A cancer diagnosis, heart attack or other unforeseen health crisis could leave you unable to earn an income, adding financial stress to an already emotionally stressful situation. Unfortunately, your mortgage or rent payment and other monthly expenses will still need to be paid. On top of those obligations, medical bills can quickly pile up. If you aren’t able to work, you may not have the means to pay those bills.
Living Benefits on your life insurance policy will pay out a benefit as a lump sum if you are diagnosed with a critical illness or condition specified in the policy. This can relieve or lessen the financial strain that can come with critical illnesses, so you can focus on getting better.
Why do I need living benefits?
None of us knows if or when we will contract cancer, have a heart attack or stroke, or be diagnosed with another critical illness. These diseases and conditions can have devastating effects on our health, requiring dedicated treatment and recovery periods. When a critical illness strikes, the financial consequences can be just as catastrophic as the health ramifications in their own way. Consider this: an estimated 56 million Americans under age 65 have trouble paying medical bills, and medical bills are the number one reason for bankruptcies.
Even with a good health insurance policy, you may still be required to pay a sizable deductible before your health insurance kicks in, and then you may need to continue paying co-insurance to cover a portion of your own health care costs.
Living benefits are designed to help alleviate the financial strain that comes with critical illnesses. The lump sum benefit paid out under a life insurance policy with living benefits or separate critical illness insurance policy can be used to pay your medical bills, mortgage and other expenses. Policy benefits can also be used to pay for experimental treatments not covered by your health insurance policy, or for travel to obtain treatments somewhere other than your current location.