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The state and Commonwealth governments today signed a bilateral agreement for a nationally consistent, locally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme, set to be delivered from July.
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Disability insurance guarantees a policy holder replacement income on a tax-free basis if he or she is unable to work due to illness or physical injury. Social Security, Worker's Compensation, Employer sponsored plans, and Individual sponsored plans are all different forms of disability insurance. Employees commonly undervalue disability insurance because they assume they will never need it. Unfortunately according to a recent study, most people estimate they have only a 16% chance of becoming disabled during their working years.[2]

  • Employees under age 35 have a one in three chance of being disabled for at least six months during the course of their career.
  • Men have a 43% chance and women have a 54% chance of becoming seriously disabled during their working years.[3]

Disability Insurance Plans

Disability insurance plans contain information about:

  • Definition of total disability
  • Renewability of the insurance policy
  • Residual Disability Insurance
  • Benefit Period
  • Elimination Period
  • Optional Riders
  • Policy Exclusions
  • Renewability Provision
  • Definition of Disability
  • Graded Lifetime Benefits
  • Residual Benefits
  • Cost of Living Benefits
  • Subsequent Disability Provisions
  • Catastrophic Disability Benefits
  • Presumptive Disability
  • Waiver of Premium
  • Future Increase Options

Getting Disability Insurance

If your employer does not sponsor Disability Insurance an individual can purchase a policy by:

  1. Requesting a quote
  2. Filling out and application
  3. Scheduling a physical
  4. Waiting for insurance companies to review your application
  5. Getting approved

Companies that Sell Disability Insurance

New York LIfe Insurance Co

References

  1. Guide to Individual Disability Income Insurance, America's Health Insurance Plans, 2007
  2. Protect Your Income, Disability Statistics
  3. Sound Financial Plan, MDRT
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