You’re not trying out for the Olympics. 95% of our applicants will qualify for life insurance.
Yes, life insurance companies have a process called underwriting where they assess the risks of carrying your policy. But no, it won’t hurt. The process calls for reviewing health and lifestyle factors such as:
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QuickQuote will gladly help you estimate your rating class before you submit an application. Keep in mind, however, your official rating class - and costs - are determined by the life insurance company.
Here’s how the process works.
To determine risk, life insurance companies collect and analyze information about you and compare it to a set of underwriting guidelines.
Think of it like auto insurance. A company guideline may allow you to have up to four moving violations in the past five years. More than four may mean your application will be declined. Simple, right?
Perhaps you have no moving violations. You’re the epitome of safe driving. You may qualify for a lower price on your policy.
For term life insurance, super healthy, low risk applicants receive lower rates.
The life insurance company will assign a rating class to your policy based upon the risk you present. In our example, your excellent driving record is one reason you may be classified as “preferred.” Preferred risks save money compared to standard risks.
Your rating class determines the cost (or premium) you pay for the policy. Rating classes vary by company, but all companies use the same basic convention, as illustrated by the following table.
The Big Picture
Term life insurance underwriting is a bit like putting a puzzle together. The puzzle pieces can include any of the following items:
Motor vehicle report
Additional medical tests
Attending physician statements (APS)
Medical Information Bureau (MIB) report
Corporate documents (for business coverage)
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