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5 Things About Term Life Insurance that You (and Your Employees) Probably Don’t Know

July 4, 2024
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As a business owner, enhancing your group benefits package with term life insurance can be a strategic and cost-effective move. Term life insurance not only provides financial protection for your employees’ families but also offers several benefits you might not be aware of. By understanding these advantages, you can make informed decisions that best serve your business and your employees’ needs.

1. Conversion Options

Many term life insurance policies come with a conversion option, allowing you to convert your term policy to a permanent policy, such as whole life or universal life insurance, without undergoing a medical exam. This can be a valuable feature if your health deteriorates over time or if you decide you want lifetime coverage and the benefits of a permanent policy.

2. Renewable Policies

Some term life insurance policies are renewable, meaning you can extend your coverage for additional terms without reapplying or taking another medical exam. However, the premium for the renewed term will be based on your age at the time of renewal, which means it will be higher. This feature can provide continued coverage if you still need it but are unable to qualify for a new policy due to health reasons.

3. Return of Premium

A return of premium (ROP) term life insurance policy is a unique type of term insurance that refunds all the premiums you pay if you outlive the policy term. While the premiums for ROP policies are higher than standard term policies, this feature can make term life insurance feel less like “wasted money” if you don’t pass away during the term.

4. Riders for Additional Coverage

Term life insurance policies can often be customized with riders to enhance your coverage. Common riders include the waiver of premium rider, which waives your premium payments if you become disabled, and the accidental death benefit rider, which provides an additional payout if you die as a result of an accident. These riders can add valuable protection based on your specific needs.

5. Level vs. Decreasing Term Insurance

Not all term life insurance policies are the same. Level-term insurance provides a consistent death benefit throughout the term, while decreasing-term insurance features a death benefit that decreases over time, usually in line with a mortgage or other loan. It’s important to choose the right type for your financial goals.

Understanding these lesser-known features of term life insurance can help your employees make informed decisions about their benefits package and coverage. For more information on term life insurance and how to add it to your employee benefits package, contact Bay Area Health Insurance today. Our experts are ready to help you find the right solutions to protect your future.

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