Banking problems. My bank didn't pay a direct debit which then meant it automatically cancelled the Direct diebit. I realised two months later and send payment by cheque for the missed amounts on my three policies. they then asked for new DD forms. for some reason they did not receive these. I then again ended up sending two more months worth of premiums They said they would not credit them to my account until they had all the paper work...I rang them and kept asking what was required to reinstate the policies. They said new direct debit forms and now a delcaration of health. After my letter of complaint saying that they had kept moving the goal posts and had not made matters clear and their response, saying that once they had all the papers (ie. cheques, direct debit forms and a medical declaration) they would reinstate. Once they had all of this they then said, no they now wanted a medical report. (bearing in mind the med declarationw as no different from one I had sent two years previously). I had a medical exam in early December, which was very good according to my doctor who said I was looking 10 years younger then an average 54 year old. I was told yesterday, over the phone that they would not reinstate my policy (I have three and owing to a computer error do not know if they have cancelled all three or just the main one).
I have not received the letter from them yet and have no idea why they might have cancelled it. I have held this policy since 1994 and am wondering if its to do with general economics and my age?
When I have more in writing it may become clearer but it is very distressing as I have paid into this policy for 18 years and now when I need it as I am getting older ...they have decided to withdraw. This isnot the first time I have heard about insurance companies doing this and am determined to fight this to the end.
I have now received information from the insurers. They are prepared to re-instate my two life policies but the third one taken out in 1994 includes critical illness. I have been diagnosed with mild ocular hyper tension and they have decided that this is cause for exclusion. (Apparantlyreinstatment can only happen on the same underwriting terms that were offered when the policy commended in 1994)
1. Is ocular hypertension so sever that it counts as a critical illness in which case could I claim.
2. Can I expect to get back all the premiums or whatever the policy is now worth (I imagine something after 18 years)
3, Would it be worth getting my consultant to write? as I understand mine is very mild and caught in good time so no possibility of damage etc)
It started as Barclays Life but was taken over by ReAssure (!!!) a couple of years ago.
I don't know ofany particular problems with the company having particularly stringentunderwriting, which is why I asked who it was.
I was 15 yearsworking for a life insurance company before I joined the legal profession, so Ihave just a little experience of this.
In your initialpost you said that there was no particular health issue.
Presumably youfilter the medical declaration in (certificate of continuing good health),which said that your health was no different now than when you took the policyout.
If that is thecase and you now have any hypertension, they would certainly have asked foreither a medical or your GP to fill in a questionnaire. Based upon what is inthe questionnaire they take a decision to either take the policy on or not.Whilst this may not have been a problem in 1994 when you were 35, it becomes amuch bigger problem when you are 54. Indeed, I do not know whether they wouldhave taken you want with exactly the same problem at 35 because I do not knowwhether you had the problem then or not.
They are notactually under any obligation to take you on even if you were squeakyclean.
The policy appearsto have lapsed through non-payment ofpremiums and as such, it is only reinstated on the same terms as the originalpolicy and if things have changed even slightly (and in fact, even if things Ihave not changed at all) they are under no duty to reinstate the policy.
On these facts, itappears to be simply an underwriting decision on the basis that 19 years later,you have a problem which you did not have when you applied for the policy 19years ago.
It is alsosignificant that they have reinstated the life-insurance policies, but not theones for critical illness. The reason is that the underwriting criteria.Because of the risk involved with critical illness cover, is extremely strictand basically if you've got anything more than a cough or cold, you are luckyto get cover at all, even from outset.
With regard toyour numbered questions, I am afraid that you would need to speak to a medicalexpert Dr with regard to 1.
2 . You have hadthe benefit of cover for 19 years and therefore those premiums have paid forthat cover for that time and you were not entitled to the premiums back. I don'tknow whether the policy has a surrender value or not, but if it does have anysurrender/investment element that would be maintained. It would be unusual fora critical illness policy to have an investment element, but I do not knowevery product from every provider and my market intelligence is rusty, to saythe least.
3 . There is noharm whatsoever in getting your consultant to write. If you have not donealready, it would be worthwhile speaking to whoever filled the medicalcertificate in to find out whether, in their opinion, this would lead to beingdeclined for critical illness cover.
I appreciate thatnot of this is probably the answer you wanted, but based upon the fact you havegiven me that is how I see this and there is no point in me misleading you
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