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).

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).

COVID-19 and underwriting guidelines

COVID-19 and underwriting guidelines We reevaluated and adjusted our underwriting guidelines for applicants who have had a negative COVID-19 test. The current guidelines are: If a test is taken: There will be no waiting period for negative testing scenarios such as work, travel, visiting family or testing in advance of an elective surgery (colonoscopy, etc.). There will be a one month waiting period for a negative test result on an applicant with symptoms or direct exposure to another person who was positive. A positive test is a 6 month waiting period after a full recovery to assess any residuals. These
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and National Guardian Life.

Thrivent LTC: COVID-19 Underwriting Update

Long Term Care: COVID-19 Underwriting Update Effective 12/8/20: Applicants ages 18-60 who are positive for COVID with no hospitalization, fully recovered and are symptom free for 30 days can be considered for coverage. Applicants ages 61-69 who are positive for COVID with no hospitalization, fully recovered and are symptom free for 60 days can be considered for coverage. If the applicant has not met the 60 day requirement but has a physician’s statement noting they have been seen and are fully recovered can be considered for coverage. Applicants age 70 & up who are positive for COVID with no hospitalization,
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Thrivent.