We all want to be able to plan ahead and provide for our families after we pass on. Many people choose to do so through life insurance coverage. However, with laws and circumstances changing all the time, sifting through all the different types of life insurance policies can be a complex and overwhelming process. In 2014, there were 35.7 million people without any type of healthcare insurance, and with premiums on the rise, many people can't afford to have both health insurance and life insurance.
However, many people have found that short- term insurance can provide the peace of mind they need without the undue financial burden. A short- term life insurance policy can help when you have an employment gap or need a supplement to your existing insurance plan.
1. Miscalculating your needs
Once you've chosen your policy type, you still have decisions to make regarding your coverage. You'll need to figure out how much your loved ones will require to live once you're gone. Picking a number at random will likely result in a shortage in the long run. Think about your age, health, and life expectancy, as well as your current income, debts, and assets. For instance, a senior couple with few living relatives, significant savings, and no real debt will not need nearly as much coverage as a family with young kids to support and only one spouse in the workforce. If you don't work yourself, don't assume that this means you don't need coverage. Although you'll have no lost income to replace, your policy can still cover childcare costs, housekeeping assistance, facility placement, and other expenses.
2. Basing your decision on price alone
The cost of life insurance can be a real shock for some people. Short- term insurance can certainly lessen the financial blow, which is why many people opt for term life insurance. However, don't reduce your coverage just so you can get a lower premium. Like health insurance, you'll be paying less out of pocket, but you may be skimping on something that can really benefit your family. If your current plan is too costly, you might even want to cut back in other areas of your budget so you can afford the coverage you actually need. Consider the areas that will really help your family in the event of your passing so that that money will be well-spent.
3. Waiting too long to purchase
Many people don't even think about buying life insurance until they experience an event that makes them realize its necessary. And in hindsight, you’ll realize you’re much better off when you buy these insurance plans as soon as possible. Premiums go up as your age increases, even if you're in good health. If you develop a serious condition later in life, you'll also run the risk of a much higher premium, or in the future, you may be denied coverage outright. Start thinking about your insurance purchase now, rather than putting it off.
4. Not reviewing your policy
It's important to review your policy every so often to make sure it still fits with your current situation. Even if you have short- term coverage, circumstances can change during that period of time. Your policy may have made perfect sense a year ago, but after you get married, have children, or acquire assets, you may need to rethink your coverage. And if you've had positive changes to your health or started a better job, some events might actually reduce your costs. Don't put your policy away in a drawer and forget about it. Take the time to review it on occasion.
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Although many people consider a life insurance policy to be necessary only when they have a family for whom to provide, having one can actually be vital in a number of different situations. Even if your children are all grown up and your mortgage is all paid off, you may find that having life insurance coverage can be of great benefit. If you have finances tied up in the stock market and the market crashes before you have a chance to replace your assets, your life insurance policy can help you. And if, like the 7 million grandparents who lived with a grandchild in 2013, you're chiefly responsible for the well-being of your grandchild, your policy can help to provide for them in the event of your passing.
But if you are fortunate enough to have minimal debts and few financial responsibilities or worries, you may not think that the life insurance cost is worth it. That's why many seniors opt for short term insurance, as it often provides the coverage they need without a significant cost. Whether you decide on a term or permanent policy, working with a life insurance company can reduce the burden you put on your loved ones and can give you peace of mind. Here are just three reasons seniors over the age of 60 should still invest in a life insurance policy:
Your policy can pay for final and outstanding expenses
For many people, the cost of a funeral and burial can be a shock. On average, these can cost more than $15,000! Your insurance policy will allow your family to pay tribute to the impact you've had on their lives without shouldering a huge financial burden. And even if you don't have outstanding mortgage payments or credit card balances, the pay-out from your policy can also help to cover medical bills. Since we can't always plan for needing additional medical care, this can be a big help.
You can leave a legacy
Your policy can also be used to provide for your children, grandchildren, or even a charitable organization. While not every person is in a financial position to provide gifts set aside in their wills, this can be a great way to keep your memory alive and support those you care about.
You can provide for your spouse
Even if you and your partner are both retired, your death may leave your spouse in a financial lurch if you don't have an insurance policy. If you rely on pension or Social Security checks, your passing could be a huge financial burden. This is especially true if your spouse is not currently in the workforce. Even if you're both managing your expenses right now, that may not continue to be the case after you're gone. Having a life insurance policy will ensure that your spouse can continue to life comfortably and without financial worry.
You may not be able to plan ahead for certain health issues or for any accident, but you can take precautions now to help your loved ones in the even if your death. To find out more about how our insurance policies can help you and your family, please contact us today.
Over the last eight years, there has been a concerted effort to reinvent Medicare. The direction the program is currently being steered towards is focused on increasing quality through a coordinated effort. With a new President poised to begin his term, there are definitely some questions facing the country right now, but Medicare seems to be continuing in the direction it has been pointed over the last eight years; at least for now.
In 2017, Medicare will be implementing two new experiments to test the way hospitals and rehab centers are coordinating their efforts to offer the highest quality service and to contain costs. The experiments will be focused on cardiac and hip surgeries.
Statistics show that an estimated 168,000 Medicare beneficiaries are treated for heart attacks a year, while 109,000 undergo surgery to treat broken hips.
The experiments devised by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation are designed to test whether more coordination between clinicians, hospitals and rehab centers can lead to better recoveries for patients and prevent hospital re-admissions.
To do this, Medicare will pay regular rates to the doctors, hospitals and rehab centers, but hospitals will be given responsibility for the quality and cost. Compared to benchmarks set by Medicare, the hospital will be given a financial bonus for exceeding goals and may have to pay the government for falling short on the goals.
While the experiments are designed to continue the reinvention effort of Medicare, there are some unknowns with the incoming of Donald Trump as President. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation itself could be abolished by Trump, which could mark the end for the push to reinvent how Medicare operates.
The experiments, which also include earlier efforts that tested the care for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and knee replacement, are designed to improve Medicare and the way the system currently operates.
To read more about the Medicare experiments, click here.
So, you’re starting a family — congrats! This is an exciting time that requires a lot of thinking ahead and planning. With a new life growing inside you, there’s no better time to think about purchasing a life insurance policy. After all, once your child is born, he or she will depend on you for everything. You’re probably not thinking much about your own mortality at this time, but you do need to be prepared for the worst. You owe it to your future family to make sure they are taken care of in the event of your death.
There’s no right or wrong way to go. Term and permanent life insurance both have their advantages and disadvantages. Term is great for young families because it is less expensive than permanent. Term life insurance plans end after a predetermined amount of time, so you can stay covered until your child turns 18, at which time he or she may be able to take care of himself financially. The point, as you may know, is to ensure that your dependents are financially stable should you die and your income cease to support them, so this kind of plan makes sense for parents. Permanent life insurance, on the other hand, is more expensive but provides lifelong coverage, which is valuable for anyone.
Does it make a difference if I’m a working mom or a stay-at-home mom?
You would think that since stay-at-home moms don’t make an income, there would be no point in purchasing a life insurance policy. This, however, isn’t the reality. What stay-at-home moms do for their families is extremely valuable. Were you to die, there would be no cash flow to be cut off, but who would take on all those responsibilities? The surviving partner would either have to invest money into childcare and hire a housekeeper, or cut down their work hours and do these tasks themselves.
Can I purchase a life insurance policy while I’m pregnant?
If it is early enough in your pregnancy and there are no medical complications or health risks, then you should be able to get coverage easily. If there are medical issues, life insurance may be more difficult to secure. Some companies may want to wait until after your child is born.
There is a lot to consider when choosing a life insurance policy. For more information, talk to a life insurance professional.
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