CORONAVIRUS & INCOME SICKNESS PROTECTION
PHI INCOME PROTECTION INSURANCE - FOR CORONAVIRUS 2020
If you are self-employed or employed & concerned about Coronavirus...... is it because you may not have access to any comprehensive sick pay arrangements ?
As at March 2020, several UK Insurers have now changed their Income Sickpay Protection policies & terms to exclude Coronavirus related issues. However, remember this a sickpay insurance not unemployment insurance. As such, it may not cover you if your employer says do not come in to work due to someone else contracting the Coronavirus or self isolate requirements.
Nobody wants to think about being off work sick with Coronavirus or having an accident say injuring your feet or hands - but unfortunately many people can suffer from some form of injury or illness during their working life.
Most people cannot get by on limited government benefits...the figures will not add up. If you are off with any longer term illness - you will need to make arrangements for yourself.
PHI Income Protection Cover ~ Typical Key Features ~ Coronavirus
Government benefits are very similar to unemployment insurance ie; probably insufficient and so people would probably see a very substantial drop in their income if they were out of work, even for more than a few months because of illness or disability.
Income Protection Insurance Quotes for Self Employed Professionals
If you can't work because of Coronavirus, illness or disability, an income protection plan aims to pays out a tax-free income.
"PHI Income Insurance" tries to put you back into the same situation you were in before you were ill. But it does not allow you to be better off sick than well. So the maximum amount of income you can replace is the after-tax earnings you have lost, less an adjustment for any Uk State benefits you can possibly claim.
Tell me about Income Insurance for Self Employed People
PHI Sickpay Insurance & Coronavirus - Underwriting & Health Issues
You pay a monthly premium throughout the term of the "Income Insurance" policy. Cost depends mainly on:
# Your age - at the time you start the policy. Older people are more likely to suffer an illness, so pay more.
If your health is poor or your lifestyle is considered risky, you may be refused PHI cover or have to pay more than normal.
Income Insurance PHI - Own Occupation Basis ?
Normally the best terms are simply if you can't do your normal job "own Occupation" as say an Accountant.
Some income protection policies only pay out if you can't do any work, but you would have to be seriously incapacitated for you not to be able to work at all. Others cover being unable to do any work for which are "Suited Tasks" similar to being say a vet.
Many PHI policies would pay out until your reach state pension age or when you have chosen the cover to end.
Why not have Critical Illness Life Insurance cover for Coronavirus - instead of Income Insurance ?
Critical illness cover (CIC) - pays out a tax-free lump sum if you are diagnosed with a life-threatening condition for example some forms of cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes etc; as specified and listed in the policy - is a possible cheaper and simpler alternative to Income Insurance.
But there are lots of common situations when CIC may not pay out - for example if Coronavirus is not listed as a critical illness. Additionally, not all occurrences of the critical illnesses listed are covered, for example some lesser forms / early stages of cancer maybe not covered. Ideally you should have both plans if your budget allows this. For more information on this & costs talk to a professional broker here.
Is PHI Income Insurance covering Coronavirus the same as Accident & Sickness Cover ?
Accident, Sickness &/or Unemployment insurance (ASU), can also be referred to confusingly as Income Protection, if doing research online, although it is a different product. ASU cover will provide you with an income to meet your outgoings if you are off work sick, have an accident or are made redundant. It pays out a monthly benefit to cover your mortgage/loan and other related costs but for a limited period.
You may choose the amount of benefit you would like to receive - although there are some limits on the maximum amount. The premium will be a percentage of the amount of monthly benefit you would like to receive. NOTE: Benefits are usually payable for a maximum of 12 or 24 months - unlike Income Insurance PHI which may pay up to when you retire usually age 65.
Some policies will also allow you to choose whether you want to receive benefits for accident and sickness only, unemployment only or all three. Most policies will also have a 'deferment period' usually 30 days. This is the period of time you will have to wait after losing your source of income until you may claim the policy benefit.
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