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Income Protection Insurance covers if illness or an accident is stopping you from working, or if you were made redundant. Income Protection Insurance or IPI can help you plan for the unexpected and can provide vital financial cover to help protect you, and your dependents, by providing a regular income.
Why Use Income Protection Insurance?
IPI policies were formerly called Permanent Health Insurance (PHI), can help you though a potentially difficult time by offering regular tax free financial aid in either weekly or monthly payments.
After the deferred period has passed which will be agreed upon with your insurer, your benefit will become payable when you are no longer able to work. It is also important to note, that your insurance company cannot cancel or refuse to renew your policy, so long as you continue to pay the premiums. There are also optional extras such as wavering premiums, which effectively pays the insurance premium for the days/weeks you are ill even when your policy is ongoing.
Restrictions Affecting IPI
There are a number of restrictions that can affect a policyholder’s eligibility for income protection insurance such as:
- If you become unemployed for a reason other than illness or an accident.
- Benefits are not payable for accidents or illness as a result of drug or alcohol abuse, criminal acts, intentional self-harm, wars or pregnancy.
- Benefit sums will have limits as to not exceed your employed monthly wage as not to reduce the incentive to return to work once your health recovers.
- If you change occupation (or unemployment) the policy may become invalid, or the life policy may require the premiums to be changed to reflect the new risk.