Embrace Pet Insurance Review


Rating: 8.8 / 10 (Excellent)
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Embrace Pet Insurance Agency LLC is a pet insurance provider based in Cleveland Ohio that sells policies for dogs and cats. They were founded in 2003 and are underwritten by American Modern Home Insurance Company. Embrace has an A+ rating with the BBB, consistently positive online reviews, and is known for broad coverage and fast payouts.

How is Embrace rated?

Breakdown

10/10
Coverage
7/10
Benefit Limits
8/10
Deductibles
10/10
Reimbursement
9/10
Claims and Service
9/10
Pricing
8/10
Enrollment

Overall Rating: 8.8 / 10 (Excellent)

Embrace gets good marks from us mainly on the strength of customer satisfaction. Even though plans are a little on the pricier side, and unlimited coverage is not an option, customer feedback is among the most positive. Also, Embrace offers standard coverage of many conditions and treatments not offered at all by most plans. These include behavioral therapy and prosthetics.

Embrace Coverage

Coverage - 10 / 10

Embrace sets itself apart from the pack in coverage because, in addition to providing for usual accidents and illnesses, the company also covers various items not traditionally offered under other companies' standard plans. These include prosthetic limbs, behavioral therapy, and alternative treatments. Embrace also offers prescription drug coverage, and a wellness plan at additional cost. As with all pet insurance plans, Embrace will not cover pre existing conditions if they were apparent before the policy purchase.
Pets Covered
Dogs
Cats
Coverage Types
Medical
Wellness
Vet Selection
Unrestricted
Out of State Coverage
Commercial Pets Covered

Medical Conditions Covered

  • Accidental
  • Illness
  • Hereditary
  • Congenital
  • Cancer
  • Chronic
  • Accidental Dental
  • Dental Illness

Medical Treatments Covered

  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescription Medications
  • Emergency Care
  • Specialty Care
  • Alternative Care
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Prosthetics & Mobility Aids

Benefit Limits

Benefit Limits - 7 / 10

Embrace's annual maximum is also customizable, although the highest limit is lower than some other companies, and they do not offer unlimited coverage. The lowest limit is $5000, while the highest is $15,000. This refers to the maximum they will pay for all incidents and procedures for the entire year. If your pet requires multiple, serious procedures, or cutting edge treatment, it's possible this can be a limiting factor.
Benefit Limit Types
Annual
Annual Benefit Maximum
$15,000

Reimbursement & Deductibles

Reimbursement - 10 / 10

Embrace's policies are among the most customizable when compared to other companies. This includes the reimbursement model as well. Embrace will cover anywhere from 65% to 90% of your actual vet bill. Choosing a lower reimbursement percentage will translate into lower premiums.
Reimbursement Model
Actual Cost
Minimum Percent Reimbursement
65%
Maximum Percent Reimbursement
90%

Deductibles - 8 / 10

Embrace offers deductible options that tend to be on the more flexible side as compared to other players. The company enables their customers to choose annual deductibles of $100, $200, $300, $500 and $1000. They also offer a program called Healthy Pet Deductible. Every year you do not make a claim your deductible will decrease by $50.
Deductible Type
Annual
Minimum Deductible Offered
$100
Maximum Deductible Offered
$1,000

Pricing: How much does Embrace cost?

Pricing - 9 / 10

Embrace's policies are slightly higher priced when compared to other companies. But you can get a budget conscious plan by choosing the low annual limit and higher deductible.

Starting Monthly Premiums

Dogs
$13.04
Cats
$8.98
Rate Details: Annual Deductible: $1,000 Benefits Cap: $5,000 Reimbursement Model: 70% of Actual Cost
Available Discounts: All spayed or neutered pets receive a 5% discount, If you have 2 or more pets on your policy then each pet will automatically receive a 5% multi-pet discount, If you choose to pay your policy in full each year then you will receive a 5% annual pay discount, Any pet parent (or their spouse/partner) who is actively serving in the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, or Coast Guard will receive a 5% discount, Any pet that has been PennHIP tested with a bilateral score of 0.3 or lower is eligible for an additional 5% discount

Enrollment & Waiting Periouds

Enrollment - 8 / 10

Embrace's waiting periods are pretty much standard when compared to other companies. For accidents and illnesses the waiting period is 14 days. However, in some states the waiting period for accidents is only 48 hours, or two days. There is an additional six month waiting period for dogs for orthopedic conditions. Embrace will not allow pets older than 14 to enroll in illness coverage, which some other plans do.
Min Enrollment Age
6 weeks
Max Enrollment Age
14 years
Accident Waiting Period
2 days
Illnesses Waiting Period
14 days
Free Look Period
30 days

Claims & Service

Claims and Service - 9 / 10

Embrace has some of the best feedback we've seen when it comes to customer service. The majority of online reviews mirror generally positive experiences. To make a claim you must fill out the claim form that was included with the enrollment email. You can also download the form on the website or have it mailed to you. Page 2 of the form must be filled out by your veterinarian. Include all relevant invoices and receipts and fax or email them all to the company. Embrace offers direct deposit to get you the reimbursement as quick as possible. Furthermore, beginning recently, claim forms can now also uploaded through MyEmbrace, the company's online customer account.
Advertised Response Time
15 days
Claim Form
Mail
Email
Fax
Online Portal

Contact & Additional Information

Homepage URL
Headquarters Address
4530 Richmond Road, Cleveland, OH, 44128
Mailing Address
PO Box 22188, Beachwood, OH, 44122
Year Founded
2003

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141 Customer Comments & Reviews

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Rawson C
Palm Coast, Florida

4/15/2016
I filed my first claim on April 6th via email. Great communication, prompt pay. It's been less than 10 days and the check's on its way! What more can you ask for?


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Rebecca g
San Diego, California

4/5/2016
LET ME JUST TELL YOU HOW TERRIBLE THIS INSURANCE IS! It is a complete money scam and they DO NOT care about the animals they cover at all. We bought this policy on a whim. 3 days later my cat actually ended up needing to be rushed to the pet emergency. Thank goodness we just got this insurance right?! WRONG not only do they have a 2 week-ish waiting period that is in fine print so small you can't even find it, they also didn't even put the policy into effect until days after buying it making the wait time even longer. Now not only will they not cover any of the emergency treatment my baby needs to stay alive but because it occurred during the wait time they consider it an pre existing... Read More


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Kim K
Tacoma, Washington

3/30/2016
I have 2 10yr old Labs. Embrace has covered all things they have said they would withing the guidelines of the policy. They went out of their way to get my pups medical history and any additional information from the vets office. I don't know if the have the best overall coverage but i'm very happy with the coverage I have and the customer service that I receive. I absolutely recommend Embrace. And no, I have nothing to do with the company other than them being my chosen canine insurer. Have a blessed day


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Todd T
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

3/18/2016
Was offered a trial subscription from the pet rescue. Researched them and thought it was a good option. Signed up and provided payment info. Printed off a claim form, per their requirements. The claim form they fill in the pet/owner info....with a disclaimer I was not eligible to submit a claim for an additional month....only thought about filing a claim due to their emails stating yes, now I was eligible, providing eligibility date. Bottom line bait and switch practices are a terrible way to do business, I gladly pay more with another provider who honors their word/contract.


Hollywood, Florida

3/9/2016
Bad company! They lie about coverage.


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Erica J
Denver, Colorado

1/28/2016
My puppy had a kennel cough prior to his bordetella vaccine, and prior to his coverage, which was obviously not covered. However, 5 months later, and after all vaccines, he developed another cough. He was diagnosed with a different problem than kennel cough, and was put on a different antibiotic. Embrace would not cover this because I was supposed to prove that it was unrelated to the cough 5 months prior, and because I did not have diagnostics to prove the second cough was different from the first. Even with the vet's letter stating it wasn't the same. When I asked what diagnostics I should have gotten to prove the coughs were unrelated, they could not answer the question. My... Read More


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Dave G

12/17/2015
The negative reviews are not isolated and there is a common theme: Embrace will refuse to pay for any treatment if they can find any (even unrelated) excuse not to do so. If your dog has ever had any common ailment, years later it will be used an excuse to not pay for potentially life saving treatments. Even though you MUST complete the various initial vet exams to show your dog to be of good health with no pre-existing, chances are very good coverage will still be denied. Claims take many weeks if not months to complete and they will be reviewed (and rejected) by vet techs, not actual DVMs. Do not waste your money on this insurance scam and DO NOT rely on it being there when making life... Read More


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Elizabeth R

10/5/2015
The coverage seems fair, and competitive with other plans. But, buyer beware, they only accept automatic deduction payments from your checking account or from a credit card, and they offer NO way to change the date of the auto-deduct. If you call Customer Service (even with plenty of time ahead of your payment date), they will advise that the day of the month that you started your policy will forever be your auto-deduct date. NO exceptions, and there is NO way to request another date instead. So, if your auto-deduct is on the 3rd of the month, and that is hard for you to manage with rent, etc., there is no way to request the auto-deduct at a different time in the month. Currently,... Read More


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Chris W
Sykesville, Maryland

9/1/2015
Embrace was great for the first year I had them and did exactly what they promised. Now, they have denied claims that my vet has certified as illness claims with a signed letter and pet records to support it. They still won't pay. Unacceptable, especially when we pay hundreds a month to cover our five pets. I will be finding another provider ASAP. Unacceptable.


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Dogs B
Des Moines, Iowa

3/11/2015
Buyer beware...they dont have a veterinarian on staff reviewing claims, they have non vet med claims adjusters, and they have absolutely flubbed a no-brainer claim for me, denying my dogs final death claim as a pre existing condition. My vet and the ER Vet Hospital both support my side, both in disbelief at the stretch Embrace is going for at denying my claim. There was no pre existing condition, they are trying to connect two non-related things together as a means to not pay. I'm utterly heart broken over what they are putting me though. I thought they were a reputable company when I purchased my dogs coverage ....I did my research. I'm... Read More



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  • Optional wellness plan & Rx coverage covers spay/neuter
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  • Customizable Annual Deductible from $200-$1000