What To Expect When Applying For Life Insurance?
For many, Life Insurance is the most affordable, reliable and secure way to ensure their families have enough financial resources in place in the event of a loss. Applying for Life Insurance is now easier than ever with options to apply right on-line.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS: The Life Insurance application will ask for some basic information including:
– Name, address
– Height, weight, date of birth
– Habits and lifestyle (smoking habits)
– Medical history
ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH! When getting life insurance quotes, it’s important to tell the truth. The information you provide helps the insurance company calculate the policy premiums and if an insurer discovers you have lied on your application about basic information OR lifestyle/habits, it could result in an increase to your premium, the cancellation of your policy or coverage, or the denial of your claim.
In some cases, insurance companies will accept your application answers for health-related questions. However, some will require an in-person medical exam. Typically, for lower coverage amounts of up to $250,000 or less, a simple health questionnaire is likely. For higher coverage amounts or for customized individual insurance policies a detailed health screening is more common. Where this is required, your insurance provider will arrange for a medical examiner to visit your home or office, or you will be asked to attend a clinic selected by the insurance company, where they will review your personal and immediate family medical history, take your blood pressure, check your physical attributes, take a blood & urine sample and also review your lifestyle habits that could affect your overall health, including exercise, smoking, alcohol, stress, hobbies, etc. Depending on your age, there may be additional testing like an EKG, X-Rays, or cardiovascular tests.
Once examined, an insurance underwriter will review your application and medical exam results and either deny or approve your request to purchase. If approved they will then move forward with issuing the policy or coverage. If the policy or coverage is issued, you may be assessed an additional risk-based premium, depending on your health status.
In the end, take the time to educate yourself about your life insurance options and be honest throughout the application process. A good insurance broker can help you through the process and find the policy that provides the coverage you need at a price you can afford.
If convenience is what you are looking for, you can research and apply right online Some providers will even give you an answer on your application status right then and there.
For those of you who do not like the idea of completing even a simple health questionnaire, there is always the option to purchase a minimal amount of life insurance that will help cover final expenses (less than $25,000). For many of these types of insurance, where your acceptance is guaranteed and the enrollment process does not require any type of medical screening, you will pay a little more for the guaranteed enrollment.