If you are concerned about burial insurance and coronavirus (COVID-19) and the effect it might have on you and your family, keep reading.
Getting burial insurance with coronavirus may seem like a challenge, and it may discourage you from getting a policy. If you currently contracted the virus and you’re trying to get a life insurance policy with this condition, it will be helpful to understand how life insurance companies react with this condition and how your diagnosis affects your application.
If you have COVID-19, here’s everything you need to know about burial insurance and coronavirus and how to obtain an affordable final expense policy.
Just understand that coronavirus is still not considered a pre-existing condition by most life insurance companies. You will be able to qualify for the best plan at the best rate. But read on to find out more important details.
FOR EASIER NAVIGATION:
- What is Coronavirus?
- Coronavirus And Its Effect On Life Insurance Eligibility
- Factors That May Affect Eligibility
- How Do Insurance Companies React To People With Coronavirus?
- Burial Insurance And Coronavirus
- Benefits of Burial Insurance
- Requirements To Qualify For Burial Insurance With Coronavirus
- Coronavirus And The Elderly: How To Support Older Adults
- Visiting A Loved One In A Nursing Home Or Assisted Living Facility
- How To Get Lower Rates On Burial Insurance With Coronavirus
- How To Keep Healthy During The Pandemic
- What To Do If You Have COVID-19 Or Were Exposed To COVID-19
- FEMA To Provide Funeral Assistance To COVID-19 Victims
- How Can Funeral Funds Help Me?
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls the virus 2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 disease.
The outbreak of the virus began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
Other coronaviruses disease includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Coronaviruses can cause respiratory tract infections that range from the common cold to more serious respiratory illnesses, especially in people who have pre-existing medical conditions.
The elderly and people and those who have a chronic underlying medical illness like lung and heart disease are much more susceptible to catch COVID-19.
COVID-19 was declared a pandemic or global outbreak by the World Health Organization on March 12, 2020.
There are more than 122,822,505 confirmed cases in more than 50 countries today. The virus has killed 2,709,041 people globally (at the time this article was written).
In the U.S., there are 29,652,483 confirmed cases, and 539,517 died from COVID-19.
WHAT ARE THEY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
Coronavirus infection is similar to flu and typically affects the throat and lungs. Common signs of coronavirus infection include respiratory symptoms like:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Loss of taste or smell
- Loss of appetite
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as early as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Many COVID-19 patients with severe complications may develop pneumonia in both lungs. Research also shows that 1% of coronavirus cases may result in death. However, the death rate varies by age, with seniors with pre-existing conditions more likely to die.
HOW IS COVID-19 TRANSMITTED?
COVID-19 is very similar to seasonal flu; it can be transmitted from person-to-person through sneezing, coughing, talking, or close contact like touching or shaking hands. Droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby and possibly inhaled into the lungs.
COVID-19 can also be transmitted by touching a surface with the virus and then touching the nose, eyes, or mouth without washing the hands.
The virus spreads quickly, just like the flu. That is why it’s hard to contain.
The incubation period of coronavirus is between 2 and 14 days; people without symptoms could be transmitting the disease without even knowing it.
HERE ARE SOME PREVENTIVE ACTIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS:
1. Wash your hand often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, or after you have been in a public place.
Wash your hands:
- Before touching your face
- Before eating or preparing food
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling your face mask
- After using the restroom
- After leaving a public place
- After caring for someone sick
- After changing animals or pets
- After changing a diaper
2. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol or hand sanitizer containing 60% alcohol. Cover the surface of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
3. Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands.
4. Coughing or sneezing
- Always cover your mouth and nose with facial tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Use the inside of your elbow to cough or sneeze if you don’t have facial tissue.
- Do not spit on the ground.
- Throw used facial tissues in a lidded trash bin.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with alcohol or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
5. Use a face mask or cloth face cover to cover your mouth and nose when around other people. The face mask is intended to protect other people you come in contact with in case you are infected. You could transmit COVID-19 to others even if you don’t have symptoms
- You should always wear a cloth face cover in public places and when around other people who don’t live in your household, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
- Do not put a face mask on children under two years old or those who have trouble breathing, unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask or face cover without assistance.
- Use facemask, but remember it is not a substitute for social distancing.
6. Keep physical distance from others. Keep about 6 feet or 2 meters between yourself and others.
7. Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, desks, countertops, light switches, handles, keyboards, faucets, toilets, and sink.
- Clean dirty surfaces with detergent or soap before disinfection.
- Use household disinfectant.
8. Limit your home visitors to a single person visit. Don’t allow sick people to visit you.
9. Limit large group gatherings. Stay away from events where a large group of people will gather, such as large family events, classes, movies, and shows.
10. Avoid cruise travel. Avoid airline travel, especially to countries with large transmissions. If you must travel by plane, exercise good practices, keep a safe distance, wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer or alcohol. Wipe commonly used surfaces such as tray seat control buttons, tables, armrest with sanitizing wipes.
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE AND VACCINES
Scientists and pharmaceutical companies have found different vaccines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The front-line healthcare workers and residents received the vaccines first. Then the government prioritized people who are 65 and up with health conditions and increased risk to be vaccinated. Vaccine supply is still limited and may have long waiting lists.
As of the writing of this article, a total of 126,509,736 vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S.
CORONAVIRUS AND ITS EFFECT ON LIFE INSURANCE ELIGIBILITY
The coronavirus outbreak has already reached 50 countries with the majority of cases in China. However, the world’s knowledge about this virus is still limited, including the comparative data about its death rate.
Currently, the death rate is estimated to be approximately 25% compared with the death rate of SARS at 9.6%, and Ebola was averaging 50% as per the World Health Organization.
Looking at the figures, the number of cases that result in fatalities is increasing. There’s a big chance that you or your loved ones become infected with COVID-19.
People with existing cardiovascular conditions or viral illness are more susceptible to infection, and those who are elderly are at higher risk compared with people with healthy immune systems.
At this moment, COVID-19 is not a pre-existing condition of any burial insurance or final expense insurance policy; however, some life insurance companies are starting to ask about it on their life insurance health questionnaire.
If you contacted COVID-19, it is more beneficial to look for companies that never ask about it in their health questions. Remember, if the life insurance company never asks about a medical condition in their health questionnaire, they accept it. You can easily qualify for the best plan with immediate first-day coverage, even if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19.
It is crucial to work with an insurance agency that knows the companies that will treat your condition favorably.
FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT ELIGIBILITY
You may be hospitalized after COVID-19 diagnosis. Can you get burial insurance if you are currently hospitalized? Absolutely!
The good news is that being hospitalized won’t disqualify you from getting burial insurance with coronavirus. However, you need to understand that you have a limited option.
If you are in the hospital because of coronavirus, you can still get a whole life insurance policy. There is no specific burial insurance for people who are hospitalized, but you can qualify for coverage if you are currently in hospital with coronavirus. It’s called a guaranteed issue life insurance.
With guaranteed issue whole life insurance, you will be approved for coverage regardless of your health or current situation. GI policies are very common, especially among those who are in the hospital.
If you are currently hospitalized because of COVID-19, we can help you find affordable burial insurance, funeral insurance, cremation insurance, or final expense insurance.
HOW DO INSURANCE COMPANIES REACT TO PEOPLE WITH CORONAVIRUS?
1. They will decline your application
There are insurance companies that will outright decline your application if you have coronavirus. These companies will not provide insurance to coronavirus patients until there is more data as to the true nature of this health hazard. They believe coronavirus is a high risk, and they don’t want to deal with the risk associated with it.
If you’ve been declined because of COVID-19, don’t worry because there are other companies that do not consider this case as a pre-existing condition.
2. They will delay your application
Some companies will put your application on hold until you are certified disease-free for a period of time. You must be fully healed with no residual symptoms and complications and cleared by a physician after diagnosis with coronavirus.
3. They will offer you a guaranteed issue burial insurance
You are considered under the highest risk category because of coronavirus. The insurance company will only approve your application for a guaranteed issue life insurance.
Guaranteed issue whole life insurance comes with a two-year waiting period. If you die during the waiting period, your beneficiary will only receive a return of premiums paid plus 10% interest. This limited benefit period is to prevent people with a terminal illness from buying a policy that the insurers need to pay sooner than later.
4. They will approve your application with first-day coverage
Some insurance companies do not mind COVID-19 because it is lower risk compared with other diseases. These companies will offer you the lowest rate and first-day coverage.
Hopefully, you have no other health issues that may prevent you from qualifying with one of these companies.
BURIAL INSURANCE AND CORONAVIRUS
There are two burial insurance options with coronavirus:
Simplified Issue Life Insurance (Level Benefit Plan)
You don’t need to have a physical or medical exam to be eligible for simplified issue burial insurance. Insurance companies won’t even require a blood or urine sample from you to qualify.
You will only need to answer a simple health questionnaire to qualify. Most of the time, you will only need to answer about 15 to 20 easy health questions to be eligible.
The best feature of this plan is first-day coverage without a waiting period. You are fully covered, and your beneficiary would receive your 100% death benefit immediately when you pass away.
You don’t even need to undergo a medical exam!
Instead of a medical exam, the company will check your:
- Prescription medication history through Rx database
- Medical history through the Medical Information Bureau
- Driving record through the Department of Motor Vehicle
Some companies may want to do a phone interview during the application. Depending on the company, they often issue an approval right on the phone interview.
Getting burial insurance with no waiting period is super easy; all you need to do is apply to a company where you just answer health questions on the application.
Guaranteed Issue Burial Insurance (Graded Benefit Plan)
If you are currently hospitalized because of coronavirus, you will only qualify for a guaranteed issue burial insurance policy. You will be approved for coverage regardless of your health and current hospitalization.
When you apply for GI policy, the insurance companies will not ask any health questions, nor will you be required to take a medical exam, provide blood and urine samples.
They will also not check your prescription history or MIB, nor will they call you for a phone interview. So, even if you’re in the hospital, you will still qualify for coverage!
BENEFITS OF BURIAL INSURANCE
No Medical Exam
You are not required to take a medical exam to qualify for burial insurance. You will not be required to answer a few health questions. The guaranteed issue plan doesn’t even have health questions.
Easy to Qualify
Burial insurance has a simple application process. All you need to do is sign the application over the phone, your computer, or laptop. You will only need to provide your personal information, beneficiary, and payment information. We will send it to the insurance company and wait a few minutes to get approved.
Burial insurance is whole life insurance policies with a fixed monthly premium. Your monthly insurance bill will never increase because it is locked in at your current age, and it will remain fixed for the rest of your life. It will never increase for any reason as long as you keep paying your premiums on time.
Level Death Benefit
Your death benefit is also fixed and guaranteed never to decrease. Your beneficiaries will receive your 100% death benefit payout.
Some policyholders complain that their policy was canceled when they reached 80 years old. Burial insurance is whole life insurance that will not cancel and will remain in force as long as you live (up to 121 years old).
Cash Value Accumulation
Whole life insurance policies accumulate cash value over the years. This accumulated amount can be used to pay the premium, or you can borrow the cash value to be used for whatever purpose.
You Can Purchase Minimal Coverage
If you want a policy to cover your funeral, burial, or end of life expenses, burial insurance allows you to buy as little as you need. You can choose a face amount between $2,000 to a maximum of $25,000.
REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY FOR BURIAL INSURANCE WITH CORONA VIRUS
Most companies offering burial insurance plans accept applicants who are 50-85 years old, although some companies offer policies to those younger than 50 and older than 85 years old.
Some insurance companies are not licensed in all states. Make sure that the company you apply is licensed in your state before you apply for coverage.
Ability to Enter a Legal Contract
Mental capacity to enter into a legal contract is a requirement to qualify for burial insurance. People with cognitive impairments who can’t give legal consent may be declined for coverage.
CORONAVIRUS AND THE ELDERLY: HOW TO SUPPORT OLDER ADULTS
We can show our support to older adults during this time of the pandemic. Most older adults depend on the support and services provided in their homes to maintain health and independence.
What family members, caregivers, and neighbors can do:
- Know what prescription medications your older loved one is taking and make sure they are amply supplied. Make sure there’s a two week or longer supply of medicines.
- Monitor their food and other medical supplies such as oxygen, dialysis needs, wound care, and other needs.
- Stock up on groceries and non-perishable food items in the home to minimize going out and trips to the stores.
- If you have a loved one in a nursing home or living care facility, monitor their health, and ask about other residents’ health.
- Keep your communication open. Regularly call your older loved one through the phone or video calls.
- Always disinfect frequently touched surfaces and use a face mask when going out of the house.
The best way to protect yourself and your older loved ones is to reduce the coronavirus spread. Coronavirus and the elderly is one topic we should be aware of. Limit our interactions with other people as much as possible.
Take precautions like wearing a face mask or cloth face covering when you interact with others. If you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, get in touch with your doctor within 24 hours.
As communities and businesses are starting to open, you may think about resuming some activities, shopping, and attending events and gathering.
If you are at increased risk from COVID-19 and live with older adults, consider your level of risk before deciding to go out. Protect yourself and refrain from going to places where social distancing can’t be maintained.
Staying healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic is important. Talk to your doctor if you need vaccinations and other preventive medical services to keep you healthy and help prevent you from becoming ill with other diseases.
VISITING A LOVED ONE IN A NURSING HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY
Due to the coronavirus and the elderly risks, many facilities have updated their visiting policies as COVID-19 cases increase in the US. Some health care facilities have limited visitor policies in place.
Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities have eliminated visiting to keep the patients in their care safe and healthy. Check the facility’s website or call them to know if there are visitation changes in the place where your loved ones live.
If visiting is allowed in the facility, follow these general guidelines:
- Visit your loved one alone if you can, do not visit in large groups.
- Wear a face mask or cloth face covering when you go to the facility.
- Wash your hand or apply hand sanitizer when you enter the facility and when you leave. Use sanitizing wipes to wipe high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, and chairs.
- Do not visit your loved one in the nursing home or assisted living facility if you are not feeling well.
- If your in-person visit is non-essential, visit your loved ones virtually using a computer or smartphone.
- If your loved one is sick when you visit, ask the caregiver to give them a face mask.
The healthcare staff at the facility caring for your loved one will direct you on what to do at the time of your visit.
HOW TO GET LOWER RATES ON BURIAL INSURANCE WITH CORONAVIRUS
When you’re ready to take the next step and purchase burial insurance coverage amid coronavirus, we advise you to do some shopping around. Take your time and compare dozens of different insurance companies for pricing. Choose that one that offers first-day coverage with the lowest rate.
At this moment, little is still known about coronavirus; that’s why it is essential to find a life insurance company that is going to view your condition more favorably. We will help you find the company that does not have any exclusion on flu-like epidemics.
If you are healthy, apply for life insurance now. Do not let a pandemic force you to get insurance coverage. Getting insurance before coronavirus diagnosis will allow you to qualify for the best plan at the best rate.
Work with an experienced independent insurance agency like Funeral Funds. Instead of having to call multiple companies yourself, let us help you through the process. Working with us is like contacting 40 companies all at once. It is the quickest way to be the lowest rate on burial insurance.
HOW TO KEEP HEALTHY DURING THE PANDEMIC
1. Keep your regular routines such as your meal times, sleeping, and other daily activities. Do not let the pandemic disrupt your daily schedule.
2. Be physically active every day. Use household chores to keep you physically active. Reduce long periods of sitting, exercise at least 30 minutes. Make sure your exercise routine is safe and appropriate to your fitness level indicated by your doctor.
3. Eat healthy and well-balanced meals. Drink enough water to keep you hydrated.
4. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking can affect lung capacity, and it increases the possibility of respiratory problems. Drinking alcohol will disturb your sleep and increase your risk of falls. It may also interact with your prescription medicines.
5. We aware of coronavirus and the elderly. Take your prescribed medicines if you have ongoing health conditions. Follow your doctor’s advice and have a telehealth consultation if necessary.
6. Engage in activities or hobbies that you enjoy. Reading a book, cooking, or gardening will keep you active. Learn something new. There are lots of videos on the internet to help you find exciting activities.
7. Stay socially connected. Keep in touch with your loved ones and friends through the phone, video-calls, or messaging. Use social media to stay socially connected.
8. Take breaks from news coverage about the pandemic. Prolonged exposure to news may make you feel anxious and desperate. Check updates from reliable sources like the CDC or WHO website.
9. Contact your health care provider if you have an emergency medical condition not related to coronavirus.
10. Seek psychosocial support if fear, sadness, worry is getting in your daily activities for several days. There are support services that can help you in your community.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 OR WERE EXPOSED TO COVID-19
If you have coronavirus symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, chills, repeated shaking with chills, and loss of taste or smell, get in touch with your healthcare provider within 24 hours.
Call by phone first and give information about your pre-existing health conditions and your prescription medication. Follow the instructions of your doctor and monitor your symptoms regularly.
If you have severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, persistent pain, or pressure in the chest, confusion, bluish lips, or face, call your healthcare provider immediately. Be prepared to go to the hospital as soon as possible—call 911 for a medical emergency.
We should be careful about coronavirus and the elderly. If you live with other people, make sure to isolate yourself as soon as you feel the symptoms. If you suspect an infection, use your room to isolate yourself.
Let the members of your household wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves.
If you live in a home care facility, advise your caregiver about your symptoms. Let your household members follow available guidelines about COVID-19 infection.
If you live alone, contact your primary health care worker and tell them your symptoms. Ask your family, friends, neighbors, or a local volunteer organization to check on you regularly to provide support as needed.
FEMA TO PROVIDE FUNERAL ASSISTANCE TO COVID-19 VICTIMS
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Tuesday through administrator Robert Fenton that the agency is starting the process of giving funeral assistance for families of COVID-19 victims.
FEMA set aside $2 billion to aid individuals and households that incurred COVID-19 related expenses between January 20 and December 31, 2020. Each family will receive $7,000 for COVID-19 related funeral costs starting April.
The funeral assistance is part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, which was signed into law earlier this month.
FEMA is working with stakeholder groups to get input on the best ways to provide this funeral assistance to families and communities. The agency is still finalizing the application process, but the process will begin soon. People with a family member who died of COVID-19 related death must keep and gather documentation.
Who can apply for funeral assistance?
Here is a guide set by FEMA to determine eligibility. The death must meet these criteria to qualify for funeral assistance.
- The COVID-19 related death should occur in the United States, including the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
- The death certificate must clearly state that the death is COVID-19 related.
- The person applying for funeral assistance who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen, or qualified alien.
- The deceased don’t necessarily have to be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
Additional guidance is still being finalized. It will be released to applicants and community partners soon. Meanwhile, keep and gather your documentation to avail of this benefit.
How to apply for funeral assistance?
FEMA has not yet released the application details, but the agency will conduct a webinar with the National Funeral Directors Association on March 25, 2021, to discuss the specific details.
FEMA will begin the application process in April. If you incur funeral expenses due to COVID-19 from January 20 to December 2020, you must gather documentation. Here’s a list of documents you should submit:
- An official death certificate. The certificate must indicate the deceased died of COVID-19 and related causes. The death occurred in the United States, including the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories.
- Funeral expenses documents such as funeral home contract, receipts, and other documents showing how much you pay for the funeral. All the documents must indicate the date when the funeral occurred, the deceased name, the applicant’s name who paid, and the amount of funeral expenses paid.
- Proof of funds received from other sources. If you received funds from other sources to pay for the funeral costs, you must submit proof of receipt. However, the agency will not reimburse funds from burial or funeral insurance and other financial assistance received from government agencies, voluntary agencies, or other sources.
How can you receive the funds?
If you are eligible to receive funeral assistance from FEMA, the agency said you have two options to receive the funds. You will either receive a check by mail or through direct deposit, depending on your choice when you apply.
FEMA is set to launch a toll-free 1-800 number in April 2021, which you can use to apply for funeral assistance. The phone line information will be available soon.
Check FEMA’s website for additional details on how to apply for funeral assistance.
HOW CAN FUNERAL FUNDS HELP ME?
Trying to find a policy if you have coronavirus needn’t be a frustrating process; working with an independent agency like Funeral Funds will make the process easier and quicker.
If you have a health history of coronavirus or COVID-19, let us help you; we will work with you side by side to find a plan that fits your needs.
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 will shop your case to different insurance carriers and get you the best price.
We work with many A+ rated insurance carriers that specialized in covering high-risk clients like you. We will search all those companies to get the best rate. We will 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 coronavirus funeral insurance, or coronavirus burial insurance, or coronavirus life insurance.
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