If you are young you may scoff at the very prospect that you will ever become disabled, at least in the near future. But, unfortunately, the reality is very sobering. The chances of unfortunate events are higher than you think. Just do not ignore the following facts.
* More than 25 percent of today’s 20-year olds will get disabled before they retire.
* It is not just the freak accidents that are the culprits. Health disorders like heart disease, cancers, backaches, and arthritis are the major reasons for long-term absences.
* As per an estimate, in Australia over 3,600,000 people reported one or more impairments that restricted their everyday activities. Of these over 2,000,000 were under 65 years of age.
Are you sure you are ready for such eventualities? Do you have enough savings that will last for two to three years if an unfortunate event does happen? The answer for both these questions, to most of us, is no, because not everybody is covered for disability income. This is the stark truth.
Some rely on their employers’ group disability coverage and others on government disability programs. But for many a disability is a financial disaster that will stop their paychecks and create untold miseries for their loved ones. Unfortunately, as per a survey, most Australians are significantly underinsured. Let this not happen to you. Do not allow your loved ones to face financial hardships like foreclosure and even bankruptcy. Prepare for disability the same way you do for all your future liabilities.
Do yourself a favor and buy income insurance or disability insurance that will bail you out whenever there is a financial crisis due to any long-term disability.
What Is Income Insurance And How Does It Help?
Income insurance provides you with income if you ever become disabled. The money helps prevent financial disaster by providing for not only everyday needs, but also for major liabilities. For example, you may need money for:
* Monthly mortgage payment
* Continuing educational expenses
* Building a home
* Maintaining your current lifestyle.
Disability Insurances may come in the following three main forms.
* Government sponsored programs
* Employer sponsored group disability programs
* Private individual disability income policies.
If you are covered by group disability benefits, are you aware of the following.
* The differences between long-term and short-term disability insurance: Many employers provide disability income benefits under a short-term disability plan, usually for a maximum period of six months. The government law may not stipulate employers to provide for long-term disability income insurance, though a good percentage of workers are probably covered under various employer-sponsored group disability programs that provide long-term benefits.
* The benefits your employer offers in the event of a disabling illness or injury: Find out what benefits are available, the period you need to wait after the disability for the benefits to start accruing to you, and the duration of payments.
It is possible that group disability benefits may not suffice. In such situations you should look to other sources of income. A well-laid-out income insurance plan could just be the thing for you.