Risky Medical Conditions & How They Affect Your Rates | Intuitive New Guide for 
There are many risky medical conditions such as heart disease, Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, and hundreds more. High-risk life insurance can naturally be triggered by health conditions, even your occupation, favorite sport, or hobby. Unfortunately, you would never be aware of many of these until you begin applying for a life insurance policy. Therefore, it is essential to know what to do before you apply.
High-risk life insurance can cost more but not always. This will depend on the applicant and their specific situation, such as their health and lifestyle. This blog post is designed to teach you how to be successful in purchasing your life insurance and paying the lowest premiums possible once you are approved.
Table of Contents
- What Is a Risky Medical Condition?
- Can I Buy Life Insurance With a Risky Medical Condition?
- What Are Some of the Risky Medical Conditions?
- Can Unhealthy Habits Impact My Life Insurance Rates?
- How Can You Ensure You’re Getting the Lowest Rates?
- How Do the Carriers Adjust Your Rates for Medical Conditions?
- Can a Medical Pre-Screen Help Before I Even Apply?
- Can I Apply Over the Phone to Save Time?
- In Conclusion
In a short answer, a risky medical condition will be a health condition such as heart disease, Cancer, Diabetes, and many others that could limit your lifespan. Most of the time, health conditions come into the picture with long-term risk factors which could cause an insured’s death. This is by far the most common factor to trigger a high-risk exposure.
Sometimes medical conditions that start as simple and very treatable can escalate to life-threatening situations. Unfortunately, the medical underwriters cannot predict an individual’s future, but they must consider this seriously.
Even your lifestyle, which seems perfectly normal, may contain some high-risk ingredients. These could be hazardous occupations that could one day become the cause of your death.
Last but not least, your lifestyle as far as hobbies and sports can put up a red flag and cause complications for your application for life insurance. For example, you may have a dangerous sports activity you enjoy, which could be classified as a possible threat to your life.
Usually, you can apply and get approved for life insurance if you have a medical condition that is not severe. For example, if you currently have been diagnosed with Cancer or just had open-heart surgery, you will usually be declined. In these extreme cases, you will have to wait until your condition has been improved to re-apply. There are many medical conditions that you could have that will have little to no effect on your life insurance application.
The one sure-fire way to tell if you will be accepted and get a projection of your premiums is with our medical pre-screen. This five-minute question and answer form will give us the information we need to make a judgment call on your future application.
You could be classified as high risk if anything in your life increases your statistics of dying before your projected life expectancy. Typically risky medical conditions are number one on the list.
This is just a sample of some of our blog posts that explain how some medical conditions can play an essential part in your application for life insurance.
- Life insurance with Depression
- Life Insurance for Type 1 Diabetics
- Life insurance with High Cholesterol
- Life insurance for Cancer Survivors
- Life Insurance for Alcoholics
- Life insurance with High Blood Pressure
- Life insurance for Overweight & Obese People
- Life insurance with Anxiety Disorder
This is just a sample of medical conditions that can cause your application to be more challenging or cause your rates to increase. Working with an independent agent such as ourselves can make all the difference in the world. We specialize in helping people purchase life insurance with risky medical conditions and finding the lowest rates.
Let’s not forget a sub-category we can refer to as Unhealthy Habits. These three can also increase your rates and put you in a high-risk situation. Keep in mind that smoking cigarettes can increase your rates by 300%!
Below, these three blog posts will detail how these unhealthy habits can increase your rates.
This responsibility lies with your independent agent (broker). We use over 40 top-rated companies, and we shop the market hard to make sure we have our applicants apply with the best insurers. When the application process is completed, we carefully review the final rates. If we believe there is a possibility to get a lower premium for our client, we apply to several other companies.
Once all projected rates come in, we choose the carrier that offers the lowest rates and then present them to our client for their consideration. When the smoke clears, our client will be guaranteed to receive the lowest premium possible. The complete process is straightforward and requires little to no work for the applicant.
Your rates may be affected in several ways, such as the health classification you will be placed in after you apply. The category you receive can vary from one carrier to another depending on their underwriting guidelines.
Here is a basic breakdown of the classifications:
- Preferred Plus
- Standard Plus
If you use tobacco:
- Preferred Tobacco
- Standard Tobacco
These rate classes can also be subjected to table ratings, increasing your premiums by a percentage added to the base rates. They can use them with the letters A-J or numbers 1-10. Some companies use the number system and other companies use the alphabet version. Example: “Standard” (rate table C) or “Standard” (rate table 3). The higher the number or as the letters proceed, the higher the rates.
Here is a breakdown of the table ratings and their increase by percentage:
- Table rating A/1 = 25%
- Table rating B/2 = 50%
- Table rating C/3 = 75%
- Table rating D/4 = 100%
- Table rating E/5 = 125%
- Table rating F/6 = 150%
- Table rating G/7 = 175%
- Table rating H/8 = 200%
- Table rating I/9 = 225%
- Table rating J/10 = 250%
This usually will look complicated, but it is pretty simple after reviewing it.
Here is an example to help you better understand:
If you applied for a life insurance policy and the “Standard” rate class had a premium of $1,000.00 per year. Your final rates came back as a “Standard” rate class with a table rating of “D” or, in other words, table rating “4”. You would have a rate increase of $100%, which would now give you a final premium of $2,000.00 per year.
A quick five-minute medical pre-screen can make all the difference in the world in achieving the best rates. This information will help us choose the right company for you to apply with. It will also help project the outcome of your application before you even apply. All a pre-screen is, in essence, is a simple five-minute that asks a few basic questions concerning any possible health conditions and prescription drugs being taken.
It will also check to see if the potential applicant has a dangerous occupation or is involved with any hazardous sports that could affect his application once the underwriters begin working on it.
You sure do, and we feel that is the most convenient way of applying for life insurance. In the past, people used to have to complete a 20-page paper application which was a project that nobody appreciated. Then the online application came along, which was much better. Still, many people would get confused with the online application, and you had to own a computer with a good internet connection.
The telephone applications we use will take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and all you have to do is listen to the questions and then answer them. So it does not get any more simple than that. Also, the girls in the application department are very efficient and friendly.
If you believe you have any risky medical conditions, contact us to help you. This is our business, and we have been successfully doing this for over 30 years. Buying life insurance is very simple and quick with today’s modern application systems, especially when using the right agent to help you every inch of the way. Please read some of our information-packed blog posts, and don’t forget to use our instant quoting system to see your options.
All the best,
If you believe you have a risky medical condition, contact us today, and we will help you with no cost or obligation. We are independent insurance agents (brokers) and work for our clients, not insurance companies. Our job is to help you get approved for the best policy for your needs with the lowest rates possible. You can also set up a specific time to get all your questions answered.