Structure

Embrace has an annual maximum payout structure combined with a maximum lifetime payout structure. The highest annual maximum under this policy is $15,000 per year and the maximum lifetime payout is $50,000. This payout structure is enough to cover most people's "Worst Case Scenario Costs".

Embrace policies have a clause that allows the company to dispute claims for procedures done by your veterinarian that they deem were not medically necessary. This clause could limit the medical procedures that are covered.



Summary of Coverage and Payout Structure

Gotchas

  • Covers cancer, but if your pet has been diagnosed or treated for cancer before your policy effective date or during the waiting period, your pet will not be covered for any further incidences of any type of cancer in any location in the body
  • Prescription medication coverage is an additional add-on



Good Points

  • Strong underwriter
  • Can use any licensed veterinarian you choose
  • Offers a variety of annual max payouts that will meet most people's "Worst Case Scenario Costs"



Additional Comments Regarding All Pet Insurance Companies:

  • 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 | Healthy Paws | PetFirst | PetPlan | Pets Best | Purina | Trupanion | VPI | 24 Pet Watch


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