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Malpractice Insurance

Professional liability coverage for physicians, lawyers, and other specialists against suits alleging negligence or errors and omissions that have harmed clients.

Managed Care

Arrangement between an employer or insurer and selected providers to provide comprehensive health care at a discount to members of the insured group and coordinate the financing and delivery of health care.

Mandated Benefits

Benefits that health insurance plans are required by state or federal law to provide to policyholders and eligible dependents.

Mandatory Supplemental Benefits 

Additional benefits included in Medicare coordinated care plans that are required to be purchased by you. These benefits will differ among Medicare Advantage plans.

Managed Care 

Generally a health care delivery system that links doctors, hospitals and an insurance plan to deliver care to the plan's members with the intent of improving quality and reducing costs. Health insurance can manage care in a number of ways, including requiring members to choose a primary care provider, to obtain the primary care provider's permission to see a specialist and to use only providers with the plan's network of providers.

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Managed Care Plan 

Any health plan that requires or creates incentives for an enrollee to use providers that are owned, managed, or under contract with the insurer offering the health benefit plan.

Marine Insurance

Coverage for goods in transit, and for the commercial vehicles that transport them, on water and over land. The term can also apply to inland marine, but it generally applies more to ocean marine insurance. Covers damage or destruction of a ship's hull and cargo and perils include collision, sinking, capsizing, being stranded, fire, piracy, and jettisoning cargo to save other property. Wear and tear, dampness, mold, and war are not included.

Market Value 

A real estate term that describes what the current value of your home would be if you were to sell it--including the price of the land. This amount generally is not involved in determining what amount to purchase under a homeowner's policy. Since the object of most property insurance policies is to pay the insured the actual cash value or the cost to repair or replace the damaged or destroyed property, the "market" or "book" values are not used in loss settlements.

McCarren-Ferguson Act

Federal law signed in 1945 in which Congress declared that states would continue to regulate the insurance business. Grants insurers a limited exemption from federal antitrust legislation.


Non-binding procedure in which a third party attempts to resolve a conflict between two other parties.

Medical Payments Coverage

Provision of liability policies and the liability sections of package insurance policies, such as the personal automobile policy, that pays medical expenses without regard to fault. The insured does not admit liability for bodily injury to another party, nor does an injured party forfeit the right to sue the insured.

Medically Necessary

Services or supplies that meet the following: (1) they are appropriate and necessary for symptoms, diagnosis, or treatment of the medical condition; (2) they are provided for the diagnosis or direct care and treatment of medical conditions; (3) they meet the standards of good medical practice within the medical community in the service area: (4) they are primarily for the convenience of the patient or provider; (5) they are the most appropriate level or supply of service that can safely be provided.

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A significant misstatement in an application form. An insured is required to answer truthfully all questions on an insurance application. The insurance company can void the policy if it would not have issued a policy had it known the facts.

Misstatement of Age

Life insurance wording that specifies the action the insurer will take if, at the insured's death, the insurer discovers that the insured's age was misstated in the application and the misstatement has resulted in an incorrect premium for the amount of insurance purchased.

Mortgage Guarantee Insurance

Coverage for the mortgagee (usually a financial institution) in the event that a mortgage holder defaults on a loan. Also called private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Mortgage Insurance

A form of decreasing term insurance that covers the life of a person taking out a mortgage.

Multiple Peril Policy

A package policy, such as a homeowners or business insurance policy, that provides coverage against several different perils.

Municipal Bond Insurance

Coverage that guarantees bondholders timely payment of interest and principal even if the issuer of the bonds defaults. It is a form of financial guarantee insurance

Municipal Liability Insurance

Liability insurance for municipalities.

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