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The Risks of Waiting for DI Coverage


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I don’t know about you, but I’m a master procrastinator! If it can wait, then chances are good that I’m pushing it off. The fact is, it’s possible your clients are procrastinators too. Often, it’s not that they mean to be – life happens. Things come up. But if they wait too long to get disability insurance, they’re putting a lot at risk.

Aside from the risk of becoming ill or injured, a lot could happen to your clients:

  1. Longevity – they older they are, the higher their premiums will be
  2. Their occupation could change, resulting in higher premiums or declined coverage
  3. Their health could change – certain conditions could also result in higher premiums or declined coverage

The best time to buy disability insurance is when a person is young and healthy. However, most often, people don’t think about it until something has changed with their medical history – by then it might be too late. It’s up to you to plant the seed early by showing your clients why they need coverage.


Ask Questions – Today

Don’t wait. Here are some questions to ask at your next client meeting:

  • How would your family be impacted if something were to happen to you today, and you were no longer able to work?
  • Do you know anyone who has suffered a disability? If so, how did they make it through financially?




See It ThroughYour clients worked hard to build their financial future (and so did you). But once it’s gone, it’s too late. It’s our job to make sure that everything works when your clients can’t. To make sure their foundation is protected.

Don’t end the conversation before checking the last box. Check out these resources to SEE IT THROUGH – to create a solid financial foundation for paychecks, made possible.

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About the Author


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Meghan Cormany, DIA, DIF
Sales Development Specialist - DI
Office: (260) 478-0674
Cell: (260) 417-9638
meghan.cormany@ashbrokerage.com

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Meghan Cormany helps advisors add value and protection for their clients through disability insurance. As a sales development specialist, she provides sales concepts, training and solutions to help integrate DI into existing planning conversations. Meghan has been an integral part of the Ash DI team since 2008 and is a leader in disability sales.

What’s the Deal with Social Security Disability?


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If your clients bring up Social Security as a fallback option for disability insurance, make sure they truly understand what they’re getting into. Take a few minutes to educate your clients on what Social Security is really bringing to the table.

Social Security Disability has a very strict definition of disability:

“inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairments which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”

The approval rate for a Social Security Disability claims is low – only around 35% of initial claims each year are approved.1 Often, people seeking disability relief under Social Security have to hire legal representation to facilitate their claim. That route is usually taken after multiple denials.

Also, the average monthly benefit from Social Security is around $1,300 per month, or $15,600 per year.1 For perspective, those figures barely put single-person households over the poverty line calculations for 2019. For families of two or more, relying solely on Social Security benefits would put families into serious financial straits. Check out the table for details.

Can your clients continue to sustain their lifestyle on that income?

Educate With Examples

Here are some things you can do to make it hit home:

  • Have your clients check their personal Social Security benefits online.
  • Ask the important questions – could they live on a small fraction of their current income?
  • Make sure they are aware of the steps necessary to be approved for Social Security Disability, as well as the wait time associated with a claim.
  • Compare SSDI to an individual DI policy – definitions and benefits.




See It ThroughYour clients worked hard to build their financial future (and so did you). But once it’s gone, it’s too late. It’s our job to make sure that everything works when your clients can’t. To make sure their foundation is protected.

Don’t end the conversation before checking the last box. Check out these resources to SEE IT THROUGH – to create a solid financial foundation for paychecks, made possible.

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1 Source: Council for Disability Awareness, “The basics of the Social Security Disability Income Program.” October 2018: http://blog.disabilitycanhappen.org/the-basics-of-the-social-security-disability-income-program/

 



About the Author


Meghan_Cormany.jpg


Meghan Cormany, DIA, DIF
Sales Development Specialist - DI
Office: (260) 478-0674
Cell: (260) 417-9638
meghan.cormany@ashbrokerage.com

Schedule a Call

Meghan Cormany helps advisors add value and protection for their clients through disability insurance. As a sales development specialist, she provides sales concepts, training and solutions to help integrate DI into existing planning conversations. Meghan has been an integral part of the Ash DI team since 2008 and is a leader in disability sales.

Providing a Solid Foundation with Disability Insurance


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Almost everyone is familiar with life insurance and the reasons for needing proper coverage. Disability insurance is just as important, if not more! It’s the foundation of any solid financial plan.

You probably manage a lot of assets for clients. Pick an average client and tell me, what’s their greatest asset? A 401(k)? IRA? Permanent life insurance policy?

For many, it’s not in a financial statement. It’s their ability to get up and go to work every day. Their lifetime earning potential is greater than any of their property or investments.

If that income is disrupted, even for a short time, you can forget saving for long-term goals. It becomes increasingly difficult just to pay day-to-day bills.

A house built on poor foundations won’t be standing for long. The same can be said for a financial plan. You likely pay for your expenses – mortgage, utilities, car payments, insurance premiums, etc. – with your paycheck – but what happens if your client should find yourself unable to work?

This is what makes disability insurance so important. Our most valuable asset is our ability to earn a paycheck. Just like our homes, our cars, our property, and our life, it should be insured against catastrophe.

Continue the Conversation

Ask your clients:

  • What are your fixed monthly expenses?
  • How is your current health? What do you think will happen in the next five years?
  • How would you maintain your current lifestyle should you be unable to earn your paycheck?

Injury and illness don’t care who you are, what you look like, how much money you make – your wealthiest, luckiest clients – or even you – could be brought down in an instant. We can’t change their fate, but we can change the outcome – financially, at least.


See It ThroughYour clients worked hard to build their financial future (and so did you). But once it’s gone, it’s too late. It’s our job to make sure that everything works when your clients can’t. To make sure their foundation is protected.

Don’t end the conversation before checking the last box. Check out these resources to SEE IT THROUGH – to create a solid financial foundation for paychecks, made possible.

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About the Author


Meghan_Cormany.jpg


Meghan Cormany, DIA, DIF
Sales Development Specialist - DI
Office: (260) 478-0674
Cell: (260) 417-9638
meghan.cormany@ashbrokerage.com

Schedule a Call

Meghan Cormany helps advisors add value and protection for their clients through disability insurance. As a sales development specialist, she provides sales concepts, training and solutions to help integrate DI into existing planning conversations. Meghan has been an integral part of the Ash DI team since 2008 and is a leader in disability sales.

DI: An Easy Addition to Your Practice


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I hear the same phrase on a daily basis: “I’m mostly a life producer. I rarely sell DI.”

I get it. Disability insurance isn’t something you focus on every day. It can be an uncomfortable subject to discuss, and if you’re not confident you can answer all of your clients’ questions, it can seem even harder.

DI products are complex, but the conversation can be easy. Start by asking questions that will get clients thinking about their plans:

  • Do you know anyone who has been disabled, and unable to work, due to a sickness or accident?
  • What impact did it have on their family?
  • (If they are married) Can your family sustain their current quality of life with just one income?
  • Are you willing to lose your savings, and possibly have to dip into your retirement account, if you were to become disabled?

Often, and especially if they are young, your clients haven’t thought about the possibility of not being able to work. It’s natural. But no matter what stage of life they’re in, nearly every plan starts with the same thing: income.

Many of us have stories about someone who has been unable to work, even for a short period of time, due to some sort of disabling event. But we never think it will be us. Getting your clients to see that it could happen to them is the first step to getting them to recognize their need for coverage.

You don’t have to have all the answers. You just need to ask the right questions.

See It ThroughYour clients worked hard to build their financial future (and so did you). But once it’s gone, it’s too late. It’s our job to make sure that everything works when your clients can’t. To make sure their foundation is protected.

Don’t end the conversation before checking the last box. Check out these resources to SEE IT THROUGH – to create a solid financial foundation for paychecks, made possible.

Sign Up Now  



About the Author


Meghan_Cormany.jpg


Meghan Cormany, DIA, DIF
Sales Development Specialist - DI
Office: (260) 478-0674
Cell: (260) 417-9638
meghan.cormany@ashbrokerage.com

Schedule a Call

Meghan Cormany helps advisors add value and protection for their clients through disability insurance. As a sales development specialist, she provides sales concepts, training and solutions to help integrate DI into existing planning conversations. Meghan has been an integral part of the Ash DI team since 2008 and is a leader in disability sales.

Crafting an Underwriting Cover Letter


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When applying for a large life insurance case, it all comes down to underwriting. It’s part science, part gut feeling, but the underwriter can’t consider all the facts unless you provide them.

A cover letter can be the key to getting insurance issued. It helps differentiate your case while providing underlying details around financial needs, medical history and lifestyle.

This is your opportunity to influence the underwriter and explain why your client is a good risk to insure. A good cover letter will: 

 

the NeedEXPLAIN THE NEED
What is the purpose(s) for the requested insurance coverage? Paint a clear picture and be detailed.

the NeedJUSTIFY THE AMOUNT
How was the amount of coverage determined? Explain your process and substantiate it.

the NeedEXPLORE FINANCIAL DETAILS
How will the policy be funded? Communicating the complete financial picture is KEY to getting a policy issued and some cases may involve full financial statements.

the NeedDISCLOSE EXISTING COVERAGE
What other in-force and applied-for insurance exists? Include clear ownership and beneficiary designations, amounts, and information on any policies that will be replaced.

the NeedVALIDATE PRODUCT SELECTION
Why did you choose this product? Set the expectation of the quoted rate class and why you chose it.

the NeedREVEAL UNDERWRITING CONSIDERATIONS
What critical lifestyle factors exist? Share the underlying facts up front – favorable or not. It’s better to form an opinion, rather than change the opinion of an underwriter. Include details such as exercise, diet, preventative medical care, and longevity of parents, as well as non-medical items such as foreign travel and avocations. 

the NeedCREATE A CONNECTION
What personal details are relevant? Establish your relationship and don’t be afraid to include commentary on key facts. Make it known this is a good risk to insure.



THINK LIKE AN UNDERWRITER

When reviewing your letter, it’s important to think like an underwriter. Ask these questions one last time:

  1. Is there a clear, insurable interest?
    Life insurance is highly regulated, and the underwriter is on the hook to validate the policy. Make the impact and intent of the policy clear.

  2. Does the coverage make sense?
    The coverage requested should be consistent with what the carrier typically issues, and a good risk for them. If the plan is out of the box, take care to detail how and why.

  3. Can future payments be sustained for the lifetime of the policy?
    Document and explain any mitigating circumstances on negative financial reports or other issues that would lead to an adverse action.

If the insurance is related to a business, the letter needs to extend beyond the basics, including tax forms, an overview of ownership/beneficiary structure, detailed financials and more.

 

CARE: CLIENT ADVOCACY + RISK EVALUATION

Your Ash Brokerage underwriting and case management teams are partners in client advocacy. Each of us has unique roles and talents. But, we’re here for the same reason: We’re in the business of caring.

Every day, we show up and get to work, fighting for your clients. When advisors need strategic problem solvers who go beyond what’s expected, time after time, we’re their first call.

Highly trained and experienced in both medical and non-medical underwriting challenges, our team has a diverse insurance industry background, from brokerage to home office, including an on-staff medical director, a registered nurse and strong relationships with the underwriting teams at insurance carriers.

Give us a try on your next case and see why we don't just process cases - we compete to win.

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