Find Cheap Life Insurance in Your Area
Guaranteed acceptance life insurance, also called guaranteed issue or GI life insurance, is typically a whole life insurance policy with a limited death benefit.
As with other whole life insurance policies, guaranteed issue policies will build a cash value over time, and coverage lasts as long as you continue to pay the premiums. Unlike most life insurance policies, there are no health questions and no medical exam when applying. However, death benefits are typically restricted to less than $25,000. Quotes will also be significantly more expensive since the insurer has no health details and has to assume you're high-risk.
Quotes are entirely based on your age, location and gender. Given the simplicity of the application, you can often get instant coverage — and in many cases, you can purchase a policy online.
Should I buy guaranteed issue life insurance?
While it's convenient, we only recommend guaranteed issue life insurance if you're unable to qualify for other forms of life insurance.
First consider some of the drawbacks. Upfront, a guaranteed life insurance policy comes with a two- to three-year "waiting period." If you die during this period due to a natural cause, such as a disease or heart attack, your beneficiaries won't get the full death benefit. Typically, they will only receive the amount of money you had paid in premiums plus interest (which varies by insurer).
Guaranteed acceptance insurance is also incredibly expensive for the amount of coverage you can purchase, since the insurer is unable to collect or verify any information about your health.
We recommend you consider simplified issue life insurance. Simplified issue life insurance doesn't require a medical exam and accepts a wider range of health problems than fully underwritten coverage. But, since you answer a few questions about your health, premiums will be lower than with guaranteed acceptance insurance. In addition, you can find term life insurance and universal life insurance policies that are simplified issue, so you're not restricted to whole life insurance.
But in some cases, guaranteed life insurance could be the way to go because some medical conditions preclude you from qualifying for fully underwritten or simplified issue life insurance. You'll want to consider guaranteed issue life insurance if:
- You're on dialysis.
- You have cognitive impairments.
- You're restricted to a wheelchair.
- You're in a nursing home.
- You have HIV, kidney disease or cancer, particularly if you were diagnosed in the past two years.
Comparison of guaranteed acceptance life insurance companies
It can be challenging to find the best guaranteed acceptance life insurance for your needs, so we've assessed the top nine carriers based on quotes and coverage.
Best guaranteed acceptance life insurance companies
AIG is our favorite insurer for guaranteed acceptance life insurance because its prices are competitive, and policyholders may accelerate death benefits if they become ill. However, each of the five companies below has reasonable quotes and a good range of coverage options for their guaranteed issue policies.
Gerber Life Insurance
Mutual of Omaha
New York Life
|Waiting period||2 years||2 years||2 years||2 years||2 years|
|Payout during waiting period||Premiums paid + 30% interest||Premiums paid + 10% interest||Premiums paid + 10% interest||Premiums paid + 20% interest||Premiums paid + 10% interest|
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Guaranteed acceptance life insurance carriers to avoid
These companies aren't necessarily bad, but we'd recommend starting your search for guaranteed acceptance insurance elsewhere. This is because the companies listed below have higher premiums, longer waiting periods and a smaller range of available death benefits.
|Waiting period||3 years||3 years||2 years||2 years|
|Payout during waiting period||Premiums paid plus 5% interest (year 1); premiums paid plus 10% interest (year 2); 75% of death benefit (year 3)||Premiums paid + 6% interest||Premiums paid + 7% interest annually||Premiums paid + 10% interest|
|Minimum coverage||$2,000||$2,500 ($5,000 if below 45)||Approx. $400, varies by age||$2,000|
|Maximum coverage||$10,000||$25,000 ($10,000 if below 45)||Approx. $17,000, varies by age||$25,000|