Life insurance policies typically come with grace periods. If you have a policy but don’t pay your premium on time, you’ll continue to receive coverage as long as you pay the amount you owe within the grace period. Let’s dive deeper into what a life insurance grace period is and how it might affect you as a policyholder.
A life insurance grace period is a set amount of time after your premium payment is due, during which policyholders may make a premium payment without their coverage lapsing.1 It provides a cushion that can come in handy if you’re unable to pay your premium on time for any reason. The insurance company and policy you have can determine the length of your grace period.
In most cases, the grace period for life insurance will last 30 or 31 days.1 You can refer to your contract to find out what the grace period is for your particular policy.2
Insurance companies would like you to keep your coverage because it allows them to meet their business goals. Therefore, policies usually have grace periods. While you might be able to find a policy without a grace period, it’s uncommon.
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If you haven’t paid your life insurance premium and the grace period has ended, your policy will lapse. This means that if you pass away unexpectedly, your policy will no longer apply and your beneficiaries will not be entitled to a death benefit that you paid premiums for in the past.1
You may miss a life insurance premium payment for several reasons, like:
Here’s how you can avoid missing your payments and prevent a lapse in your life insurance coverage:
Most life insurance companies let you set up automatic payments from your bank account. If you switch banks, don’t forget to change your banking details.
Use a calendar to set reminders for your life insurance payments, whether it’s a desk calendar or one on your mobile device. Be sure to make a premium payment as soon as you receive the reminder.
If you know you can’t make your premium payments, contact your life insurance company. They might provide more flexibility with the payment schedule, especially if you’ve been a loyal customer.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to beneficiaries to find out if they can help you make your premium payments. You can always pay them back when you’re able to.
A lapse in a life insurance policy will take away the added financial protection your beneficiaries would receive if you suddenly pass away. That’s why it’s important to make your premium payments on time and do whatever you can to prevent the policy from lapsing.
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1 Nerdwallet - Life Insurance Payment Grace Period Defined. Updated April 15, 2016. https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/insurance/missing-payment-grace-period-life-insurance. Accessed May 31, 2023.
2 Investopedia – Insurance Grace Period: Definition, How It Works, Example. Updated July 18, 2021. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/insurance-grace-period.asp. Accessed May 31, 2023.
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Coverage is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus. In New York, coverage is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of New York.
68000 series: In Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Virginia, Policies: ICC1368100, ICC1368200, ICC1368300, ICC1368400. In Delaware, Policies A68100-A68400. In New York, NY68100-NY68400.65000 series: In Virginia, Policies ICC0965JTO & ICC0965JWO. B61000 series: In Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Virginia, Policies: ICC18B61JWO & ICC18B61JTO. In Delaware, Policies B61JWO, B61JTO. B60000 series: In Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Virginia, Policies: ICC18B60C10, ICC18B60100, ICC18B60200, ICC18B60300, & ICC18B60400. Q60000 series: Whole: In Arkansas, Delaware & Oregon, Policy Q60100M. In Idaho Policy Q60100MID. In Oklahoma, Policy Q60100MOK. In Texas, Policy Q60100MTX.Q60000 series: Term: In Delaware, Policies Q60200CM. In Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Policies ICC18Q60200C, ICC18Q60300C, ICC18Q60400C.
Final Expense insurance coverage is underwritten by Tier One Insurance Company. The life insurance policy described herein contains an optional Accelerated Death Benefits Rider that is intended for favorable tax treatment under Section 101(g) of the Internal Revenue Code. Aflac does not give legal or tax advice. Please consult with a qualified legal, tax, and accounting advisor before engaging in any transaction. In AR, AZ, ID, OK, OR, PA, TX and VA: Policies ICC21-AFLLBL21 and ICC21-AFLRPL21; and Riders ICC21-AFLABR22, ICC21-AFLADB22, and ICC21-AFLCDR22. Tier One Insurance Company is part of the Aflac family of insurers. In California, Tier One Insurance Company does business as Tier One Life Insurance Company (Tier One NAIC 92908).
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Aflac does not offer Universal or Variable Universal life insurance.
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