Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, insurance companies have announced an unprecedented number changes to their products and underwriting. These changes have altered the life insurance landscape like never before. Some of these changes have actually been beneficial – like increased death benefit amounts for Accelerated Underwriting or the introduction of new APS retrival options – while other changes have not been so favorable. As an example, many companies are now restricting their maximum issue ages, regardless of product.
- Max Issue Age of 69 – AIG, Global Atlantic, Mutual of Omaha
- Max Issue Age of 75 – Transamerica
- Max Issue Age of 79 – American National, Cincinnati Life, Lincoln National, New York Life, North American, Protective Life, Prudential, Securian, Symetra
- Max Issue Age of 80 – Equitable, Pacific Life, Principal
With the support of LIBRA Insurance Partners, the Brokers Network has consolidated many of the announced changes. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional clarification.
For additional support, review our recommendations for writing life insurance from a social distance.
As of July 3rd, Examination Management Services Inc. (EMSI) ceased the processing of insurance interviews, paramed exams, medical records and all related services. This sudden and unexpected announcement is creating service issues across the entire life insurance industry. The Brokers Network is working closely with affected life insurers and their service providers regarding all underwriting requirements previously assigned to EMSI.
Any requirements we are handling on your behalf are in the process of being re-ordered. If you ordered any medical records or insurance exams directly with EMSI, you must place new orders with a different service provider. If you would like assistance in re-ordering these requirements, please let us know. | more
Following the close of the June 1, 2020, acquisition by Fidelity National Financial, F&G is pleased to report financial strength ratings upgrades for its primary operating subsidiaries from S&P Global Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. Already a significant fixed indexed annuity carrier as a top 10 provider (top 3 in the IMO channel), these upgrades for F&G are a testament to the benefit of Fidelity National Financial’s ownership and will help power F&G’s future growth.
In conjunction with LIBRA Insurance Partners, we are making available to you and your staff a free course on the best practices of working from home by LOMA, an international trade association for the insurance and financial services industry. Employees who work from remote locations need vital skills to succeed in a non-traditional work environment. This 60-minute course equips virtual workers with the skills they need to remain productive, focused and connected. The course is full of activities and takeaways including self-assessments, checklists and job aids. In addition, the course will review case studies and real-life scenarios to help you and your staff work more efficiently from home. | more
The New York State Department of Financial Services Regulation 187 requires producers and insurers to implement a process that ensures they are acting in the consumer’s best interest when recommending life insurance policies issued in New York. This regulation goes into effect on February 1, 2020, and includes many new guidelines and training requirements. If you write life insurance in New York, you must complete all required training prior to soliciting and submitting any new business on or after February 1, 2020. We encourage you to complete your training as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary delays in the processing of your life insurance applications. | FAQ | Training
As of January 1, 2020, all life insurance plans available for sale must be priced based on the 2017 Commissioners’ Standard Ordinary mortality table (2017 CSO) and be subject to Principle Based Reserving (PBR). Because of these requirements, insurance companies will be revising their most popular plans and retiring the balance. Any pending application for a plan that has not been revised to meet the new standards or is being retired must be placed inforce prior to January 1, 2020. There will be no exceptions. The Brokers Network will keep you updated on announced company guidelines and your affected pending life insurance business. | current guidelines
Did you know that 55% say most people need long-term care insurance (LTCi), yet only 15% own it? This is according to the 2019 Insurance Barometer Study by Life Happens and LIMRA. That stat underscores how important it is to get the word out to your clients and prospects about the value of having LTCi in place before it is needed. But as we know, your clients who need it are not all alike, so the way that you communicate with them should be as distinct as they are. To help you do that, Life Happens has expanded its suite of LTCI resources that you can begin using now, for November’s Long-Term Care Insurance Awareness Month and beyond. | more
In evaluating their current situation, Brighthouse Financial has decided to close Premier Accumulator Universal Life and Guaranteed Level Term to new sales effective September 27, 2019. This change has no bearing on term conversions as the Conversion Whole Life plan will continue to be available. While we are disappointed by this announcement, we look forward to what Brighthouse will be bringing to the marketplace in 2020.
To make sure Americans are reminded of the need to include life insurance in their financial plans, the nonprofit organization Life Happens coordinates Life Insurance Awareness Month. Each September Life Happens is joined in this educational initiative by more than 100 of the nation’s leading insurance companies and industry groups. Throughout September, The Brokers Network will be highlighting various life insurance products and the benefits they offer your clients.