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Four Challenges Consumers Face With Group Disability Policies and ERISA

Posted May 25, 2021

Basic disability monthly benefits are the same under most individual or group long-term disability insurance plans—that is, you should receive income-replacement payments if you are sick or injured and rendered either totally or partially disabled. Each individual or group long-term disability insurer will draft specific contractual language that will govern your claim. While it is great to […]

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Subjective Evidence and Long-term Disabilities

Posted March 1, 2021

Your Feelings and Pain Are Important for Your Group Long-Term Disability Claim A long-term disability (LTD) from an accident or illness can completely disrupt your life and reak financial havok on you and your loved ones. The symptoms of LTD vary widely, and can produce a host of restrictions and limitations. Hopefully, if you incur […]

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Lyme Disease Is a Mental Illness? Your Disability Insurer May Think So

Posted May 10, 2018

Helping Those Suffering from Lyme Disease Get the Disability Benefits They Deserve With the arrival of summer, most of the nation knows it’s time to break out the bug spray. Lyme disease has become a serious medical concern around the country with devastating long term problems. It’s even reported that disease-carrying ticks are appearing in […]

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Disabled in the National Economy versus Disabled From Your Actual Job: Why Does it Matter?

Posted May 8, 2018

Individual or group long-term disability (LTD) insurance is designed to protect a portion of your income, as defined in your policy, if you suffer an injury or illness that leaves you unable to work. If you are self-employed or an independent contractor, you may have an individual long-term disability policy that you purchased from an […]

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The Hartford Bought Aetna’s Group Disability Business

Posted May 3, 2018

What Does This Mean for Your Valid Group Disability Claim? Competition between private businesses theoretically drives better services as companies vie for your business. Aetna and The Hartford were two such corporations. They specialize in insurance, including long-term disability insurance, and were major competitors in the industry. In late 2017, The Hartford bought Aetna’s group […]

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The Role of Overused and Insurance-Biased Doctors in Individual and Group Long-Term Disability Claims

Posted March 22, 2018

So, you filed a valid claim for individual or group long-term disability insurance benefits. During the disability claim process, you provided documentation from multiple doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies describing the nature of your injury or illness, all of your restrictions and limitations, plus pharmacy records, physical therapist or mental health counselor evaluations, and more. Unfortunately, […]

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Glossary of Disability Insurance Terms: What They Really Mean for You

Posted March 20, 2018

Private, for-profit corporations generally deliver individual and group long-term disability insurance benefits. Thus, every disability insurance policy contract is ultimately designed to protect the issuing disability insurance company’s bottom line. Essential disability benefits are the same under most individual or group long-term disability insurance plans—that is, you should receive income-replacement payments if you are sick […]

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Can I Return to Work Part-Time and Still Receive Individual or Group Long-Term Disability Benefits?

Posted March 8, 2018

Generally, your long-term disability insurance exists to replace your income if you can’t work because of a disabling illness or injury. Most individual or group long-term disability beneficiaries are completely disabled from their current occupations, but this isn’t the case for all disability claimants. While a serious disabling illness or injury can leave you with […]

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How federal regulations will affect group disability claims in 2018

Posted September 7, 2017

The United States Department of Labor issued regulations that revise how employer-sponsored disability plans will handle claims and appeals. These regulations apply to plans that fall under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). These changes are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2018, meaning they will apply to disability claims or appeals filed on […]

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How Offsets Can Affect Your Disability Benefits

Posted July 7, 2017

Anyone eligible to receive long-term disability insurance under an employer-sponsored plan or private insurance should know about “offsets,” the reductions in your benefits that can happen if you get other sources of income. Offsets are provisions in the policy that give your insurer broad permission to deduct other benefits that you are eligible to receive […]

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