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Rhode Island was the first state to declare independence from England, a full 2 months before the original Fourth of July, but it was the last of the original 13 colonies to become a state. Pawtucket, Rhode Island’s claim to fame is as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America in 1790. Also in Pawtucket is the headquarters of Hasbro, the toy company famous for Mr. Potato Head and others. Despite this, toy cap guns are illegal in Rhode Island. Perhaps related, Rhode Island has extremely low rates of death from guns and strokes, but a high rate of cancer. Any of these factors can play a role in your life insurance rates.
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Below are the major factors that affect life insurance rates in RI.
Age - Age is one of the largest factors affecting life insurance rates. The younger you are when you purchase a policy, the less likely it is that it will pay out, so the lower your premiums will be, other things being equal.
Life expectancy at birth in Rhode Island is 79.9 years, a whole year above the life expectancy at birth for the US overall, which is 78.9 years. So, if you purchased a 30-year term life policy in Rhode Island at age 54, you would be more likely than not to pass away before 84 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 Rhode Island’s life expectancy of 79.9 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 - This might seem like a confusing inclusion, as this page is about insurance, not auto insurance, but 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 Rhode Island, the death rate from injury due to firearms is 5.3 per 100,000 deaths, the fifth-lowest rate in the country, and about half the national average firearm death rate, which 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 Rhode Island, the percentage of the population that’s female is 51.6%, and the percentage that’s male is 48.4%. In the US as a whole, women are 50.8% of the population, and men are 49.2% of the population.
Health History - While most of us have one or two minor health issues, if you have been diagnosed with a serious illness, or if you have a family history of such illnesses, this can have a significant impact 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, other things being equal, than those who don’t. This is especially relevant in Rhode Island, where skiing and hunting 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 most recent data available from the US Census, in Rhode Island in 2009, the rate of marriage for people over 15 was 30.1 per 1,000 people, the rate of divorce was 18.9 per 1,000 people, and the rate of widowhood was 10.6 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, other things being equal. The most common job in Rhode Island, proportionally, is an electronics engineer.
Tobacco Use - Tobacco users don’t live as long as non-tobacco users. So tobacco users pay substantially more for life insurance. 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%. To compare to the most recent data available, in 2014, approximately 17.4% of Rhode Island adults smoked cigarettes – about 146,000 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 - The largest contributing factor to a policy’s rates 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. 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 Rhode Island was 27.3%. This makes Rhode Island the #31 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||476||34.7||43rd||42.1|
|*Death Rate calculated as: (deaths from that cause / total population) / 100,000|
|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|2||Prudential Financial Inc.||$113,382||6.2%|
|3||Jackson National Life Group||$107,884||5.9%|
|4||TIAA - CREF||$101,307||5.6%|
|5||Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.||$96,638||5.3%|
|6||Manulife Financial Corp.||$93,126||5.1%|
|7||Guggenheim Capital LLC||$92,487||5.1%|
|8||Lincoln National Corp.||$80,340||4.4%|
|9||New York Life Insurance Group||$79,436||4.4%|
Source: A.M. Best (Ratings as of 9/3/2015)
This legislation is used to regulate claims and provide certain protections to Rhode Island consumers, for example:
Free Look Period: Free look is a period of time in which the consumer can test out their policy after buying it, like a test drive. In most states, the length of time of a free look period is 30 days, but in Rhode Island, it’s only 10 days. During this period of time, consumers gain better understanding of their policy and have the option to return it for a full refund, with no added fees.
Consumer Misrepresentation: The state of Rhode Island protects insurance companies against consumer misrepresentation. If the consumer is found to have made any errors or misrepresented themselves in any way, the insurance company can legally terminate the policy for up to two years after the policy start date. If this is the case, the insurance company is not obligated to pay any claims during the two years.
These regulations don’t just protect consumers; they also protect insurance companies from fraud. For example, Rhode Island 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 RILHIGA. Their contact info is below:
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