PILOTS INSURANCE - INCOME SICKNESS PROTECTION
PHI INCOME PROTECTION INSURANCE - SICKPAY COVER - FOR AIRCRAFT PILOTS
Strangely therefore some mainstream UK Insurers have withdrawn offering PHI Income Protection terms to Commercial Airline Pilots. Also some may limit cover upto age 55 or 60, rather than age 65. This may seem an unusual move given generally as a profession Pilots must be medically fit to perform their job role to fly an aircraft. Likewise an Insurer may premium rate those who may have a private pilots license.
As an Airline Pilot wether flying an Airbus or Boeing - it is important an insurer may offer claim terms to you meaning being unable to perform your specific job role under your "own occupation" status ie; flying an aircraft. The alternative terms is covering you in a similar "suited occupation" status - which for some maybe an unsatisfactory definition.
Other insurance risks which generally may affect if an insurer will offer cover is which countries & places you are usually flying to.
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If you can't work because of illness or disability, an income protection plan (also called income protection insurance, income protection cover, income protection life insurance, salary insurance, salaries insurance, wage insurance, wages insurance, earnings insurance, sick insurance, sickness insurance, income insurance phi, income life insurance, permanent health insurance or phi ) 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.
If you are employed this means that dependant on the Insurer - 50%/65% of your gross income but then paid out tax free. If self employed then this is usually based on last 12 months annual net profits. Note that the old PHI Insurance rules used to be based on 75% of income but then taxable (so beware of swopping these old plans without advice).
However, some employers arrange group income insurance protection for their employees as a perk of their job, which can pay out an long term sickpay income after the statutory sick period. So check what you are entitled to.
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.
# Your sex - gender no longer affects rates wef 1/2013 via income providers.
# Your health - at the time you start the policy. If you have existing health problems you might be refused cover or have to pay more.
# Your Occupation - some jobs are more likely than others to contribute towards illness.
# Hobbies and lifestyle - for example, rock climbing is high risk, so you'll pay more.
# Smoker Status - for example, smoking makes you more likely to make a claim, so you'll pay more than a none smoker.
# Waiting period - once you claim, there is a delay before payments start. You can choose how long this is - for example, from 4/8/13/26/52 weeks up to 104 weeks usually dependant upon occupation. The longer the waiting period, the less you pay.
If your health is poor or your lifestyle is considered risky, you may be refused PHI cover or have to pay more than normal.
Normally the best terms are simply if you can't do your normal job "own Occupation" as say a Commerical Airline Pilot
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 a Pilot.
Most PHI policies would pay out until your reach age 65 or when you have chosen the cover to end.
Different Uk Income Protection Providers put the same job in different risk categories.
Does the cover increase in line with inflation?
Is "Loss of licence insurance" not the same thing ie; would this not pay my income if I cannot work due to illness as an airline pilot ? A Loss of License Insurance policy payouts out if your licence is suspended for medical reasons or lose your licence permanently. These plans however unlike Income Protection, may just cover you for temporary monthly benefits or often payout a one off lump sum payment.
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 would not pay out - for example, if you had back problems or maybe a stress-related 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.
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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