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It may be too late. . .

     

 

September was Life Insurance Awareness month, but I still want you to be aware. . .

Now is a great time to review your employer’s group benefits.

In October I get a lot of calls from my clients asking me to review their group supplemental life insurance.  They have received the packet of employee benefits for the following year and they need to make choices.  Typicaly you can add or remove benefits at this time. However, it may be too late.  Applying for life insurance may take up to 6 to 8 weeks.  By the time you apply for and are approved for life insurance your deadline for your open enrollment may have passed you by.  You are stuck for another year.  So get a review today.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons of purchasing Supplemental Life Insurance through your employer:

Here are the pros:

  • Very convenient as the premium is deducted from your paycheck
  • Few medical questions are asked so it is easier to apply
  • No blood tests or other lab work is required
  • Many times the rates are blended with non-smoker rates making them lower for smokers.
  • Many times the rates are unisex which will make male rates less expensive

Here are the cons:

  • Group life rates are banded based on rates and typically increase every 5 years.
  • Group life rates are blended so if you are a healthy non-smoker you could get the same rate as a chain smoking unhealthy person.
  • The amount of life insurance you can purchase is limited and may not be sufficient for your needs.
  • May lose the coverage if you leave the employer
  • Rates can increase immediately if the employer chooses a new life insurance company.

What should I do?

Contact us today at 215-885-2200 to review your life insurance needs and the cost of your employer’s life insurance coverage before your next open enrollment.  Most open enrollments happen in the fall so this is a great time to review that coverage.

Consider purchasing life insurance on your own for the following reasons:

  • You can lock into a rate for up to 30 years.  The cost of your employer group coverage changes based on age bands every 5 years. Your coverage may look inexpensive now but what will you be paying in 10 years?
  • Check out the rate for yourself on our website.
  • You won’t lose your life insurance coverage if you get laid off or change jobs.
  • If you are a healthy non-smoker you may find less expensive rates.
  • You will be able to purchase the amount you need.

Go to our website and click on the Life Insurance Tab for more information and a free report “What you need to know about Life Insurance and How to Make sure the People You Intended to get your Life Insurance Benefits Actually Get the Benefits!”

We have been very successful helping our clients save a lot of money on their life insurance coverage.  Contact us today so we have plenty of time to review your choices and see which way is the best for you.

Updated Fall Section of our Website now available

Updated Fall Section of our Website now available 

As summer comes to an end and the season of fall begins I wanted to share with you some Fall Safety Tips.  I updated this section with some valuable tips on what you can do today to prevent claims as winter approaches.

You will find home safety tips, car safety tips and teen driver safety tips.  And, since September was Life Insurance Awareness month I included some life insurance tips.

As always contact us if you would like more information or have any questions.

Let me know what you think of this section.

Enjoy the Fall!

 

 

 

Rachel’s Story

I asked Rachel to share her story with you.  She was more than glad to share.

My name is Rachel and I would really love to share my story with you in hopes that you will see the importance of Life Insurance, even at a time when you still think you are invincible.

I was 28 years old and got married in September of 1999.  While on my Honeymoon in St. Thomas my wisdom teeth became abscessed and I had just switched jobs so I was in between health insurance, you know I was 28 who cares about the 3 month waiting period I didn’t need COBRA.  So I bought some time with over the counter aids, and then in October I woke up and my neck felt stiff, so I rubbed it and found a lump on the right side just below my ear.  I went to my family doctor who said that it was a swollen lymph node to fight the inflamed wisdom teeth and sent me for CAT scan just to be safe.  The Cat scan came back negative and as soon as January hit, I had my teeth pulled and my doctor said that it would take about 30 days for the lymph node to go back to normal, after 30 days it was still there.  He sent me to an ENT specialist, and he treated me for 2 months on antibiotics and when it had still not gone away and another lump showed on the left side he decided it was time to remove the “dead lymph node”.  So into surgery I went, the next day the doctor called and told me I had Stage 3 cancer.

Long and short, I survived, but in the mean time my husband and I had bought a house and then after I got better decided to start having a baby. After 3 years we decided to adopt, and that is when I found out at 33 yrs of age, that I was going to have difficulty getting life insurance because of my past.  I filled out the paper work and told the truth when the question came up and thank God the paper work I was presented when we applied was all that was needed to proceed with the adoption because my Daughter was born the next month.  About a month after she was born, I was denied life insurance after they received my medical history from my primary doctor, and thankfully for us, all the papers were filed with the courts so it did not affect our adoption of Faith.

I tell you this story as detailed as I felt necessary because you can see the time in between getting married to the time of my diagnoses  I could have applied and gotten life insurance. Then I would have had the life insurance I needed for an actual event, other than death, the adoption of my daughter  that actually required life insurance be present to become a Mother.  I too was young and invincible, but now I am a 38 yr old cancer survivor, waiting out the paperwork time limit of 10yrs, so I can get Life Insurance at an affordable rate, and an amount that would actually benefit my family and not be turned down because I am High Risk.

So please, don’t view Life Insurance as morbid conversation at a young age. Realize that you have no idea what life has in store for you. Hopefully you will survive all that is thrown at you and come out with such a great reward as I did, my Life and my Daughter (my Angel), but for whatever the outcome may be: BE PREPARED!!!!!!

Thank you for listening to my story, God Bless you in your new life, and may you have nothing but happiness and health, and a piece of paper in your filing cabinet to take care of all you acquire and create!

Rachel

September is Life Insurance Awareness month!

We live for life’s wondrous moments whether it’s a baby’s first step, graduation, or retirement.  Life Insurance helps to ensure the life you’ve built for your loved ones won’t come to a halt if something were to happen to you.  It’s never too early or too late to consider all the things life insurance can do for your family.

Spencer Insurance Agency has many resources to help educate you on solutions to your life insurance needs.  Our agency wants to make sure you coordinate your life insurance planning with a financial planner, estate attorney, and us.

Part of our review of your life insurance needs is to make sure you have a will and that the will has been updated recently.  We want to make sure the people you want to receive your life insurance proceeds when you die actually get them.  I wrote a report on this subject called “What you need to know about Life Insurance. . . How to make sure the People You Intended to get your Life Insurance Benefits Actually Get the Benefits.

Many people ask “How Much Life Insurance do I need?  I will help have a discussion with you that includes four factors that will give you an answer to that question.

Another frequent question I hear is “Should I purchase supplemental Life Insurance offered by my employer?  There are pros and cons to purchasing your life insurance in a group plan.  Check out this article for the pros and cons.

Lastly, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!  A friend of mine, Rachel, told me her story.  Read Rachel Story to see how waiting for the right time to buy life insurance can be devastating.  If you wait too long you may not be able to buy life insurance.

Call us today for a review of your life insurance needs.  Even if you have some life insurance call us at 215-885-2200 to make sure it is still performing the way it was set up to perform.

What is keeping you from getting Life Insurance?

Facts from LIMRA:

  • Three in ten American households are uninsured and half say they need more insurance.
  • More than half of Gen X and Y households need more life insurance.
  • One-third of wives own no life insurance at all – despite the fact that 7 in 10 households are dual-income households and nearly 30 percent of wives earn more than their husbands.

 

Why should I review my life insurance policies?

  • You quit smoking.
  • You heath has improved.
  • You recently married, had a child, bought a house, divorced, downsized or are considering retirement.
  • You have a partner or a key employee in your business.
  • You have coverage through your employer

 

Are you relying on the life insurance that your employer provides?

Note: Open enrollment for most employers is happening soon.  Contact us now as it can take 6 to 8 weeks for your life insurance to be approved.  Compare and apply now before you need to commit to your employer’s plan for another year!

  • If you are having premiums deducted from your paycheck for life insurance provided by an employer give us a call to review the cost of that policy
    • You will find the rates change, usually every 5 years, and can become very expensive as you age.
    • Many times we can provide you the same coverage for less than you are spending now or provide more coverage for the same amount you are spending now.
    • Major problems with employer coverage
      • Price increases as you age
      • Not portable, meaning if you change jobs you may lose your life insurance.  What happens if your health has changed and  can’t get life insurance or purchasing life insurance on your own is now very expensive?

 

Solution: Call us for a review of your life insurance needs. Today’s economy has demonstrated how precarious a family’s finances can be.  Think how tough it will be for your family if they lose your income!  Don’t procrastinate; we all think we are invincible.  Go to our website and read Rachel’s story.  Her story which she was so kind to share with me will demonstrate why you can’t wait.  Check out our website for more information about Life Insurance.

Help us Help a Charity!

Steve and Charlie Spencer present checks to the Abington Township Police Athletic League and The Society of St. Vincent DePaul.

Each quarter Spencer Insurance chooses a charity to be the beneficiary of the Spencer Referral Rewards Program. Spencer Insurance donates $5 for each referral we receive from our clients and friends. In addition, Spencer Insurance donates $1 for each new Facebook “Like” during that quarter.

From April 1st to June 30th we will donate to the Cathy’s Kids Foundation. This Foundation raises money to send a family with a child with cancer to Walt Disney World. Check out the Foundation’s Website and their Facebook Page. Like their page for more information. While you are on Facebook, search for the Spencer Insurance Facebook Page. “Like” our page and we will donate $1 to Cathy’s Kids Foundation. Send us a referral and we will donate $5 to Cathy Kids Foundation.

To find out more about the Spencer Referral$ Reward$ Program go to our website.

Thank you for your referrals!

Share your comments below.  Have you supported these charities? What are your experiences with these charities?

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Bet your Life!

Do you see life insurance as a bet?  “I am betting I will live and the Insurance Company is betting I will die.”  I hear this phrase too often!

Here is one of my secrets. . . We are all going to die!  The question is WHEN. I urge you to get a life insurance review now.  Don’t wait until it is too late and your surviving family members are not only grieving the loss of a parent but are also in a financial mess!

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.  A couple years ago I asked Rachel to share her story.  It is a powerful story.  Listen to her words. . .

Rachel’s Story

 My name is Rachel and I would really love to share my story with you in hopes that you will see the importance of Life Insurance, even at a time when you still think you are invincible.

I was 28 years old and got married in September of 1999.  While on our honeymoon in St. Thomas my wisdom teeth became abscessed. I had just switched jobs so I was in between health insurance. You know I was 28, who cares about the 3 month waiting period.  I didn’t need COBRA.  So I bought some time with over the counter aids. In October I woke up and my neck felt stiff.  I rubbed it and found a lump on the right side just below the ear.  I went to my family doctor who said that it was a swollen lymph node to fight the inflamed wisdom teeth, but he sent me for a CAT scan just to be safe.

The CAT scan came back negative and as soon as January hit I had my teeth pulled and my doctor said it would take about 30 days for the lymph node to go back to normal.  After 30 days it was still swollen.  My doctor sent me to an Ears, Nose
and Throat specialist who treated me for two months on antibiotics and when it had still not gone away and another lump showed up on the left side, he decided it was time to remove the “dead lymph node.”

So into surgery I went.  The next day the doctor called and told me I had Stage 3 cancer.  Long and short, I survived, but in the mean time my husband and I had bought a house and then after I recovered decided to start a family.  After 3 years we decided to adopt and that is when I found out, at the age of 33, that I was going to have difficulty getting life insurance because of my past medical condition.

I filled out the paper work and told the truth when the questions about cancer came up. Thank God the paper work I presented when we applied was all that was needed to proceed with the adoption because my daughter was born the next month.  About a month after she was born I was denied life insurance after the company had received my medical history from my primary doctor.  Thankfully for us, all the papers were filed with the courts so it did not affect our adoption
of my daughter, Faith.

I tell you this story as detailed as I felt necessary because you can see that the time in between getting married and the time of my diagnoses, I could have applied and  gotten life insurance.  Then I would have had the life insurance I needed for an actual event in my life, the adoption of my daughter.  The adoption required that I have life insurance to be a Mother.  At age 28 I was young and invincible, but now I am a 38 year old cancer survivor, waiting out the time limit of 10 years so I
can get life insurance at an affordable rate, and at the amount that would actually benefit my family.  And not be turned down because I was High Risk.

So please, don’t view Life Insurance as morbid conversation at a young age.  Realize that you have no idea what life has in store for you.  Hopefully you will survive all that is thrown at you and come out with such a great reward as I did,
my Life and my Daughter (my Angel).  But for whatever the outcome may be:  BE PREPARED!!!!!!

 Thank you for listening to my story, God Bless you in your new life, and may you have nothing but happiness and health, and a piece of paper in your filing cabinet to take care of all you acquire and create!

Rachel

Take time now to review your life insurance needs.  Give us a call today at 215-885-2200 or visit our website for more information.  Prepare now so yur family will be protected when you die.  Please share with us any of your stories.  Put your story in the comment section so others may benefit from your experiences.

 

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