Increased Simplified Underwriting Amounts for Disability Income

Mutual of Omaha is committed to helping you continue to meet the income protection needs of your clients. We have good news to share, to make it easier to sell disability income insurance. Effective immediately, we are making the following enhancement to new applications for simplified underwriting guidelines: Increasing the amount from $3,000 to $6,000 of monthly benefit Advantages of Simplified Underwriting: Ages 18-45, no labs up to and including $6,000 Age 46+ blood urine, physical data No financial requirements up to and including $6,000 monthly benefit, all benefit periods* *If requesting the self-employed discount, two-year financial documentation will be
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Categories: COVID-19, Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Turn DI Objections into Sales

Whether you’re a new or seasoned producer selling disability income insurance you should be aware of reasons people think they don’t need this essential coverage. The key is to be prepared for anything a prospective client might say. Objection: “Nothing will happen to me. I don’t need DI.” It’s probably human nature to think like this. However, clients who raise this objection simply are not facing reality of losing their income. If your client missed three months’ worth of income, how would they pay their expenses? As an insurance professional looking out for your client’s best interests, it’s your job
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

The Risk is Real

While most people don’t think twice about purchasing auto, homeowners’ or even life insurance, they often fail to realize that their most valuable asset is their ability to earn an income. Suffering a disability for any length of time because of a sickness or injury could have devastating financial consequences for clients. Here are some insights into how real the risks are: At least 51 million working adults in the United States are without disability insurance other than the basic coverage available through Social Security. Only 48 percent of American adults indicate they have enough savings to cover three months
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Supplementing Disability Income Insurance Coverage

Some consumers may have a disability income policy insurance through their employer, it’s important to ask them about how the policy would pay. Consider whether the policy’s monthly benefits would begin to pay benefits soon enough. Clients need to understand their existing coverage to help solve the protection gap. One solution is to supplement current employer coverage with an individual short-term disability income insurance. Short-term coverage can help pay monthly benefits sooner than an employer’s long-term disability insurance policy. And it can pay up until the time employer-sponsored benefits begin. As a producer, you can provide more complete income protection
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Paper Application Submission via Email

In November, we streamlined the submission process for all Life products and Health products (excluding Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug Plans and Long Term Care) by introducing the ability to submit paper applications and additional requirements via email. As a reminder, when utilizing the email options to submit either new business or additional requirements: Attachments must be in TIF or PDP file format (pictures are not accepted) Emails or attachments cannot be password protected Email subject lines must include either “New App” or the Policy Number “XXXXXXXXX” Multiple attachments must be for the same case file in the email
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Categories: Critical Illness, Dental, Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, Life Insurance, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Save Time with the DI Tele-Application!

The DI tele-app facilitates a faster application process, you don’t have to ask medical questions, and reduces the need for call-backs to your customers by allowing our trained nurses to gather your clients’ medical information. Advantages of the DI Tele-app Simplifies the sales process for both the agent and the client Don’t have to ask awkward medical questions Quicker issue time Fewer attending physician statements Client answers medical questions only once by a trained nurse regarding activities, health habits, occupation(s), and medical history Materials Available Next Steps brochure If you have any questions, please contact Mutual of Omaha’s Sales Support
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Tax Advantages of Disability Income Insurance

The taxation of disability income insurance is straightforward – especially in individual cases. However, surprises can occur if policies are set up incorrectly as unexpected taxation of a benefit reduces available funds at precisely the wrong time. Individual DI In terms of taxes, individual DI is rather clear cut. Premiums paid by individual policyholders are non-deductible as they are not considered an eligible medical expense on Schedule A. Also, benefits are not included as income and therefore not taxable. Employer-Paid DI In disability income cases where a business entity is involved, the tax implications are varied. Here are some common
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

How to Use DI in the Business Setting

Several American workers are employed by small business owners who understand the hard work is what it takes to keep their doors open. But many small business owners fail to understand how difficult it would be to stay operational if the owner was disabled and couldn’t work. That’s where you come in. It’s your role to help them understand the consequences a disability could have on the business they’ve worked hard to make succeed. You may hear objections like “I don’t need to be there – my business runs itself” or “My employees would be able to keep things going
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Who Buys Disability Income Insurance from Mutual of Omaha?

Our disability income insurance is designed for the middle market, it’s the perfect product to boost your cross-selling efforts, help you gain referrals and build a more robust client base. DI completes your clients’ financial protection plan. Customers who buy disability income insurance from us are identified as: Having an income between $40,000-$150,000 30-50 year olds Risk adverse Having something to protect Recently married New parents Family oriented Homeowners Self-employed Business owners Single-parent families The best part about finding people to talk to about DI is that you don’t need to look far. Almost everyone you interact with daily fits
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Email Submission for Paper Applications

Sending a fax can be time-consuming and frustrating, that’s why we are pleased to announce paper applications can now be submitted via email. This update is effective immediately and available for all Life products and Health products, excluding Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug Plans and Long Term Care. While this new capability will streamline the submission process there are some very important steps to follow in order to make sure applications are being submitted correctly and securely. Please ensure you follow this guide when submitting new business and additional requirements via email. Thank you for your business and if
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Categories: Critical Illness, Dental, Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, Life Insurance, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).