• Individual health insurance is purchased by the individual. Some major health insurance companies offer a broad range of coverages and options to individuals, who pay directly out-of-pocket for the cost of the insurance. Many insurance companies require completion of an exhaustive application and may require a medical examination before coverage will be offered to the individual.
  • Life insurance is a contract, often called a “policy”, between you and an insurance company to provide money to a person you designate, in the event that you die during the time the contract is in force. In essence, during your lifetime you pay money, known as the insurance “premium”, to the insurance company. It promises to pay money to the persons you name, the “beneficiaries”, at your death. Some types of life insurance also give the policy owner the right to “borrow” a portion of the “cash value” within a policy, or to receive an “accelerated death benefit” if you become terminally ill or require confinement in a long term care facility.
  • The purpose of disability insurance is to replace the lost income from work should you become disabled, and unable to work. After an initial period called the “elimination” or “waiting” period, disability income insurance pays a specified percentage of your income while you are disabled. The payments continue for the duration of the disability or until the maximum time limit stipulated in the policy. As a rule, insurance companies will not allow you to have disability coverage for more than about 60 percent or 70 percent of your normal taxable income.

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