Health insurance. Life insurance. Property and vehicle insurance. Chances are, it probably wasn’t difficult to convince your clients of the value of these types of coverage. But when it comes to disability insurance, it may be more of an uphill battle. Small-business owners may feel it’s a luxury they can’t afford, while those on a company payroll might think worker’s compensation is all they need.
Unfortunately, neither supposition is completely accurate. There is no denying that, like all insurances, disability coverage can be yet another line item on an already tight budget. But the price of not having it can be disastrous — for the self-employed who provide part, if not all, of a family’s income and for the estimated 95% of workers whose injuries are not job-related.
Disability Insurance Awareness Month is the ideal time to reach out to all your clients — both employed and self-employed — using the following tools and strategies to educate them about the role disability insurance plays in life planning. The producer tool kit can be found at www.lifehappens.org/diamkit.
Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and email are efficient and effective ways to reach your market. For example, post disability-related statistics or incorporate LIFE’s Facts of Life disability-oriented information into email signatures to make your target audience aware of the vulnerability they face when uninsured.
A few key facts about disability and its impact, from the Council for Disability Awareness, to get you started:
- Just over 1 in 4 of today’s 20 year-olds will become disabled before they retire.[i] More than 30 million Americans between the ages of 21 and 64 are disabled.[ii]
- Back injuries and major illnesses cause the majority of long-term absences, [iii] with lifestyle choices and personal behavior that lead to obesity becoming major contributing factors.[iv]
- The average long-term disability claim lasts 31.2 months. [v] The odds for a worker entering the workforce today of being disabled three months or more are about 30%,[vi] with less than 5% of disabling accidents and illnesses being work related.[vii]
- Although 90% of wage earners rated their “ability to earn an income” as “valuable” or “very valuable” in helping them achieve long-term financial security, 67% of workers in the private sector have no long-term disability insurance.[viii]
While facts and figures are important, sometimes it’s the anecdotal story that generates a greater impact. LIFE Foundation’s realLIFEstories bring the message home in a powerful way, as illustrated by the experiences of people like Ashley Tew and Peter Zatir. The Frank Szatkowski story will resonate with the self-employed, since the disability policies he had in place not only provided for his family after his illness forced him to stop working, but also allowed his partners to continue the business.
LIFE’s range of informational materials range from one-pagers (Things To Consider and Disability Insurance Coverage Options) to more in-depth pieces such as Guide to Disability Income Insurance and, for business owners, An Employer’s Guide to Disability Income Insurance. By providing your clients with the facts about disability insurance in advance of your meeting, the conversation becomes less about the reason why they need it and more about the amount that best fits their needs and budget.