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What are the types of disability insurance?
There are two types of disability policies: Short-Term Disability (STD) and
Long-Term Disability (LTD):
- Short-Term Disability policies (STD) have a waiting period of 0 to 14
days with a maximum benefit period of no longer than two years.
- Long-Term Disability policies (LTD) have a waiting period of several
weeks to several months with a maximum benefit period ranging from a few
years to the rest of your life.
Disability policies have two different protection features that are important
- Non-cancelable means the policy cannot be canceled by the insurance
company, except for nonpayment of premiums. This gives you the right to
renew the policy every year without an increase in the premium or a
reduction in benefits.
- Guaranteed renewable gives you the right to renew the policy with the
same benefits and not have the policy canceled by the company. However, your
insurer has the right to increase your premiums as long as it does so for
all other policyholders in the same rating class as you.
In addition to the traditional disability policies, there are several options
you should consider when purchasing a policy:
- Additional purchase options
Your insurance company gives you the right to buy additional insurance at a
later time for an additional cost.
- Coordination of benefits
The amount of benefits you receive from your insurance company is dependent
on other benefits you receive because of your disability. Your policy
specifies a target amount you will receive from all the policies combined,
so this policy will make up the difference not paid by other policies.
- Cost of living adjustment (COLA)
The COLA increases your disability benefits over time based on the increased
cost of living measured by the Consumer Price Index. You will pay a higher
premium if you select the COLA.
- Residual or partial disability rider
This provision allows you to return to work part-time, collect part of your
salary and receive a partial disability payment if you are still partially
- Return of premium
This provision requires the insurance company to refund part of your premium
if no claims are made for a specific period of time declared in the policy.
- Waiver of premium provision
This clause means that you do not have to pay premiums on the policy after
you’re disabled for 90 days.
Why buy disability insurance?
Our biggest asset is the ability to earn a living. If you got hurt and were unable to work, how would you pay your bills or keep your home? It may seem like a remote chance but more than one in four 20-year-olds will experience a disability for 90 days or more before they reach 67, according to the Social Security Administration.
Contact us to learn more about planning your future with a disability insurance policy. We are happy to answer your questions and help begin your planning process today.
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