Life insurance is a financial tool that just about everyone needs, but getting coverage isn’t guaranteed. If you’ve got a serious medical condition or you’re employed in a high-risk career, the insurance company may deny your application outright. Fortunately, there are still some options for getting the coverage you need if you’ve been rejected for life insurance in the past.
Consider working with a financial advisor as you look for life, health and property insurance.
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1. Guaranteed Coverage Plans
Guaranteed acceptance life insurance may be the right fit if you have preexisting health issues and you don’t need a huge policy. This type of insurance doesn’t require a medical exam. In most cases, you’ll be eligible for coverage, although certain insurers may limit your ability to qualify because of age or a fatal health problem.
As far as the downsides go, the main drawbacks of guaranteed life insurance are the coverage limits and the premiums. Basically, you’re out of luck if you need a large policy. The other issue is the cost. Guaranteed life insurance typically comes with high premiums and low benefits for your beneficiaries.
2. Check With Your Employer
If the premiums for guaranteed life insurance are too pricey or you need more coverage than what’s being offered, the solution may lie with your employer. Some companies include optional life insurance as part of their benefits package, so it’s worth checking to see what’s available to you.
Depending on the employer, you may be offered a minimum amount of coverage at no cost with the option to upgrade the policy for a fee. Your employer may even offer additional coverage based on your salary. For instance, you may be able to buy a policy worth two to eight times what you make annually.
Whether or not you’ll have to undergo a medical exam depends on the terms of the employer’s plan. If one is required, that may be a barrier to getting covered. It’s also important to keep in mind that if you get laid off or you lose your job, your coverage will end unless you can convert it to an individual plan.
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If you can’t get standard term or whole life insurance coverage through any other avenues, the next best choice may be to provide your own insurance backup plan. The purpose of life insurance is to make sure your loved ones are financially secure if something happens to you. But it’s not your only option.
Socking away the money you’d normally put toward life insurance premiums into a taxable investment account is one way to get the job done. For instance, if you invested in a mutual fund account over a period of 10 years, you could have quite a bit of cash saved up.
If you’re worried about leaving a huge mountain of debt behind for your family to deal with, you could increase your mortgage payments each month. By paying off your home loan in a shorter period of time, you could use the money you’ve saved on interest to put towards investments.
The Bottom Line
Getting rejected for life insurance definitely stings, but it’s not necessarily permanent. If your health improves at some point, you could try applying again. It’s a good idea to compare rates though so you know which insurer has the best bargain. Also, check into guaranteed coverage plans, possible coverage through you employer and, if you can afford it, self insurance.
Tips on Insurance
- A financial advisor can help you navigate the sometimes-confusing waters of life insurance. Finding a financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.
- Use our free life insurance calculator to get an estimate of how much life insurance you may need.
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