No Exam’ vs ‘Guaranteed Issue”
A common misconception about a no exam life insurance policy is that most people think because it says “no exam” that they’ll automatically qualify for this type of policy, this is not true. There are types of policies that everyone can qualify for, no matter the state of health, those are called ‘Guaranteed Issue’ policies and are much different from a No-Exam policy. You can learn more about guaranteed issue life insurance here.
With No-Exam policies there is underwriting. Insurance companies that offer No Medical Exam options run reports from the medical information bureau, an RX report (which lets them know the medications you take), and check your driving record with a motor vehicle report. If something raises a red flag, various companies may order Doctor Records to make sure you’re a good risk.
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Prices have really become competitive as more companies begin offering no exam insurance options. This policy option is the best route to go, especially if you’re thinking of a policy at a value level of $500,000 and below considering you will not have to take an exam.
“Why not a fully underwritten policy with an exam; isn’t it a better price?”
Not necessarily. It could very easily come back at a higher price than you expected. You might think that you can get a better price by going the fully underwritten route and submitting to a Medical Exam, but that’s not for certain. You take a risk by going through an exam. Most of the time, when the exam is completed, the insurance company can find things wrong with you that you weren’t even aware of, especially if you have been healthy and haven’t seen your MD in a while. Things like – “Your cholesterol levels and ratios are high.” Or, “Your blood pressure is high,” and “You have high protein levels in your urine.” You tend to be a little heavier and shorter than you think. (You’re not alone, that’s most people, it’s why the companies do what they do.) When the insurance company finds these things, typically you won’t be getting the preferred rate class you originally thought you were when you applied for the policy.
The number one reason people don’t follow through with buying life insurance is that of how long it takes to get the policy issued. For fully underwritten policies you have to complete the application. You have to go through a medical exam. Then you have to wait weeks, sometimes months, for an underwriting decision. Altogether this can take, from start to finish, a total of 4- 8 weeks. Then after the policy is approved, if it’s approved, then you’re looking at another two weeks in turnaround time, with mailing the policy and signing all the delivery receipts, etc. Simply put, the fully underwritten options can take a long time to get the coverage you want.
With a No Exam life insurance policy the life Companies give you the benefit of the doubt, and go by medications history and MIB reports, to make sure you are healthy. The policy level is decided on your health history and the way you live your life, not on the counts and measures obtained from a one-time exam.