Insure U - Get Ready Resources for parents-to-be
Get Ready resources from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the California Department of Insurance help new parents get smart about insurance.
From renovating a home for a new baby to teaching a teenager safe driving habits and everything in between, Americans work hard to keep their children safe. Yet despite best intentions, on average, parents spend an estimated $11.5 billion annually on injuries to children. 1
CDI is encouraging parents to educate themselves about the safety risks and insurance implications of raising a child to reduce injuries, save money and potentially even save a life.
To help consumers get smart about insurance before the unpredictable happens, CDI encourages consumers to access Get Ready resources for new parents. The resource kit includes a variety of tips and tools, such as eye-opening statistics, challenging questions to consider and a Take Action Now checklist of things to do, even before a little one arrives.
Eye-opening statistics include:
- Parents spend an estimated $241,000 on child-related necessities from birth to age 17.2
- Forty-four percent of playground equipment injuries occur at home. 3
Questions to consider include:
- Am I prepared financially should my child need special medical treatment?
- What is my/our responsibility if another child gets hurt while playing at our house?
If you are about to become a new parent, some steps to include:
- Find out how your health plan covers prenatal and neo-natal screenings and emergency procedures, such as a C-section.
- Before your due date, find out the deadline for registering a newborn with your health insurance company.
Get Ready resources for new parents are available at InsureUOnline.org.
- Am I prepared financially should my child need special medical attention?
- What’s our plan for childcare?
- How do I know if I have the right car for my new family?
- What is my liability if another child gets hurt while playing at our house, such as on a swing set or trampoline? How can I be sure my home is kid-safe and I am protected financially?
- What would happen to my child if I or my spouse were no longer able to take care of him/her?
- “Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable.” http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/
- “Parents Projected to Spend $241,080 to Raise a Child Born in 2012, According to USDA Report.” United States Department of Agriculture; August 14, 2013. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2013/08/0160.xml
- “Injuries and Investigated Deaths Associated with Playground Equipment.” Consumer Product Safety Commission; October 29, 2009. http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/108596/playground.pdf