No one needs any reminder that cancer is a serious illness, nor that it’s extremely common.
Around one in two of us will get cancer at some point in our lives and it’s one of the most common causes of death across the world.
Given this, you might assume that obtaining life insurance once you have experienced cancer would be impossible. Even if someone was judged to be free from cancer, would the insurers not be worried that the cancer might return?
It should be noted, however, that, in the UK, you are now more likely to survive cancer than die from it. This means that there are opportunities to obtain life cover should you have experienced cancer.
Moneysworth specialises in finding life insurance for people who might be considered higher risk or who may have been declined life cover when they made applications via brokers or when applying directly to an insurer. This includes arranging cover for people who have previously had cancer.
Sometimes, a life insurance policy is arranged with an exclusion for a particular illness, so the insurer might decide to offer you insurance where you are covered for death for illnesses other than cancer. We have often been successful, however, in arranging comprehensive life cover where the policy includes cover for death from the type of cancer that our client experienced previously.
Even if your policy excludes death from cancer, you would still have the peace of mind that death from other causes will be covered.
Even more worthy of note is that a number of our clients who have experienced cancer manage to obtain cover at standard rates, i.e. at the same monthly cost as any other applicant.
It is possible though that your premium might be subject to a rating, i.e. you would need to pay more each month than a client who had not experienced cancer.
It’s also not that unusual for us to be able to help clients with a history of cancer. We have successfully arranged life insurance in many such cases since our foundation in 2003.(more…)
According to charity Mind, one in four of us every year will be affected by some form of mental health condition.
Not only are mental health problems, unfortunately, very common in today’s society, there is also undoubtedly a stigma that surrounds this issue, and this inevitably has an impact when it comes to insurance applications made by people with a history of mental health issues.
The good news is that not every insurer thinks in the same way, and Moneysworth’s previous successes demonstrate that it is certainly possible to obtain affordable life insurance if you have experienced mental health difficulties. If you have been declined by one or more insurers because of your mental health history, then give Moneysworth a call today as we have frequently been successful in obtaining policies for clients who have been declined elsewhere.
Moneysworth’s highly skilled and experienced team are experts in assisting people with both mental and physical health conditions to obtain the cover that they need.
Recent examples of where we have been able to obtain cover for clients with mental health issues include:
31-year-old woman with a history of various mental health conditions
26-year-old woman with a history of depression and other complications
33-year-old woman who had experienced both OCD and depression
50-year-old man with a history of depression and anxiety
We can help you find the right insurance if you have experienced a number of mental health conditions, which include:
Moneysworth promise to be sensitive to the individual needs of clients with mental health issues, and we promise to treat all of our clients in a compassionate manner. We allow our clients a choice of communication options including a ‘no phone calls option’ and we find that many clients with mental health issues feel much more comfortable doing everything via email.
We’re excited to welcome Gary Harrison in the newly-created position of National Sales and Development Manager at Moneysworth. Gary is responsible for developing business from introducers, particularly broker firms within the key sectors of protection, mortgages and wealth & pensions.
Gary has worked in the protection industry since 1989, initially as an adviser for a number of insurers such as Dunbar and GA Life, and also as a business consultant for PruProtect. Ten years ago, he was taken on by SimplyBiz as a business development manager, working with providers and advisers to develop their protection propositions.
In that role, he frequently worked closely with Moneysworth and was impressed by our passion for protection, commitment to providing value to clients and our high standards of service – all of which are important values he shares. When the opportunity came to join Moneysworth, Gary didn’t hesitate:
“It was a no-brainer, as we’re of the same opinion that firms need greater support and solutions to fulfil their clients’ protection needs in an increasingly complex protection market.”
Tim Boddy, director at Moneysworth, says:
“With the FCA’s imminent roll-out of Consumer Duty regulations, we couldn’t think of a more perfect time or fit than Gary joining our team. With his background and enthusiasm for protection, he has the ideal qualities and experience to further develop and promote the introducer service offered by Moneysworth to all advisers.”
Our specialist broker service already partners with many advisers across the UK who don’t have enough time to arrange protection themselves or to handle more complicated cases. Gary’s experience and insight in this area will ensure that we can help many more advisers at this time of exciting changes in the protection sector.
Our process focuses on researching each client’s circumstances with insurers across the whole market. We’re able to demonstrate that our clients have been able to obtain the cover they need – and at a competitive price.
We believe this is the level of dedication required under the FCA’s forthcoming Consumer Duty regulations.
Having suffered a heart attack six years previously, this male client was able to provide Moneysworth with medical letters from his hospital specialist. This was very useful for us when undertaking our initial research with insurance companies.
A number of the insurers were willing to consider an application. The most expensive estimate of premium was £154pm with the three most favourable estimates ranging from £45pm to £67pm. Applications were made to these three companies and, after looking at the medical evidence and applications, all three companies made a formal offer of terms.
Two offers were similar at around £66pm. The best offer was £43.62pm which, over the full term of the policy, would save the client £2,643 compared to the second best offer. With this policy, the premiums and the life cover are guaranteed to remain the same throughout the policy term. Even if the client was diagnosed with a new health condition in the future, it would not affect his cover or the premium.
Naturally, the client was pleased to accept the lowest premium offered and now has peace of mind knowing that, if the worst were to happen, his wife would remain secure in their home and not have a mortgage to worry about.
After the policy started, we received the following review (via Feefo) of the service provided by Moneysworth:
Absolutely brilliant service from start to finish would highly recommend Moneysworth. The staff are very reliable and so good at what they do. Thank you!
Purple Tuesday is about creating awareness of the needs of disabled customers, their place in society and their value to the economy. It’s about making the customer experience accessible to everyone.
We’re here to help anybody who is looking for Life Insurance, especially those who have pre-existing health conditions.
Even during the ongoing pandemic, when Life Insurance has been harder to obtain for people with particular health conditions, Moneysworth has continued to find solutions for many clients.
Last year, we undertook a significant overhaul of our website to make it more accessible for people with visual, motor or cognitive impairments. We asked Purple to audit our website; our designer then implemented dozens of technical changes and design adjustments, based on Purple’s recommendations.
This year, we’ve made further accessibility improvements to our Quote Request form interface to help ensure it’s easier to read and understand on different devices.
Whenever we make any changes to our web pages and forms, we always ensure the design and underlying programming code accommodate the requirements of people using assistive technology to access online services.
We’ve also added a ‘No Phone Calls’ option for clients who don’t feel comfortable discussing their mental health condition over the phone. This option was developed in conjunction with a major UK insurer, who ensures that any Moneysworth client who chooses this option can complete their cover application purely online with email communication only.
Our team will continue to ensure we consider accessibility for all as our business and website grows and evolves.
Mental Health & Money Advice is the first UK-wide online advice service specifically designed to combine support for both mental health and financial problems. The organisation’s website provides guidance for people living with mental health conditions who are struggling with their finances, as well as anyone whose money problems are affecting their mental health.
The service and its website have been set up by the Mental Health UK, a UK-wide charity which represents four member charities: Rethink Mental Illness in England, Hafal in Wales, Support in Mind in Scotland and MindWise in Northern Ireland.
Fundraising for the website’s development has been provided by the charity’s partner, Lloyd’s Banking Group.
Moneysworth is one of four specialist Life Insurance brokers selected by Mental Health UK to be listed on the website’s Insurance and Mental Health guidance page: Specialist insurance providers for people with pre-existing mental health conditions.
A further four million are at risk of developing mental health difficulties due to financial problems. *
These statistics underline the need for the insurance industry and other financial services to operate in ways which consider the needs of customers with mental health conditions.
As mentioned in our previous article, we know from conversations with clients how it can be uncomfortable and upsetting for people to talk about their mental health. So it’s encouraging for us to see that, across the insurance industry, organisations and providers are making important changes to improve access to insurance for people who struggle to find cover.
The Mental Health & Money Advice service is endorsed by the ABI (Association of British Insurers) in conjunction with its Mental Health & Insurance Standards guidance for members.
The ABI and its members have been engaging with mental health charities in order to better understand the needs of people with a history of mental ill health. This has resulted in a comprehensive system of standards which aim to improve:
The ABI standards complement those set out in the Signposting Agreement for Insurers and Brokers.
The signposting agreement helps to improve access to insurance in situations where an insurer is unable to offer cover to a client, or if the client cannot afford the cover that is offered.
Signposting ensures consumers are offered guidance to find specialist assistance from an adviser or organisation who can help them continue their search for cover.
This is a voluntary agreement, which Moneysworth helped to develop as a member of the Access to Insurance Working Group, in conjunction with BIBA (British Insurance Brokers’ Association), the DWP, other brokers and industry organisations.
Since Moneysworth started in 2003, our award-winning team has helped many people with mental health conditions to find suitable Life Insurance.
Andrew Wilkinson and Tim Boddy, Moneysworth’s founding partners, have personal experience of some of the key issues involved. It’s one of the reasons that we’re so dedicated to helping each and every client find the most suitable result.
* Source: statistics from Mental Health & Money Advice