Life insurance is a way to provide financial security for your loved ones. However, some life insurance policies also offer living benefits, which are features that can provide financial assistance to you while you’re still alive.
There are many different types of living benefits, but some of the most common include:
- Accelerated death benefits (ADB): This type of living benefit allows you to access a portion of your death benefit if you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The amount of money you can withdraw will depend on the policy, but it typically ranges from 50% to 100% of the death benefit.
- Critical illness riders: These riders provide a lump sum payment if you are diagnosed with a specific critical illness, such as cancer, heart attack, or stroke. The amount of money you receive will depend on the policy, but it can be used to cover medical expenses, lost income, or other costs associated with your illness.
- Chronic illness riders: These riders provide a monthly income or lump sum payment if you are diagnosed with a chronic illness that limits your ability to work or perform daily activities. The amount of money you receive will depend on the policy, but it can be used to cover living expenses, medical costs, or long-term care.
- Return of premium rider: This rider ensures that you will receive all of the premiums you paid for your life insurance policy if you don’t die during the term of the policy. This can be a valuable benefit if you outlive your policy, as you will have received the death benefit without having to pay any premiums.
- Disability waiver of premium rider: This rider allows you to skip your life insurance premiums if you become disabled and unable to work. This can help you keep your life insurance coverage in place even if you can’t afford the premiums.
Living benefits can be a valuable way to supplement your income or pay for expenses if you become seriously ill or disabled. If you’re considering buying life insurance, it’s important to compare policies and find one that offers the living benefits that are most important to you.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about living benefits:
- Living benefits are typically available as riders, which are additional features that you can add to your life insurance policy for an additional premium.
- The terms and conditions of living benefits vary, so it’s important to read the fine print before you buy a policy.
- Living benefits may reduce the amount of your death benefit. It’s important to factor this into your decision when choosing a policy.
If you have any questions about living benefits, drop us a note on the contact form or schedule a short phone call with one of our licensed agent