You never expect a serious illness or accident to happen, but when it does, it can interrupt your ability to work for months — even years. Long Term Disability Insurance can give you the financial support you need to manage your disability and your household.
In general, it’s best to have enough disability coverage to replace 60% of your after-tax income. However, this number can vary on a number of factors, such as recurrent debt payments and monthly living expenses.
Use our Disability Insurance Coverage Calculator to find out how much coverage is right for you.
The money is paid directly to you and can be used however you wish.
The length of time you can receive benefits depends on your policy’s Maximum Benefit Period, which is determined by your employer. Once the elimination period (the number of days that must elapse before you’re eligible for benefit payments) is satisfied and you continue to meet the definition of disability, your Long Term Disability Insurance benefits can extend through the Maximum Benefit Period.
Yes, in most cases. See your HR representative for details.
You may be asked some health questions, which will be used to determine whether you are eligible for coverage.
The disability benefit may be reduced if you are receiving income from other insurance policies, retirement or government programs.
When you are ready to return to work, please contact your claims specialist, who will work with you on your return-to-work plan.
Most plans allow for recurrent disability. If an employee becomes disabled again due to the same condition within a specified number of days, the recurrent provision allows continued disability payments under the original claim.
The number of days for the recurrent provision is stated in the policy.
If an employee becomes disabled after the number of days in the recurrent provision, or due to a new medical condition, a new claim would need to be filed.
Depending on the definition of disability as defined in the policy, an employee may be able to receive benefits and work part-time.
Most policies will allow employees to work part-time while on claim. Typically, an employee will need to have a certain percentage of their earnings lost to disability for a claim to remain active.
Please review the definition of disability, outlined in the certificate of coverage.
The cancellation of the policy or termination from employment does not affect a payable claim. If an employee is on claim and the policy is cancelled or the employee is terminated from employment, a claim will be paid to the same duration it would have been had either event not occurred.