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Riders add additional benefits and features — some at a cost.
Riders are additions to your life insurance policy that allow you to customize your coverage.
Some life insurance riders are included with your life insurance policy, some riders you can add for no additional charge, some riders you can add with an additional charge, and some riders require additional underwriting in additional to an additional charge.
The types and prices of riders vary depending on your insurance company, your state, and your particular policy.
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Spousal rider — costs additional premium; provides a death benefit if your spouse dies. Read more about life insurance for spouses.
Child rider — costs additional premium; provides death benefit if your child dies. Read more about child riders.
Waiver of premium for disability rider — costs additional premium; waives premiums if you’re diagnosed with a disability and cannot work. For more robust disability coverage, we recommend long-term disability insurance.
Long-term care rider — requires additional underwriting and costs additional premium; provides payments directly to a long-term care facility, possibly in excess of the face value of your policy .
Return-of-premium rider — costs additional premium; refunds premiums, minus fees, if you outlive your term policy
Accidental death benefit rider — costs additional premium; pays additional death benefit if you die in an accident (as opposed to a health-related cause). Read more about accidental death insurance.
Disability income rider — requires additional underwriting and costs additional premium; provides regular income if you are diagnosed with a disability and unable to work (a standalone disability insurance policy) generally offers better coverage for a better price).
Guaranteed insurability rider — only available on permenant policies requires additional premium; allows you to purchase additional coverage at a later date without going through underwriting again.
Because the variety of available riders varies by carrier and even by policy, the best way to inquire about the availability and pricing of riders is when you’re working with an agent or a broker on your application. Once you have a quote you like from a carrier, the agent can let you know what riders are available to you and pull figures on rider costs based on your projected health classification with the carrier.
Our agents can help you through every step of the application process. You can get started by comparing life insurance quotes.
Policygenius’ editorial content is not written by an insurance agent. It’s intended for informational purposes and should not be considered legal or financial advice. Consult a professional to learn what financial products are right for you.
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