My Life Insurance Premiums Increased – Now What?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

If your life insurance premiums have increased, you’re not alone. In the past year, premiums have increased. This can be a major shock if you’re not prepared for it. However, if you can’t afford to pay your premiums, there are a few things that you can do.

Why Did My Life Insurance Premiums Go Up So Much?

There are a few reasons why your life insurance premiums may have increased. One reason is that you’re getting older. As you age, your risk of death increases, which means that life insurance companies will charge higher premiums.

Another reason for increasing premiums is changes in your health. If you’ve been diagnosed with a new medical condition or your health has worsened, your premiums will increase.

Finally, changes in the economy can also affect your premiums. For example, if there has been an increase in inflation or interest rates, this can lead to higher premiums.

Which Life Insurance Policy Premiums Increase?

Not all life insurance policies will have increased premiums. For example, term life insurance policies have level premiums, which means that your premium will stay the same for the duration of the policy. However, after the term expires, you will need to reapply for coverage, and your premiums will likely be higher.

If you have a whole life insurance policy, your premiums will also stay the same. However, this type of policy has much higher premiums than term life insurance.

What Can I Do If My Life Insurance Premiums Are Too Expensive?

If your premiums increase and you can’t afford them, a few options are available.

Find A Cheaper Policy

One option is to switch to a cheaper life insurance policy. For example, if you have a whole life insurance policy, you may be able to switch to a term life insurance policy. This will likely reduce your premiums.

You can talk to a life insurance agent about your options. They may be able to find a policy with the same coverage for a lower price. You can also shop around and compare rates from different companies.

Convert Your Policy

If you have a term life insurance policy, you may be able to convert it to a whole life policy. This will usually cost more, but it will give you coverage for the rest of your life.

Drop Your Policy

You can also drop your life insurance altogether. This is usually not recommended, but it may be your only option if you can’t afford the premiums. If you have dependents, ensure they would be taken care of financially if something happened to you.

Sell Your Policy

Finally, you can sell your life insurance policy for cash. This is called a life settlement or viatical settlement. You will get less money than the death benefit, but it can be a good option if you need the money now.

Next Steps

So if you’re finding it challenging to keep up with your life insurance premiums, don’t panic. Instead, talk to your agent and see what options are available to you. You may be able to find a policy that is more affordable and still provides the coverage you need. And remember, we are always here to help you find the best policy for your needs. Contact us today for a free quote, and let us help you get the peace of mind you deserve.

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Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

I’m a licensed financial professional focusing on annuities and insurance for more than a decade. My former role was training financial advisors, including for a Fortune Global 500 insurance company. I’ve been featured in Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, and Women’s Health Magazine.

The Annuity Expert is an online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. My goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning or find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates for you. 

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