Securian Update: COVID-19 guidelines

COVID-19 new business and underwriting participation guidelines extended through December 31, 2021 Securian Financial remains focused on delivering high levels of service, helping customers with their insurance needs, and maintaining the company’s financial strength. Your support in delivering on this focus has provided valuable insights to best navigate the unpredictable nature of a pandemic while addressing the additional risks it presents. Since these participation limits were implemented, our promise has been to actively review these guidelines. Along the way, we have delivered on a request for transparency to enable you to make the best decisions for your customers. While not
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Categories: Industry News, Life Insurance, and Securian.

Return to pre-COVID guidelines: COI no longer required for every case

Return to pre-COVID guidelines: COI no longer required for every case Effective immediately, we will no longer require a Certificate of Insurability (COI) to be completed at policy delivery if premium is submitted with the application and the policy is issued standard or better. As long as the premium is submitted with the application, doesn’t have a substandard rating, and bound via a temporary insurance agreement (such as in Cash with App cases), no COI will be required. Additionally, we will no longer require a COI to be completed prior to initiating a request of funds or 1035 exchange. This
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Categories: Industry News, Linked Benefit/Hybrids, and OneAmerica.

Changes to COVID-19 participation guidelines

Changes to COVID-19 participation guidelines Securian Financial remains focused on delivering high levels of service, helping customers with their insurance needs, and maintaining the company’s financial strength. Your support in delivering on this focus has provided valuable insights to best navigate the unpredictable nature of a pandemic while addressing the additional risks it presents. Since these participation limits were implemented, our promise has been to actively review these guidelines. Along the way, we have delivered on a request for transparency to enable you to make the best decisions for your customers. While not yet at the final stage in our
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, and Securian.

Long-Term Care Virtual Assessment Update

Throughout the pandemic, Mutual of Omaha has been evaluating our underwriting and new business practices in efforts to support business continuity, deliver a high level of service and maintain our financial strength. In February, we announced a temporary transition to virtual assessments for applicants age 65 and over with favorable medical records. However, due to the increasing number of Americans being vaccinated, we will be moving back to face-to-face assessments. Effective June 1, 2021, virtual assessments will only be conducted when a nurse is not available or due to geographic location. *Reminder:  Underwriting will initiate scheduling assessments for LTC applicants
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Long-Term Care Virtual Assessment Update

From the Desk of Allen Gregoire Throughout the pandemic, Mutual of Omaha has been evaluating our underwriting and new business practices in efforts to support business continuity, deliver a high level of service and maintain our financial strength. In February, we announced a temporary transition to virtual assessments for applicants age 65 and over with favorable medical records. However, due to the increasing number of Americans being vaccinated, we will be moving back to face-to-face assessments. Effective June 1, 2021, virtual assessments will only be conducted when a nurse is not available or due to geographic location. *Reminder:  Underwriting will
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Attention Ohio producers: Best Interest changes are here!

Ohio has updated the requirements around Best Interest and suitability in annuity transactions. New training will be required to be able to submit applications for any annuity products, including Asset Care annuity funding whole life. These changes for Ohio went into effect February 14, 2021.   Updated training course required by each state Producers who have previously taken the four-hour state generic annuity suitability course can now have the option of taking either the one-hour catch-up training course on annuity best interest, or they can take the newly created four-hour course on annuity best interest suitability by August 14, 2021.
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Categories: Industry News, Linked Benefit/Hybrids, and OneAmerica.

Reminder: Now Conducting Virtual Assessments for LTCi

Throughout the pandemic, Mutual of Omaha has been evaluating our underwriting and new business practices in efforts to support business continuity, deliver a high level of service and maintain our financial strength. As a result, your LTC Underwriting team is temporarily completing virtual assessments for applicants age 65 and over with favorable medical records. Virtual assessment qualification parameters will be based on underwriter discretion. Minimum requirements for consideration: Applicants age 65 and over with favorable medical records. * Applicants with any blood pressure, build and mobility concerns will not qualify for a virtual assessment. What is required to successfully complete
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

COVID tax questions

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (“CAA”) provided coronavirus relief as well as other tax related extensions that will affect your clients. Here are some highlights that relate to individuals. Stimulus checks are back. The amount is $600 per taxpayer and $1,200 for married persons filing jointly along with $600 for each qualifying child. Income limits vary upon marital status. Teachers and instructors who teach grades K-12 are allowed a $250/$500 (Single/MFJ) above the line deduction to allow for the purchase of personal protection equipment and disinfectant. The above the line deduction for $300 of charitable gifts is extended into 2021. There
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Long-Term Care Virtual Assessments

From the Desk of Allen Gregoire Throughout the pandemic, Mutual of Omaha has been evaluating our underwriting and new business practices in efforts to support business continuity, deliver a high level of service and maintain our financial strength. As a result, your LTC Underwriting team is temporarily completing virtual assessments for applicants age 65 and over with favorable medical records. Virtual assessment qualification parameters will be based on underwriter discretion. Minimum requirements for consideration: Applicants age 65 and over with favorable medical records. * Applicants with any blood pressure, build and mobility concerns will not qualify for a virtual assessment.
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Attention Arizona and Iowa producers: Best Interest is coming!

Arizona and Iowa have updated the requirements around Best Interest and suitability in annuity transactions. New training will be required to be able to submit applications for any annuity products, including Asset Care annuity funding whole life. The changes will go into effect Dec. 31, 2020, in Arizona and Jan. 1, 2021, in Iowa.   Updated training course required by each state Producers who have previously taken the four-hour state generic annuity suitability course can now have the option of taking either the one-hour catch-up training course on annuity best interest, or they can take the newly created four-hour course
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Categories: Industry News, Linked Benefit/Hybrids, and OneAmerica.