Most of us have insured our house, possessions, cars and our lives. However, have you insured something that might be even more important: your ability to consistently earn income? This may be the most important asset you have. Consider the following: if you currently earn $50,000 a year and you're 35 years old, from now until you're 65 you’ll earn $1.5 million. That assumes your income never increases, which it almost certainly will.
Doesn't that seem like it might be worth protecting? Is your house or car worth $1.5 million? Most of us don't own any single object worth $1.5 million.
Disability insurance insures your ability to earn income. Many people hear the word "disability" and immediately think of an accident. But most long-term disabilities are the result of illness, such as heart disease or cancer. Every year, over 12% of adults in the United States have a long-term disability.
Not only that, but one out of seven employed residents of the United States will have a disability that lasts 5 years or longer before age 65. The odds of suffering a disability that lasts at least 3 months is over 50 percent. And the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has estimated that 45 percent of foreclosures are due to disability.
Social security does provide benefits, but qualifying is not always easy. The benefits provided are rather limited, even for the most frugal of people.
Large employers typically offer short-term and long-term disability insurance. This coverage is frequently affordable and will cover 50-60% of your salary. The total payout may also be capped and possibly not enough to cover your financial needs.
If you prefer or need to go with an individual policy instead of through your employer, be aware that they can be more expensive, but have far more flexibility to provide what you need. The cost of an individual policy can vary dramatically, but expect to annually pay 1%-3% of your salary to replace 60% of your salary.
Disability insurance is the insurance that everyone seems to forget about, especially those who are . But this may be the most important insurance you can purchase! Look into disability insurance today; your future and the future of your family may depend on it.