Need to Know: Disability Insurance Awareness Month

May 24, 2019

Disability insurance is not always top of mind for people — many of us likely think that it's only needed in the event of a serious accident or diagnosis. In truth, Disability Insurance is important for everyone.

 

According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled during their working years. In addition, Guardian’s Workplace Benefits Study also reveals that 55 percent of employees found the financial impact of their disability incident to be major or devastating. Despite these statistics, only 54 percent of working Americans have disability—down from 65 percent in 2017.

 

Since May is Disability Insurance Awareness month, the Robin S. Weingast & Associates team wants to showcase the value of disability insurance for both employees and employers thinking about offering this key benefit.

 

1) Disability insurance can increase employees' financial security

Research shows that 66 percent of employees whose disability happened more than six years ago feel that they still have not completely recovered financially. However, more than half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, which means they are unprepared to go without a single paycheck should they be out on disability. Disability insurance can help alleviate some of the financial strain caused by unexpected disabilities. 

 

2) Disability insurance can be customized to your specific company's size, needs, and financial portfolio.

Employer-sponsored programs have features such as online enrollment, seamless payroll deduction and no medical exam requirement to enroll. This makes disability insurance  efficient and attractive to employees.

 

But if your company cannot provide an employer-sponsored benefit may be able to provide access via an employee-funded disability insurance product. This helps shift the cost to the employees, yet helps demonstrate an employer’s commitment to enhancing their employees’ financial security. It’s a win-win.