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I have some good news for you.
Despite what you may have heard (even if you’ve been denied previously), it is very possible to obtain affordable life insurance with depression.
I also have some bad news for you.
You can’t just apply with any life insurance company that offers cheap rates. You need to play this carefully and make sure you are with the right carrier.
Not all insurers view depression the same.
Your level of depression, treatment, medications, etc is also not the same as the next guy or gal.
We have experience working with clients that suffer from varying degrees of depression. We know WHERE to send you, and WHY we are sending you there, EVERY time.
In this article we’ll answer the following questions:
- What do the insurance companies need to know about my depression?
- What kind of health rating will I get?
- How much will my premiums cost?
- What companies should I apply at?
Depression is a common mental health disorder that affects 6.7% of Americans. You are certainly not alone in dealing with it. You are also NOT alone in the life insurance process.
What Do They Need to Know About My Depression?
The severity of your condition is the #1 factor used in determining your premiums. Individuals with mild forms of depression are still able to qualify for the Preferred rates with most companies. Possibly as high as Preferred Best (the top class) in some cases.
Here is what life insurance companies will consider when reviewing your application:
- Is your depression considered mild, moderate, or severe?
- When were you diagnosed with depression?
- What medications are you taking to manage your condition?
- Have you switched medications during your time with depression?
- How often do you see certain health professionals for your condition?
- Are you under the care of a psychiatrist?
- History of hospitalizations due to your condition?
- Have you received electroshock therapy in the past?
- History of suicide attempts or presence of active suicidal thoughts?
Let your independent life insurance professional know all about your depression up front. The more they know, the better they can shop you to the right company.
The independent agent works for you, not the insurance company so don’t hide anything from them.
What Kind of Health Rating Can I Expect with Depression?
Mild depression – Preferred rate class
Usually, your condition is considered mild if:
- Well controlled, taking no more than 1 medication.
- No history of hospitalizations due to your condition.
- Can show you are following the prescribed treatment of your primary physician.
- Not receiving treatment from a psychiatrist.
If you can check off all the above, you are looking at Preferred rates and possibly as high as Preferred Best in some cases. This assumes no other issues outside of depression that could knock you lower.
Moderate depression – Standard rate class
Typically you will be considered as having moderate depression if any of the below apply:
- Taking more than 1 medication.
- Have been hospitalized due to depression.
- Receiving treatment from a psychiatrist.
Severe depression – Table ratings
Expect to be classified as having severe depression by insurance companies if:
- Previous suicide attempts or noted thoughts of suicide in your record.
- On disability due to depression.
- Taking multiple heavy medications.
In the case of serious depression, you are looking at table ratings or possibly as low as guaranteed issue products in the most severe of cases. Some coverage is always better than no coverage.
Table ratings are 10 separate classes below the Standard health class. The severity and exactly what is in your doctors’ notes will depend on which table rating you end up with.
With severe depression, you must consult an independent insurance professional to discuss your situation. We are happy to help with this.
How Much Do Premiums Cost for Life Insurance with Depression?
When you apply for life insurance, you can’t do much about your medical records or current depression condition. The key will be to shop you to the company that is most lenient for your particular situation. We will also need to look at other factors in your health and family history. Depression is NOT the only thing considered.
Sample rates for a 38-year-old male. Otherwise in good health aside from depression. 20 year level term policy.
|$16.97 per month||$27.16 per month||$37.97 per month|
|Moderate Depression |
|$23.10 per month||$39.90 per month||$57.23 per month|
|Severe Depression |
|$30.51 per month||$54.25 per month||$78.75 per month|
|Severe Depression |
|$44.79 per month||$82.25 per month||$120.75 per month|
Above rates are subject to change. Listed rates are mainly from Banner and AIG. Use these sample rates to get an idea of what you might pay. Please consult an independent agent for most current and best rates.
Best Companies to Apply at with Depression
Tough question to answer. I’ll just be honest.
There is some subjectivity to how the underwriter will view the doctors’ notes in your file. As insurance agents, we also don’t know exactly what is in your file ahead of time.
So what is the plan then?
- Learn as much as possible about your depression based on the questions listed above in this article.
- Explore any other health or lifestyle factors that could impact your premiums such as a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
- Contact underwriters on your behalf ahead of time to get pre-approvals.
- Apply at the best insurance company possible based on our findings.
- If the doctors’ notes cause the underwriter to bump you down, reassess the situation and consider a different insurer.
Sound complicated? It won’t be if you choose to work with us. We’ll take care of everything.
If you have questions on the process to obtain life insurance with depression, we’d be happy to help.
Life insurance is all we do so it’s our specialty. Nothing puts us in a better mood than happy clients saving $$ while protecting their loved ones.