Get The Right Mortgage Protection | It’s Not Life Insurance. It Is Mortgage Disability Insurance!

Updated: May 24, 2020 at 12:05 pm

to show the importance of mortgage protection insuranceIf you own a home, you understand that you need insurance for mortgage protection.

What’s mortgage protection insurance, you ask? 

It’s simply insurance that will step in and pay your mortgage if you can’t.

Great, John. I have it already, you say.

You do?

Yes, I have mortgage protection right from my loan provider.

No. I’m not talking about PMI. And, other types from your provider are a waste – honestly. And, we will get into that in a minute.

Unemployment?

Nope. I’m not talking about that.

Ok, then life insurance?

Yeah…mortgage life insurance protects you to a point. But, while some people die during the term, most people don’t. That doesn’t mean you will. It just means, more often than not, most people don’t. You still need life insurance, though. Don’t get me wrong.

Then what is it?

Let’s talk about the right mortgage protection insurance. I guarantee you don’t have it or very little of it.


What’s The Right Mortgage Protection Insurance?

If you think the right mortgage protection insurance is life insurance, you are wrong.

Ok, ok. Maybe a little backlash. You need to protect your mortgage if you unexpectedly die. That is right. And, from that perspective, the best way to do that is with term life insurance.

You just pay these level premiums for the term. If you die during the term, your family receives the money to pay for the mortgage and other things.

If you’d like to see what rates could be on a term policy, likely they are cheap. Just enter your information. Be honest about your health. For coverage, enter your remaining mortgage and the term you like. (note: we may give you a call or send you an email/text thanking you for visiting our site. We don’t sell your information or call you 1,348 times per day.)

You see. Mortgage protection using life insurance doesn’t cost that much. Cheap! And, yes, it is important.

However, that’s where most people stop. They think they are “all set”. Unfortunately, that’s where many agents stop, too.

The right mortgage insurance protects you from illness, injury, or some other sickness. It will pay a benefit that you can use to pay your mortgage if you are sick, ill, or injured.


The Right Mortgage Protection Insurance Is Disability Insurance

That’s right. Disability insurance is the right mortgage protection insurance.

Why?

You have a greater chance of being disabled than dying prematurely. It’s true. Depending on which life insurance carrier you ask, their claims department will say between 2% and 4% of term life policies pay a benefit.

(That doesn’t mean you should go without life insurance to protect your mortgage (and other important things in your life…like your family!). However, most people stop there, thinking they are “all set”.)

The Social Security Administration releases these statistics every few years. The constant is that they rarely change:

  • 1 out of 4 workers will face a long-term disability that lasts greater than 90 days
  • Social security administration declines 65% of disability insurance applications. It can take years before someone receives a benefit
  • When you do receive a benefit, the amount is only like $1,200 per month if you are lucky. Can you pay your mortgage on that?

The answer is, “no”. You can’t. You would have to make some hard decisions about your and your family’s life including your home.

Are you ready for that? I hope you say, “no”.

What A Disability Really Is

That’s great, John, you say. But, I’m not going to be in a wheelchair.

Most of us have a skewed view of a disability. We notoriously think it’s someone in a wheelchair or using a walker. The fact is a disability can be from anything that prevents you from working.

  • you are diagnosed with cancer and need to step away from work
  • your child’s toy is hiding on the staircase. You don’t see it, slip, and fall down the stairs. Unfortunately, you break your back and hip
  • you are a carpenter. Suddenly, you become distracted and cut 3 of your fingers off (I saw this happen in a previous life)

What’s the common theme in all of this. Well, there are several:

  • you are not in a wheelchair. But, you can’t work
  • a disability can happen anywhere, anytime
  • there’s no logic to a disability. It doesn’t wait until you are ready. There’s no sequence of events
  • the unknown and future is scary

There’s no logic to a disability. Even the healthiest of people receive bad news or are injured. Disability does not discriminate. It doesn’t wait until you are ready, and it always comes at the wrong time.

This is the purpose of disability insurance. It provides peace-of-mind to your family.


How Mortgage Disability Insurance Works

With 25% to 30% (and higher) of workers having some type of long-term disability, wouldn’t you want some insurance coverage to protect your mortgage and family?

That’s where mortgage disability insurance comes in. It is simply a disability insurance policy that protects your mortgage.

Purchasing disability insurance completes your mortgage protection.

You’ll receive that monthly benefit for as long as you are disabled or when the term ends, whichever comes first.

Think about your peace-of-mind, knowing your mortgage is covered if you are sick, ill, or hurt and can’t work.

Oh? Do you already have some disability insurance through work? Most people do. But, I know it’s not enough.

Huh? What do you mean?

The IRS taxes disability benefits from group employer plans. That means the benefit you receive is much less every April when you have to pay. Additionally, many plans cap the monthly benefit.

So, that $2,000 you receive, for example, will be taxed. You’ll have a lot less than you think.

You’ll have to make those tough decisions we alluded earlier.

Supplementing your disability insurance with your own individual plan or simply having your own plan outright makes sense. It’s likely inexpensive, too. More on that, next.

In the simplest terms, we would set up an individual plan or add on to your group plan. We would make sure your mortgage is covered.


Cost Of The Mortgage Protection Insurance

to show how inexpensive mortgage protection insurance isMortgage disability insurance isn’t expensive. If you just want to cover your mortgage, you are looking 2 cents to 3 cents for every dollar of coverage.

Yes, that is right.

Maybe a little more, maybe a little less. But, on average about 2 to 3 cents on the dollar to cover your family’s mortgage and give you peace-of-mind.

 

Covering your mortgage with disability insurance costs 2 to 3 cents on the dollar. Will you say “no” to that kind of protection?

For example, covering a $2,000 mortgage might cost $60 per month.

That $2 per day or a cup of coffee you might spend at Starbucks.

If you want to supplement your group-employer disability insurance coverage, the cost could be a lot cheaper.

There are many ways to see the affordability of disability insurance to protect your mortgage.

You Are Not On Sale Or Milk

You have to remember you are not milk. Cost is an important factor, but remember what this is. This is coverage for you and your loved ones to keep everyone in your home. Milk goes on sale. “Shopping around” – as many people like to do – doesn’t fit with mortgage protection insurance. There’s no sale, other than the best time to buy it is right now. You can spend all day “shopping” and chances are, you’ll never get anywhere. It’s time-consuming. You’ll put off this important insurance. Then, when you need it the most, it’s not there.

How do we know this? I’ve personally received phone calls back from people or loved ones wanting to know if they can apply. The problem is they got too sick or injured. They no longer qualify.

The right way to go about it is to contact an independent agency like My Family Life Insurance who works with nearly all the carriers. We can find you the right mortgage protection insurance and disability insurance, saving you time and money.


Do You Know The #1 Reason Why People Lose Their Homes?

You should get this question right. Yes, it’s because of a disability! Technically, it’s because of unpaid medical bills. These medical bills happen because people get too sick or hurt to work.

Hmmm…does this sound like a disability?

I can’t stress enough how a simple and affordable plan like mortgage disability insurance saves you and your family’s future.


Now You Know The Right Mortgage Protection Insurance!

Now you know the right mortgage protection insurance is disability insurance. Yes, term life insurance is important, too. I bet, though, you’ve overlooked disability insurance. You are more likely to not work due to injury or illness than die prematurely.

Remember, you aren’t milk. You don’t need to shop around. It’s not expensive, either, considering the ramifications. If you want to partner with an agency that cares about you and your family, why not reach out to us? Contact us or use the form below. I would be happy to discuss with you the benefits of using disability insurance as part of an overall mortgage protection strategy.  Of course, if we can’t help you, you’ve learned something new, and we will part as friends.

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How To Get Approved For Life Insurance With Cerebral Palsy [The Right Way]

Updated: May 17, 2020 at 10:59 pm

to discuss life insurance for people with cerebral palsyIf you have Cerebral Palsy and search for life insurance, you know there is a “wrong way” going about it.

You’ve probably been declined and discouraged.

Or other websites and agents point you to a dead end.

I’m here to tell you that if you have Cerebral Palsy, you can get life insurance.

Without a doubt!

I’m honest and transparent, and it is tricky. However, it is not impossible.

In this article, we will discuss:

Feel free to click around and jump to a section as needed. I know time is money, so here is a summary of our article. Essentially, you can get life insurance. It just depends on a few different factors.

Let’s start why it’s hard for people with cerebral palsy to obtain life insurance.


Why Do People With Cerebral Palsy Have A Hard Time Getting Life Insurance?

People with cerebral palsy have a hard time getting life insurance because of one reason: life expectancy.

While many websites suggest otherwise, people with cerebral palsy have, on average, experienced a lower life expectancy compared to other individuals.

Of course, every situation is different.

Life insurers examine two areas of life expectancy. They are your ability to:

  • perform activities of daily living, and
  • work and maintain employment

Activities of daily living include the ability to dress oneself and eat. Your ability to perform activities of daily living is a key indicator of your life expectancy. Additionally, if you can work and maintain employment, preferably full-time and without any need for government assistance, that is an indicator as well. Many people are a little surprised when we say that employment is a factor.  Think about it. A person going to work with a sense of drive and purpose generally has a better expectancy outlook compared to someone who does not work.

Let’s take a look at underwriting in deeper detail, and you’ll see what I mean about these two factors.

Underwriting For People With Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can be classified in a number of ways. The most common classifications are based on:

  • severity – mild, moderate, or severe
  • topographical distribution – this describes the body parts affected. For example, monoplegia (in terms of cerebral palsy) means the condition affects one body part

Life insurance carriers look at all of this. If someone has mild to severe conditions and topographical distribution, then life insurance choices are more limited. Contrast someone who is working and has a mild case of cerebral palsy, his or her life insurance options are likely more plentiful.

Life insurance underwriting departments look at the big picture. As we discussed, your level of independence and employment play a huge role in the underwriting process. Moreover, they also look into co-morbidities (i.e. other health problems)  which affect life expectancy, including:

  • Number of impairments and number of key disabilities
  • Severity level
  • Mobility restrictions
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Visual acuity
  • Respiratory functioning

If you have any of these conditions affiliated with cerebral palsy, you’ll pay a higher amount, and your options are limited. Limited, but not impossible.

How Does Employment Play A Role?

People are usually surprised when we tell them that employment is an underwriting factor. It has nothing to do with my health, they say.

True, on the surface, it does not. However, going to work and being employed is an extension of the activities of daily living. If a carrier sees you are young and on SSDI, that’s going to play a role in the underwriting process. For one thing, you simply are not going to get a high death benefit. I know other agents say otherwise, but there is no way a carrier is going to insure you for $250,000 or $500,000 if you don’t work and contribute monetarily to your family.


to show life insurance underwriting for people with cerebral palsyLife Insurance Options For People With Cerebral Palsy

People with cerebral palsy have life insurance options. As we discussed earlier, the options depend on the severity of your condition and other variables.

We discuss these options next.

Mild Case Of Cerebral Palsy

If you have a mild case of cerebral palsy, and you work and employed, you’ll likely have some more life insurance options. We have helped a few families with mild cases this way. I’ll tell you; it’s still tricky. Not impossible, though.

Other websites state that a standard rating is available. That health table classification is not impossible, but it is unlikely. Likely, you may be in the table 2 to 4 range, which is still a very good class. Table ratings are just an extra premium paid to account for health concerns. Remember, the carriers are looking at your life expectancy. While people with cerebral palsy can live a long life, they are predisposed to other co-morbidities. This could shorten their life expectancy. As we mentioned earlier, your independence and employment situation matters for underwriting.

Your cognitive functioning is an important aspect of the underwriting process. A mild case and the ability to work indicates an independent life. You can make your own decisions.

Feel free to check out potential premiums in the quoting tool. Just input your information and see. (You agree to our privacy policy (bottom footer) and we may give you a call or email, but we aren’t like these other agencies calling 10,000 times per day.)

Moderate Case Of Cerebral Palsy

If you have a moderate case of cerebral palsy, that’s when options become trickier. Most people with moderate cerebral palsy need some assistance with daily living activities. Opportunities for work employment might be limited, but not impossible. An adult with cerebral palsy might receive SSDI.

In this case, term life insurance may not be available. More likely, a person with a moderate cerebral palsy can obtain burial insurance or final expense insurance.

Qualifying for burial insurance is much easier. All you need to do is answer “yes/no” on a health questionnaire and go through a quick, phone interview with an underwriter. After that, the underwriter makes a decision on the burial insurance. If your agent discussed and pre-qualified you correctly, you should be approved and no surprises of a decline. (Contact us if you have trouble with your current agent. We can help.)

Check out the final expense quoting tool. Just input the information as necessary. For health class, select “decent health”. As before, read our privacy policy in the footer. We don’t sell your information or anything like that. We may call and send you a text/email. But, we don’t try to contact you 1,000 times like others.

For moderate cases of cerebral palsy, a burial insurance policy might be the best choice.

Severe Cerebral Palsy

Severe cerebral palsy indicates the need for activities of daily living, cognitive impairments, assistance with everyday tasks, and more.

If you have severe cerebral palsy, life insurance is still available. Of course, the prior options we discussed are not. But, that is OK. As we said, life insurance is available.

The type of life insurance available is called guaranteed issue life insurance. The benefit of guaranteed issue life insurance is there are no health questions. You just apply, pay your initial premium, and you have life insurance.

Most agents discredit guaranteed issue life insurance. They say it is way too expensive. It can be. Remember, there are no health questions. The carrier doesn’t know the health or mortality risk (i.e. life expectancy) of the applicant. So, the carrier needs to mitigate its risk somehow. One way they do this is with a higher premium.

However, we at My Family Life Insurance do work with a very affordable guaranteed issue life insurance carrier. Premiums are very competitive. Moreover, they allow a guardian or power of attorney to sign if you can’t due to mobility or cognitive reasons. That is huge. Most carriers don’t allow this option.

If you would like to have a sense of options and premiums, feel free to quote. Just select “poor health” for health class. Please review our privacy policy. We may say hello with a phone call or email and ask how we can help. We don’t sell your information or bother you a million times per day.

Regardless of your situation, I am confident we at My Family Life can help you secure life insurance.


Life Insurance For Children With Cerebral Palsy

We all want the best for our children. Purchasing life insurance for your children is one way to do that. When constructed properly, it sets up a lifelong protective foundation for their children and family.

If you didn’t purchase life insurance on your child when they were born, no worries. We outline a couple of options. The first option is life insurance for your child directly. The second option is life insurance on you. (Yes, you heard me right.)

Life Insurance On Your Child With Cerebral Palsy

Getting life insurance on your child with cerebral palsy is a bit more difficult, but not impossible.

Carriers will review your child’s situation similar to that as we described above. Underwriters will want to know your child’s severity, independence, and assistance with any activities of daily living.

Here are questions from 2 popular carriers. You’ll need to go into detail about your child’s situation. This doesn’t mean your child’s condition is an outright decline. However, what it does mean is a likely table rating (as we discussed before).

life insurance questions on child with cerebral palsy

to show questions on life insurance application for a child with cerebral palsy

Regardless of your child’s situation, we have the knowledge to find him or her life insurance. If your child has severe cerebral palsy, we do work with one carrier that offers guaranteed issue life insurance for children and young adults.

Contact us to learn more.

Additionally, many term life carriers offer a child rider for a low cost. Of course, that means you need to obtain life insurance on yourself. What you may not realize is a handful of carriers don’t ask health questions on the child term rider. You can purchase up to $10,000 or $25,000 for your child. The life insurance can “convert” to permanent insurance later on, with no evidence of health insurability.

That brings us to a nice segue.

Life Insurance On Yourself

Many parents overlook life insurance on yourself. Sure, you might have life insurance through work, or your own individual plan. Chances are, however, it is not enough.

Purchasing life insurance on yourself is simple, and likely a more affordable option.

You could purchase a term or whole life insurance policy. True, whole life or other types of permanent life insurance have a negative connotation. However, in this case, having a permanent type of life insurance or whole life insurance is a good idea. You can set up a trust as beneficiary. Upon your death, the death benefit money flows into the trust. The money would then be used for your child’s needs. How great is that?

If there is something you learned in this article, is that you do have options.


Now You Know People With Cerebral Palsy Can Obtain Life Insurance

If someone says people with cerebral palsy can’t get life insurance, now you know that’s not true. They can.

As we discussed, type and amount of life insurance depend on the severity and other factors. However, you can obtain some type of life insurance.

Do you need to speak with a trusted agent? You can contact us or use the form below. We are much different than the agency down the street. First, we truly care about you and your situation. Next, we do have your best interests at the forefront. That’s the only way we know how to work with clients.

Finally, there’s no risk to contact us. If we can’t help you, you’ve learned a little more, and we’ll part as friends. Seriously! We’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. Can your agent say that?

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Understanding Dental Insurance: Your Guide To Learning | And Saving Money!

Updated: May 5, 2020 at 8:00 am

man thinking in chair wondering why his dental insurance is expensiveI think you’ll agree with me that understanding dental insurance is like understanding a black box.

Here’s what I mean. You pay a premium, sometimes hefty, and you don’t know what you get.

Until you receive your bill.

Sure. dentists create smiles, right? On the one hand, yes. I bet, however, you aren’t smiling after you receive your dentist’s bill. You probably wonder why dental services cost co much.

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3 Important Health Insurance Options When You Lose Your Job | Coronavirus Or Anything Else

Updated: March 30, 2020 at 9:00 am

When you lose your job, you have to think about protecting your future in the short-term, and that includes options for health insurance.

Sure, your first step is to file for unemployment.

After that, though, you need to protect you and your family from unexpected medical costs. You need to address health insurance options immediately. Health insurance is, after all, likely your next largest expense after your mortgage.

Don’t even think about going without. Holy cow; if you get sick with no health insurance, the financial pain could be bottomless.

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