Life Insurance with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Life Insurance with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

Getting Mortgage Protection in Ireland if You Have CFS or ME?

From speaking to clients with CFS, I know it’s an awfully frustrating condition that can really wear you down.

You feel an-tuirseach all the time, your muscles and joints ache, and you can experience total brain fog, headaches, and trouble sleeping.

Unfortunately, doctors can’t say what causes it, but it seems like some viral infections (like that fecker COVID) or stressful situations can trigger it.

The thing with CFS is that it’s different for everyone – you might just have it for a time while others deal with it for years (so it’s getting lumped in with long COVID).

And even for the same person, it can come and go in unpredictable ways. You’ll be glad to hear that some people do make a full recovery, but the bad news is that there’s no magic bullet.

Rest seems to be the best medicine.

CFS is also known as ME, which stands for Myalgic (muscle pain) Encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord)

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I use CFS and ME interchangeably in this article.

6 symptoms of CFS/ ME

I’m sure you stumbled upon this article to find out more about getting life insurance, mortgage protection or income protection if you have CFS so let’s look at the most common questions I get asked (and you may be wondering about)

Can I get life insurance with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME?

The quick answer is yes.

Once your diagnosis of CFS or ME has been confirmed and all other causes have been excluded, you will be able to get life insurance and mortgage protection.

And even better news, if you apply to the correct insurer, you will get the normal price!

Will I have to pay more for my Life Insurance due to CFS?

Provided your condition is well controlled (and you choose the correct insurer) your cover won’t be more expensive due to CFS

You can plug your details in here to get an idea of how much it will cost

However, if you suffer from any related mental health issues such as depression, the insures will need more information from you before they can make a decision.

You may have to pay extra depending on the insurer, that’s why it’s so important to speak with all five insurers

Will the insurer put exclusions or limitations on my Mortgage Protection?

There are no exclusions on death cover policies (life insurance or mortgage protection) except death by suicide in the first 12 months of the policy.

The insurer will offer you full cover or will refuse cover so even if you die because of CFS, the insurer will pay your claim

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What if my CFS returns or gets worse in the future?

Your health is fixed from the date the insurer activates your policy so you do not have to tell them of any new or worsening health issues that may happen after that date.

Don’t worry, the insurer can’t review or cancel your policy if your condition goes downhill.

Can you get Serious Illness Cover with CFS?

You can get serious illness cover if your condition is mild and there have been no recent symptoms.

But the insurers may exclude claims under Total Permanent Disability or Loss of Independent Living.

The insurer will cover you for all other conditions such as cancer, heart attack, stroke etc.

Is Income Protection possible with CFS – ME?

If you had mild CFS and you have been symptom-free for over 5 years, it’s possible to get income protection without any exclusions.

Otherwise, the insurer will apply a mental health and chronic fatigue exclusion to your policy meaning you won’t be able to claim if you’re unable to work due to those conditions.

Unfortunately, if your CFS is on the severe end of the spectrum, the providers will not offer you income protection.

What medical information does the Insurer look for?

The insurer will need the following:

Who confirmed the diagnosis?
Has an underlying cause been found?
When were you diagnosed?
How long since you have fully recovered?
Have you taken any time off work?
Do you have any associated psychiatric or muscular/skeletal disease

Will the insurance company require a medical examination before providing coverage?

No, but the insurer may request a PMAR (medical report) from your GP.

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And don’t worry about the cost of the medical report because the insurer will pick up the bill.

Over to you…

If you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and need life insurance or mortgage protection, I’d love to lend a helping hand.

The good news is that the normal price for our clients is well, normal – we’re the experts at getting cover for people with health issues.

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Nick

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