Critical Illness: Should Your Children Be Insured?

In a world of unprecedented events, the topic of insurance has become more and more diverse. Covid-19 has taken the world by storm and we have been forced to not only change our way of living, but also our way of thinking. We’re concerned about our public exposure. We’re worried about our children going back to school. And we’re anxious about the future.

Child Critical Illness coverage isn’t something new, but it is an area that more parents and family members are considering. In the 70’s and 80’s, it was common for some grandparents to purchase life insurance for their grandchildren as a gift. It was inexpensive and it paid dividends over the long term. Fast forward to the 21st century, the frequency of purchasing Critical Illness insurance for children has increased. Earlier this year, this hit home at our firm when one of our staff members experienced a serious health issue with their child. Although they gained immediate support from family, friends, and of course healthcare workers, the illness still disrupted their life emotionally, physically, and financially. A pay out from a critical illness policy helped alleviate some of the stress during this time while they focused their care and efforts on their child.

Critical Illness (CI) insurance pays out a lump sum tax free to a beneficiary upon diagnosis of a serious illness. We’ve been using Child CI for many years and have noticed an increase in demand over the last year. This increase may be due to the state of our world, or that insurance is becoming top of mind in our economy. Some of the many advantages of this product for children are as follows:

  • Purchasers pay into the policy for 20 years with two options at the end:
    • 1) Keep the policy and never pay a premium again
    • 2) Cancel the policy and receive 100% of your premiums as a refund
  • A fracture option that pays a sum if a child breaks a bone
  • Option that returns all premiums on death
  • Life insurance built directly into the policy

If you’d like to explore this for your family, or share this with others who might benefit from learning about this product (e.g. Grandparents that may wish to gift this), please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help.

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