Affordable life insurance is available for those who have sleep apnea and use a CPAP.
I’ve successfully written several cases, and have gotten as good as preferred rates for these folks.
But it’s not as easy as getting a quick quote online and applying to the company with the best rate. You could get stuck with a company who is very stringent on sleep apnea and may give you a substandard health rating or even deny you coverage.
Let’s talk about how to avoid that.
Why Does Sleep Apnea Affect Life Insurance?
Sleep apnea is a condition life insurance underwriters take very seriously, as it can cause much bigger problems than snoring.
The apnea is a period of time during sleep when the person actually stops breathing. Sometimes, the lack of oxygen has been blamed for high blood pressure or a contributing factor in strokes.
If left untreated and if the apnea is severe, one serious side effect is that patients are prone to accidents, due to the lack of a good night’s sleep. They experience fatigue and fall asleep at the wheel.
How Much Is Life Insurance With Sleep Apnea?
Several factors will determine how much you pay for life insurance with sleep apnea.
Do You Use a CPAP?
First of all, are you wearing your CPAP regularly? If you are, you’re much more likely to get a favorable health rating, which means better rates. If you’re not, you could be declined or forced to pay a high rate.
Secondly, all life insurance carriers will want to see the results of a sleep study wearing your CPAP.
If it was normal and you wear your device every night, that’s a good start.
What Are Your Symptoms?
Do you experience any symptoms, such as fatigue, daytime sleepiness, or falling asleep at work?
Lastly, are you overweight? If you treat the apnea but are still overweight, you will not qualify for the better ratings and pricing.
What If I Don’t Have Sleep Apnea Anymore?
In some cases, a client will tell me they lost weight and no longer use their CPAP since they don’t have sleep apnea anymore. That makes sense to you and me, but to an insurance underwriter, they’ll want to see proof.
What that will generally mean at the least is a follow-up visit to your doctor who can make a note of it in your records, but more often than not, the underwriters would want to see another sleep study proving you no longer have it.
How To Get Affordable Life Insurance Rates with Sleep Apnea
The first thing you must understand is you can’t take this lightly.
Clients who tell me they have sleep apnea but “it’s not that bad” so they don’t use their CPAP will have trouble getting affordable life insurance.
You really need to use an agent who understands higher risk life insurance cases, and can “shop” your case around to multiple companies to get you the best deal.
Best Life Insurance Companies for Sleep Apnea
Not all insurance carriers are as lenient as others about sleep apnea, so make sure to talk to a knowledgeable, independent life insurance agent like our agents at Huntley Wealth about your case, to be sure you get the lowest price available to you. We have done the research to provide you with the best life insurance companies for your specific needs.
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