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Agreed value and indemnity insurance explained

Think you know all there is to know about Income Protection? While you’ll be familiar with sum insured, stepped versus level premiums and understand waiting and benefit periods—you may not know the ins and outs of how benefits are calculated.

It’s because Income Protection benefits differ depending on the type of cover. At Asteron Life, we offer agreed value, endorsed agreed value or indemnity cover on Asteron Life Complete policies. Here’s a look at how these policy types differ.

What is an agreed value insurance policy?

With an agreed value policy, the monthly benefit is based on income declared when the policy holder first applied for cover.

At claim time, we’ll pay a benefit based on the declared monthly income (financial evidence may be required to support the income declared) regardless of whether the policy holder’s income has risen or fallen over time.

It’s worth noting that agreed value income protection cover may be suitable for self-employed clients who want some certainty around benefit payments if their income tends to fluctuate.

Endorsed agreed value

At Asteron Life, if the client is able to provide sufficient financial evidence at time of application, we will fully endorse the policy schedule which means we don’t require proof of income should the policy holder make a total disablement claim.

Claims for partial disability benefits will still require proof of income pre-and-post disability.

What is an indemnity insurance policy?

Unlike agreed value and endorsed agreed value policies, the monthly benefit is calculated at claim time using actual pre-disability income.

This means that if your client’s income has decreased since first applying for cover, the benefit will be calculated on the reduced income.

Usually, an indemnity policy is more cost effective than agreed value policies.

To find out more contact your Asteron Life BDM or call us on 1800 031 050.

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