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Navigating the life insurance underwriting process

Dorota Wysocka-Bradshaw is a life insurance consultant at CG Insurance

When applying for life insurance, the underwriting process is a critical step to determine the policyholder's risk and premium. At CG Insurance, we pride ourselves on a customer-centric approach that ensures a smooth and transparent journey from start to finish. This comprehensive guide aims to provide valuable insights into the often-overlooked aspect of life insurance underwriting and what to expect during the process.

What is underwriting?

Underwriting is the process by which insurance companies, including CG Insurance, assess the risk associated with insuring an individual and determine the appropriate premium to charge. It involves evaluating various factors such as age, health status, lifestyle habits and medical history.

The application process

The underwriting process at CG Insurance typically begins when an individual submits an application for a life insurance policy. The application form requires detailed information about the applicant’s personal and medical history, including past illnesses, medications and lifestyle habits.

Medical examination

In many cases, CG Insurance will require the applicant to undergo a medical examination as part of the underwriting process. This may include measurements such as height, weight, blood pressure and blood tests to assess overall health. The results of the medical examination play a significant role in determining the applicant’s insurability and premium rates.

Medical records review

In addition to the medical examination, underwriters at CG Insurance will also review the applicant’s medical records to gain a comprehensive understanding of their health history. This may include past illnesses, surgeries, hospital admissions and any ongoing medical conditions. The underwriter will assess the severity of any medical issues and the applicant’s projected life expectancy.

Risk assessment

Based on the information gathered during the underwriting process, CG Insurance assigns a risk classification to the applicant. This classification determines the premium rate for the policy. Individuals deemed to be at lower risk of filing a claim are typically offered lower premiums, while those considered higher risk may face higher premiums or could be considered unqualified for coverage.

Final approval

Once the underwriting process is complete, CG Insurance will make a final decision on the application. If approved, the applicant will receive an offer of coverage detailing the policy terms, premium rates and coverage amount. If the applicant accepts the offer, the policy will go into effect and the individual will become insured.

By understanding what to expect during the underwriting process, individuals can better prepare for the application, and this increases their chances of obtaining affordable coverage. This guide aims to assist applicants to ensure they understand how the policy is assessed to meet their needs.

At CG Insurance, we are committed to providing personalised service, which is why each application is carefully considered by our Life Insurance team to offer the most accurate and fair assessment. Ready to experience the CG difference? Reach out to our Life Insurance expert today.

Educational sessions

Join the CG Insurance Life Insurance team for two “Life Insurance Explained” sessions, offered on Wednesday, June 19 at 12.30pm and at 5.30pm. These sessions will provide a step-by-step guide on the benefits of owning life insurance and how it can protect your family’s financial future. RSVPs are required. For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Mia Hassell on 278-2884 or via e-mail at mia.hassell@cgcoralisle.com.

Dorota Wysocka-Bradshaw is a life insurance consultant at CG Insurance. She can be reached at dorota.wysocka-bradshaw@cgcoralisle.com or 278-2917

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Published June 07, 2024 at 12:01 am (Updated June 07, 2024 at 12:05 am)

Navigating the life insurance underwriting process

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