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Hawaii is the only state with its own native language. And, while the Islands’ population is just over a million people, nearly 8 million tourists visit Hawaii each year. Though the Hawaiian population is small, it is the healthiest of any state.
With the highest life expectancy, and extremely low rates of cancer, smoking, and obesity, Hawaiians may be able to obtain life insurance rates for less than the US average.
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Age - Age is one of the largest factors affecting life insurance rates. The younger you are when you purchase a policy, the less likely the policy will pay out,. So the lower your rates will be.
Life expectancy at birth in Hawaii is 81.3 years, the highest in the country. The life expectancy at birth for the US overall is 78.9 years. So, if you purchased a 30-year term life policy in Hawaii at age 57, you would be more likely than not to pass away before 87 years of age, the end of the term.
On the other hand, if you were 34 years old and purchased a 30-year term life policy, you would be well under Hawaii’s life expectancy of 81.3 years old when the policy term ended. You’d be a much lower risk to insure and would therefore pay much lower rates than the person in the former example.
Driving Record - Car accidents are incredibly common. They kill more than 30,000 people per year. If someone has a driving record littered with moving violations, they are at an increased risk of a premature demise. The result is higher rates.
Firearm Deaths - Places that have higher rates of accidental or premature death generally have higher rates. A significant part of these untimely deaths comes from firearm injuries, which account for about 33,000 deaths in the US every year. In Hawaii, the death rate from injury due to firearms is 2.6 per 100,000 deaths, the lowest rate in the country. Nationwide, the average firearm death rate is 10.4 per 100,000.
Gender - Since women live longer than men on average, they pay less for insurance than a similar man would, other things being equal. In Hawaii, the percentage of the population that’s female is 49.5%, and the percentage that’s male is 50.5%. In the US as a whole, women are 50.8% of the population, and men are 49.2% of the population.
Health History - Most of us have one or two minor health issues. But if you have a serious illness, or a family history of such illnesses, this can affect your rates.
There are certain conditions, such as heart disease or certain kinds of cancers, which can make your premiums much higher if you have them or a family history of them. In some cases, a pre-existing condition can make you ineligible altogether, which is why it’s important to get life insurance before something serious happens.
Lifestyle & Hobbies - People who engage in adventure sports or who have potentially dangerous hobbies will pay more for insurance. This is very relevant in Hawaii, where surfing and climbing are common recreational activities.
Marital Status - Research shows that on average, married people live longer and are healthier than similar single people. So, if you’re married, you can get a modest discount on life insurance. According to the US Census, in Hawaii in 2009, the rate of marriage for people over 15 was 46.8 per 1,000 people. The rate of divorce was 16.1 per 1,000 people. And the rate of widowhood was 13 per 1,000 people.
Occupation - People with hazardous jobs like logging and fishing will pay more for insurance than someone with a less dangerous job. The most common job in Hawaii, proportionately, is a tour guide.
Tobacco Use - Tobacco users don’t live as long as non-tobacco users. So, Tobacco users pay much more for life insurance. Tobacco use is associated with a number of health complications. These include heart disease, stroke, and COPD, any of which may cause higher rates and an earlier death.
As of 2013, the national average rate of smoking was 19%. To compare to the most recent data available, in 2013, approximately 13.3% of Hawaii adults smoked cigarettes – about 148,000 adults.
Travel - Do you travel to developing countries, particularly countries on the US State Department’s Warning List? If so, you'll pay more for insurance than a traveler who sticks to first world countries.
Value of Policy - One of the largest, if not the largest factor, to a policy’s premiums is the value of the policy. As with anything, you get what you pay for; the more protection that you purchase, the more you pay.
Weight - Obesity has surpassed smoking to become America’s largest public health cost and problem. Like tobacco use, obese or seriously overweight people have a lower life expectancy, which means an increased probability of their policy being paid out. Obesity increases your chances of health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. So, overweight and obese individuals can expect to pay higher rates.
As of 2013, the adult obesity rate in Hawaii was 21.8%. This makes Hawaii the second-least obese state, after only Colorado. Overall, the average obesity rate in the US is 34.9%.
While each of these factors plays a big role in the cost of your policy, some aspects of life insurance are entirely individual. Insurance companies calculate your rates based on your own health, habits, and lifestyle. That’s why shopping around and comparing quotes is so important–to make sure you’re getting the best rate possible.
|Rank||Cause of Death||Total Deaths||Death Rate||State Rank||US Death Rate*|
|3||Lower Respiratory Disease||279||15.6||5th||42.1|
|*Death Rate calculated as: (deaths from that cause / total population) / 100,000|
|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.||$56,821||7.8%|
|2||New York Life Insurance Group||$46,491||6.4%|
|3||Prudential Financial Inc.||$36,626||5.0%|
|4||John Hancock Life Insurance Co.||$35,354||4.8%|
|6||Guardian Life Insurance Co.||$27,401||3.8%|
|7||Lincoln National Corp.||$27,131||3.7%|
|9||Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co.||$23,205||3.2%|
Source: A.M. Best (Ratings as of 8/31/2015)
The statute contains 13 chapters used to regulate claims and provide certain protections to Hawaii consumers, for example:
Interest on Death Claims: In Hawaii, a deadline for settling death claims is not specified. In order to ensure payments are made in a timely manner, insurance companies have to pay daily interest for unpaid claims, starting the day the policyholder passes. This ensures that most claims are paid within a month.
Privacy Laws: Insurance companies need a client’s consent before sharing any personal information with third parties. This includes health information, as Hawaii’s privacy laws are strict. Also, if a client requests that health information is sent to a third party, insurance companies must do so within 30 days.
These regulations don’t just protect consumers; they also protect insurance companies from fraud. For example, Hawaii insurers may challenge any information in your insurance application for up to two years from the policy’s effective date. If they find any evidence of fraud, they can terminate your policy immediately.
This organization assists the customers of any insurance company that is found to be insolvent. If you have concerns about the financial well-being of your carrier, you should contact the HLDIGA. Their contact info is below:
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