Life insurance is an important component of a sound financial plan. Buying insurance involves asking a variety of personal lifestyle and financial questions. As well as our online resources you may want to work in person with an advisor. When you decide on what you want, there are many solid insurance companies to choose from. You may want to check out their financial strength by checking their ratings online. The three main ratings agencies are AM Best, Standard & Poor's, and Moody's.
Term insurance is basic, inexpensive coverage with premiums that increase over time
and have no cash value.
Consider a term policy that is renewable and convertible to whole life should your
Whole life provides level coverage with level premiums. A portion of those premiums
goes into tax-deferred savings.
Check rates on whole life policies and compare them to other investment opportunities.
Variable life offers control over your investments.
Premiums on variable policies are fixed, but face value and the value of your investments
Universal life offers more investment options, but is highly sensitive to interest
rate changes. Universal variable life is highly flexible, but offers no guarantees
beyond the original face value.
Insurance needs are based on income replacement and personal preferences.
Buying Life Insurance: What Kind and How Much?
Think about which members of your household should be covered by life insurance.
(It's typically a good idea to insure anyone who earns income.)
Use a Financial Needs Calculator to determine an adequate amount of insurance coverage for your needs
Review the various types of life insurance policies available (see below), the most common being Term and Universal Life. Decide which type of policy will meet
your financial goals.
Buying Life Insurance
Conventional wisdom says that life insurance is sold, not purchased. In other words,
some people are reluctant to discuss the importance of owning life insurance, and
others are simply unaware of the need to have life insurance. Although many large
companies provide life insurance as part of their benefits package, this coverage
may be insufficient.
Who needs life insurance? If there are individuals who depend on you for financial
support, or if you work at home providing your family with such services as child
care, cooking, and cleaning, you need life insurance. Older couples also may need
life insurance to protect a surviving spouse against the possibility of the couple's
retirement savings being depleted by unexpected medical expenses. And individuals
with substantial assets may need life insurance to help reduce the effects of estate
taxes or to transfer wealth to future generations.
Types of Insurance
Term insurance is the most basic, and generally least expensive,
form of life insurance for people under age 50. A term policy is written for a specific
period of time, typically 1 to 10 years, and may be renewable at the end of each
term. Also, the premiums increase at the end of each term and can become prohibitively
expensive for older individuals. A level term policy locks in the annual premium
for periods of up to 30 years.
Non-Medical Term insurance is the same thing as normal term insurance, but
the application process and underwriting time are much different. Non-medical insurance
only requires a short application and the underwriting decision is usually made within minutes.
This avoids the hassle of a large application, medical exams, urine samples and weeks of waiting
for a decision.
Declining Balance Term insurance, a variation on this theme, is
often used as mortgage insurance since it can be written to match the amortization
of your mortgage principal. While the premium stays constant over the term, the
face value steadily declines. Once the mortgage is paid off, the insurance is no
longer needed and the policy expires. Unlike many other policies, term insurance
has no cash value. In this sense, it is "pure" insurance without any investment
options. Benefits are paid only if you die during the policy's term. After the term
ends, your coverage expires unless you choose to renew the policy. When buying term
insurance, you might look for a policy that is renewable up to age 70 and convertible
to permanent insurance without a medical exam.
Whole Life combines permanent protection with a savings component.
As long as you continue to pay the premiums, you are able to lock in coverage at
a level premium rate. Part of that premium accrues as cash value. As the policy
gains value, you may be able to borrow up to 90% of your policy's cash value tax-free.
Universal Life is similar to whole life with the added benefit
of potentially higher earnings on the savings component. Universal life policies
are also highly flexible in regard to premiums and face value. Premiums can be increased,
decreased or deferred, and cash values can be withdrawn. You may also have the option
to change face values. Universal life policies typically offer a guaranteed return
on cash value, usually at least 4%. You'll receive an annual statement that details
cash value, total protection, earnings, and fees. Drawbacks to this type of insurance
include higher fees and interest rate sensitivity. Universal policies include up-front
fees as well as ongoing administrative fees totaling as high as 5% to 7% of your
premiums. You may also find your premiums increasing when interest rates decline.
Variable Life generally offers fixed premiums and control over
your policy's cash value. Your cash value is invested in your choice of stock, bond,
or money market funding options. Cash values and death benefits can rise and fall
based on the performance of your investment choices. Although death benefits usually
have a floor, there is no guarantee on cash values. Fees for these policies may
be higher than for universal life, and investment options can be volatile. On the
plus side, capital gains and other investment earnings accrue tax deferred as long
as the funds remain invested in the insurance contract.
Universal Variable Life insurance is the most aggressive type of
policy. Like variable life, you control your investment in mutual funds. However,
there are no guarantees on universal variable policies beyond the original face
value death benefit. These policies are probably best suited to affluent buyers
who can afford the risks involved.
Key Terms and Definitions
Face Value -- The original death benefit amount.
Convertibility -- Option to convert from one type of policy (term) to another (whole
life), usually without a physical examination.
Cash Value -- The savings portion of a policy that can be borrowed against or cashed
Premiums -- Monthly, quarterly, or yearly payments required to maintain coverage.
Beneficiary -- The individual(s) or entity (e.g., trust) that is designated as benefit
Paid Up -- A policy requiring no further premium payments due to prepayment or earnings.
How Much Insurance Do I Need?
A popular approach to buying insurance is based on income replacement. In this approach,
a formula of between five and ten times your annual salary is often used to calculate
how much coverage you need. Another approach is to purchase insurance based on your
individual needs and preferences. The first step is to determine your unique income
Currently, a large portion of your income goes to taxes (insurance benefits are
generally income tax free) and to support your own lifestyle. Start off by determining
your net earnings after taxes. Then add up all your personal expenses such as food,
clothing, magazine subscriptions, club memberships, transportation expenses, etc.
The remainder represents annual income that your insurance will need to replace.
You'll want a death benefit amount which, when invested, will provide income annually
to cover this amount. Then, you should add to that the amounts needed to fund one-time
expenses such as college tuition for your children or paying down mortgage or debt.
Income replacement for nonworking spouses is an important and often overlooked insurance
need. Coverage should provide for your costs for day care, housekeeping, or nursing
care. Add to this any net earnings from part-time employment.
Finally, estimate your own "final expenses" such as estate taxes, uninsured medical
costs, and funeral costs.
Other Types of Life Insurance
Survivorship life insurance (also referred to as last-to-die or
second-to-die) is a unique type of contract that insures the lives of two people.
It pays a death benefit upon the death of the second insured. Therefore, it is typically
less expensive than two individual policies. Survivorship life is often used for
estate planning, where it may be possible to potentially leverage today's dollars
-- via insurance premiums -- into a potentially significant death benefit that can
be used to fund estate taxes, create wealth for future generations, or benefit a
charity. These policies may be available if one insured is medically "uninsurable."
First-to-die life insurance insures the life of at least two people
and pays a benefit upon the death of the first insured. This policy is useful for
covering a mortgage or other large debt obligation where there is more than one
debtor. In addition, it can be an ideal tool for funding a buy-sell agreement within
a closely held business.
What is term life insurance?
The "term" in term life insurance refers to the period of time you want to keep continuous coverage without the risk of an increased premium. The full value of the policy is paid to the beneficiary you choose if you pass away during the plan’s term. Terms range from 10 to 30 years.
Will my term life insurance premium payments ever go up?
No. Your premiums are guaranteed not to go up during the specified term as long as premiums are paid according to policy specifications.
Can the company cancel my coverage if I get sick after my term life insurance policy is issued?
No. Term life insurance coverage cannot be canceled as long as premiums are paid according to policy specifications.
How much coverage should I purchase?
The amount of coverage needed for each person is unique to his or her personal and financial situation. Life insurance has a variety of uses which should be considered, including as protection for family in the case of an untimely death, and providing a tax-advantaged inheritance.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind as you make your decision:
How many children do you have and how old are they?
Who primarily cares for your children? Would that change after your death?
Do you already have college funds and retirement savings?
Does your spouse work? Would that change after your death?
What will it cost to pay off your home mortgage and other debt?
What will it cost for your family to maintain their lifestyle?
How much would you want to leave your family as an inheritance?
Our life insurance experts can assist you in evaluating how much coverage is the right amount.
How long can I keep my coverage?
The length of your life insurance coverage is based on the policy’s term. For example, if you purchase a 10-year plan, you are covered for 10 years as long as your premiums are paid. Rates are guaranteed during the term period selected, but life insurance coverage may be available beyond the initial term length at increased premiums.
Do I have to go through a medical exam to get my coverage?
It depends on the amount of life insurance you purchase. With Ladder Term ages 20 – 50 purchasing under $1 million of coverage can qualify for accelerated underwriting. The accelerated underwriting process involves a short telemed history interview as opposed to a traditional paramedical exam. Applicants who do not qualify for accelerated underwriting seamlessly continue through traditional underwriting. Traditional underwriting does require an exam, which is of no cost to you.
Ladder Financial Planning Product Information
Coverage for a specific period of time
Flexible coverage amounts to help fit specific needs
Ability to buy one policy and have it decrease in both cost and coverage over time
Low cost for coverage
Coverage tailored to a specific need such as a financial plan or mortgage
Detailed Product Specifications
Issue ages: 20 – 75
Coverage amounts available: $100,000 and up
Lengths of coverage available: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 40 years depending on age
Term Rider lengths available: 10, 15, and 20 years
Up to 3 term riders can be added to a single product.
(Example; $250K 30-year term with $250K 10-year rider, $250K 15-year rider, and a $250K 20-year rider can be added to the policy to have a stepped down benefit as needs reduce over time)
Accelerated death benefit, payable in the event of a qualifying terminal illness
The maximum benefit amount is the lesser of $500,000 or 75% of the policy’s primary death benefit, less any policy loan
Conversion period: convertible for the duration of the guaranteed level premium period or up to attained age 70, whichever comes first
Policies issued at age 66 or over are convertible during the first five policy years
Child Rider and Waiver of Premium Rider also available
Guaranteed, level premium payments for the term of coverage
Fully Underwritten Life Insurance Information
Read below to learn more about fully underwritten term and permanent life insurance products, including commonly asked questions. If you have
additional questions, please give us a call!
What are fully underwritten products?
With fully underwritten life insurance the available coverage amounts are higher compared to instant issue life insurance, plus the underwriting
process can handle specific lifestyle situations, such as health issues, international travel or high face amounts that instant issue insurance cannot
accommodate. You can purchase face amounts, which is how much would be paid in the event of your death, ranging from $50,000 all the way up to $10
million and coverage terms that range from 10 to 30 years. Fully underwritten life insurance requires a more thorough process to qualify than an
instant issue product and may include some form of a medical exam.
Who am I dealing with?
We only offer products with well established, highly rated insurance companies.
How long is the application process?
We will work with you to make the process as quick and as painless as possible. The time it takes to issue a policy will depend on the type of
policy you have requested and the degree to which you have medical or other issues that need to be discussed with the insurance company. The
process can typically take 30 to 60 days.
What does the underwriting process consider?
The criteria that are analyzed by a life insurance underwriter can include the following:
Applicant’s current age
Height and weight of the applicant
Health history (in addition to family health history of the applicant’s parents and siblings)
The purpose of the insurance policy (estate planning, business, or individual life insurance)
Applicant’s marital status
Applicant’s children, if any
The amount of life insurance already in force by the applicant, as well as any additional life insurance that the applicant intends to purchase
Applicant’s income as income can help determine the suitability of the amount of life insurance
Applicant’s smoking habits or tobacco use
Use of alcohol by the applicant
Hobbies that the applicant engages in. Some hobbies are considered hazardous, such as rock climbing or hang gliding and are considered high risk.
Amount of foreign travel that the applicant engages in as some types of foreign travel are considered risky
All of the above factors are considered to be elements of risk. Each is analyzed and factored in by the life insurance underwriters prior to an
approval or rejection decision being made. Therefore, prior to applying for life insurance coverage, it is important to understand how underwriting
works, as well as how different factors could affect the possibility of being accepted or rejected for coverage. Those applicants who have been
rejected due to risk factors can still apply for high risk life insurance.
What kind of medical exam will I have to take?
The short answer is that it depends on your age and the type of coverage you are applying for. For lower face amounts it may well be the case that you
will not have an actual exam. In other situations you may be required to have either a paramedical or full medical exam.
What is a Paramedical Exam?
A trained technician will complete the paramedical exam. The paramedic asks medical history questions and measures height, weight, blood pressure
and pulse. Depending upon your age and the amount of insurance being applied for, the paramedic may also perform an oral fluid test or a blood and
urine test and possibly an electrocardiogram as well. In most cases a paramedic will call you to find a convenient time to schedule the exam and
come out to your house to perform it. You also have the option of going to a clinic for the exam. The exam takes approximately 30 minutes.
What is a Full Medical Exam?
A physician will complete the full medical exam. The exam consists of the same elements of the paramedical exam, plus listening to the heart, and a
review of other bodily systems. Some companies specify that the physician must be a board certified internist or heart specialist rather than a
In addition to the exam, any of the following studies could be included with the exam: oral fluid test; blood test; urinalysis; EKG tracing; and
Attending Physician’s Statement. If any of these exams or tests becomes required and they are not completed, the company will not accept your
application for life insurance.
What do the underwriting tests show?
The insurance company wants to check for any unknown conditions that could adversely impact an individual’s normal life expectancy and could
increase the company’s risk. The urinalysis screens for a number of things including diabetes, the presence of medication and nicotine and cocaine,
as well as general kidney function. The blood profile can reveal the functioning of organs of the body and specific testing for things such as
diabetes, liver impairments and kidney impairments as well as HIV testing. An oral fluid test can indicate the presence of HIV antibodies, as
well as cocaine and nicotine.
What other information does an insurance company gather?
In addition, the company may want to review your medical records or obtain a phone interview with you. Medical records can be obtained for a few
reasons, with one being a way to check how your personal physician is treating you or has treated you for a medical condition.
At times a phone interview is conducted to verify the information on the application and to obtain a few additional details to clarify this information.
Most life insurers are members of a non‐profit organization called MIB Inc. This organization maintains a database of applications submitted to companies
in the industry. Once an application and signed authorization is received, insurers will check with MIB to see if there is a record of any other
insurance applications you may have submitted in the past. The MIB provides a report to the insurance company and such reports are kept highly
confidential. This report acts as a fraud deterrent for people who may not want to reveal prior insurance activity.
How are the results used?
The information gathered on the application and from the other requirements is used to classify the risk a person presents. Based on the level of
risk, the proposed insured is approved, declined or assigned a rating level. Each company has its own rating and based on this your proposed premium
What if an exam reveals an unknown medical problem?
Remember most people that undergo medical exams qualify for insurance without any concerns. In the unlikely event a problem is discovered, we may
postpone the application until the findings are evaluated by your personal physician.
What is the decision that will be made?
One of four things will happen:
Your coverage will be approved at the same rate for which you applied.
Your coverage will be approved at a cheaper rate than that for which you applied.
Additional premium will be required for the amount of insurance for which you applied.
Coverage will be denied.
In the event that coverage is denied or you are quoted a higher premium we will work with you to review alternatives.
What if I disagree with the decision?
If you disagree with the decision, you may put your concerns in writing and send them to the insurance company. We would work with you to find
coverage that takes account of any issues that may exist. It may mean furnishing additional information from your physician. Also, a rating or
declination is not always permanent. Quitting smoking, losing weight, lowering your cholesterol, among other things, can all help change your risk
classification over time.
Why do I have to provide my email address?
As much of the process is internet based this application process requires that you enter your email address so that we can email you a link to e-sign
Do I have to sign my application?
For most insurance company applications we use an electronic signature approach. This speeds up the whole process and allows us to complete the
process in minutes, rather than days. This e-signature is 100% valid under Federal E-sign Law.
What if I withhold pertinent information?
If it sounds tempting to shortcut this process by withholding information or outright lying, don’t do it. Policies that were sold based on
applications that contained misleading information can be voided at claim time. False information on insurance applications is fraud.
Insurers will likely report your medical exam results (reported as numbered codes) to MIB (formerly called the Medical Information Bureau),
which maintains a database of those who have applied for life, health, disability and other insurance in the last seven years. If you've given
different answers to medical questions in the past, it will raise a red flag with MIB. The goal of the MIB database is to reduce fraud.
Long Term Care Information
Long-term care is a range of services and supports you may need to meet your personal care needs. Most long-term care is not medical care, but rather assistance with the basic personal tasks of everyday life, sometimes called Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as:
Using the toilet
Transferring (to or from bed or chair)
Caring for incontinence
Other common long-term care services and supports are assistance with everyday tasks, sometimes called Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) including:
Preparing and cleaning up after meals
Shopping for groceries or clothes
Using the telephone or other communication devices
Caring for pets
Responding to emergency alerts such as fire alarms
Who Needs Care?
70% of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives. There are a number of factors that affect the possibility that you will need care:
The older you are, the more likely you will need long-term care
Women outlive men by about five years on average, so they are more likely to live at home alone when they are older
Having an accident or chronic illness that causes a disability is another reason for needing long-term care
Between ages 40 and 50, on average, eight percent of people have a disability that could require long-term care services
69 percent of people age 90 or more have a disability
Chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure make you more likely to need care
Your family history such as whether your parents or grandparents had chronic conditions, may increase your likelihood
Poor diet and exercise habits increase your chances of needing long-term care
If you live alone, you’re more likely to need paid care than if you’re married, or single, and living with a partner
Who Pays For Long Term Care?
The facts may surprise you.
Consumer surveys reveal common misunderstandings about which public programs pay for long-term care services. It is important to clearly understand what is and isn’t covered.
Only pays for long-term care if you require skilled services or rehabilitative care:
In a nursing home for a maximum of 100 days, however, the average Medicare covered stay is much shorter (22 days).
At home if you are also receiving skilled home health or other skilled in-home services. Generally, long-term care services are provided only for a short period of time.
Does not pay for non-skilled assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL), which make up the majority of long-term care services
You will have to pay for long-term care services that are not covered by a public or private insurance program
Does pay for the largest share of long-term care services, but to qualify, your income must be below a certain level and you must meet minimum state eligibility requirements
Such requirements are based on the amount of assistance you need with ADL
Other federal programs such as the Older Americans Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs pay for long-term care services, but only for specific populations and in certain circumstances
Whole Life Insurance is a form of permanent life insurance, whole life insurance features guaranteed premiums, death benefits, and cash value.
You may want to purchase a whole life insurance policy if you want:
Protection for life
Payments that stay the same each year
Cash value you can use while you are living
Whole life insurance offers confidence through the guarantees it provides:
Guaranteed level premiums. The premiums you pay are guaranteed to remain the same for the life of the policy, regardless of age or health.
Guaranteed death benefits. Beneficiaries will receive at least the face amount of the policy upon the death of the insured, assuming you do not have outstanding policy loans and that the policy premiums are paid on time.
Guaranteed cash value. Your cash value will grow each year, tax-deferred, until it matches the face value of your policy. When you need it most, you’ll have access to your cash through loan and withdrawal options.
How much life insurance do I need?
Consider what your spouse and dependents would need in order to cover day-to-day bills and larger expenses, to live comfortably and to have financial stability.
Don't forget to include savings for college and retirement. Also consider the effect of inflation over time; the amount needed for college, say, twenty years from now is likely to be
significantly higher than today.
What if I already have insurance coverage?
If you already have a life insurance policy, it's a good idea to review it every few years to make sure it still meets your needs. Check to make sure all beneficiaries and other information are current. It might be time to speak with us if you:
Were recently married or divorced
Have a child or grandchild who was recently born or adopted
Provide care or financial help to a child or parent
Need to provide assistance or long-term care for a loved one
Purchased a new home recently
Have children or grandchildren who are about to enter college
Refinanced your home mortgage in the past six months
Received an inheritance
Retired or your spouse has retired
Started a business
Your dreams and goals may change over time, but protecting your family and loved ones will always be important.
Individual Whole Life Insurance provides you a lifetime of protection as long as premiums are paid.
Review the many benefits this product offers to help build a plan for your family if the unexpected happens.
Fixed premiums with a guaranteed death benefit
Individual Whole Life Insurance offers you a lifetime of protection with low premiums that will never increase.
Even if you encounter health problems down the road coverage can never be rescinded.1
With the guaranteed death benefit you can rest assured that your family will be covered if you pass away.
Build tax-deferred cash value
Saving for the future can be a challenge. The cash value of a life insurance policy is a great source to help pay for your child's college tuition or a down payment on a new house.
It can also be a safety net that provides financial flexibility when you or your family needs it most.
What is cash value?
Cash value is a portion of your premium payment (premium minus cost of insurance and expenses) that will grow tax-deferred over time and may be used throughout your lifetime.
Access your cash value when it's needed most
Whether it's to help pay your child's college tuition, make a down payment on a new house or pay for unexpected emergency expenses, Individual Whole Life Insurance can support you when you need it most.
You can receive the cash value at any time by taking a policy loan at a guaranteed interest rate of 5%.
You have the option to repay the loan or simply have it deducted from the death benefit or from the policy's cash value if surrendered.2
How cash value accumulation can work for you
1 Life insurance is issued based upon your answers to the questions on the application. Your policy may be rescinded if your answers on the application are not truthful. 2 Please keep in mind the primary purpose of life insurance is the death benefit.
Provide Your Family a Financially Sound Future
With Securian’s Secure Promise Whole Life
Issued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company, a Securian Company
You and your family have dreams and goals that may change over time, but protecting your family and loved ones will always be important. Secure Promise is simplified issue permanent life insurance with fixed premiums and guaranteed death benefit protection.
Protection for Adults
Protect your family while also saving for their future:
Less than a $1.50 a day for $50,000 coverage1
Quick, easy coverage – no medical exam2
Guaranteed death benefit
Builds tax-deferred cash value
Protection for Children
Take a step in the right direction – provide a financially sound future for your child:
Coverage is guaranteed and doubles at age 18
Premiums are locked in based on issue age and never increase
Less than 50 cents a day for $25,000 of coverage3
Provides a head start on college savings
Opportunities to increase coverage up to 10 times original amount without underwriting
This permanent, Whole Life Insurance policy provides guaranteed protection for the life of the contract.
The following features are automatically included in your policy at no additional cost:
Get early access to a portion of your death benefit coverage in the event of your terminal illness.
The Accelerated Benefit for Terminal Illness Agreement (ABA) is included in your policy for no additional charge and with no effect on premium amount.
Ensure your protection remains in force even if you miss a payment.
The Automatic Premium Loan (APL) Provision allows a policy loan to be taken from your policy to pay the premium due and guarantee the contract will not lapse. The Automatic Premium Loan can only be effective if your policy has available loan value.
You also have the flexibility to increase your coverage amount, without the need for underwriting, for an additional cost.
Provided you are under the age of 32, the Guaranteed Insurability Option (GIO) Agreement allows you to add additional coverage by providing a new policy each time you exercise this feature.
The new policy will have a new premium and your original premium will remain the same.
This feature can be exercised at the ages 25, 28, 31, and 34, or upon your date of marriage, or the birth or adoption of a child.4
SECURE PROMISE WHOLE LIFE
Non-participating whole life
Adults: 18–65 years Children: 14 days – 17 years
Adults: $10,000 to $150,000 selected in $5,000 increments Children: $10,000 to $75,000 selected in $5,000 increments
Guaranteed interest rate
Standard Non-Tobacco, Standard Tobacco
Minimum base premium
Greater of $30 and the amount needed to support the requested face amount
1 For a 24-year-old female, Non-Tobacco. Rates vary by age, gender and tobacco status. 2 Decision is based on answers to health questions. 3 For an 8-year-old male, Non-Tobacco. Rates vary by age and gender. 4 There is a charge for this agreement for issue ages over 18. 5
Additional agreements may be available. Agreements may be subject to additional cost and restrictions. Agreements may not be available in all states or may exist
under a different name in various states.
Insurance policy guarantees are subject to the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.
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What is Disability Income Insurance?
Think of disability income insurance as insurance for your paycheck. It allows you to protect your most valuable asset—your income—in the event you become too sick or hurt to work.
If you suddenly lost your ability to work and earn a living due to a sickness or injury, how would it impact your life?
The Chances of it Happening are Greater Than You Think
The Most Common Causes of Disability
Protecting Your Income Isn’t Out of Reach
Disability Income Insurance allows you to protect your income in the event you become too sick or hurt to work. And it can be more affordable than you think.
Think of Disability Insurance as Insurance for Your Paycheck
1LIMRA, U.S. Consumers Today, The Middle Market, 2014 Note: ages 25-64 2U.S. Social Security Administration, Fact Sheet February 7, 2013 3Commissioner’s Disability Insurance Tables A and C assuming equal weights by gender and occupation class 4Council for Disability Awareness, Long-Term Disability Claims Review, 2013
In approved states, DInamic Foundation (forms 4501NC, 4502GR and 4503NCBOE) and DInamic Fundamental® (form 4504LS) are issued by Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. In New York, DInamic Foundation (forms 5501-NC, 5502-GR and 5503-NCBOE) and DInamic Fundamental® (form 5504-LS) are issued by Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. Policy and riders may vary and may not be available in all states.
This information is provided by Ameritas®, which is a marketing name for subsidiaries of Ameritas Mutual Holding Company, including, but not limited to, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., located at 5900 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York, located at 1350 Broadway, Suite 2201, New York, New York 10018 and Ameritas Investment Corp, member FINRA/SIPC. Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York is licensed in New York. Each company is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. For more information about Ameritas®, visit ameritas.com.
Ameritas® and the bison design are registered service marks of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. Fulfilling life® and DInamic Fundamental® are registered service marks of affiliate Ameritas Holding Company.
DInamic Fundamental from Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. allows you to protect your most valuable asset – your income – in the event you become too sick
or hurt to work. The product is simple, priced to fit within your budget and offers a streamlined underwriting process.
Why should you consider DInamic Fundamental* for your income protection needs?
Just over one in four of today’s 20-year olds will become disabled before they retire.1
It is estimated that there are over 36 million disabled Americans–12% of the total population. More than 50% of those disabled Americans are in their working years, ages 18-64.2
Medical conditions contributed to 62%3 of all personal bankruptcies filed in the U.S. in 2007 - an estimate of over 500,000.4 A 49.6% increase over results from a similar study in 2001.
65% of working Americans say they could not cover normal living expenses even for a year if their employment income was lost; 38% could not pay their bills for more than three months.5
How does DInamic Fundamental help protect your ability to earn an income?
You can purchase a benefit amount up to one times your annual earnings, not to exceed $100,000
Pays a single lump sum benefit for total disability that is expected to last at least one year, provided you survive the disability for at least 30 days
No additional benefit riders
Coverage period is to age 65
Policy terminates once claim payment is made
Pricing compares well with other common bill payments (cable, internet, etc.)
Level premium structure, meaning you pay the same amount every month
Premium is based on percentage of manual duties performed in your occupation
Simplified underwriting process
No blood or urine tests or paramedical exams
No Attending Physicians Statements (APS) or Personal History Interviews (PHI) required
No income documentation
Short and simple application
No extra premium charge for substandard risks
Limited exclusions, for certain medical conditions, may be used when needed
With DInamic Fundamental, we've made it easier and more affordable than ever to own individual Disability Income (DI) protection. For more information about
Disability Income insurance or any other products for personal, family or business needs, contact your insurance representative. * May not be available in all states. State variations may apply. Please refer to actual policy for details.
U.S. Social Security Administration, Fact Sheet February 7, 2013
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2011
The American Journal of Medicine, June 4, 2009 Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study; David U. Himmelstein, MD, Deborah Thorne, PhD, Elizabeth Warren, JD, Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH
U.S. Courts, Bankruptcy Statistics, 12-Month Period Ending December 2007
Council for Disability Awareness, Disability Divide
In approved states, DInamic Fundamental® (form 4504LS) is issued by Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. In New York, DInamic Fundamental® (form 5504-LS) is issued by Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. Policy and riders may vary and may not be available in all states.
This information is provided by Ameritas®, which is a marketing name for subsidiaries of Ameritas
Mutual Holding Company, including, but not limited to, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., located at
5900 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York, located at 1350 Broadway, Suite 2201, New York, New York 10018 and Ameritas Investment Corp, member FINRA/SIPC. Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York is licensed in New York. Each company is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. For more information about Ameritas®, visit ameritas.com.
Ameritas® and the bison design are registered service marks of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. Fulfilling life® and DInamic Fundamental® are registered service marks of affiliate Ameritas Holding Company.
Term life insurance is designed to provide life insurance for a specified number of years referred to as the ‘term of the coverage’. Coverage expires at the end of the selected term and does not build cash value over time. As a result, premiums for term life coverage are typically lower than those of a permanent life insurance policy.
Term life insurance can provide:
A PLAN - An affordable means of protecting your family for a specific number of years.
SOLUTIONS - A simple and budget friendly plan to cover financial responsibilities in the event of your death.
PEACE OF MIND - Protection for the stability you have worked to provide for your family.
Why should I buy term life insurance?
In the event of your death, term life insurance could help your family pay short term expenses like funeral costs, medical bills, car loans and credit card debt. Additionally, it could help support long-term plans like sending your kids to college.
What are the features of the Individual Term Life Insurance plan?
Accelerated Death Benefit Agreement - You can request an early payment of 100% of your death benefit in the event of your terminal illness. If you receive an accelerated death benefit, your coverage under the policy will end.
Conversion Privilege - After your coverage has been in force for one year you may convert your policy during the next five years your policy is in force (up to the age of 65) to a non-participating whole life policy.
Renewal Provision - At the end of your policy term, you may choose to renew your policy in 1-year increments (up to age 85) - without undergoing additional underwriting. Premiums will increase annually.
Guaranteed coverage for the entire policy term that you select as long as premiums are paid.
Coverage is available at your fingertips. All you need to do is provide your name, address, health history and payment information to complete your application.
Select the coverage that is right for you, options include:
5, 10, 15 or 20 year terms.
Up to $250,000 in coverage (up to $150,000 for applicants between ages 56–60).
Will my premiums increase during the term of coverage?
This plan, underwritten by Minnesota Life Insurance Company, provides rates that are guaranteed to not increase for the initial term of the policy. In addition, once you are approved your coverage cannot be rescinded, even if your health changes down the road.1
What are the premium rates based on?
Premiums are based on several different factors, including age, gender, tobacco use, and the term and amount of insurance coverage you choose.
When will my coverage begin?
Your coverage becomes effective after your application is approved and Minnesota Life receives your first premium payment. Once your application is approved, you will also receive your policy which will include information confirming the billing method, timing of the first premium due and all subsequent premium payment dates thereafter.
Who is eligible for coverage?
Applicants ages 18 to 60 years old are eligible to apply for coverage. This product may not be available in all states.
Can I extend the length of my policy?
At the end of your policy term, you may choose to renew your policy in one-year increments (up to age 85) — without undergoing additional underwriting. Premiums will increase annually.
What benefit do I receive if I become terminally ill?
If you are diagnosed with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of 12 months or less, the Accelerated Death Benefit Agreement allows you to receive 100% of the death benefit amount in advance. If you receive an accelerated death benefit, your coverage under the policy will end. This option is included on your policy at no additional charge.
Can I change my term life policy into a whole life policy?
Yes, after your coverage has been in force for one year you may convert your policy during the next five years your policy is in force (up to age 65) to a non-participating whole life policy. Conversion Privilege details are provided with the insurance documents issued once your application has been approved.
Who is Minnesota Life?
This coverage is underwritten by Minnesota Life Insurance Company, an affiliate of Securian Financial Group, Inc. Founded in 1880, Minnesota Life’s record of financial strength and claims-paying ability positions them as one of America's most highly rated companies. Minnesota Life is highly rated by the major independent rating agencies that analyze the financial soundness and claims-paying ability of insurance companies (A.M. Best, Fitch, Moody's and Standard & Poor's). Visit www.securian.com/ratings for more information.
1Life insurance is issued based upon your answers to application questions. Your policy may be rescinded within the first two years if your answers on the application are not truthful.
This individual term life insurance is not available in New York. Insurance products are issued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company or Securian Life Insurance Company, a New York
authorized insurer. Minnesota Life is not an authorized New York insurer and does not do insurance business in New York. Both companies are headquartered in Saint Paul, MN. Product
availability and features may vary by state. Each insurer is solely responsible for the financial obligations under the policies or contracts it issues. 400 Robert Street North,
St. Paul, MN 55101-2098.
What is Accidental Death Insurance?
Accidental Death Insurance pays a benefit to the beneficiary in the event of the insured's covered accidental death.
Accidental Death Insurance may be a smart addition to your current coverage because:
The benefit is paid in addition to any other insurance policies you have.
Acceptance is guaranteed.
Coverage is affordable and can help protect you or your family financially.
What is considered an Accidental Death?
Some possible causes of an accidental death could be car accident, drowning, or unforeseen fatalities due to an accidental injury. Your death must be the direct result of an accidental bodily injury. Please keep in mind this is a limited benefit plan, subject to exclusions that are listed in the insurance documents. Each claim is unique and all facts related to the claim will be reviewed by Minnesota Life to determine if the claim is payable.
Which coverage option should I choose?
Accidental Death insurance is an affordable insurance option. When choosing your coverage amount, review your monthly expenses to determine what monthly premium amount will work for you and your family. Flexible coverage options are available - premiums range from $6.50 per month for $50,000 of single coverage to $65 per month for $500,000 of single coverage.
Why should I consider Accidental Death insurance?
Consider how your household income would be impacted if you or a member of your family were to pass away unexpectedly from an accidental injury. Any benefits payable under the plan can be used however you or your beneficiary see fit – for example, to help cover expenses such as funeral costs and hospital bills. Take time to plan now so that your family is protected if the worst should happen.
As long as you are over the age of 18, you cannot be turned down for this protection.
Select the coverage that is right for you
Single coverage protects you while the family plan covers you, your spouse or domestic partner, and dependent children.1
Various coverage options are available - choose up to $500,000 of AD protection.
For $6.50 per month you can have $50,000 of single Accidental Death insurance coverage.
Coverage available at your fingertips
All you need to do is provide your name, address and payment information to complete your enrollment. With just a few clicks you can be protected in minutes!
No medical exam–apply from the privacy of your home
Applying for insurance does not need to be invasive and time consuming. There is no medical exam required to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does coverage cost?
Accidental Death Insurance coverage is available for monthly rates of $1.30 per $10,000 of single coverage, and $1.95 per $10,0002 of family coverage. Premium rates will never increase based on age.
When will coverage be effective?
Coverage begins on the date your application is submitted and it will remain active as long as premiums are paid and received by Minnesota Life.
Who is eligible for coverage?
Acceptance is guaranteed provided you are over the age of 18. No medical exam or health information is required for acceptance. All benefit amounts reduce by 50% at age 70, regardless of age at enrollment. Coverage will not terminate based on age, provided premium is paid.
What does family coverage provide?
If you elect family coverage, a benefit equal to 60 percent of your coverage amount will be paid in the event of your spouse’s or domestic partner’s covered loss if you do not have dependent children or 50 percent if you have dependent children. A benefit in the amount of 25 percent will be paid in the event of a dependent child's covered loss. Eligibility for family coverage may vary by state.
Who is Minnesota Life?
This coverage is underwritten by Minnesota Life Insurance Company, a member of Securian Financial Group. Founded in 1880, Minnesota Life’s record of financial strength and claims-paying ability positions them as one of America's most highly rated companies. Securian and Minnesota Life are highly rated by the major independent rating agencies that analyze the financial soundness and claims-paying ability of insurance companies (A.M. Best, Fitch, Moody's and Standard & Poor's). Visit minnesotalife.com/ratings for more information.
1Eligibility for family coverage may vary by state. 2Premium rates may vary by state. This accidental death insurance plan is not available in New York. Insurance products are issued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company or Securian Life Insurance Company, a New York authorized insurer. Minnesota Life is not an authorized New York insurer and does not do insurance business in New York. Both companies are headquartered in Saint Paul, MN. Product availability and features may vary by state. Each insurer is solely responsible for the financial obligations under the policies or contracts it issues. 400 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55101-2098.
What is Term Life Insurance?
Term life insurance is a simple, affordable way to protect your loved ones as well as your business. It provides coverage for a specific period of time and pays a benefit to your beneficiaries if the insured person passes during the term coverage is active.
Term insurance may be a good choice, for example, if you want to make sure a large debt is paid off when you pass away. This can alleviate the burden of that debt from your family. And what’s more, the premiums – or regular payments you make– don’t change throughout the guaranteed time period.
You may want to purchase term life insurance if you’re looking for:
A way to ensure debt is paid off when you pass away
Simple and straightforward protection for your loved ones
Less expensive coverage than permanent products
Ability to convert to permanent protection
It’s important to note that Term policies don’t grow in cash value. When your policy term ends and you do not renew, your coverage expires; but you may have the option to convert your term policy to permanent life insurance.
Your family and your business are covered with Securian's Advantage Elite Select
Issued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company
As a business owner, you know how important it is to prepare for the unexpected. With Advantage Elite Select Term Life insurance, you can have peace of mind knowing
your family's financial security is protected and your Small Business Administration (SBA) loan will be paid off in the event of your premature death.
Benefits of Advantage Elite Select
Death Benefit Can be used as collateral for a small business loan
Fast coverage means faster funding for your business
Death benefit can help loved ones pay off outstanding debt or provide income replacement
Guaranteed protection for 10 or 20 years
Affordable premium payments that will never increase during the specified term
Flexibility to renew or convert to a permanent policy*
This Term Life Insurance policy provides guaranteed protection for the life of the contract as long as you pay your premiums. You can also customize your Advantage Elite Select policy with following options:
Get early access to a portion of your death benefit coverage in the event of your terminal illness. The Accelerated Benefit Agreement (ABA) is included in
your policy for no additional charge and with no effect on premium amount.
Safeguard your life insurance policy against disability with the Waiver of Premium Agreement. In the event of total and permanent disability before age 60,
Minnesota Life will pay premiums due. This feature is optional with your policy for an additional cost.
Advantage Elite Select
Term life insurance for SBA loans
Options for coverage duration (term)
10 year term
20 year term
$50,000-$5 million up to age 55; $250,000 minimum for ages 55-80
$50,000–$249,999 with express issue underwriting: completed application plus telephone interview
$250,000–$750,000 with streamlined underwriting: completed application plus paramedical exam
$750,000–$5,000,000 with full underwriting
Accelerated Benefit Agreement, Waiver of Premium Agreement
*May be subject to other restrictions. May renew through the anniversary nearest the insured’s age 95.
Advantage Elite Select is not available in New York. Insurance products are issued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company or Securian Life Insurance Company, a New York authorized insurer. Minnesota Life is not an authorized New York insurer and does not do insurance business in New York. Both companies are headquartered in Saint Paul, MN. Product availability and features may vary by state. Each insurer is solely responsible for the financial obligations under the policies or contracts it issues. 400 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55101-2098.
What is Single Premium Whole Life Insurance?
Single Premium life insurance is a type of whole life insurance that offers reliable coverage and growth potential. This type of policy may be a good choice if you want:
To protect and leave a legacy for loved ones – beneficiaries will receive a death benefit of at least the face amount of the policy upon the death of the insured, assuming you do not have outstanding policy loans and that the policy premiums are paid on time.
One payment up front – one single payment provides a lifetime of protection.
Cash value you can use while you are living – your cash value will grow each year, tax-deferred, until it matches the face value of your policy. When you need it most, you’ll have access to your cash through loan and withdrawal options.
Most single premium policies will be considered a Modified Endowment Contract (MEC) as defined by IRS section 7702. Distributions from a MEC may be taxable and if the taxpayer is under the age of 59½ may be subject to an additional 10% tax penalty. For further information, please contact a tax advisor.
Single Premium Whole Life Insurance
Leverage your dollars and transfer assets to the ones you love with Securian's Secure Legacy Whole Life
Issued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company, a Securian Company
Your family is your top priority – and it’s important to make sure they’re taken care of after you’re gone. Secure Legacy whole life insurance can help you create a legacy for the next generation. This single-premium whole life product grows cash value immediately and allows you to transfer your wealth, tax advantaged to beneficiaries without probate1.
Single premium payment provides leveraged death benefit for beneficiaries
Cash Value grows tax deferred and can be accessed throughout the life of the policy
100% return of premium guarantee2
Guaranteed death benefit
Quick and easy coverage – no medical exam3
The Accelerated Death Benefit Agreement is included in your policy at no additional cost and with no effect on premium amount. It allows you to get early access to a portion of death benefit coverage in the event of your terminal illness.
Upon full surrender 100% of principal, less withdrawals, outstanding loans and loan interest, is guaranteed
Accelerated Death Benefit Agreement
1Provided estate is not the beneficiary of the contract
2Allows for 100% guaranteed return of premium, less withdrawals and loans, upon full surrender
3Decision is based on answers to the health questions in the application
Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing company.
Not FDIC/NCUA Insured; Not Bank Or Credit Union Guaranteed; Not A Deposit; Not Insured By Any Federal Government Agency.
Secure Legacy is not available in New York.
Please keep in mind that the primary reason to purchase a life insurance product is the death benefit.
Life insurance products contain fees, such as mortality and expense charges, and may contain restrictions, such as surrender periods.
Policy loans and withdrawals may create an adverse tax result in the event of lapse or policy surrender, and will reduce both the surrender value and death benefit. You should consult your tax advisor when considering taking a policy loan.
This material provides you with education on how this life insurance policy can help you provide financial security for yourself and your family. It is not intended to apply to any person's individual circumstances and should not be considered investment advice. Securian and its affiliates are not recommending that anyone engage in (or refrain from) a particular course of action. If you are seeking investment advice or recommendations, please contact your financial professional.
Insurance products are issued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company or Securian Life Insurance Company, a New York authorized insurer. Minnesota Life is not an authorized New York insurer and does
not do insurance business in New York. Both companies are headquartered in Saint Paul, MN. Product availability and features may vary by state. Each insurer is solely responsible for the
financial obligations under the policies or contracts it issues. 400 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55101-2098.
Insurance products are sold through COVR Financial Technologies LLC ("Covr"). Covr sells insurance as an agent or broker by contractual agreements with its insurance carrier providers. COVR is licensed in the following states: Delaware (3000067942), Idaho (607086), California (0L77229). All other state license numbers are available here.