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Over the last few years, studies have shown (from LIMRA) that the majority of consumers who buy life insurance, start their search online. With that said, most of those people are looking for life insurance quotes online and that’s what we’ll cover in this article.
Before we start, here are some quick, there are 2 important facts to know when shopping for life insurance online:
1) Online life insurance quotes are accurate down to the penny. The rates you see will be the same rates on every other site. Going from site to site won’t result in seeing better rates.
2) Going direct to the life insurance company does not save you money. You’ll get the same rates from a website, agency or agent as you would by contacting the company direct. We all use the same published rates. (This is NOT true for auto insurance, but true for life insurance)
With that said, in this article we’ll cover:
3 Critical Tips To Enhance Your Life Insurance Quoting Experience
The Best Life Insurance Companies
Life Insurance Companies To Stay Away From
What Happens To The Information You Submit
Before we dive in, one more point to make:
Life insurance is likely cheaper than you think it is.
When you run life insurance quotes online, you’ll be surprised just how inexpensive it is.
Studies from LIMRA and The Life Foundation have shown that most consumers over-estimate the cost of life insurance. Simply getting a quote online will likely ease your financial concerns about the cost of life insurance and motivate you even more to protect your family.
With that said, the rates you see online, while accurate, your health class depends on your unique health and lifestyle (we’ll cover that in the next section).
3 Critical Tips To Enhance Your Life Insurance Quoting Experience
Tip #1: Pick the right health classification
It’s important to understand there are 12 possible health classifications that will determine your actual rate.
While the rates you see from the different life insurance companies are accurate, they are different for every risk. Here are the 12 health classifications
Preferred Plus (No health issues whatsoever, aka “superman” rates)
Preferred (Minor health issue, under control with meds)
Standard Plus (Above average health)
Standard (Average health)
Table 1 (Moderate health issue)
Table 8 (Borderline uncontrolled health Issue)
Many simply choose the best health classification because that’s what most quoters on the internet default too.
Our advice is you know in your head if you’re Preferred Plus – you’ve seen a doctor in the last few years and everything has been good. If there’s any ounce of doubt that you’re not preferred or preferred plus, just choose Standard rates.
Standard rates are what most of the population qualifies for.
Tip 2: Cheapest doesn’t mean it’s the best.
What we mean by that is you need to factor in conversion options, company strength and other benefits.
A conversion option simply means you can exchange your term policy for a permanent policy with no evidence of insurability. Especially helpful at the end of your term if you now have health issues preventing you from securing coverage. What if your term runs out in a few months and you’re diagnosed with cancer? It happens and conversion options can save you.
95% of term policies have a conversion option – that’s the good news. But how long do you have that conversion option? Are the products you can convert to any good? Those are the things you want to ask your agent before making a purchasing decision IF conversion options are important to you.
Company strength is something you should look at. As long as the company has an AMBest rating of A- or better, you have nothing to worry about. It’s just that some sites will quote poorly rated carriers and you don’t need that sort of risk in your life to save a couple bucks every month.
You also want to consider other benefits the policy provides which we go over in tip #3.
If you just want the cheapest term policy, then disregard everything I just mentioned. And there’s nothing wrong with that decision – everyone’s situation is different.
Tip 3: Consider Living Benefits
Would you pay a little more if your policy paid out if you were diagnosed with cancer, had a heart attack, stroke, renal failure and other conditions that would trigger a payout? Many in the market for life insurance don’t know about these policies and with a little research find it’s the best option.
With living benefits added to your policy, you can access up to 95% of your death benefit (depends on the carrier) if one of the qualifying triggers happens.
Here are typical qualifying triggers: heart attack, stroke, invasive cancer, end stage renal failure, major organ transplant, ALS, blindness, paralysis, arterial aneurisms, major burns, loss of limbs, coronary artery bypass, severe disease of any organ.
If you have a history in your family of any of these, consider a life insurance policy with living benefits. I personally have half my life insurance with living benefits.
And the great thing about it is? It’s not much more expensive to get a policy with Living Benefits.
The best life insurance companies with living benefits are Ameritas FLX Living Benefits, American National Signature Term, Phoenix Life Safe Harbor term and Foresters YourTerm. Check them out if your interested in living benefits. You’ll notice it’s not much more expensive and worth the extra money.
If you’re torn, buy 1 small policy with living benefits (say $100,000)and another policy with basic term coverage. That’s a route a growing number of the population is going if any of the triggers listed above resonate with them.
The Best Life Insurance Companies Quoted Online
We’ll categorize the best life insurance companies into 6 groups: (1) term life insurance, (2) instant decision no exam life insurance (3) term life with living benefits, (4) guaranteed universal life insurance (5) burial insurance (6) guaranteed issue life insurance We’ll provide our top 2 companies to check out for each.
Term Life Insurance
Best term insurance company #1:
Haven Life has hands down the best process when it comes quoting and buying life insurance online. You can qualify for up to 2 million dollars of coverage and never have to take an exam. They don’t pay commissions to agents, which keeps the costs low. If you’re looking for hassle free life insurance under $2mm of coverage, check them out.
Best term insurance company #2:
Banner Life is a close second and who you should consider if you have any health conditions. Plan on taking a medical exam to qualify for a Banner Life Insurance policy even though they do have an accelerated underwriting program if you’re under the age of 50 and applying for less than $500,000 and in great health. Their underwriting is lenient and rates are great – a table 2 rating (as discussed above) is similar to many companies Standard pricing.
Instant Decision No Exam Life Insurance
Best instant decision life insurance #1:
Ethos Life Insurance company will give you an instant decision on your computer screen for up to $1,000,000 of coverage. The rates are very competitive as well. You need to be in good health to qualify, but if you’re looking to get something inforce quickly and without speaking with an agent, definitely check out Ethos.
Best instant decision life insurance #2:
Sagicor life insurance will also give you an instant decision on your application up to $1,000,000 of coverage, although you have to speak with an agent. The great thing about Sagicor is it’s not an accept/reject underwriting decision like Ethos is – you can qualify for preferred, standard and rated health classifications.
Term Life Insurance With Living Benefits
Best life insurance with living benefits #1:
Ameritas FLX is new to the market as of 2017, but they have the most triggers for payouts (18) of living benefits and are VERY competitively priced. There’s no medical exam required under $300,000 of coverage and not many agencies have access to this product. I would get quotes on this product if you want living benefits.
Best life insurance with living benefits #2:
American National has been doing living benefits for a long time and has a great history of paying out on living benefits. They have 16 triggers for payouts (just under Ameritas) and are a trustworthy company. They underwrite more leniently than Ameritas does, so if you have some health conditions, I’d recommend American National.
Guaranteed Universal Life Insurance
Guaranteed Universal Life (GUL), is a permanent policy with no cash value. Think about it as “term for life” – it’s lowest amount you can pay for coverage that doesn’t expire. It WILL pay out, as long as you pay your premiums.
Best Guaranteed Universal Life Insurance #1:
American National (ANICO) has hands down the best guaranteed universal life insurance product on the market. It’s usually the best priced, but that’s just the start. In the 15th year you can get 50% of your premiums refunded back. In year 20 and 25, you can get a full refund of premiums if you don’t want the coverage anymore. On top of that, you get living benefits included in your policy.
Best Guaranteed Universal Life Insurance #2:
AIG’s Secure LifeTime GUL has the 2nd best guaranteed universal life insurance product on the market. It’s competitively priced and also has cash-out options. It’s a great product, but there’s no reason to buy it unless ANICO strips some of it’s benefits from it’s product in the future.
Burial insurance are for those 50 and older who want to cover their final expenses – burial and final debts. It’s a small policy, usually $10,000 – $40,000 with guaranteed level premiums. Your goal here should be to find the cheapest rates from a trusted carrier.
Best Burial Insurance #1:
Mutual of Omaha’s Living Promise has some of the best rates – if not the best, within a few dollars of the best. AND they have the strength and history of Mutual of Omaha backing them up. If you can qualify for Mutual of Omaha, it’s a great choice for burial insurance. They’ll take anyone age 50-85, from $5,000 of coverage up to $40,000 of coverage. It’s an e-application so you can complete the entire process over the phone.
Best Burial Insurance #2:
Foresters PlanRight is also a great choice. On top of their low rates, you get Foresters’ member benefits which include scholarships for your children/grandchildren and community events. In 28 states, you can complete the entire application over the phone and get an instant decision while on the phone.
Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance
Guaranteed issue life insurance is for those ages 45-85 who want to cover their final expenses, but have health complications. There are no health questions. As long as you’re a united states citizen and can pay the life insurance premiums, you can qualify.
Best Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance #1:
Mutual of Omaha. They have the lowest rates in the industry and you need to call them directly to get the coverage at 1-800-377-9000 as independent agencies don’t have the ability to offer them. You can get $2,000 – $25,000 of coverage with no health questions.
Best Guaranteed Issue Life Inusrance #2:
AIG. If you need more than $25,000 of coverage with Mutual of Omaha, AIG has the second best rates available. They’ll take anyone between the ages of 50-85 and up to $25,000 of coverage.
Life Insurance Companies To Stay Away From
It’s important to note that you can cancel a life insurance policy at any time. If you’re with one of the companies mentioned below, that’s ok – you can get new coverage and cancel your current coverage with no penalties.
When doing research online, you’re going to come a lot of life insurance companies and agencies who have massive ad budgets to push their overpriced life insurance. It’s not just online that you’ll see them. Most of the time, you’ll hear about them on TV or the radio and assume they’re household names.
We replace these companies all the time with better priced products from financially strong companies, so it’s best we let you know about these companies in this article as you’re likely to see them in your research.
For term insurance, stay away from Primerica and State Farm Life Insurance. If you know someone who works with either of these companies, you’ve likely been asked to buy insurance from them. Primerica is actually competitively priced term insurance, but there are no conversion options that 95% of life insurance companies have (as discussed in tip #2 above). State Farm is simply over-priced term life insurance coverage, but they’re a household name so consumers seem to go there first. You can do much better than either of those companies.
For burial insurance, stay away from Globe Life and Colonial Penn. Colonial Penn is on TV and the radio pushing “guaranteed acceptance life insurance” with Alex Trebek as their spokesperson – you can do much better than Colonial Penn. Globe Life tries to sucker consumers in with their $1 for your first month’s premium, but like Colonial Penn, they are over priced.
What Happens To The Information You Submit
Your information is NOT stored in any central database anywhere.
Your information can either be sold to multiple parties (bad) or it will go to a licensed agent to follow up with to answer any questions (good). It all depends on the website you request life insurance quotes from.
If it’s a blog like this one, only the agent or agency sees the information and uses the contact information to get in touch with you to answer any questions and help you find the best policy possible for your unique situation. Your data doesn’t go anywhere else. If you want that agent or agency to stop contacting you, simply email them or let them know over the phone and by law they have to take you off their contact list.
If you were incentivized to fill out a form (like a drawing for a free iPad), it’s likely your information will be sold to call centers or agencies who buy leads. You likely won’t receive instant quotes on the next screen as well. This is what you want to avoid.
Rule of thumb: (1) Below the online life insurance quote form you fill out, it may tell you that a specific agency will give you a call – that’s good! (2) If it doesn’t have that disclaimer, read the “About” section of the website you’re requesting a life insurance quote from. If it’s an agent or agency, your information is safe and not sold to anyone. If it’s a lead site that sells your information, they won’t have an about page.
Basically, you want to make sure you’re working with an agency.
As a licensed agent, I can tell you there is life insurance quoting technology that’s cheap for agents to use where you can see rates immediately. If you’re looking to see life insurance quotes online, most independent life insurance agencies will have them for you.
Chris Huntley from InsuranceBlogByChris.com actually has a great article about life insurance secrets life insurance companies don’t want you to know.
Getting life insurance quotes on the web is safe, accurate and a quick way to ballpark how much life insurance will cost you. Use it as a ballpark number though, it’s what happens in underwriting that determines your rates. You can’t go wrong with any of the companies listed above.
After you apply and go through underwriting, that’s when you’ll get a real offer for life insurance. You can decide at that point if you want to take the coverage or not.
Applying for life insurance is free and you do not have to accept the offer if you don’t think it’s a fair representation of your overall risk.