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Nationwide Pet Insurance Review


Rating: 8.5 / 10 (Excellent)
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Nationwide is a Fortune 100 company with unparalleled financial stability and claims paying ability that has recently ventured into the pet insurance marketplace. The company stands out because they offer expanded coverage beyond just cats and dogs, as well as wellness plans that cover things like checkups and vaccinations.

How is Nationwide rated?

Breakdown

10/10
Coverage
10/10
Benefit Limits
10/10
Deductibles
10/10
Reimbursement
8/10
Claims and Service
6/10
Pricing
6/10
Enrollment

Overall Rating: 8.5 / 10 (Excellent)

Nationwide's Whole Pet with Wellness Plan is one of the most comprehensive on the market, and it will as a result cost you more than most standard pet insurance plans. Nationwide is one of the few pet insurance providers that will extend coverage to beyond dogs and cats, covering birds and all manner of other pets. Truly unlimited coverage, however, is only offered if you choose the top tier plan. Be aware that all plans beside Whole Pet with Wellness operate on a benefit schedule.

Nationwide Coverage

Coverage Specifics

Pets Covered
Dogs
Cats
Birds
Exotic Animals
Coverage Types
Medical
Wellness
Vet Selection
Unrestricted
Out of State Coverage
Commercial Pets Covered

Coverage - 10 / 10

Nationwide's Whole Pet with Wellness plan is one of the most comprehensive pet insurance policies out there. In addition to the normal accident and illness coverage, it also provides for yearly physical exams, vaccinations, and flea/heartworm prevention. It is, however, on the pricey side as a result. Its Major Medical plan is more in line cost and coverage-wise with the standard accident and illness plans offered by most companies. You can also purchase the wellness plan on it's own, and it is relatively inexpensive. Finally, Nationwide is the only company we are aware of that extends pet insurance beyond cats and dogs. The company will cover most birds and a wide range of exotic pets.

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

Reimbursement & Maximum Benefit Limits

Reimbursement - 10 / 10

Nationwide's top tier Whole Pet with Wellness reimburses 90% of the total vet bill. However, Major Medical and Pet Wellness reimburse according to a benefits schedule. These schedules cap payouts by condition or service. If you are going with one of these plans we suggest you scrutinize your policy carefully before purchase, as your pet's breed may be susceptible to certain conditions with low coverage limits in the plan. Benefits schedules, and no choice in customizing the reimbursement percentage in the top tier plan, limit the flexibility of Nationwide's offerings.

Benefit Limits - 10 / 10

Both Nationwide models -- Whole Pet with 90% reimbursement, and all other plans with a benefit schedule -- offer unlimited annual maximums. However, you must remember that any plan but Whole Pet is going to limit you by condition or procedure. So even though technically there is no limit to the dollar amount they will spend on your pet in a year in total, there are limits on a condition and service basis with the lower two plans. The only plan that is truly unlimited is the top of the line Whole Pet with Wellness.
Reimbursement Model
Actual Cost
Benefit Schedule
Minimum Percent Reimbursement
90%
Maximum Percent Reimbursement
90%
Benefit Limit Types
Unlimited

Claims, Service, & Deductibles

Claims and Service - 8 / 10

Nationwide's claims procedure is standard for the pet insurance industry. Like other companies, you must first pay the vet directly, download Nationwide's claim form, and submit the form with all paid invoices. You can submit via mail, fax or email.

Deductibles - 10 / 10

Nationwide offers one annual deductible of $250. This is in some ways good because it is so low. But you will not have the flexibility of choosing higher deductibles should you want a lower monthly premium or should it somehow fit your needs in other ways. Most of our top companies offer customizable deductibles.
Advertised Response Time
14 days
Claim Form
Mail
Email
Fax
Deductible Type
Annual
Minimum Deductible Offered
$100
Maximum Deductible Offered
$500

Pricing: How much does Nationwide cost?

Starting Monthly Premiums

Dogs
$34.25
Cats
$18.84
Rate Details: Annual Deductible: $250, Benefits Cap: Annual & Unlimited, Reimbursement Model: Benefits Schedule

Pricing - 6 / 10

Nationwide's plans are comprehensive, but you are going to pay the price. Their monthly premiums are a little on the high end as opposed to our other companies.
Available Discounts: 5% discount on current Nationwide member

Enrollment

Enrollment Age & Waiting Periods

Min Enrollment Age
6 weeks
Max Enrollment Age
10 years
Accident Waiting Period
14 days
Illnesses Waiting Period
14 days
Free Look Period
10 days

Enrollment - 6 / 10

Like our other companies, Nationwide will enroll pets starting at 6 months. Unlike our other companies, Nationwide has a relatively lower age restriction with older pets at 10 years. However, if the pet is enrolled before age 10, and the policy never lapses, they will be covered for the duration of their lives. Waiting periods are industry standard at 14 days, although Wellness starts 24 hours after approval.

Company Profile

Full Name
Nationwide Pet Insurance
Company Website
Headquarters
One Nationwide Plaza, Columbus, OH, 43215
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2344, Brea, CA, 92822

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1789 Customer Comments & Reviews

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Carol R
Whiting, New Jersey
11/22/2017
An EKG has shown that our 7yr Chester has an enlarged heart and a leaky valve. Needless to say we are shocked with the news . I just hope that the claim we submitted doesn't give us any more stress about the money we spent for the necessary tests and drugs that will make him feel better. I'm just glad I have Nationwide to ease all of our stress and money woes. Thank you Nationwide for being there through this with us.


Ashley M
Parkville, Maryland
11/22/2017
I am so thankful! Not only for the VetLine but for the freedom to get Winston the care he needs when an emergency arises. I know that I'm not alone in providing him care!


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Maureen C
Ridge, New York
11/22/2017
Having a pet go to the emergency room is a terrible experience, especially when you see people leaving with their pet because they couldn’t afford to treat/save the animal. I couldn’t be more grateful to Nationwide Pet Insurance for their reassurance in knowing they would assist me with the astronomical bill I was going to be charged because my Ragdoll cat had a bladder issure that needed immediate attention. I did my homework looking for pet insurance weeding in and out of the positive vs negative reviews and in the end I choose Nationwide. Best choice i made. The reimbursement was above what I believed it would be and faster than i thought. Nationwide is the way to go. Maureen... Read More


Lynne F
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
11/22/2017
Best coverage and prompt payment. Thank you


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Kuheli M
Antioch, California
11/22/2017
Thank-you so much for your efficient and prompt handling of our claims. The VitusVet app worked wonderfully and made the whole process much easier.


Wendy F
Rochester, New York
11/22/2017
We lost our last lab to renal failure at the age of 8. Our vet bills were well over $20k for various issues. When we got our next lab we knew we needed pet insurance and it’s been a tremendous benefit to know Nationwide is there to get us through medical expenses while we try to do the best we can with doing the right thing as issues arise.


Robert B
East Brunswick, New Jersey
11/22/2017
in a time when everything is so expensive and most insurance company's give you nothing back for what you pay. I have to say Nationwide is great to deal with fast service fast payment and a pleasure to work with I tell everyone I meet they should get Nationwide for there pets !! This is the first insurance I have ever used that I have liked great job Nationwide !!!!


Gretchen F
11/21/2017
Quick review and reimbursement of her necessary tumor removal.


Larissa S
The Bronx, New York
11/21/2017
Fast response on claims.


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Dave B
Centerville, Massachusetts
11/21/2017
Being able to talk to someone almost immediately when I called was very helpful. Having a puppy is a challenging experience and the helpful insights was reassuring. Thanks



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  • First and largest pet insurer in the US
  • Whole Pet & Wellness Plan covers spay/neuter
  • 24/7 vethelpline access
  • Discounts available on home and auto
  • Insurers most birds and exotic pets!
  • $250 annual deductible with Unlimited Claims
  • ​Covers congenital and hereditary conditions