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What is Terminal Illness Insurance?

Most life insurance policies (commonly used to protect people’s mortgages or families) include a benefit known as terminal illness cover. This means that the policy will pay out the sum assured should the policyholder be diagnosed with a terminal illness as defined by the insurance company.

Insurers define a terminal illness diagnosis as being told by a medical professional that you have a life expectancy of less than 12 months.

Watch Out for the Small Print

As expert advisers, one of our roles is to differentiate between one insurer’s product and another. Upon carrying out research around the terminal illness benefit, we found out the importance of reading the small print.

We work with insurers who offer life cover with a terminal illness benefit. Many will payout if the diagnosis is made at any stage during the policy (even if it was in the last week of the policy’s term). However, there is an insurer that will not pay a terminal illness claim if diagnosed in the last 12 months of the policy’s term.

Does your policy include terminal illness Insurance?

Firstly, check your policy documents to understand the terms and conditions for your policy. If you are unclear, it may well be worth calling us for clarification.

Next steps

Whilst you are welcome to get an online quote, we would recommend you speak to one of our advisers.

Any quote that your adviser provides you with will take into account your circumstances and medical history, as well as your budget!

An online quote is just that – a quote – it isn’t a definite offer of cover. What really matters is the premium you are offered, after your application has been assessed.

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