Oh, to be 20 and single with the naive belief that you are invincible and will live forever. Single and 35 — that used to be unusual. Single and 40 was a rare occurrence.
Today, however, as people stay single longer, we insurance professionals must find new ways of impressing upon our potential clients the risk of going without health insurance.
We must find new strategies for moving these clients to action, and show them why they should spend their hard-earned money on a product for which they may not find much day-to-day use when they are healthy. After all, they don’t have wives, husbands, or children to protect in the case of financial insecurity due to an illness or other diagnosis.
So how do you impress upon them the need for and the value of having health insurance?
#1: Sell the parents
If your prospect is in their 20s, possibly a recent college graduate, you might be lucky enough to have their parents to help you make the sale. Quite often, parents of a young and single prospect will be shopping — and, in some cases, even paying — for their offspring’s health insurance.
#2: Sell the alternative benefits
If your carrier offers a wellness program, as some do, you can use it as a tool to create value for the single buyer. Acupuncture, gym memberships, vitamins, massage, and other alternative therapies can be very attractive to the young demographic. Show them how their gym membership can be paid for at the same time they are protecting themselves from a catastrophic illness, and you will be one step closer to a sale.
#3: Sell the concept of insuring their insurability
In New York — which has a 12-month waiting period for those without credible coverage — obtaining the most basic, inexpensive major medical plan ensures that pre-existing condition limitations come into play. Having even an inexpensive policy might mean not having to worry that you will develop a condition and have it excluded by a carrier.