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- December 1st, 2011 8:08 AM
Will insurers cover HIV in the future?
Guaranteed Trust Life Insurance Co. based in Glenview, Ill., was the first insurance company to offer “impaired risk” whole life insurance to HIV-positive individuals. The company ceased selling the policies in 2004.
“One of the biggest problems with pricing an HIV policy is figuring out how to price it without getting beat up,” recalls Pinney. “At the start of offering such a product policyholders were looking at a flat extra of $50 per $1,000 in insurance.”
Pinney said that recently he attended a life insurance conference and posed the possibility of an HIV life policy to major life insurers. Unlike HIV, other medical conditions, such as cancer or heart disease have a longer track record of people having these conditions and better statistical data that an insurer can draw from. Even though HIV/AIDS has been around since the early eighties, Pinney notes that the underwriting science hasn’t caught up with medical science yet.
“I don’t see this type of product entering the market again anytime soon,” notes Pinney. “Part of the problem is there is no mortality data available to create an accurate pricing model. I would be surprised if any insurance company would even remotely consider it for quite awhile.”
“When we solve the societal issues concering HIV and find better ways to treat the illness or even a vaccine, I think that will be when the situation changes,” says Hoven. “I really don’t see this happening in the next five years, but we’re definitely getting closer to it. ”
Hoven recommends that if you have been diagnosed with HIV and your employer offers life insurance, it’s best to take advantage of it.
“You wouldn’t go through medical underwriting and you would receive the group-based premium that includes people who have a variety of different medical concerns,” says Hoven. “Also, if you retire, most group plans allow the policy to be converted to a whole life policy.”
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