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Maine is home to some obscure laws. For example, you can be fined for leaving Christmas decorations up past January 14. And, it might seem obvious, but it is illegal to step out of a plane in mid-air. In Freeport, it’s illegal to spit from a second-story window. Maine’s concern for the wellbeing of its citizens may play a role in the cost of life insurance there. But, a low marriage rate, a high suicide rate, and a low rate of death from the flu may also factor in.
Getting the perfect life insurance policy in Maine can be tough. Let's face it, it can be tough in every state. But it doesn’t have to be—especially with the help of QuoteWizard.
In fact, we helped many Maine residents find the best life insurance policy for their needs last year. We can also assist you in getting coverage that will protect your loved ones if something happens to you.
Age - Age is one of the largest factors affecting life insurance rates. The younger you are when you purchase an insurance policy, the less likely it is that it will pay out. So the lower your rates.
Life expectancy at birth in Maine is 79.2 years, higher than the life expectancy at birth for the US overall, which is 78.9 years. What, if you purchased a 30-year term life policy in Maine at age 52? You'd be more likely than not to pass away before 82 years of age, the end of the term.
On the other hand, what if you were 32 years old and purchased a 30-year term life policy. You'd be well under Maine’s life expectancy of 79.2 years old when the policy term ended. And 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 Maine, the death rate from injury due to firearms is 10.9 per 100,000 deaths, only slightly higher than the average firearm death rate, which is 10.4 per 100,000.
Gender - Women live longer than men on average. So they pay less for insurance than a similar man would. In Maine, the percentage of the population that’s female is 51.0%. The percentage that’s male is 49.0%. 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 it can impact your insurance premiums.
There are conditions like heart disease or cancer which can make your premiums much higher. In some cases, a pre-existing condition can make you ineligible altogether. That's 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 especially relevant in Maine, where sport hunting, fishing and skiing are quite popular.
Marital Status - 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. In Maine in 2009, the rate of marriage for people over 15 was 25.7 per 1,000 people. The rate of divorce was 22.1 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, mundane office job. The most common job in Maine, proportionally, is a logger.
Tobacco Use - Tobacco users don’t live as long as non-tobacco users. So smokers pay much more for life insurance than an identical non-tobacco user. Tobacco use is associated with a number of health complications, such as 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%. As of 2013, the national average rate of smoking was 19%. To compare to the most recent data available, in 2014, approximately 20.2% of Maine adults smoked cigarettes – about 216,000 adults.
Travel - If you regularly travel to developing countries, particularly countries on the US State Department’s Warning List, you will pay more for insurance than a traveler who sticks to developed countries.
Value of Policy - One of the largest contributing factors 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. Obese or seriously overweight people have a lower life expectancy. This means an increased probability of their policy being paid out. Obesity increases the likelihood of health problems such as 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 Maine was 28.9%. This makes Maine the #27 most obese state. 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||902||49.1||16th||42.1|
|*Death Rate calculated as: (deaths from that cause / total population) / 100,000|
|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||Prudential Financial Inc.||$159,744||9.2%|
|2||Lincoln National Corp.||$125,182||7.2%|
|4||Jackson National Life Group||$80,620||4.7%|
|5||Manulife Financial Corp.||$79,192||4.6%|
|6||AXA Life Insurance Co.||$77,892||4.5%|
|7||TIAA - CREF||$66,663||3.8%|
|8||Voya Financial Inc.||$62,990||3.6%|
|9||Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.||$61,585||3.6%|
|10||Ameriprise Financial Inc.||$60,681||3.5%|
Source: A.M. Best (Ratings as of 8/28/2015)
Insurance in Maine is governed by the laws defined under Title 24 of the Maine Revised Statutes, as outlined by the Maine State Legislature.
This legislation is used to regulate claims and provide certain protections to Maine consumers, for example:
Guaranteed Benefits in the Case of Company Failure: If an insurance company is unable to make payments on death claims, the Maine Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association will cover up to $300,000 of death benefits, and up to $100,000 in cash reimbursement. This is so that consumers have confidence that their beneficiaries will receive at least some of their death benefit, though the amount is the same regardless of how much the policy is worth.
Timely Payment of Claims: In Maine, it is required that insurance companies pay out claims in a timely manner. If unreasonable delay occurs, the state will fine and/or sanction the insurance company, and interest will be added for each day of delay. The interest is then also paid to the beneficiary.
These regulations don’t just protect consumers; they also protect insurance companies from fraud. For example, Maine 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 life insurance company that is found to be insolvent. If you have concerns about the financial well-being of your carrier, you should contact the ALDIGA. Their contact info is below:
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