Why Is Employer-provided Life Insurance Not Enough

Most working professionals have life insurance covers provided by their employers. However, this coverage may not be adequate if you have dependents to provide for. Moreover, group life insurance ceases once an employee leaves the job.
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Employer-provided life insurance is the norm these days. This facility is a part of the perks which most employers now provide, in order to not only attract good talent, but also towards achieving some degree of employee satisfaction. Employers usually cover their employees under a group insurance policy, which has plenty of advantages, but also some downsides. Here are just some of the reasons which highlight the need of getting an additional life insurance policy over your employer that is necessary.

It rarely provides adequate coverage

One of the most important piece of advice when buying life insurance, is, to take stock of your assets and liabilities, and then decide on the coverage amount. After all, the primary purpose of purchasing life insurance is to ensure that your family gets sufficient coverage. However, this concern is seldom addressed by a group insurance policy which an employer provides. The coverage provided under a group insurance policy is usually based on the employer’s salary, and pre-fixed salary slabs. If an employee is earning an annual income of Rs.10 lakh, they may get an ‘x’ amount dependent on their annual income. However, because requirements and responsibilities differ from person to person, this amount may be sufficient for one person, while being grossly inadequate for another.

Employer-provided life insurance can be withdrawn anytime

Group life insurance plans which are provided by employers, offer coverage subject to yearly renewal. However, this is also just a perk which the employer provides, and can be withdrawn anytime, at the latter’s discretion. For instance, a new board of directors has stepped in and decide to scrap this perk in place of some other. What do you do then? If you do not have an individual life insurance policy, you will be left without any insurance coverage, which is a very unwise thing to do.

Age can drive up premiums

Another important thing to remember when buying life insurance is to buy it when you’re still young, and in relatively good health. If you are relying solely on your employer-provided life insurance policy, then you may be in for an expensive shock whenever you do decide to purchase a life insurance policy for yourself, at a later age. The applicant’s health is an important part of the insurance underwriting process where the insurer decides on the coverage amount, term of the policy, and premiums based on the applicant’s overall condition. As you grow older, your body undergoes natural changes, and your health tends to deteriorate. This is the reason why insurers charge older applicants with higher premiums, due to the higher risk involved, as compared to younger applicants who are relatively healthier.

No option to convert to an individual policy

One of the major drawbacks of your employer-provided life insurance is the absence of the option to convert to an individual policy. This means that you cannot alter your coverage amount as per your needs. Also, your cover will cease as soon as you change your employer. When it comes to group insurance, the employer (provider) decides the terms of the policy and coverage. Also, seldom can employees have add-on riders attached to a group plan to get customised coverage, making the policy of little use.

The facility of group insurance, while it is an important one, is not always sufficient. When getting life insurance, it is most important for the policyholder to assess their financial situation, their family’s needs, and other factors before deciding on the coverage they need. After all, it is your family’s happiness and well-being that is of utmost importance.

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  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good insurer"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken a life insurance in LIC on five years before. The policy is for 20 years. I am paying premium in the quarterly package the amount which is nominal for me. While getting a policy the agent has given an information about the policy details.
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    , ranchi
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019
  • LIC
    LIC Life Insurance
    "Good "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    On 10 years before, I took life insurance policy for my spouse in LIC with tenure period of 15 years. Since its money back policy, 5 years once I got amount of 5K which I have received for twice . I use to pay premium on quarterly basis of the amount of 3087 rupees which is nominal. The agent has given an information about the policy details and provided hard copy of documents on time.
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    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good insurer"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a life insurance in LIC on 9 years before. Tenure period of 15 years. I am paying premium on half yearly package the amount of 6490 rupees which is nominal. The agent has given an information about the policy details. It covers myself and the policy name is Jeevan Anand.
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    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Moderate service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken Life Insurance policy directly through LIC agent .This was a maturity benefit policy for the tenure of 21 years.I am paying the premium on monthly basis .I am paying the premium through online .This policy is still alive and all the details about the policy was clearly explained by the agent.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019
  • HDFC Life Life Insurance
    "Worst Life Insurance Company Ever"
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    HDFC Life is one of the worst companies you would want to take your life insurance from. I am writing this review with my personal experience + experiences of some other users who purchased the policy. They are running a scam where about 1 yr after issuing your policy, they automatically cancel it, citing "non disclosure of pre-existing illness" as the reason. The same thing happend with me and many others. I have no such reported illness of any kind. And even if I had, why was the policy issued in the first place? Upon my request to provide an explanation or more detail about this 'illness', no respone was given to me, neither by HDFCLife nor by Policybazaar, through which I had purchased this policy. I was cheated of my one-year premium amount and my policy was lapsed. If you are at all serious about preserving your mental and financial well-being, do not go anywhere near any of these two companies. They are the biggest fraud in the life insurance market.
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    , jaipur
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken Life Insurance policy directly through LIC agent .This was a maturity benefit policy for the tenure of 15 years .This policy is still alive and got all the relevant details about the policy through the agent .The policy documents was shared on time .I am comfortable with the service.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken Life Insurance policy which was taken through LIC agent.This was an endowement policy and paying the premium on yearly basis .The policy tenure is for 15 years and paying the premium through the agent .This policy is still active and i am comfortable with the service .
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Life Life Insurance
    "budget Plans"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Bajaj Allianz life insurance is very flexible. I have taken a policy. The Premium was given as per my budget. Plans and benefits are great, If anyone wants to go a life insurance my first suggestion will be Bajaj Allianz life insurance. Thanks
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I took my life insurance policy from LIC around 5 years back and this policy is going to matured in the year of 2026. It was for the safety and protection for the family. I have selected the payment option as very half year and i pay the premium amount of Rs. 2000. I will give the cash to my agent and he will pay in the LIC office.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Safe and secure policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    LIC policy is safe and if you have a long term policy, it will be useful. If i go to their office, the response is fine. They have a good portal to know about the payment premium amount and existing policy details. I make the premium through online. I took the money back policy and it got matured already.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good security policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    In LIC website, they are updating the policy details on a timely basis. I took my retirement plan in life insurance corporation of India. For the safety purpose, i have selected this company. I am investing the money of Rs. 10K every month. I get the returns after my age of 56. This is a tax benefitable policy.
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    , haridwar
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Service should be improved"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I have taken money back policy from LIC its because of the safety reason. I have been investing the money of Rs. 10K every month. I purchased the policy 4 years ago. They are providing the sum assured amount of Rs. 1.2 lakhs. This is a tax beneficial policy. I make the premium amount through online.
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    , haridwar
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I didn't use the customer care service till now in LIC where i have taken my life insurance policy. I'm not sure about the plan name but i pay the premium every year once. I have been paying the premium amount of Rs. 17699 and total term period of the plan is 16 years. For the savings purpose, i have chosen LIC.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Best service "
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have taken Life Insurance policy directly through LIC agent .This policy tenure is 10 years .I am paying the premium through Half yearly basis and paying the premium through Online .The agent gave a clear picture about the policy and not yet faced any difficulties .I am satisfied with the service so far .
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a life insurance in LIC since 1990. This policy term is 20 years. I am paying premium on monthly package and the amount which is nominal. I am paying premium in a cheque mode. While getting a policy my agent has given an information about the policy details and this is a money back policy.
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    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
    I have taken Life Insurance policy taken through LIC agent.This was a Maturiy benefit policy and each and every details was shared by the agent .This policy is still active and there was no difficulties faced as well. Overall am happy with it.
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    , surat
    Reviewed on Dec 09, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good insurer"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a life insurance in LIC on 9 years before. Tenure period of policy is 20 years. I am paying premium on quarterly package the amount of 3K which is nominal. Agent is my neighborhood so he has given an information about this policy. It covers my whole family.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Dec 09, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Best policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a life insurance in LIC on 3 years before. The policy is for 16 years. I am paying premium on monthly package the amount of Rs. 17k which is nominal. I am paying premium manually. While getting a policy my agent has given an information about the policy details. It covers myself. It is a jeevan anadha policy
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 09, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Investment plan"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    LIC plan is a savings cum income plan and i get the good returns in future. Its covers for life. I took the policy through agent who is my relative recommended me about this policy. My father is taking care of the premium part hence I'm not sure about the coverage value.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 08, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Best policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a life insurance policy from LIC more than 5 years.The agent is very supportive and providing proper guidance and this is a JEEVAN ANAND policy. Policy is valid for life long and the tenure is 20 years after some years. I am paying annual premium is Rs.24k, this is a death benefit plan after that my wife will be getting some returns.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 07, 2019
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