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Prudential Moves to e-Delivery


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We’re making it easier to get your clients' policy faster. Starting with applications submitted on July 1, we will require eligible* Prudential policies written through Ash Brokerage to use e-Delivery. 


Unlike delivery through PDF, Prudential uses a true e-Delivery system, using DocFast to collect signatures. We've piloted it for a year — and the process works. Once you've reviewed and electronically signed the app, your client receives a link to review and electronically sign. 

It's better for you — ensuring an accurate and efficient delivery. More importantly, it's better for your clients — with a cycle time up to nine days faster.  Your case manager will make sure you have the details when an app comes in, but here's what you should know:

  • Complete the Prudential e-Consent form (ORD 115309) in your application packet
  • If you submit an eligible application without this form, or if the form is incomplete, the form can be submitted any time prior to the policy being issued
  • The insured will need to answer "yes" to e-Delivery when completing the telephone interview or express worksheet

Questions? Ash Answers — reach out to your case manager at (800) 589-3000 for details. And by the way, Ash Brokerage has already saved 36 trees this year by switching to e-delivery! 



*E-delivery is only available on for single, individual-owned policies. Other exclusions include replacement policies in New York or Illinois, survivorship policies or policies issued on juveniles. Ask your case manager for more.


Go Digital. Get More.

Prudential joins several other carriers that have already streamlined the insurance delivery business. By using our full offering of electronic tools, you’ll:

Check!   Reduce your overhead costs
No printing or mailing required

Check!   Allow clients to engage on their terms
Take delivery on the go

Check!   Improve cycle times and placement ratios
Close more cases and get your commissions faster


Commitment to Service

I promise you this: A computer will never replace our care and commitment to you. We’re here to help you build your business and protect your clients’ lives. Because whatever the question, whatever the need, Ash Answers.

  

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

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.

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.

Sign Up Now  



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.

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.

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.