Do I have to add uninsured motorist coverage to my policy?

"I live in Idaho. Do I need to add uninsured motorist coverage? I have health insurance, so I'm not really sure why I would need it."

Answer provided by
Emily Maracle
Answered on Jul 27, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
“While uninsured motorist coverage isn’t required in Idaho, it can still be beneficial to have.
The purpose of uninsured motorist coverage is to protect you if you’re in an accident with a driver who doesn’t have insurance. If you’re injured in a car accident, your uninsured motorist coverage would kick in immediately. It also covers more than just medical bills.
In comparison, your health insurance may require that your car insurance pay first. You also would be required to pay your health insurance deductible or copay. This isn’t required with uninsured motorist coverage.
It is up to you whether you’d like to add uninsured motorist coverage to your policy since it’s not required. However, you should still look at the cost of adding it. If you can afford it, it’s worth the extra protection. You can compare the cost of uninsured motorist coverage with different insurance companies using the free Jerry app.”

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