There are dozens of different things that could cause you to be considered a “high-risk” applicant. These applicants are going to pay more for their policy, and in some cases they could be declined for life insurance coverage.
If you’ve ever received expensive quotes or been declined for coverage, don’t assume that you can’t get affordable life insurance. There are plenty of options to get insurance coverage.
Getting high-risk life insurance isn’t as easy as a traditional plan. Not every agent has experience doing this.
If you’re looking for high risk life insurance quotes, you need to know that each life insurance company is going to look at each health issue differently. They all have their own underwriting guidelines.
That’s what we do at Rootfin. We take people who have been highly rated or even declined and find them affordable rates. In many cases we perform a life insurance prequalification. In a nutshell:
We complete an ANONYMOUS “pre-qualification” letter with detailed information regarding your health and send it out to all our life insurance companies.
The life insurance companies will make tentative offers (or decline). We sort through all of them and present you the best one. (Please allow 2-3 days for all the offers to come in)
If you decide to apply, we get that “pre-qualification” offer in writing and attach it to your formal application. As long as everything in your medical records and lab results confirms what you told us, that will be the rate you get. No surprises.
Not many agents or agencies in our industry do this. It’s very time-consuming. We’re willing to give each client all our efforts as long as they’re serious about obtaining affordable coverage. Be honest and detailed about your health (no sugarcoating) – then we will do the shopping for you.
We work with different health issues every day and try to write as many articles as we can to help consumers understand how their health issues will effect their life insurance.
Life Insurance agents all use the same published rates. It doesn’t matter if you go directly to the company or use a broker like Rootfin. What makes the difference is the health rating you obtain. That’s where an impaired risk specialist can save you A LOT of money.
We know what companies look at certain risks most favorably and like an artist, we paint your risk in the most favorable light to an underwriter. It truly takes an experienced and skilled life insurance agent to work with high risk individuals.
For Example: Agent A could obtain an offer for Table 4 rates at $200/mo with Mutual of Omaha. Agent B could obtain a Standard rating for $100/mo for the same risk with the same exact company. It matters who you use.
Life insurance underwriters will ALWAYS offer the best possible rate class given their findings on your application, medical exam and medical records. However, a good high risk life insurance agent can sway an underwriters opinion if they’re on the cusp of one health classification or another.
High risk whole life insurance is underwritten differently than high risk term life insurance. For example: You could receive a “Standard Table 4” rates (double your Standard premiums) for a term life insurance policy, but receive a “Standard” offer for a whole life insurance policy for the same exact risk.
For those with VERY high risks. Including those looking for life insurance with HIV or cancer with a negative outlook, there are guaranteed issue life insurance policies on the market. These are more expensive and typically have a 2-3 year waiting period before full benefits are paid. There are a lot of high-risk carriers out there, we can help you shop between all of them.
As a high-risk applicant, you’re going to pay more for your life insurance. But you don’t have to pay your whole life savings to get protection. Even with a pre-existing condition, there are some ways you can grab cheaper coverage.
First, make sure you’re following your doctor’s orders in regards to your health. Whatever health problem you may have, make sure you’re doing all you can to control it.
Secondly, time to cut out all your bad habits. Maybe it’s late night junk food binges or smoking cigarettes. Whatever it is, it’s time to make better decisions. Not only will it improve your health, but it’s going to have a huge impact on how much you pay for your life insurance.
It’s also important that you purchase the right amount of life insurance coverage. If your plan is too large, you could be wasting money on additional coverage that you don’t need. Before you apply for coverage, it’s important that you calculate your life insurance needs. If your plan is too small, your family could be left with additional bills, but too large of a plan will be a waste of money.
Life insurance is the most critical safety nets that you’ll ever purchase for the future of your family, but if you a pre-existing health condition, the life insurance company could tag you as a high-risk applicant. Don’t worry, we can help you get a quality insurance plan at an affordable rate.
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