Declined for Life insurance-Top 10 Reasons with Helpful Tips

Top Ten Reasons for Being Declined Life Insurance

Last updated January 4, 2016. In the following article we will address the main causes for being denied life insurance. However, the main point is that if you are concerned about being turned away or have previously been denied, give us a call today and let us help you find the coverage you need and want.

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Every life insurance application will have 1 of 3 outcomes 

Every Life Insurance application will have one of 3 outcomes: You will be approved, declined or postponed.  Now we all know what it means to be approved. And typically, when an insurance carrier postpones an application, they will provide detailed information on how to move forward with completing the process. But what does it mean to be declined?

  • Does this mean that you can never get life insurance?
  • Were you denied by every insurance carrier, or just one?
  • What should you do at this point?

The answer to all three of these questions is that, you need to get a second opinion!

A second opinion from an agency that:

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Now with all that being said, the top 10 reasons for being declined for life insurance really may not be what you think they are…

Top 10 Rdeclined life insuranceeasons For Being Declined Life Insurance

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#1.  Lipids, Cholesterol and Triglycerides.
#2.  Glucose or Blood Sugar Levels.
#3.  Elevated liver function.
  • Often times, clients will receive results indicating an elevated liver function exam, only to learn later on from their primary care physician that everything is normal.  For this reason, if you have been denied life insurance coverage, its important to know which life insurance carrier denied you.  For these clients we typically encourage them to reapply elsewhere with a new exam to get a better rate.
#4.  Hepatitis that is discovered on the life insurance exam is a decline.
  • Now Hepatitis B or C that has been treated may be OK after treatment. But if you have just discovered that you have Hepatitis B or C, the insurance companies are simply going to deny you life insurance coverage until after you have received treatment. You still can qualify for life insurance with chronic hepatitis B or C but you must be under some sort of regimen for treatment.
#5.  Positive Alcohol marker.
#6  Blood or protein in the urine.
  • This can be caused by extreme physical exercise or kidney disease.  It should always be followed up with an exam from your primary care physician and if it turns out to just be an anomaly, life insurance companies will often ignore the paramedical exam results as long as you have updated test results from you physician. For more on what underwriters look for you can read our article, What do life insurance companies look for in blood and urine samples?
#7.  Motor Vehicle Report.
#8.   Financial Justification.
  • This one is a difficult one, because insurance companies have set ratios based on income and total net worth of the client that they will insure up to.  These ratios are basically the same across the board with all of the insurance carriers.
  • Unfortunately some insurance agencies place additional internal restrictions that they have chosen to use as a cost saving mechanism which has nothing to do with the carrier themselves.
  • For example:  Some insurance agencies simply won’t write a term life insurance policy for someone who’s household income is less than $30,000.  These agencies have made the financial decision to avoid those lower income households in an effort to reduce their own costs.  Which is why you need to really know why you have been turned down. If it was due to low household income, find another agency such as TermLife2Go.
#9.  Obesity.
  • Obesity is a hard one, but not all carriers will look at weight the same.  This is one of the areas where life insurance carriers will vary the greatest.
  • Knowing your actual weight and applying with the most liberal carrier for build requirements (your build is you height to weight ratio) from the start will be the number one determinant in getting approved at the best rate class possible when overweight.
  • Don’t risk being declined or rated with an insurance carrier whose build requirements are too strict.
#10.  Previous Denials.
  • Insurance companies subscribe to what is called the Medical Information Bureau.  It is a report that is shared among the insurance companies sharing information about previous life insurance denials or approvals on other insurance applications.  Its purpose it to protect insurance companies from applicants who may be lying about their current health conditions.
  • Just because you have been previously denied life insurance does not mean you will be denied again.

The takeaway from all of this is that you should always get a second opinion!

So, what are you waiting for?  Give us a call today or visit our Life Insurance Quotes page and see what we can do for you!

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    • TermLife2Go


      We would need to know more about your situation, but in general, folks who have been diagnosed with Hep B will be eligible for coverage once they have been able to demonstrate that they are fully recovered (for at least 2 years) and that their liver is functioning normally.



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