Smart & Lean 15 Year Level Term Life Insurance Renewal Q&A
Q: Why is my 15 Year Level Term Life Insurance Plan coming up for renewal?
A: This plan is designed to provide an unchanging level amount of insurance protection for a designated period of time. After those years, your Certificate of Insurance guarantees you the right to automatic renewal without underwriting (no health questions, no physical) at a new rate reflecting your age and smoking status at the time of renewal. This is an important benefit if your health has changed in the past several years and you are concerned about getting underwriting approval for new insurance.
Q: How do I renew my coverage?
A: Renewal will be automatic at the anniversary of your coverage if you are under the age limit on your renewal date. You don’t need to do anything. Please view the plan details for more information on age restrictions.
Q: Why does my rate increase?
A: Your new rate is higher because it is based on your age at renewal. It is also higher because it does not require additional underwriting. Also, those with Preferred Rates renew at Standard nonsmoker rates unless they go through full underwriting with a new application.
Q: I’m not sure if I still need the same amount of insurance. If I take out less coverage, will this lower my premium?
A: Yes, your premium is based, in part, on how much coverage you buy. If your situation has changed (children are grown, mortgage is paid off, etc.), you may want to decrease your coverage amount and lower your premium. You also have the option to increase coverage if your financial responsibilities have increased. Underwriting will be required for any increases in coverage.
Q: Are there other life insurance options available through USBA that may cost less?
A: Yes, we offer many different plans underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company that may cost you less and still meet your need to protect your family’s future.
Please call us at (800) 821-7912 to discuss your options with a trained Product Specialist,
or review other USBA life insurance plans online.
Q: Since I first took out this insurance, I stopped smoking. Does this affect my rates?
A: It might. It may lower your rates as much as 50%. To qualify for non-smoker rates, underwriting is required. A smoker is defined as having used tobacco in any form, including nicotine patches and nicotine chewing gum, in the last 24 months.
Q: My spouse also has USBA 15 Year Group Level Term Life Insurance. Does that plan automatically renew when mine does?
A: Your spouse’s coverage is independent of yours. However, if both your insurance and your spouse’s insurance became effective on the same date, then your spouse’s plan will renew on the same date.