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Disability Income Insurance: Individual: 101


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In Sum: An individual long term disability income insurance policy can be difficult to obtain post diagnosis. As a general matter, individual disability insurance policies are not available to people who have had any medical treatment during the past 7 - 10 years for a potentially disabling medical condition. To learn what may be available in your state, contact an experienced insurance broker. You do not have to disclose your name. The broker can find what is available for an anonymous client with your medical history. Or contact insurers directly. A list of providers is available at: offsite link, a website of America's Health Insurance Plans, a national asociation of the insurance industry.

Ideally, look for a policy that is at least Guaranteed Renewable/Noncancellable, has a benefit that equals the difference between your projected income and expenses on disability, and provides coverage for your "own occupation."

Once you have a policy, do what is necessary to maintain it. The income can be critical in the event you are no longer able to work.

Whether benefits are taxable depends on whether the policy is paid for with pre-tax or after tax dollars.

When considering an Individual Disability Insurance policy, consider:

When trying to determine what to look for in a policy for yourself, see: Disability Insurance: Things To Think About When Purchasing. If you are able to get quotes about more than one policy, see: Disability Insurance: Evaluating Individual Policies.


When you apply for an individual policy, you are likely to be requested to take a medical exam in addition to supplying a completed application and medical records. (For additional informabout about what to expect when you apply for a policy, click here.)

To keep your policy in force (in existence), see: Disability Insurance: Maintaining Your Individual Policy.

If you need to file a claim under a Disability Insurance Policy, see: Disability Insurance: Claims, and Disability Insurance: Appeals.


  • For information about Group Disability Income Policies, click here.
  • For an overview of DisabilityIncome Insurance Policies, click here.

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