Life insurance is not difficult to buy if you are a healthy person, and especially easy if you’re young.
Life insurance for someone who is not healthy could be a little more difficult, but with good research and using the right resources, it’s definitely doable.
Most people with a pre-existing medical condition assume they can’t buy life insurance. Yet, even if you have been diagnosed with something like heart disease, or even certain types of cancer in the past, you may still be able to get affordable life insurance coverage.
Many make the mistake in thinking they can’t get life insurance without ever trying, because they think it operates like health insurance. It isn’t.
Not everyone may be able to buy life insurance at the super-preferred rate, but there are only a small percentage of applicants who actually get the super-preferred rates. Even the healthiest person could be denied the best rating class for something completely out of their control, like their family history.
Keep in mind the main consideration with getting life insurance if you already deal with a medical condition is to keep your health in check as best as you can.
Keeping Your Condition Under Control
A few health problems are likely to disqualify you from getting any type of life insurance coverage, but most conditions still leave you with the possibility of getting a life insurance policy.Some of the more common conditions which life insurance companies may take a closer look at, and in many cases still issue life insurance for, include but are not limited to:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Chronic Obtrusive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Kidney Disease
Simply having been diagnosed with these conditions, or having been treated for them, does not mean getting life insurance is out of the question, especially if the condition is well-controlled.
Having patience and flexibility are important if you have an ailment. A person who recently suffered a heart attack might have to wait for approval because insurers don’t know if they’ll take care of themselves or not. This could even be years, not months. If the insured follows instructions such as stopping smoking, exercising, and dieting, then they will have a better chance at obtaining coverage.
Under normal circumstances, conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, and depression, are risks which can be insured at reasonable rates. For example, depending on the insurer, a diabetic man who has his HbA1C levels under control and who follows a diet and exercise regimen may even be able to qualify for a preferred rating.
The insurance companies are looking to see if you are following doctors orders, and keeping your medical concern under control. If you show improvement consistently, you’re chances are much better.
More Carriers, More Affordable Options
If you have a medical condition which makes finding life insurance challenging, it is important to shop your rates among different life insurance carriers.
If you are placed in a high-risk category, you may need to seek out multiple quotes in order to find the best policy. Insurers develop their own underwriting guidelines, and some are more apt to offer lower rates for applicants with certain medical conditions.
Some companies are better at offering life insurance for diabetics, while another company may be better for coverage for breast cancer survivors.
Guaranteed no exam life insurance is another option if you’re looking for coverage with no health questions asked and no physicals required. The coverage amount offered for guaranteed issue no-exam life insurance is typically much more limited, the premium will be signifcantly higher than traditionally underwritten life insurance, and if you die within 12 to 24 months, your loved ones will likely get only the premium you’ve already paid in return, plus any interest earned.
It is important to get coverage before your condition worsens so you give yourself the choice of saving money on a fully underwritten insurance policy rather than paying for the convenience of a no-exam life insurance policy.
Improving Your Health
Improving your health could save you thousands of dollars on your insurance premiums. Before the insurance company approves your application, they are going to require that you take a medical exam. The results of the exam are going to play a major role in how much you pay for your protection.
The first thing that you should do to improve your health is cut out any tobacco that you currently use. If you’re listed as a smoker on your plan, then you should expect to pay a lot more for your coverage. Smoking cigarettes is going to drastically increase your risk of health problems, like a heart attack or cancers. The insurance company is going to offset that risk by charging you more for insurance. In fact, smokers are going to pay twice as much for life insurance versus what a non-smoker is going to pay. If you want to save money, it’s time to kick those cigarettes.
The next thing that you should do is improve your overall health by hitting the gym and sticking to a regular diet. Both of these can help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and reduce your risks of being diagnosed with health complications. Being at a healthy weight can reduce your insurance premiums by 50%.
Another way to save money is to slow down on your morning commute. When you apply for a life insurance policy, the company is going to pull your driving record. If you have several speeding tickets or accidents on your record, the insurance company is going to charge you more for insurance coverage. If you want to save money, it’s time to take your lead foot off the gas.
A medical exam is a normal requirement when purchasing any sizable life insurance policy, and there are few exceptions to the rule.
The usual way of obtaining medical records (also called Attending Physician Statements) is from your doctor. Even if you don’t regularly visit a doctor or can’t remember the date of your last visit, blood work and other information which has been received from the medical exam can offer further information for the underwriters regarding your health.
It’s hard to not disclose health concerns or other pre-existing conditions, and they will be detected somehow. It is always in your best interest to be completely honest on your application and provide full disclosure. Insurance companies hire underwriters, usually with medical backgrounds, in order to get an idea of how certain ailments affect short and long-term health.
Insurance companies also hire actuaries to calculate statistics on who dies when, and why. It is their job to place you into a risk category with similar people in order to determine the premium you will pay for your life insurance. By being completely open with the insurance company you will be more likely to be able to matched with a policy that meets your needs, as well as budget.
The best thing to do is to contact a licensed independent insurance professional. By having a discussion with the insurance agent about your medical concerns, they will be able to decide what the best plan of actions is.
The insurance agent can often gather some facts from you, and through some research as well as communication with company underwriters, be able to get a pretty good idea of whether you will be able to get coverage before starting the application and underwriting procedure.
If you are suffering from a medical situation it is always best to see what coverage is available sooner than later. If you have a medical condition, getting life insurance does not have to complicated matter.
If you still have someone relying on you financially, you need life insurance, regardless of your health. Take the time to consider your options.
If you have any questions about the health insurance exam or the options available to you, please contact one of our agents today. We would be happy to answer those questions and ensure that you’re getting the best rates for your life insurance. It’s our mission to connect you with quality life insurance.
You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, which means that you shouldn’t wait any longer to get the insurance protection that your family will need if something were to happen to you. If you didn’t have life insurance, your family would be responsible for a massive amount of debt and other final expenses. Losing a loved one is never easy, but being responsible for a mountain of debt is going to make the situation a thousand times worse.
We know that nobody wants to think about his or her death, but not planning for the inevitable is one of the worst mistakes that you can make for your loved ones. Contact one of our agents and we can get the life insurance process started.