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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Employer-provided life insurance can be withdrawn anytime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 However, this is also just a perk which the employer provides, and can be withdrawn anytime, at the latter’s discretion.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"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have used for 12 years, i have used the MONEY BACK i have received the amount for 4 years once. The maturity period is for 12 years and it gives the policy coverage is for self. The sum assured given with the policy was good. The customer support is good.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
  • LIC
    LIC Life Insurance
    "Life secure policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    Since its long time term policy. If anything happens the policy covers for life and family will get secured. Last 6 years before, I took this policy. LIC is a government company and they are trustable hence I have purchased the policy with them. I have been paying the premium amount of Rs. 26026 for every six months. Iâ??m satisfied with the sum assured amount.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
  • HDFC Life Life Insurance
    "Good for family protection"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have term plan with HDFC life, I have chosen the sum assured of Rs. 75 lakhs it has the duration of 50 years, life cover is upto 75 years. I make the premium around Rs. 800 per month, it has tax cover, critical illness, waiver on premium at disability. Cancer and Heart attack cover is also there.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    The reason for getting the policy is because it has provided with the good service. I am using the plan from last more than 20 years. The maturity period is for 30 years and the coverage is for self. The premium paying for yearly once as 12K with the policy.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
  • DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance
    "AVERAGE"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have got the policy along with the home loan taken the DHFL. The maturity period is for 15 years where 10 years i have to pay for yearly once of 25K. It is a TERM PLAN, the documentation process was done and i have received the hard copy too of the policy.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am holding the JEEVAN ANAND plan with LIC where i am using from last 11 years, the reason for taking the policy is it is good. The maturity period of the policy is for 25 years, the premium paying for monthly once. The coverage is for self with the policy.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good insurer"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a life insurance in LIC on 10 years before. The policy is for 20 years. I am paying premium in the quarterly package. While getting a policy my agent has given an information about the policy details and provided hard copy documents on time. I use to do payment by providing a cheque to an agent.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • SBI Life Life Insurance
    "Need to improive their service"
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    I have taken a term insurance in SBI LIFE on 3 years before.The policy is money back for 10 years. I am paying premium in the yearly package. While getting a policy my agent has given an information about the policy details and delay to provide the documents. At an initial they have told to pay only for 3 times but later it for 7 years.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good insurer"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have taken a life insurance in LIC before 4 years ago. The policy is for 20 years. I am paying premium in the yearly package. While getting a policy my agent has given an information about the policy details and provided hard copy documents on time. I use to pay the amount to an agent.
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    , coimbatore
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Better"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have multiple policy with LIC and am just paying the policy, not availed the benefits. I pay online and never contacted the customer support. I am paying yearly 1.5L and the payment mode is easy. I took this policies for future savings and tax benefits.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good insurer"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a life insurance in LIC on 2 years before. The policy is for 15 years.I am paying premium in the quarterly package. While getting a policy my agent has given an information about the policy details and received a hard copy documents on time. Use to do payments by visiting directly to office.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Trust Worthy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I pay Rs. 50,000 per annum for multiple policies and it has different tenure period and all has tax saving coverage. Even the sum assured is get vary according to the payment which we pay. The agents are professional, I would like to recommended these policies to all.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Average Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    At the time of my invest, LIC was a best company. I have chosen the policy 10 years back. I am paying the premium amount of Rs. 10,718 for the term period of 20 years. I select the annual payment mode. I will get a sum assured amount of Rs. 2 lakhs.
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    , coimbatore
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Life Insurance Corporation of India have given me a good amount money when it is paid back. I have invested a money of Rs. 1 lakhs and i have received Rs. 1.73 lakhs after 16 years with a maturity. I make the premium through my account as a Standing instructions.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • HDFC Life Life Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am using the accidental policy where using from last 8months with HDFC LIFE. The premium paying was monthly once with the insurance policy. The benefits with the policy is good but i have not received the hard copy, coverage is for 20L.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am using the JEEVAN ANAND plan since from last 12 years with LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA the maturity period is for 20 years with the insurance policy. The premium paying was yearly once, it gives the policy coverage for self.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • SBI Life Life Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a Pradan Mantri Plan from SBI Life when it was launched. I am paying 300 rupees annually for myself and my wife. I think, if accidental death is happened then the benefits can be claimed. I have enabled auto debit option for the payment.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Life Life Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I took a money back policy with Bajaj Allianz and the policy period is 16 years. It was recommended by one of my colleague. I have received the insurance copy and the payment mode is easy. It was taken for future savings because I am blessed with 2 daughters.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken 3policies with LIC, all are endowment policies. LIC is a trusted company and they are reliable in India so have interested to take a policy. I am happy with the benefits. I need to pay the premium for 21 years. Previously I made cash payment and now its convenient to pay online.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • HDFC Life Life Insurance
    "Okay Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    No reason for choosing my insurance policy from HDFC. For income tax returns i bought the policy. I'm paying the premium upto 7 years and after 10 years i will get the returns to my account. I have been paying the premium amount of Rs. 12148 which is a annual payment. The premium is auto deducted from my account
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , thane
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
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