What Questions Do They Ask for Life Insurance?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

What questions do they ask for life insurance? This is a question that many people have when shopping for life insurance. First, it’s essential to know your policy’s purpose and how much coverage you’ll need. This guide will discuss some of the most common questions asked by those looking to buy life insurance.

Questions Life Insurance Companies Ask On An Application

Have you ever consulted a member of the medical profession regarding or have you been diagnosed or treated for:

  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, abnormal electrocardiogram, chest pain, irregular heart rhythm, palpitations, heart murmur, heart attack, angina, phlebitis, peripheral vascular disease, or any other disease or disorder of the heart or blood vessels?
  • Hepatitis, ulcer, internal bleeding, colitis, acid reflux, GERD, or any other disease or disorder of the stomach, gall bladder, esophagusliver, pancreas, spleen, intestines, colon, or rectum?
  • Does your blood or immune system disorder include anemia, blood clots, bleeding, immune deficiency, leukemia, or lymphoma (excluding HIV)?
  • Cancer, tumor, melanoma, or any other malignant disorder?
  • Diabetes, high blood sugar, or any other disease or disorder of the pituitary, thyroid, or endocrine glands?
  • Albumin, protein, blood, or sugar in the urine or any other disease or disorder of the kidney or bladder?
  • Cyst, polyp, lump, other growth, or any disease or disorder of the skin or lymph nodes?
  • Any disease or disorder of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, or breasts?
  • Any disease or disorder of the prostate or reproductive system?
  • Any sexually transmitted disorders or diseases?
  • Pregnancy, complications of pregnancy, or infertility? If you are now pregnant, what is the expected date of delivery?
  • Asthma, shortness of breath, chronic cough or hoarseness, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), sarcoidosis, pneumonia, TB (tuberculosis), sleep apnea, or any other disorder of the respiratory system?
  • A disorder of the brain, spinal cord, or nervous system, including chronic headaches, convulsions or loss of consciousness, seizures, tremors, paralysis, fainting, strokeMS (multiple sclerosis), or TIA (transient ischemic attack)?
  • Depression, anxiety, psychosis, suicidal thoughts or attempts of suicide, anorexia or bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, or other mental, nervous, or emotional disorders?
  • Arthritis or disorder of the bones, skin, or muscles?
  • Any disease or disorder of the eyes, ears, nose, or throat?
  • Have you been treated by a member of the medical profession or at a medical facility? Had an electrocardiogram, x-ray, blood test, or other diagnostic tests, excluding an HIV test?
  • Had surgery or biopsy, or been an inpatient or outpatient in a hospital, clinic, or other medical or mental health facilities?
  • Has a medical professional advised you to have surgery, medical treatment, biopsy, or diagnostic testing, excluding HIV testing, that has not yet been completed?
  • Have you been referred to any other medical professional or facility member?
  • Been unable to work, attend school, perform everyday activities like age and gender, or be confined at home?
  • Have you ever used amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, heroin, crack, marijuana, LSD, PCP, or other illegal, restricted, or controlled substances, except as prescribed by a licensed physician?
  • Have you ever been addicted to prescription medication or been advised by a physician to discontinue using habit-forming drugs?
  • Have you ever consumed alcoholic beverages? If Yes, give the type and number of drinks per day or week. Have you been advised by a physician or other licensed medical practitioner to limit or cease the use of alcoholic beverages?
  • Do you smoke or consume tobacco?
  • Been counseled, sought help or treatment, or been advised by a physician or other licensed medical practitioner to undergo counseling or treatment for alcohol problems?
  • Attended or joined any organization due to alcohol or related problems?
  • Are you taking or have you been advised to take any prescribed medication?
  • Have you tested positive for exposure to the HIV infection or been diagnosed with ARC (AIDS-Related Complex) or AIDS (Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome) caused by HIV infection or other sickness or condition derived from such infection?
  • In the past five years, have you been diagnosed, treated, tested positive for, or been given medical advice by a member of the medical profession for any disease or disorder not previously stated on this application?

How To Simplify This Process

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Avoid getting declined for coverage from a life insurance company. You won’t be able to apply with anyone else for at least two years. Instead, try applying for a reliable life insurance company that offers a soft decline that shouldn’t hurt you from applying to other companies.

If you have a preexisting medical condition and want to buy life insurance, you will need help from an expert. This person can help ensure you get coverage so you don’t get declined.

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Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Shawn Plummer is a licensed insurance agent and annuity broker with over a decade of first-hand experience. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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

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