December 17, 2017

Leaving Your Employer? Get Your Insurance In Place First.

Courtesy of Michael Schwarzenberger
When you're leaving your employer — voluntarily or not — you have much to consider about your future. You could easily forget or undervalue the employee benefits you've been receiving.

Unless you put similar protection in place, you are transferring risks to yourself. You have other options. 

Health and Dental Benefits

If you act fast, you likely qualify for Manulife FollowMe health and dental without underwriting. You need to apply and pay within 60 days of losing your current coverage (sooner is safer). You can apply for FollowMe through Costco to save money if you don't need guidance.

If you'd like better coverage with fewer limitations, consider Association plans, which are only available through advisors.

Tip: If you're out of time, get FollowMe first and then compare with the Association plans. 

Disability Insurance

Your group Long Term Disability (LTD) will likely end. Personal disability insurance is worth considering if you or your dependants would be heavily impacted if you became unable to work due to a sickness or injury. The cost may seem high but the benefits are valuable.

The best time to apply is while you're still working since a discount usually applies. Upon leaving your employer, a well-constructed plan allows a special one-time top-up to replace the group LTD you're losing.

Tip: Group LTD has limitations. Consider personal disability insurance as a top-up even if you're working.

Life Insurance

You likely have a right to a short period to convert your group life insurance to personal coverage (e.g., 30 days) after your employment ends. Your employer may not emphasize this option because the insurer charges them a penalty on the assumption that some of those who convert are in below-average health. Personal life insurance is likely cheaper but takes time to put into place.

Tip: If you're out of time, convert your group life and then compare with personal life insurance. 

Be Ready

When you're starting out on your own and uncertain about the future, insurance brings stability and peace of mind. Waiting until you're established brings risk.  

Reminder: simplified for clarity. For specific answers to your personal questions, arrange a private chat

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