While you’ve likely shopped around to find the best auto, home or renters insurance, there might still be one lingering item on your insurance to-do list: get a life insurance policy.
The process to get a life insurance policy isn’t that different from what you’re used to: Find a company you trust and work with a trusted professional to determine how much coverage you need.
However, with some life policies, there’s one main difference: you have to get a life insurance medical exam. Keep reading to find out how it works and what to expect.
What is a life insurance medical exam?
A life insurance medical exam, more commonly referred to as a “paramedical exam” by insurance professionals, is an opportunity for your life insurance company to review your medical history and collect information for your life insurance application.
There are typically two stages to this exam: a verbal questionnaire and an examination done by a health professional, usually a paramedical professional or a nurse.
Why do I need a life insurance exam?
Just like an insurance agent asks you questions about your vehicle and driving habits when you’re quoting for an auto policy, your life insurance company wants to learn more about you before issuing you a life policy. An exam helps them to:
Verify the information you originally gave when applying for a life insurance policy.
Get a more complete medical history. The questionnaire goes into more detail about your family’s medical history.
Identify any underlying conditions. A more in-depth view of your medical history and results from your bloodwork may reveal a condition you were unaware you are at risk for, or might already have – for example, diabetes.
However, not all life policies require you to get a life insurance medical exam. Life policies below $100,000 typically require you to only complete an application and answer several questions before it is reviewed by an underwriter.1 Your agent will assist you in completing the application, you will sign it and your agent submit it for underwriting review.
If you’re looking for a quicker way to get life coverage, another option is Erie Insurance’s new ERIExpress Life product. If you’re 55 or younger, you can get an instant-issue term or whole life policy with up to $500,000 in coverage by answering several application questions without having to complete a life insurance medical exam.
Talk to your local ERIE agent to decide what life policy options are right for you.
What should I expect?
A life insurance medical exam goes a little more in-depth than an ordinary wellness check with your primary care physician. In addition to taking your height, weight, blood pressure and temperature, expect to have blood drawn and a urinalysis test completed.
This exam is often done at home. After you and your agent submit your application, you’ll be contacted by a paramedical examination professional who will schedule a time that works for you to conduct your exam.
The exam will likely take between 30 minutes to an hour. If you need to follow any steps in preparation, like not eating for 12 hours prior to your exam, it’s best to do so. The results of your life insurance medical exam will be used to determine your final eligibility and premium.
Why life insurance?
You protect your car and your home with insurance. Don’t forget to cover one of your most important assets – your life.
There’s no better time than now to get a life policy. A knowledgeable professional like your Erie Insurance agent can help you assess your circumstances and find a policy that fits your current needs and budget.
Not an ERIE policyholder yet? Talk to your local agent today.
Disclaimer: Eligibility will be determined at the time of application based upon applicable underwriting guidelines and rules in effect at that time. The policy contains the specific details of the coverages, terms, conditions and exclusions.ERIE® life insurance products and services are provided by Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home office: Erie, Pennsylvania). Erie Family Life Insurance Company is not licensed to operate in all states.Go to erieinsurance.com for company licensure information.Erie Family Life does not offer life insurance in New York.
1 Individual exam requirements vary by company based on age and the amount of coverage. Your Agent can help you determine if you need one. Exams can also be ordered at the underwriter’s discretion.
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