Life moves so fast it’s easy to get caught up in the speed of the journey. And it’s doubtful people slow down — much less stop — to consider how a disabling injury or illness might create a serious roadblock along the way.
According to a LIMRA study, there is a 3 in 10 chance of a person suffering a disabling illness or injury that would keep them out of work for three months or more.
Also, according to a Council for Disability Awareness study, 68 percent of Americans have no savings for emergencies to help cover unexpected expenses.
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Given this, open enrollment season offers benefits advisers the opportunity to educate employers about products that can help employees financially in the event of an accident or illness.
A disability insurance plan is key to protecting an employee’s funds so they can keep pace with their lifestyle, giving them the ability to focus on recovery, rather than on finances.
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Even though many people see a need for disability insurance, only 26 percent of Americans actually have disability coverage, according to LIMRA.
Plus, 30 percent of full-time employees said they are not confident about paying their bills if they or another family member had to be out of work for three months. Without financial protection, millions of families resort to draining their savings, maxing out their credit cards and even refinancing their homes to pay medical bills, according to NerdWallet.com.
That said, it’s important for employers to understand that there are alternative solutions to cutting disability insurance options. By making voluntary disability policies available, clients can help their employees access financial protection with little to no impact on their bottom line. In fact, employer-provided disability insurance prevents as many as 575,000 families each year from slipping into poverty levels and saves the government and taxpayers up to $4.5 billion annually, according to recent data from the Social Security Administration.
Furthermore, LIMRA estimates that slightly more than 25 percent of 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching age 67. Only 4 percent of workers surveyed by LIMRA said they’d been approached about disability insurance in their workplaces in the past two years.