Disability Income Insurance with Level Rated Premiums for Resident Physicians

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Yes, for three reasons:

First, the monthly benefit amount paid through employer-sponsored disability insurance is likely to be taxable, reducing the true amount of protection the coverage provides. In contrast, the benefits of this policy could be free of income tax when you pay the premiums with your own after-tax dollars. Consult your tax advisor.

Second, the level of protection you now carry may not be enough to help cover the living expenses that would continue should you become disabled. Using this policy to increase your total coverage can help you avoid having to deplete savings and investments intended for other purposes.

Third, unlike many employer-provided policies, this coverage is yours to keep without interruption, even if you change jobs or become self-employed. This policy adds an extra layer of protection that you control and it can move with you throughout your career.

Some disability policies limit their definition of ‘total disability’ to the inability to work in any occupation. This means you might not be eligible for benefits if you are sick or injured but still able to work in another profession.

Other policies may include an ‘own-occupation’ definition of disability, meaning that you might not be eligible for benefits if you were able to perform any physician job in the field of medicine, even though you were no longer able to carry out the duties and responsibilities of your medical specialty.

This policy contains a preferred definition of disability, called ‘own-specialty’, that is so important for physicians. It means you are eligible to receive benefits if you’re unable to perform the duties of your own medical specialty-not just any job or some other job in the medical profession.

In addition, you can enhance the protection of this coverage by choosing the ‘true own-specialty’ definition of disability to allow you to collect full benefits if you choose to return to work in another occupation, regardless of the income you earn.  Additional cost applies.

You will be considered Totally Disabled, if you are unable to perform the material and substantial duties of your medical specialty due to sickness or injury.  If you choose the “True Own-Specialty” definition of disability option, you will be considered totally disabled, after the waiting period, if you are unable to perform the material and substantial duties of your medical specialty as a result of a covered illness, injury or organ donation. During the waiting period, you will be considered totally disabled if you are not working in any occupation. House or hospital confinement is not required to be eligible for benefits, but you must be under the care of a physician.

Total disability is presumed, and the waiting period waived, if you experience total and irrecoverable loss of speech, hearing in both ears, sight of both eyes, loss of use of both hands or feet or one hand and foot.

No. Membership in the AMA is not required to apply, AMA members will have their annual policy fee waived.

Since 1988, AMA Insurance has offered high-quality, attractive coverage designed to meet the unique needs of physicians nationwide. We can take advantage of the buying power available to large groups to secure attractive rates and physician-focused coverage you won’t find anywhere else. This policy has provided physician-exclusive rates to help keep the cost flexible, even for significant amounts of coverage. AMA-sponsored disability insurance has been protecting physicians for five decades with solid, dependable coverage at attractive pricing.

Resident physicians under age 40 can apply for up to $5,000 in monthly benefits regardless of their current salary, debt, or other insurance.

The waiting period is defined as the period of time from the start of total disability during which no benefits are payable. The Resident Coverage comes with a relatively short waiting period of only 90 days, helping to conserve your personal savings and other financial assets. Benefits are not payable if you work in any occupation during the waiting period.

No. This insurance is designed to help replace your income while you’re unable to work; the money is sent directly to you, and you may use it any way you wish.

That depends on your age at the time the disability begins. If you are disabled before age 62, benefits under this policy are payable up to age 67. If you are disabled at age 62, benefits are payable for up to 60 months. From age 63 to 69, the benefit period is reduced in six-month increments, depending upon your age at the time the disability begins. From age 70 to 75, benefits are payable up to 12 months.

If you are disabled due to mental, nervous, or emotional disorders before age 69, benefits under this policy are limited to 24 months.  At age 69 and 70, benefits are limited to 18 and 12 months, respectively.  This limitation does not apply to any period in which you are institutionalized in any treatment facility.

No. You can never be singled out for a rate increase or have your coverage cancelled due to your health. You are also assured that your rates will never increase as a result of the number of claims you’ve made. Premium rates for this policy are designed to remain level over time and your rate will not increase due to age.  Additionally, the insurance company can only change premium rates on a class-wide basis.

Once your application is approved and coverage is issued, you’ll receive a Certificate of Insurance. Then you’ll have 30 days to decide if you’re completely satisfied with your coverage. If you decide this coverage isn’t right for you, return your Certificate within that 30-day period. Your coverage will be invalidated and you will be sent a full refund. You will be under no further obligation.

No. You don’t need to send any money until you’ve reviewed your Certificate of Insurance and confirmed that it meets your needs. Your first premium notice will be enclosed with your Certificate of Insurance.

Medical underwriting is a process used by insurance companies to determine your health status when you’re applying for insurance, in order to decide whether to offer you coverage, at what price, and with what exclusions or limits.

Note: when applying for insurance, your information may be shared with other insurers through MIB, LLC (formerly known as Medical Information Bureau). MIB is a not-for-profit membership organization of insurance companies which operates an information exchange on behalf of its members to assess an individual’s risk and eligibility during underwriting.

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