Can an Income Protection insurer increase my premiums over time? I am worried that the premiums might rise too much in the future as I get older or if I need to make a claim.
With Income Protection there are a number of options to choose from with regards to the insurer’s right to increase premiums over time. Please see below for the various options available.
Please note that these options are usually only available for long-term income protection plans. Payment protection plans only come with reviewable premiums as they are rolling contracts rather than providing cover for a specified term.
With Long-Term Income Insurance policies it is possible to include the ‘guaranteed premiums’ option were the premium charged by the insurer remains unchanged irrespective of your age, number of claims made or the insurer’s overall claims experience.
Essentially, an Income Insurance plan with guaranteed premiums means the insurer has no right to change the amount charged over time based on these factors.
Short-term Income Protection plans (such as accident, sickness and unemployment policies) and some long-term plans come with ‘reviewable premiums’.
This means that the insurer does have the right to change your premiums based on general factors, such as the overall claims experience across all their customers and changes in interest rates, for example.
It is also worth noting that some insurers have ‘age-rated’ (or ‘low-start’) plans where the premiums increase with age. Take care with these plans as the premiums can look very attractive upon taking out the policy but can increase rapidly over time and work out much more expensive over the term of the policy because they increase in line with your age.
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