Life price comparison database update

We have updated the life price comparison database, version 113, to reflect the changes to Cigna's pricing, which were extensive. Corporate subscribers should examine the update notes that have been sent with the database and the change report function. Advisers should check out comparisons on Quotemonster to see the effect of the changes which involved some increases - but also some notable decreases - which tended to favour larger cover amounts and the 90 day wait period for IP / MP. 


Cigna premiums to increase, and more daily news

Cigna has announced that from 15 April 2021 there will be changes to underlying premium rates on Life, Trauma and Disability covers across Assurance Extra, Business Assurance, Business Extra and Agribusiness Extra. Changes to Life, Trauma and Disability cover are a response to feedback and market developments. The price changes represent the changes. The price changes will be applied for new customers but current customers will have the new rates applied on their next premium review date after 15 April 2021. Applications that are submitted  before 15 April 2021 and issued before 15 May 2021 will not be immediately affected by the price changes. All changes are listed below:

 

·     Life cover rates on Assurance Extra, Business Assurance, Business Extra and Agribusiness Extra are increasing by 3% for yearly renewable, 5-year level and 10-year level premium structures.

·     Alongside this we’ve increased our large sum assured discounts for customers with over $500,000 of life cover.

·    Trauma cover on Assurance Extra, Business Assurance, Business Extra and Agribusiness Extra are increasing by 3% for yearly renewable premium structures.

·    Accelerated Complete Disablement Cover on Assurance Extra, Business Assurance and Agribusiness Extra are increasing by 3% for yearly renewable premium structures.

·    Disability covers including Income Cover, Mortgage Repayment Cover and Premium Cover are increasing dependent on factors including age, gender, wait period and benefit period. The increase will generally vary between 1-10%, however in some cases customers will experience a decrease.

 

“We wanted to give you a heads up about upcoming increases to the underlying premium rates on our current Life, Trauma and Disability Cover pricing across Assurance Extra, Business Assurance, Business Extra and Agribusiness Extra.

 

The new underlying rates will come into effect on 15 April 2021.

 

Over the past year in response to feedback, and in line with market developments, we’ve made a number of enhancements to our core Life, Trauma and Disability cover to make it easier for customers to access support when the unexpected happens.

 

These new competitive rates reflect the recent enhancements and will contribute to the long-term sustainability of our products while remaining good value for your customers.

 

For new customers: The refreshed rates come into effect on 15 April 2021 for all new policies.

 

For existing customers: The new rates will be applied to existing customers at their next premium review date from 15 April 2021. Customers will receive notification of their new premiums via the renewal letter which is sent prior to their premium review.

 

Any applications submitted before 15 April 2021 and issued before 15 May 2021 will be honoured at the old rates and will not be subject to the new rates until the first premium review.” Click here to read more 

In other news

FMA: the FMA has issued a public warning to Roger David Gannon of Gannon Insurance

Cigna: Simon Prentice to join Cigna as Business Partnership Manager based in lower South Island

Cigna: Sharon Duffell new Christchurch Senior Underwriter in the New Business & Underwriting Team

Cigna: Multi-Benefit Discount extended until 30 June 2021

 


Updated Quality Product Research Database v140

Institutional subscribers have just been sent the latest database from Quality Product Research Limited, v140. This version includes the following changes:

* AIA Living enhancements effective 01/12/2020 - no rating changes applied

* AMP Lifetrack enhancements effective 21/09/2020 - rating changes applied

* AMP RPP enhancements effective 21/09/2020 - rating changes applied

* Review of - TPD item in MP/IP


Cigna: multi-benefit discount campaign details

Cigna has announced a multi-benefit discount campaign for customers over 30. The discounts applies to all new Assurance Extra policies issued on or after 9 September 2020. Depending on a customer’s age and the number of qualifying benefits they choose to take up alongside their Life or Life Income Cover, the discount amount will vary. As a result, policies with multiple people may have different levels of discounts applied. Alternatively, a single policy may only have discounts applied to certain covers.

The discounts available are:

  • 3% for customers aged 30-39 who take out LIFE + one or more other qualifying benefit
  • 5% for customers aged 40+ who take out LIFE + one other qualifying benefit
  • 7% for customers aged 40+ who take out LIFE + two or more other qualifying benefits

To be eligible customers must have a Life Cover in place and have a minimum sum insured amount of $200,000 and have a minimum of one qualifying cover.  Covers selected from the same group will be considered as one qualifying benefit in the discount calculations. Please refer to the table below for more details.

Selection

Benefit Group

Minimum Sum Insured

Covers that qualifies under the benefit group

Mandatory

LIFE

$200,000

Life Cover

Life Income Cover*

Optional

TRAUMA

$100,000

Trauma Cover - accelerated

Trauma Cover - standalone

COMPLETEDISABLE

$200,000

Complete Disablement Cover - accelerated

Complete Disablement Cover - standalone

MONTHLY DISABILITY

$2,000 per month

Income Cover - Agreed Value

Income Cover - Indemnity

Income Cover - Loss of Earnings

Income Cover - Loss of Earnings Ultra

Mortgage Repayment Cover

 


Partners Life: Underwriting for COVID-19 financial risks

Partners Life are remaining open to new business during this uncertain time of COVID-19 but have announced a number of restrictions to IP, MP, and TPD, while placing a minimum 6 month stand-down for eligibility for Premium Holiday and Policy Suspension claims. Stating ‘As soon as we are able to remove these restrictions for new business, we will contact those advisers and clients affected directly to review and/or remove these restrictions for any policies issued during this interim period.’

Here is more information:

  1. No new Loss of Revenue Cover or Variable Loss of Revenue Cover benefits will be issued. The cover will be deferred.
     
  2. No new Agreed Value benefits based on Income will be issued. This includes Income Covers, Mortgage Repayment and Household Expenses benefit which are to be based on income. Indemnity Loss of Earnings Income Cover will be offered as an alternative by way of Offer of Terms.
     
  3. MRC and HEC based on actual mortgage repayments and expenses will still be allowed.
     
  4. Disability benefits of any kind will have a Mental health exclusion applied by way of Offer of Terms. This includes lump sum benefits which cover disability such as TPD, Trauma Cover and Hybrid Business Benefits.
     
  5. Disability benefits of any kind will have a restriction for disability first arising while a life assured is unemployed or is on a period of leave without pay. This includes lump sum benefits which cover disability such as TPD, Trauma Cover and Hybrid Business Benefits.

    These lives assured will instead be considered an Occupation Class 5 immediately they stop work rather than after the usual 12 month period. This restriction will be achieved by way of an Offer of Terms.
     
  6. All new policies to be issued will include a minimum 6 month stand-down for eligibility for Premium Holiday and Policy Suspension claims. This restriction which will be achieved by way of Offer of Terms.

Product and pricing changes for OnePath, nib, Asteron Life, Southern Cross, AIA and Sovereign

An absolutely huge couple of weeks of changes: 

Pricing:

  • Updated OnePath Mortgage Protection Prices effective 1 July
  • Updated nib health prices effective 1 July
  • Updated Southern Cross health prices effective 1 July
  • Updated Asteron Life and Trauma rates effective 1 July

New Features:

  • Needs Analysis – added Standalone and Accelerated options for existing Trauma and TPD insurance
  • Research report – added a new page at the end explaining the QPR Research methodology

Research:

Completed a big set of changes, with some quite substantial shifts (see more posts later today and next week)

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Eligibility rules:

  • OnePath - Income Protection, Mortgage Protection and Trauma - changes in entry ages
  • OnePath - Income Protection - age limit changed

TPD Claim - it takes time, but its worth it

Anand Srinivasan provides us with some more detail on the recent article we recently wrote here.

It took me over 15 months to get this claim paid out from an initial decline, the key reason for success was every party played the role.

If someone thinks TPD will be paid out after 90 days wait they are sadly mistaken. 90 days is the wait period for being eligible to lodge a claim. Getting TPD out it is a different set of requirements and I feel very lucky to have experienced this journey so early in my career as an adviser.

My client went through the umpteen tests cross questioning and verification. It was not easy but same time it was not difficult because I knew there was light at end of tunnel. The one thing I learnt from this journey was the value an adviser brings to the table at claim time.

Insurer looks at adviser for right information and evidence. Client looks at adviser to give confidence that claim will be paid at some stage if they follow they comply. The reinsurer have to come to party so everything needs to stack up.

While as an adviser I was managing the insurance company expectation, my client Darrell managed the Doctors, Specialist, Occupation Physician, ACC assessor etc. No one person can claim credit  for getting a TPD payout everyone has to give their 100%.

A great outcome indeed which cements my faith that I will continue to be an adviser for a long time because it works.

I have another adviser who has been in touch saying that a client feels that the requirements to prove their TPD claim are too hard, and the insurer is deliberately trying to discourage them - and perhaps has no intention of paying the claim. I don't think that's true for most claims - but in fairness to other policy holders they have to be careful before they hand out claims payments. The case above was for more than $600,000.


A great TPD claim story

A superb video about a successful TPD claimant, who was a drainlayer. I hear a lot that people say TPD doesn't pay. I think that there is a lot of difficulty getting TPD claims paid - both for insurers and clients. Insurers do have to make sure of the eligibility for claim in fairness to other policy holders. The client has to keep going through a barrage of tests and assessments over a long period of time - that can sometimes feel like they will be endless. All that suggests that the role of a professional adviser is crucial. when it works well, it works like this video. Something Anand Srinivasan, of Brisk Insurance, can be proud of.


QPR Update V106

We have recently distributed the QPR database to subscribers and have also updated Quotemonster with the following changes:

  • BNZ - Policy Amendment 1 Sept 2017 Life, TPD, Trauma and Income Protection
  • Fidelity Life Policy Wording updates. No rating change
  • Exclusion Definition review of all products