The term "insurance card" is often equated with health insurance coverage, but a small and growing legion of insurers are issuing plastic to policyholders for more than just a doctor visit.Property and casualty insurers are finding advantages in dispensing branded stored-value debit and credit cards to customers for bigger ticket claims, particularly catastrophic homeowners claims.

Participating insurers reason that a claims card provides policyholders with an added measure of flexibility that a check does not.

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