My father’s illness took his life when I was 11, leaving behind his wife and five children. Soon after, we woke up to the bitter realization of our deteriorating financial situation. The burden that was placed on my mother’s shoulders is one that nobody should have to carry alone. If my dad had had life insurance, it would have taken away the constant financial worry.
It’s tough to learn that the life insurance company you applied to will not be offering you coverage, especially if you were fully expecting a yes! You may fall into the “impaired risk market,” which means you have something in your background that makes you a higher risk for dying prematurely—think things like diabetes, obesity, a previous cancer diagnosis or even a history of DUIs.
While many applicants with this type of history understand they’re up against a hurdle or two, it’s not any easier to be denied life insurance coverage. But, often times, it doesn’t mean the hunt for an approval is over. There may still be options, which include applying to a more suitable company or applying for a different policy type.
Here are three actionable steps you should take if you’ve been denied life insurance.
I wanted to remind everyone about a simple yet very effective financial literacy tool: Monopoly.
There are few better lessons in life than on-the-job training. Monopoly is a great tool to simulate financial lessons. I’d recommend that you wait for a rainy day to pull the popular board game out, but when that day comes, you’ll find tons of excitement for children of all ages.
The financial lessons inherent in the game include …
Most of us take more time planning our vacations than our financial futures. That’s why we decided that a quick chat with a top financial advisor might do us all some good. We spoke with Sarah Kaelberer, CFP, ChFC, who is a partner and President of Business & Estate Advisers Inc. in the Minneapolis area. She led us through some common misconceptions about life insurance and who actually has an “estate.”
What do most Americans not know about life insurance?
Anthony Anderson: That it’s an investment in the future of their family. If something happens to the head of the household, that family falls apart. But if they have life insurance, that family can stay together and continue with their lifestyle. I think that’s a misconception we need to clear up for people who really don’t know.