Burial Insurance with Alzheimer’s Disease

Woman wondering about burial insurance with Alzheimer's disease

Burial insurance with Alzheimer’s disease is possible, but having this medical condition certainly narrows your burial insurance options.

If you have Alzheimer’s disease, no life insurance company will offer you first-day coverage. In addition, you will only qualify for a guaranteed issue burial insurance no matter what your stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and would like more information about burial insurance, keep reading to know how to qualify for the most affordable burial insurance policy possible.

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WHAT IS MY BEST INSURANCE OPTION IF I HAVE A HISTORY OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?

To purchase a life insurance policy with Alzheimer’s disease, you will only qualify for a guaranteed issue burial insurance policy with a 2-year waiting period.

Best Option: Guaranteed issue burial insurance


OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR ELIGIBILITY IF YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

The insurance companies will want to know if you can perform activities of daily living on your own?

Insurance companies define Activities of Daily Living (ADL) as needing help with:

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Continence
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Transferring

Every life insurance company will ask you if you need help with ADL’s.

If you are in the last stage of Alzheimer’s disease, you will definitely need help as your condition worsens. Every burial insurance company will decline anyone who needs help with ADL’s for a first-day coverage plan.

Best Option: Guaranteed issue burial insurance


HOME HEALTH CARE

Every life insurance company will ask about home health care just like with ADLs.

Most Alzheimer’s disease patients require permanent home health care during the last stage of the disease. If this is your situation or your loved ones, it would be best to take out a guaranteed issue life insurance.

Best Option: Guaranteed issue burial insurance


WHAT IS A GUARANTEED ISSUE BURIAL INSURANCE?

Guaranteed life insurance plans are life insurance policies that do not require an applicant to take a medical examination or answer any health questions. This means that individuals with a severe medical condition like Alzheimer’s disease will qualify for coverage.

Guaranteed final expense insurance is whole life insurance, and it usually has a graded or limited death benefit during the first two to three years of the policy.

If you are a U.S. citizen and live in the state where these policies are available and fall within the required age of 50 to 85, you should be able to qualify for a guaranteed life insurance policy.

The application process for guaranteed issue policy is quick it only takes a matter of minutes over your phone or computer.

After the insurance company approves your application, your policy will be mailed to you. The two-year waiting period would begin after you paid your first monthly premium.


What is a Graded Death Benefit?

Guaranteed issue life insurance will immediately pay for accidental causes of death, but will not cover natural causes of death during the first 24 months.

If you die during the waiting period as a consequence of Alzheimer’s, the company will refund all your premiums plus interest which is typically 10%. If you live beyond the 24 month period, 100% of your death benefit will be paid out regardless of the cause of death.


BENEFITS OF GUARANTEED ISSUE BURIAL INSURANCE

  1. Easy to qualify – It is effortless to apply and get insurance coverage. There is no medical exam, and you don’t have to answer any health-related questions. You will qualify regardless of Alzheimer’s disease or any medical condition. Your approval is guaranteed if you meet the minimum age requirement.
  2. Level death benefit – The death benefit amount is fixed and guaranteed to never decrease for any reason. Your beneficiaries will receive the full amount if you pass away after the waiting period. The death benefit is 100% for accidental death at any time. The death benefit is 110% of all premiums paid during the first two years for the natural cause of death.
  3. Fixed monthly premiums. Your monthly premium is fixed and will never increase. Your rate is determined by your current age, and the premium will never go up because of your age or medical condition.
  4. The policy will never expire – Guaranteed issue burial insurance is whole life insurance that never expires as long as payments are made on time.
  5. Tax-free. Your death benefit payout will be given directly to your beneficiary tax-free.
  6. Builds cash value – Guaranteed issue policy accumulates cash value. It is a good savings option that builds up over time which you can borrow if you need money,


WHAT TO AVOID WITH MANY COMMONLY ADVERTISED LIFE INSURANCE PROGRAMS:

Increasing premium – Don’t purchase a plan that increases in price over time.

Policy termination at age 80 – Don’t purchase a plan that cancels after you turn 80 years old.

3-year waiting period – Never buy a 3-year waiting period plan. A 2-year waiting period plan will have lower pricing and quicker full coverage than a 3-year waiting period plan.

For this reason, it is important to work with an independent life insurance agency that has access to multiple life insurance companies offering a guaranteed issue policy.


THE BEST GUARANTEED ISSUE BURIAL INSURANCE

If you have Alzheimer’s disease, then GI policy is an excellent choice for you because they have no medical exam and ask no health questions at all.

If you happen to pass away during the waiting period, the company will return your premiums plus 10% interest to your beneficiary.


WHAT TYPES OF BURIAL INSURANCE SHOULD I AVOID?

PLANS TO AVOIDWHY?
Term lifePremiums increase after 5 years. Coverage ends after 80.
Pre-paid funeral plansExpensive
Universal lifeTied with stocks
No health questions policiesWith 2-year waiting period
Plans offering "teaser rates"$9.95 per unit plans or $1 buys $30,000 coverage
Over priced plansInsurance from TV and junk mail
Plans that accept mail-in paymentsRisky
Plans that accept Direct ExpressHigh lapse rate
Plans that accept Credit CardsHigh lapse rate


WHAT TYPE OF BURIAL INSURANCE IS BEST?

FUNERAL FUNDS PLAN BENEFITSINCLUDED
1st Day CoverageYES
Rates NEVER IncreaseYES
Coverage NEVER DecreasesYES
Easy to get approvedYES
No Medical ExamYES
Same Day ApprovalYES
Death Claims Pay FastYES
Builds cash valueYES
Coverage Up To Age 121 YES


IF I HAVE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, DO I NEED A MEDICAL EXAM TO QUALIFY FOR BURIAL INSURANCE?

You are NOT required to take a medical exam to qualify for burial insurance with Alzheimer’s Disease.

When you apply for burial insurance, you only have to answer some basic questions about your health. The application process is simple, and you don’t need to provide medical records or blood and urine samples.

You’ll get the official approval from the insurance company often within minutes!


BURIAL INSURANCE UNDERWRITING IF YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Every burial insurance company that has underwriting will ask you a series of health questions. In addition, they will electronically check your prescription history as a way to verify your health.


HEALTH QUESTIONS

You will always find burial insurance companies ask about Alzheimer’s disease on the application. Your answer to the health questions will determine what plans you will qualify and how much is your monthly premium.

Here are some health questions that most burial insurance companies will ask regarding Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed, treated or taken medication for Alzheimer’s disease?
  • During the past 24 months, have you been diagnosed or been treated for Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with, or received or been advised to receive treatment or medication for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or been prescribed: Aricept, Cognex, Donepezil, Exelon, Razadyne, or Namenda?

One of the first questions you will see on the life insurance application is whether or not you have Alzheimer’s disease. They will ask these questions in the “knockout” section. If you answer yes to any of the questions in the knockout section, you will only qualify for guaranteed issue burial insurance with a waiting period.


PRESCRIPTION HISTORY CHECK

All burial insurance companies will run a prescription history check to validate your health status. Let’s say you answer “No” to the Alzheimer’s disease question on the application. Some people think doing this is a clever way to get past the insurance company. But they will know you are lying if they see Alzheimer’s medication in your prescription history.

Certain Alzheimer’s medications will indicate you have this medical condition. They will be on the lookout for these Alzheimer’s medications they have flagged.

Alzheimer Medications Life Insurance Companies Care About

  • Aricept
  • Cognex
  • Donepezil
  • Ergoloid Mesylates
  • Exelon
  • Galantamine
  • Hydergine
  • Namenda
  • Namzaric
  • Razadyne
  • Reminyl
  • Rivastigmine

If you ever filled a prescription on any of these drugs, you will be viewed as a person that has Alzheimer’s disease.


HOW MUCH INSURANCE DO I NEED IF I HAVE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?

The amount of burial insurance you should buy varies depending on your personal and financial circumstances. However, burial insurance should cover the cost of your funeral, burial, and final expenses.

The first step to figuring out how much burial insurance you need is to know your end-of-life expenses. Your funeral cost is often the biggest single expense you need to pay. Other end-of-life expenses to consider are your outstanding medical bills, living expenses, credit card bills, and other debts.

Here’s an example of a funeral cost breakdown from the National Funeral Directors Association.

AVERAGE FUNERAL COST WITH VIEWING AND BURIAL 
Non-declinable basic$2,195
Removal/ transfer of remains to funeral home$350
Embalming & preparation of the body$1,005
Use of facilities for viewing & funeral ceremony$925
Hearse$340
Service car/van$150
Basic memorial printed package$175
Metal casket$2,500
Vault$1,495
Median Cost of a Funeral With Viewing and Burial$9,135
AVERAGE FUNERAL COST WITH VIEWING AND CREMATION 
Non-declinable basic services fee$2,195
Removal/ transfer of remains to funeral home$350
Embalming & preparation of the body$1,005
Use of facilities for viewing & funeral ceremony$925
Service car/van$150
Basic memorial printed package$175
Cremation fee (if firm uses a third-party crematory)$350
Median Cost of a Funeral with Viewing and Cremation$5,150
Cremation Casket$1,200
Rental Casket$995
Alternate Cremation Container$150
Urn$295


HOW SHOULD I PAY MY PREMIUMS?

The best way to pay your premium is through a savings or checking account. We recommend you set a bank draft from your savings or checking account. That way, the bank will automatically pay your premium each month and you don’t need to worry about your policy lapsing due to non-payment.

PAYMENT METHODRECOMMENDED?
Savings AccountBest way to pay
Checking AccountBest way to pay
CashNot recommended
Money OrderNot recommended
Cashier's CheckNot recommended
Debit CardNot recommended
Credit CardNot recommended
Direct ExpressNot recommended
PAYMENT FREQUENCYRECOMMENDEDACCEPTED BY
MonthlyRecommendedAll Companies
QuarterlyNot RecommendedSome Companies
Semi-annuallyNot RecommendedSome Companies
AnnuallyNot RecommendedSome Companies


ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND BURIAL INSURANCE RIDERS

Insurance policy riders add benefits to your policy. Adding insurance riders will enhance your policy to fit your needs. Some riders are built into your policy, while other riders can be added at an additional cost. Most riders are affordable, and it involves little to no underwriting.

Here’s a list of common burial insurance riders:

FUNERAL FUNDS ADD-ONSAVAILABILITY
Terminal Illness Add-On BenefitIncluded with most plans
Nursing Home Care Add-On BenefitIncluded with most plans


INFORMATION WE NEED IF YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

We will need to ask you some questions to know which insurance company will be your best match. Doing this allows us to give you an accurate quote upfront and guarantee that the insurance company we will recommend is the best fit for you.

Here are some questions we may ask:

  1. When were you diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?
  2. Do you have other health issues?
  3. Do you need help in performing activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and transferring)?

The more information you give us, the better your chances of finding affordable coverage.


WHAT IF I BEEN DECLINED LIFE INSURANCE BECAUSE OF ALZHEIMER’S?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to avoid getting covered because of your Alzheimer’s disease.

The best way to get approved for life insurance is to work with an independent life insurance agency like Funeral Funds that is knowledgeable about insurance underwriting.

If you notice any signs of Alzheimer’s in a family member, you should make sure that they have a life insurance policy before they are treated with medication.

  • Confusion and disorientation even when in a familiar environment
  • Difficulty concentrating and thinking
  • Difficulty comprehension even with simple questions
  • Easily forgetting things after seeing them
  • Routinely misplace things
  • Difficulty talking and writing correct words
  • Behavior and personality changes
  • Inability to recognize and deal with numbers
  • Finding it challenging to manage finances
  • Social withdrawal


OTHER COMMON USES FOR FINAL EXPENSE LIFE INSURANCE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

All of these examples are appropriate uses for Final Expense Life Insurance:

  • Burial insurance plan with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cremation insurance plan with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Funeral home insurance plan with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Final Expense insurance plan with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Prepaid funeral plan insurance with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Mortgage payment protection plan with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Mortgage payoff life insurance plan with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Deceased spouse’s income replacement plan with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Legacy insurance gift plan to family or loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Medical or doctor bill life insurance plan with Alzheimer’s Disease

We can help you with any of the plans above. Your pricing will depend on your age, health, and coverage amount for each program option.


HOW CAN FUNERAL FUNDS HELP ME?

Trying to find Alzheimer’s life insurance coverage or burial insurance needn’t be a frustrating process; working with an independent agency like Funeral Funds will make the process easier and quicker.

We will work with you every step of the way to find the plan that fits your financial requirements and budget. You don’t have to waste your precious time anymore searching for multiple insurance companies because we will do the dirty work for you.

We work with many A+ rated insurance carriers that specialized in covering high-risk clients like you. We will search all those companies and match you up with the best burial insurance company that gives the best rate.

We will assist you in securing the coverage you need at a rate you can afford. So, if you are looking for Alzheimer’s disease funeral insurance, or Alzheimer’s disease burial insurance, or Alzheimer’s disease life insurance, we can help. Fill out our quote form on this page or call us at (888) 862-9456 and we can give you an accurate quote.

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