AIG unveils revolutionary group critical illness
Monday 5 July 2021
AIG Life Limited has today unveiled a simpler approach to group critical illness (CI) insurance, matching its individual critical illness offering, which throws out the idea that every condition it pays on needs to be listed.
Offering a new standard in group CI, AIG’s group critical illness consolidates conditions under grouped headings to give employees simpler, fairer and broader coverage that keeps pace with tomorrow should they, or their child, suffer a serious illness. It enhances the prospect of a successful claim for the employee and their family.
This one level of comprehensive cover groups over 27 conditions under eight straightforward headings. These groups focus on specific surgeries or the impact on daily life for employees, not the name of the illness. If the impact is the same, the employee will be covered – whatever the name of the condition. The headings are:
- Degenerative neurological disorder
- Reduced heart function
- Surgery to the heart, aorta or pulmonary artery
- Surgery via the skull
- Brain injury
- Loss of use of a limb
- Lung disease or removal
- Blindness or removal of an eyeball.
It also covers 21 stand-alone conditions that it doesn’t make sense to group together.
Responding to feedback from the market, AIG Life has updated its flexible benefits terms to make sure they meet employees’ needs. As well as making sure flex cover is an option for employers of all sizes, it has removed the benefit level limits at flexible benefit windows and lifestyle events, relaxed actively at work requirements and improved related medical conditions exclusion wording, so it’s easier to make a claim.
There’s the option to add total permanent disability (TPD) and provide group critical illness for the employee’s partner too. And it also still comes with valuable support for all the family – through the award-winning 24/7 digital health and wellbeing service Smart Health, plus personalised practical and emotional support from Red Arc nurses when they need to claim.
'We’re offering a real game-changer in the group critical illness market that is simpler for employees to understand and enhances the prospect of a successful claim for themselves and their family', said Lee Lovett, Managing Director, Group Protection at AIG Life.
'We’re removing the complexity that has plagued our industry, to make having group critical illness a no-brainer. Until now, employers had to choose which medical situations they want the insurance to pay out on, and needed some level of medical knowledge to know what they’re buying. Really, it’s about relieving employees’ money worries as quickly as possible, to help them feel confident about their financial future. Leaving them to focus on what matters: their recovery.'
'We’ve simplified the conditions covered and made it easy for employees to understand by grouping conditions based on the impact it has on everyday life, not the name of the illness, and in turn our cover has broadened. Doing this means the employee’s cover keeps pace with new medical developments and doesn’t diminish over time.'
Children’s cover as standard
Children’s cover, designed specifically with kids in mind, is also included in group critical illness as standard with every policy. It pays out up to age 18 (or age 23 if in full-time education) and includes 10 child-specific illnesses.
'Whether it’s common childhood illnesses or something more serious, the children’s critical illness cover that comes as part of group critical illness, along with Smart Health’s every day health and wellbeing services, is designed to support families every step of the way' said Lovett.
Financial advisers and employee benefits consultants can find out about Group Critical Illness via the AIG Life website.