The price (premium) you pay for your life insurance policy is determined by several factors, including your age, build (height and weight), tobacco use, sex, your general health, family health history and lifestyle (e.g. dangerous hobbies or occupations can affect your rates).
An insurance company will assign you a health class for which they have assigned rates, according to your age, sex and tobacco use. These are the basic health class and requirements of each.
Preferred Plus (Exceptional)
Standard Plus/Standard (Above Average/Average)
As I mentioned earlier, lifestyle, occupation and driving record also have an effect on the health class, as does a record of alcohol or substance abuse.
Just Remember This – A Quote just a Quote
When shopping for a life insurance policy online, you’re probably going to look at a lot of quotes and will base your buying decision, at least partially, on the lowest price. However, it’s very important to bear in mind that a quote is a best-guess estimate, based on information you provide to the quote engine, or your own estimate based on health class parameters provided on the web site. The ultimate quote will come from the insurance company and will be based on your application, medical exam and medical records.
Don’t Overestimate your Health
Many people who apply for a policy on our website estimate their own health classes, as opposed to going through the few extra steps of the Health Analyzer, which gives you a more accurate estimate of your health class. It probably only takes an extra minute or two for the quotes, so I recommend going through those extra steps to get that quote.
Let’s face it, if left to their own devices, many people (are you listening, men?) overestimate their health. However, it serves no purpose to do so when getting life insurance quotes. The quote you get may or may not be the ultimate price you are going to be paying for the policy (I can’t say that enough). Therefore, it behooves you to be honest with yourself when estimating your quote (better yet, use the Health Analyzer – it won’t lie).
Let’s say you estimate your health class as Preferred Plus when, in reality, you’re really a Standard Plus. When your policy comes back at Standard Plus, that company’s policy might not be the lowest premium for you (even though their Preferred Plus quote was). If you had quoted yourself accurately, you most might have selected a different company, whose rates were better at that class. Now, if you want the lower priced policy, you would have to go through the whole underwriting process again.
No quote is guaranteed, but give yourself a better chance of getting the best rates by getting more accurate quotes. We provide our Health Analyzer for just that purpose. Use it and you’ll be happy you did.