Most people are familiar with life insurance and why it is so crucial, but they may not realize that critical care insurance could be equally important.
In the event of a health emergency such as cancer, heart attack, or stroke, critical care insurance may help with unexpected financial burdens. When it comes down to numbers, many Americans fall ill every day:
Thanks to modern medicine, more people than ever survive critical conditions like these. In fact, the overall cancer death rates in the United States dropped continuously from 1991 to 2018 for a total decrease of 31%, including a 2.4% decline from 2017 to 2018.
This is fantastic news! However, there are often high costs associated with treatment that put a strain on a family’s budget, including co-pays, treatments not covered by insurance and non-medical costs associated with treating a critical illness.
What if it happens to me?
Critical illnesses can negatively impact the financial health of individuals and families—even those with health insurance. That’s what makes critical illness insurance a popular form of supplemental coverage.
Read on to learn the basics.
Critical care insurance provides benefits for a number of critical illnesses, including:
· Heart attacks
These “big three” illnesses are covered by critical care plans and many policies also cover more illnesses including a wide range of other serious conditions such as:
· Kidney failure
· Multiple sclerosis
Depending on the type of policy, critical illness insurance provides a lump-sum cash benefit which can be used however the insured desires. If diagnosed and treated for a covered condition, the benefit could be used to help cover medical costs not covered by major medical insurance.
A critical illness can greatly affect livelihood
Developing a critical condition can result in sudden, unexpected out-of-pocket medical and non-medical expenses that may often include:
In addition to managing these costs, people still have to pay their regular household bills, like mortgage or rent, health insurance premiums, car payments, school tuition and utilities. It can all add up to a significant drain on the budget, not to mention any savings set aside for emergencies.
It’s for this reason people consider critical care insurance to help them meet their obligations and get the care they need — so they can focus on recovery instead of worrying about bills.
Are you at risk?
There’s no simple way to assess risk because many factors go into the equation, including lifestyle, family history, and the presence of certain health conditions. Take advantage of your health screenings to talk to your doctors and nurses about reducing your risk of developing a critical illness.
It’s a great idea to talk with your insurance agent for help determining your “fit” for a critical illness plan and answering all of your questions. Find an agent today!
Policy contains exclusions and limitations. See policy for complete details for policy features, benefits, options, rates, definitions, & limitations and exclusions.
Critical Illness policies underwritten by Combined Insurance Company of America (Chicago, IL) in all states, except New York. In New York, Critical Illness policies underwritten by Combined Life Insurance Company of New York (Latham, NY). Combined Insurance Company of America is not licensed and does not solicit business in New York.
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