Things have changed quite a bit in the last few months. Businesses, restaurants, theaters and malls have shuttered their doors. The ones that managed to keep afloat have reopened slowly. Sports organizations, from high school to professional levels, have had to move their schedules around with players catching the Coronavirus. If it wasn't for The Tennis Channel I would be out of my mind, as they managed to show a lot of smaller tournaments during the summer months to keep me occupied.
With all of this in mind, I went out to my mailbox this week to hear the familiar sound of a schoolbus. As it came down the street I was struck by the fact that I had not seen one in nearly six months. And as the kids are on a "hybrid" schedule, it was good to know that maybe things are slowly getting back to normal.
Personally, I don't think we will be getting back to a real "normal" until next spring. But even then there will be a lot of changes. Of all of these changes, one will be how we do business in the insurance world.
Like most life insurance agents, I have had to do more remote work. Actually, we had a lot of the systems in place already. Web based applications were being offered by nearly all of the insurance companies. Using an online calendar that my prospects and clients could use to book their own appointments was also around, and we had taken a serious look at using it. Covid just sped up our decision to implement it.
Another change was the addition of some products to our menu. Sure, we always had access to policies like Hospital Indemnity and Cancer plans, but most were on a payroll deduction basis. Now we could offer versions that were "stand alone" plans, again with applications that could be taken right over the phone.
By using one of our carriers quoting engine for life and disability insurance (in the upper right of this page), readers of this blog could get a ballpark price of what a policy may cost. This saves you time, and with the "How much protection might I need" link, you can calculate the amount of coverage would actually protect your family instead of just guessing.
Another change that was taking place pre-pandemic but has really gotten more attention in recent months has been the paramed requirements for life insurance applications. Having a nurse come to your work or office to get your vitals, along with some bodily fluids in some cases, has never been on anyone's wish list. The people who are taking the self-isolation more seriously than others don't necessarily want a stranger in their home, especially one who had been in the homes of other people recently.
These paramed nurses, in my opinion, have always been very professional and take every precaution to protect themselves and their clients. But like I said, things have changed dramatically for them too. Some of the insurance carriers have changed their own underwriting rules. For instance, you can apply for a policy with one of our life insurance companies for up to $250,000 with no exam. The result has put several paramed exam companies out of business for good.
There have been many changes recently, but rest assured that when we do settle in on a "new normal" we'll be here for you and your family. In the meantime, give us a call and let us help you now. And please stay healthy!
Chris Castanes is the president of Surf Financial Brokers, helping people find affordable life and disability insurance coverage. He's also is a professional speaker helping sales people be more productive and efficient and has spoken to professional and civic organizations throughout the Southeast. And please subscribe to this blog!