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Disability Income Insurance
Get the right amount of coverage. The frequency and severity of disability is too big a risk to leave to chance.
If disability prevents you from working and providing care to your patients, Disability Income Insurance offered by AMA Insurance can help cover your financial needs.
Physician-Exclusive Group Disability Income Insurance
- Covers you in your own specialty.
- Portable coverage stays with you through employer changes.
- Catastrophic Disability Income Rider can help pay for nursing home and home health care.
- NEW 20% rate reduction for all physicians; Members receive a 40% reduction.
You may carry a certain amount of disability insurance already. But as your income and responsibilities continue to rise, your current level of protection may not be enough to cover living expenses while you're disabled.
Coverage is available for physicians under age 60 as either primary or supplementary to existing coverage. Get the level of protection you and your family need. For physicians age 60 - 64, contact our Physicians Financial Partners Program for Individual Disability Coverage.
Disability Income Insurance Coverage Details
Features & Benefits
Monthly Benefit Amount Up to $12,500
You may apply for up to $12,500 in monthly benefits for total disability. Benefits are payable regardless of whether your disability is caused by accident or illness. Benefits from this plan when added to any other disability insurance in force or applied for cannot exceed 66 2/3 % of your monthly income or $20,000, whichever is less.
Up to a 40% Rate Reduction
All insured physicians receive a 20% rate reduction for at least the first year of coverage. Members of the American Medical Association receive a 40% reduction. These premium credits have lowered the cost of this insurance since 2006.
"Own Occupation" Disability Definition
Unlike some other disability plans, this plan contains a preferred definition of disability. If you are unable to perform the duties of "your own medical specialty," benefits can be payable for up to age 65.
Long-Term Benefit Periods
If you are disabled by illness or accident before age 60, benefits under this plan are payable up to age 65. If you are disabled between the ages of 60 and 63, benefits are payable for up to 60 months. At age 63 and after, the benefit period is reduced by six months depending on your age at disability. From age 70 to 75, benefits are payable up to 12 months.
Benefit Period Limitation
If you are disabled due to mental, nervous or emotional disorders before age 69, benefits under this plan are limited to 24 months. At age 69 and 70, benefits are limited to 18 and 12 months, respectively. (If such disability begins before age 63, benefits are payable up to age 65 if you are confined to a hospital at the end of 2 years and such confinement has been continuous for the immediately preceding 12 months.)
Medical School Loan Payment Benefit — up to $200,000
This benefit is available to physicians insured prior to age 40. This benefit could pay up to $200,000 of eligible student loans if you are totally and permanently disabled before age 45. This benefit is paid in addition to your monthly disability benefit and it's included in your coverage at no additional charge.
Catastrophic Disability Rider
The Catastrophic Disability Rider provides extra benefits for disabling conditions that require extended care. Should you become totally disabled and lose the ability to perform two or more activities of daily living - bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring or eating - you can receive this monthly benefit in addition to your base monthly disability benefit. By adding this optional benefit, you will receive a 30% increase (up to $3,800) in your total monthly benefit for only 10% additional premium up to age 60 (or 20% additional premium if age 60 and above). You must have a minimum of $3,000 in base disability benefits to qualify.
Extra Benefits for Rehabilitation
To help you recover, you may also qualify for rehabilitation benefits in addition to your monthly disability benefit if you participate in an approved accredited occupational rehabilitation program while you are disabled.
Residual Benefits for Part-Time Work
This plan allows you to make a gradual transition back to full-time employment following a covered total disability. You can receive a residual benefit if you return to work on a part-time basis in your own specialty or any other specialty or occupation if your monthly income is reduced by at least 20 percent, and you first receive benefits for total disability. The residual benefit is based on a percentage of your total monthly disability benefit.
Future Benefit Increase Option
If you are under age 40, this option may allow you a future increase in benefits with no health questions or medical exams required if your income increases and you remain actively at work. This one-time option must be exercised within the first three years of your original effective date or before your 40th birthday, whichever comes first.
Your Choice of Elimination Periods
Choose 2, 3, 6, or 12 months. The elimination period is defined as the period of time from the start of total disability during which no benefits are payable. The elimination period is only satisfied if you are not working in any occupation.
Waiver of Premium
Once claim payments begin, any premium becoming due will be waived; no further premiums will be due while you remain disabled.
You'll have 24-hour/7-day a week protection, whether you are at home, at work, or on vacation anywhere in the world.
You're eligible to apply for this plan if you're a physician under age 60 and actively engaged full-time in the duties of your profession.
All applications are subject to medical underwriting and approval. Any required medical exam will be conducted at your convenience and at no cost to you. Membership in the American Medical Association is not required.
Your coverage will be effective on the 1st of the month following the date your application is approved by The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York. Coverage will be in force from the effective date provided you are eligible, actively at work, and premiums are paid when due.
Renewability and Termination
Coverage terminates at age 75.
As long as you are a physician actively at work, under the age of 75 (not retired), pay your premiums when due, the group policy remains in force, and the AMA continues to sponsor this plan, your coverage can be renewed. Coverage will be terminated upon the suspension or revocation, or voluntary surrender in any state, of your license to practice medicine as a result of a criminal act, ethical violation or gross malpractice. You also cannot be singled out for a rate increase, regardless of how many claims you have made or the changing status of your health. However, rates may be adjusted for the entire group.
- Intentionally self-inflicted injury or attempted suicide, while sane or insane;
- A declared or undeclared war or an act of war;
- The use of any narcotic drug or other substance which is (a) subject to the Federal or the various state controlled substances acts, unless the prescription shall have been written by an Attending Physician other than you, or (b) required by law to be dispensed by prescription only and used other than a bonafide medical purpose as it relates to you or for other than the treatment of an existing medical condition.
- Benefits will not be paid, or accrued, for any period of time while you are incarcerated.
- Benefits will be paid either for Injury or for Sickness, but not for both, during any concurrent period of Disability.
This plan is underwritten by The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, NAIC#70106, domiciled in the state of New York with a principal place of business of One World Financial Center, 200 Liberty Street, New York, NY, 10281, licensed in all states, plus DC, except PR. This is a brief summary of benefits only and is subject to the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of Group Policy No. G-208,475 and Form No. G-19000. Coverage may vary or may not be available in all states.