Florida Health Insurance Terms:
Define: "Contingent Beneficiary"
Simply put, a contingent beneficiary is an individual who is entitled to receive the benefits of an insurance policy if the primary beneficiary dies.
Generally, a health insurance or life insurance policy has a beneficiary and a contingent beneficiary. The money would go to the beneficiary in the event of the death of the insured. But, if the first beneficiary had already died, the contingent beneficiary would receive the proceeds.
When, the beneficiary designation is revocable, the owner of the policy can change the beneficiary at any time.
When the beneficiary designation is irrevocable, the owner cannot change the beneficiary. Irrevocable beneficiary designations are sometimes used in business insurance, or other special insurance situations. The irrevocable designation is intended to assure that the policy proceeds go to the intended person for the designated purpose.
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