Guaranteed Issue

Guaranteed Issue streamlines the process for obtaining life insurance for your business clients’ key executives. And now employers can apply to add our industry-leading Long-Term Care Services Rider to their Guaranteed Issue life insurance program.

Why choose Guaranteed Issue?

For life insurance

Our Guaranteed Issue Program streamlines the process for obtaining life insurance. With just a little paperwork, groups go through underwriting based on formulas and employee classifications, instead of lengthy medical questionnaires and exams. Guaranteed Issue can be an excellent way for employers to attract, reward and retain key employees who are in good health, with the flexibility to add more employees in the future. It is not a way to provide insurance for substandard or uninsurable employees.

For long-term care coverage

Employers can choose to apply to add long-term care to their Guaranteed Issue life insurance when they have 20 or more highly compensated key executives. Our Long-Term Care ServicesSM Rider (LTCSR) is the only true long-term care rider in a Guaranteed Issue program and provides a way for employers to offer the long-term care coverage their key executives want and need. There are additional requirements and employees will need to complete a simplified LTCSR questionnaire for coverage.

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To qualify for Guaranteed Issue life insurance, groups will need to meet certain requirements, including:

  • All members of the group must be highly compensated employees, with salaries of $100,000 or more, actively working and permanent U.S. residents
  • There must be no known substandard or uninsurable risks in the group
  • Minimum group size of 10
  • Issue ages of 20-70
  • Maximum average issue age of 55
  • Additional minimum participation levels must be met

To qualify for Guaranteed Issue with the LTCSR, groups will need to meet all the life insurance requirements, as well as:

  • At least 20 people (ages 65 and under)
  • Issue ages 20-65
  • 100% participation of those age 65 or less
  • Maximum average issue age of 50
  • Long-term care monthly benefit of 1% or 2% (same for whole group)
  • Long-term care acceleration percentage of 20-100% of the death benefit (same for whole group, with maximum of $1 million)
  • 85% approval based on simplified underwriting

Guaranteed Issue Life with the LTCSR in action

Company ABC wants Equitable’s Guaranteed Issue life insurance and the Long-Term Care ServicesSM Rider.

  • Group size: 75
Flow chart of guaranteed issue

Prospective client

  • A variety of groups from closely held businesses to large corporations
  • Cases with a large number of highly compensated key executives
  • Groups where the life insurance face amount is either a flat amount for the whole group or determined by a formula such as 3 or 5 times salary

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The Long-Term Care ServicesSM Rider is available for an additional fee and does contain restrictions and limitations. A client may qualify for the insurance but not the rider, be sure to review the product specifications for details. The rider is paid out as an acceleration of the death benefit.

Policy loans and withdrawals will reduce the face amount of coverage and the cash value of a contact. Clients may need to fund higher premiums in later years to keep the policy form lapsing.

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