What is back to day one cover?

I am looking to take out a payment protection plan or short-term income protection policy and wanted to know what ‘back to day one’ cover means? Does this still have a deferred period?

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Answered by Andrew Jenkinson

The deferred period explained

With short-term income insurance/payment protection it is very common to have a deferred period of 30 days. This means that the plan does not start ‘accumulating benefit’ until after 30 days of being off work.

After the 30 day excess period is up (i.e. on day 31) the plan will start accumulating benefit as if you have just started a new job where you get paid at the end of the month. Thus, with a 30 day deferred period the first payment from the insurer would be received on day 61 (for the previous 30 days lost earnings).

How does back to day one cover work?

If you decide to include ‘back to day one cover’ then you still need to be off work for 30 days for the plan to become eligible for a payout but the insurer will ‘backdate’ the claim to ‘day one’, so that the benefit effectively starts accumulating from day one.

What this means is that if you select a 30 day deferment period with the back to day one option selected then the first payment will be received on day 31, rather than on day 61 without the back to day one option.

Selecting this option is very popular with individuals who would not receive any period of full sick pay from their employer (i.e. they would only receive statutory sick pay). Please note that including this option can increase with monthly premium by as much as 10% with some insurers.

Further information

For more information please see the page: Setting the deferred period with income protection or give one of our expert advisers a call on 01273 646 484 to discuss any questions you have further.

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