Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance

Added benefits to supplement your basic group life insurance.

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You may already have a life insurance policy however, sometimes that might not be enough coverage for your needs. If you are looking for more coverage, you can also receive voluntary supplemental life insurance coverage. This way, you get the coverage you truly need to protect and preserve the future of your loved ones.

Additional coverage for when you need it.

You may already have life insurance policies; however, often, it only covers up to one to two times an annual salary. That may cover funeral costs and sudden expenses but often won’t fund a child’s education, pay down a mortgage, or pay for any other larger expenses to provide for families.

How is voluntary life insurance different from other group life insurance?

With group life insurance, one contract covers all employees. In situations of employer-provided group life insurance, the coverage is not voluntary, meaning all employees are provided with this coverage for little to no cost of their own. The employer usually pays for most or all of the premium, and employee buy-ups may also be available. Voluntary supplemental life insurance is an optional benefit sponsored by the employer but is usually paid for in full by the employee. Premiums can be payroll deducted, which makes for easy payments. These policies often use simplified medical underwriting guidelines, which tend to benefit those who would have trouble getting life insurance on their own due to age or health.

Less medical underwriting affects employees differently.

Depending on an employee’s situation, group voluntary supplemental life insurance policies may or may not be a cost-effective option. Term life insurance tends to cost less than other types of life insurance. The premium is also typically lower for those who are young and healthy compared to someone who is older or has medical conditions. Group voluntary term life insurance is often offered to all employees without much medical underwriting. Those who are young and healthy may find that these rates are higher than if they purchased a similar policy on their own with medical underwriting. On the other hand, employees who might otherwise have trouble finding affordable insurance on an individual basis may benefit from the group policy’s limited underwriting.

When choosing a plan, keep portability in mind.

Employer-provided life insurance is typically not portable, meaning that when an employee leaves your organization, their policy will be canceled. For some, this could leave them uninsured. Voluntary life insurance policies typically allow the employee to take the policy when they go, often at the same rates as they had under the group policy. For those who would have trouble obtaining insurance on their own, this can be an easy way to maintain their policy. Because they were no longer in your employ, however, they would need to pay the premiums directly to the insurance company to maintain coverage. Having the option to port coverage is usually viewed positively by employees and can encourage participation.

Questions about offering voluntary supplemental life insurance to your employees? Contact us today. We’ll help you weigh your options and choose the path that’s right for your business.

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