Income Protection ~ Typical Key Features v ASU Insurance
If you are an employee and you fall ill, your employer might pay you your full pay for a few weeks or months. By law, an employer currently must pay most employees statutory sick pay for up to 28 weeks, though this will probably be a lot less than your full earnings. After that, you would probably have to rely on state benefits. If you are self-employed, you won't have this option.
Is it [ASU] Accident Sickness Cover or Mortgage Payment Cover ?
Accident, Sickness & Unemployment insurance (ASU), can also be referred to as mortgage payment protection or redundancy insurance and 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 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. Benefits are usually payable for a maximum of 12 or 24 months unlike PHI Income Insurance which may pay up to when you retire at age 65-70.
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' - back to day 1 cover, 30 days or longer. This is the period of time you will have to wait after losing your source of income until you may claim the policy benefit.
Why not just take out Critical Illness Cover instead of ASU Insurance ?
Critical illness life assurance cover (CIC) - pays out a tax-free lump sum if you are diagnosed with a life-threatening condition for example cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes etc; 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 a stress-related illness. Additionally, not all occurrences of the critical illnesses listed are covered, for example some early stages of cancer are not covered. Ideally you should have both plans if your budget allows this. For more information on this & costs get Critical illness cover quote or talk to a professional broker.
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