We receive a lot of questions from clients about Life Insurance, so I thought it might be worth highlighting the variables that going into calculating your Life Insurance premiums. For those of you that have previously obtained a quote for a life insurance policy or used an online calculator, you are likely already well aware of the different factors that affect those precious premium dollars. But are you aware of most important ones? These are the most crucial factors that come into play in determining YOUR cost of life insurance…
As we age, our risk of dying increases and as such, life insurance premiums will increase. You may want to consider buying life insurance early in your adult life, even if you don’t yet have major financial responsibilities or dependents. Preparing for your future at an early age could help save you money down the line.
Next to age, gender is the biggest determinant of pricing. Insurance carriers use statistical models to approximate how long someone with a specific profile will be around. The fact is that women, on average, live nearly five years longer than men. And because they’re usually paying premiums for a longer period of time than males, they enjoy slightly lower rates. Sorry, Gentlemen!
Are You Healthy?
During your application process and in your medical exam, your physical health, including your blood pressure, height, weight, cholesterol levels and more, is analyzed. If any one of the factors is considered outside of normal range, your risk level could increase which could cause your premiums to rise.
Are You a Smoker?
It shouldn’t come as a shock that the use of tobacco products can increase your premiums significantly. Smoking puts you at a higher risk for all sorts of health ailments. So if you like to light up, it’s a red flag for insurance companies. In fact, it’s not uncommon for smokers to pay more than twice as much as non-smokers for comparable coverage. The effect on your pocketbook is another great reason to try and kick the habit.
Family Medical History
There’s not much you can do about your gene pool. However, a family history of stroke, cancer or other serious medical conditions may predispose you to these ailments and lead to higher rates. Carriers are usually interested in any conditions your parents or siblings have experienced, particularly if they contributed to a premature death. Some carriers put more emphasis on your family’s health than others, but it’s likely to have some impact on your premium.
If you’re in the habit of jumping out of planes, scuba diving or swimming with sharks, then there is a good chance you’ll be considered a high risk for life insurance. Regardless of your current health, insurers see these types of activities as dangerous and thus more difficult to insure.
Does Life Insurance make a bit more sense now? Rogers & Gray has a variety of plans available to suit your needs and each is carefully thought through to ensure all aspects of your particular situation have been addressed.
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