Facts about Income Protection
- $50,000 annual income over 30 years is valued as a $1.5 million asset today.
- 5 out of every 10 males and 7 out of every 10 females, aged 25 years are likely to become disabled due to an illness or accident before they turn 65.*
- 71% of our Provider's Income Protection claimants are under 50 at time of claim.**
* Source: Davies Finances & Actuarial Ltd
** Source: TOWER Income Protection claims information
You determine the lifestyle you lead and your income is your ticket to that lifestyle. Protecting your income if an unexpected illness or injury occurs can provide the financial stability to recover and return to the lifestyle you enjoy.
What is the payment based on?
You have two options for Income Protection Cover Insurance:
Indemnity Value Cover
To ensure payments are a realistic reflection of your income at the time of claim, your payments are based on 75% of your average monthly income prior to disability.
Indemnity Value Cover pays the lesser of:
the sum insured; and 75% of your income before you became disabled, less any income or benefits you are still receiving or entitled to receive.
Agreed Value Cover
Agreed Value provides cover at an agreed level, less any income or benefits you are still receiving or are entitled to receive. The agreed value sum insured is assessed at the time of application – financial information is required at this stage.
We recommend you discuss these options with your financial adviser. We also suggest that you talk to your tax adviser regarding the tax status of the policy as it relates to you.
How does Income Protection Insurance impact on ACC or other ongoing income?
You may receive or be entitled to receive other income while you are disabled and unable to work e.g. ACC, mortgage repayment insurance, sickness benefit, and ongoing business income.
Our Provider subtracts other income you are still receiving, or are entitled to receive (excluding investment income#, and any benefits from another source in connection with the same disability, from the amount we pay.
We do this to ensure the income you are receiving during the period of your disability, including your monthly benefit, remains relative to your pre-disability income #for Indemnity Value Cover#, or to the amount that was agreed at the time of application #for Agreed Value Cover#.
What benefits are included in my Income Protection Cover for no additional premium?
Partial Disability Cover Benefit
Our Provider recognises that in some situations there needs to be a gradual return to work. Income Protection Cover allows for a payment to be made relative to what you are earning if you are partially disabled.
Recurrent Disability Benefit
Rehabilitation from an injury or illness can take time and you may experience a recurrence of the condition. In the event of a recurrence we will not apply a wait period if the time you take off work is within six months of the previous time off work, provided it is because of the same disability you initially claimed for.
Hospitalisation or Bed Confinement Benefit
If you’ve been admitted to hospital or are bed bound, our Provider makes a payment of 1/30th of the sum insured for each night after the first three nights #up to a maximum of 90 nights# to see you through until regular monthly Income Protection Cover payments commence.
Home and Work Modifications Benefit
This benefit provides up to six times your sum insured for specialised equipment and home/work modifications to facilitate your rehabilitation, depending on your situation.
Rehabilitation Programme Benefit
This benefit will assist you to return to work by paying the costs #up to six times your sum insured# of a rehabilitation programme.
Home Care Benefit
If you are totally disabled and require full time care at home from a nursing service this benefit pays the bills for the service to a maximum of $2,500 per month or your sum insured #if the sum insured is less than $2,500). This payment is additional to your monthly claim payment.
Inflation Protection of Claims Benefit
This is a valuable benefit which will help to ensure that the buying power of your insurance payments does not diminish over time, by increasing your claim payments by the latest CPI increase, to a maximum of 10%, at each policy anniversary date.
What options can I add to my Income Protection Insurance Cover?
The following option can be added to your cover for no additional premium:
- Inflation Protection Option – If you choose this option your sum insured will automatically be increased at the policy anniversary date by the annual rate of increase in the latest CPI. The premium will be recalculated for the increased sum insured. You will have an opportunity to decline the increase each year.
The following two options can be added to your cover, for an additional premium:
- Top-up Option – for the first three months following the wait period this option pays an additional one third of the claim amount payable.
- Permanent Disability Option – increases the claim amount payable by one third if you are permanently disabled and you have received payments for your total disability for 24 consecutive months. This is not available with the two year benefit period option.
The following option can be added and a premium discount is applied:
1. Mental and Psychiatric Disorders Exclusion – if this is selected nothing is payable under the cover for any mental or psychiatric disorder.
Waiver of Premium Cover
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Waiver of Premium Cover is mandatory if Income Protection Cover is selected. While you’re receiving any disability claim payments under Income Protection Cover, we waive all premiums for this and other cover under the same Life policy.