The person(s) or entity(ies) designated to receive an insurance
policy's death benefit. The various types of Beneficiaries are:
Primary Beneficiaries (those first entitled to proceeds); Secondary
Beneficiaries (those entitled to proceeds if no primary beneficiary
is living when the insured dies); and Tertiary Beneficiaries
(those entitled to proceeds if no primary or secondary beneficiaries
are alive when the insured dies).
The maximum amount of time you may receive benefits for each
Continuous Disability. Subject to underwriting requirements,
you may choose a Benefit Period of two years, five years or
to your normal retirement age at 66 or 67.
Cash or Accrual Method
During a partial disability, while you are collecting benefits
under the "residual" provision, proof of loss of earnings
is required. You can choose the accounting method, cash or accrual,
that is best for you to determine monthly earnings. However
you must use the same method for any one disability.
The first day of covered disability immediately following the
completion of the Waiting Period.
A Disability caused by more than one Injury or Illness. Benefits
for a Concurrent Disability will be paid as if there is only
one Injury or Illness. In no event will you be considered to
have more that one Disability at the same time. Once a continuous
period of Disability starts, it will be one period of Continuous
Disability no matter what Injuries or Illnesses, or how many,
caused the Disability or cause it to continue.
Given to policyowners when they pay a premium at the time of
application. Interim coverage during the underwriting process
may be provided subject to the terms and conditions of the receipt.
Recurrent periods of Disability from the same cause or causes
are one period of Continuous Disability if separated by Your
Recovery of less than twelve full months.
Cosmetic or Transplant Surgery
After six months of coverage, total disability due to cosmetic
surgery or transplant surgery will be considered the same as
total disability due to Illness.
Any payment or payments for Disability that are made under the
The date on which the policy becomes effective.
Future Purchase Option
This Rider allows you to buy additional monthly Benefits on
specific option dates regardless of your health as long as your
earned income at that time justifies the increase.
The 31-day period immediately following the due date of all
premiums except the first. The policy will continue in force
during the grace period. If a premium is not paid by the end
of its grace period, all coverage will end as of the premium
As long as premiums are paid by the end of each Grace Period,
we cannot change any part of the policy except its premium.
After three years we can change the premium but only if the
change applies to all policies with like Benefits insuring the
same Risk Class.
Indexed Cost of Living
Indemnity Benefit Rider
This rider pays an additional monthly benefit tied to the change
in the Consumer Price Index, starting on the 366th day of disability,
while a total or residual benefit is payable. This additional
benefit is recalculated annually for each year of Continuous
Accidental bodily injury sustained by you:
1. After the Effective Date;
2. While the policy is in
Insurance Company Ratings
Provide information on insurance company financial performance,
stability claims paying ability, and more. The five major insurance
industry ratings services are: A. M. Best, Standard & Poor's,
Moody's, Duff & Phelps, and Weiss. Their top ratings are:
A. M. Best= A++, Standard & Poor's= AAA, Moody's=Aaa, Duff
& Phelps=AAA, Weiss=A+.
Usually conducted by a licensed paramedic. The medical report
is part of the application, becomes part of the policy contract
and is attached to the policy.
Changes the policy and all riders from Guaranteed Renewable
to Non-cancelable and Guaranteed Renewable. Provided that all
premiums are paid by the end of each Grace Period, we cannot
change the policy or its premiums.
Any mental or physical condition for which:
1. You have consulted a Physician;
2. You have received medical
treatment or services; or
3. You have taken prescribed
drugs or medications; or
4. A reasonably prudent person
would have sought medical advice,
treatment during the 365-day period ending the day
the policy's Effective Date.
Preferred Risk Class
A class of individuals whose anticipated mortality or morbidity
(based on health, family medical history, occupation, etc.)
is lower when compared to the Standard Risk Class.
The periodic payment required to keep an insurance policy in
Presumptive Total Disability
Your total and permanent loss, because of your injury or illness,
of one of the following:
2. Hearing in both ears,
not restorable by hearing aids
3. Sight in both eyes (see
4. Use of both hands
5. Use of both feet
6. Use of one hand and one
Total and permanent loss of sight in both eyes means that both
eyes must measure at or below 20/200, after reasonable efforts
are made to correct their vision, using the most advanced medically
acceptable procedures and devices available.
Your occupation at the time Disability begins. If you have limited
your practice to a professionally recognized specialty in medicine
or law, the specialty will be deemed to be your Regular Occupation.
If you join a vocational rehabilitation program, approved by
us, while you are receiving total disability benefits, we will
continue these benefits for up to 36 months, and we will pay
any reasonable costs for the program not paid by other plans,
policies or programs.
Provides a reduced Basic Monthly Benefit if you are not Totally
Disabled, but you are Residually Disabled.
Any supplemental agreement attached to and made a part of the
policy that expands or limits the policy's conditions, coverage,
A higher premium rate charged to applicants who use tobacco
products. Insurers will generally give a lower premium rate
to buyers who do not smoke or use tobacco. If you smoked in
the past, most carriers will consider you a non-smoker if you
have not smoked for one year prior to applying for coverage.
Consumers should be aware that nicotine can be detected in a
variety of routine screening tests that are now commonly required
by most insurance companies.
Standard Risk Class
A class of individuals whose anticipated mortality or morbidity,
according to a company's underwriting standards, is regarded
as average. Most insured are included in the Standard Risk Class.
If you are receiving a Benefit for Total Disability under a
policy, this Rider will pay additional Benefits, less any Legislated
Benefits (such as Social Security or Workers Compensation) paid
to you, for the same period. This Benefit will be paid monthly.
This payment is in addition to any other benefits payable under
An amount payable to the policyowner, the policyowner's estate,
or the policyowner's designee should you die while receiving
total disability benefits.
Term of Policy/Policy
Period for which the policy runs. Disability Insurance is often
annually renewable to normal retirement age. Some policies may
continue after that as long as the policyholder continues actively
working and pays the required premium.
You are totally disabled if, due to injury or sickness, you
- Unable to perform the substantial and material
duties of your regular occupation;
- Not engaged in any other gainful occupation;
- Are under the care of a physician appropriate
for your injury or illness.
Total Disability in
Your Occupation Rider
Changes the definition of Total Disability by allowing you to
engage in another gainful occupation while you are Totally Disabled
from your Regular Occupation.
Company receiving premiums and accepting responsibility for
fulfilling the policy contract. Also, company employee who decides
whether the company should assume a particular risk.
An individual who is not accepted for insurance due to excessive
risk of loss.
That period, measured from the first day of Your Disability,
throughout which you must be Disabled before Disability Benefits
Waiver of Premiums
Exempts the insured from paying premiums after he or she has
been Continuously Disabled for a specified period of time.
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