This is the fourth year that Unusual Risks have surveyed the availability of HIV Life Assurance in the UK, with the earliest survey result in 2011 indicating only 50%* of insurance providers were offering any form of HIV Life Assurance. This year Unusual Risks have expanded their survey to find out more about the availability of Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover to people living with HIV. They have also looked at the number of HIV Positive People that would consider taking out such policies if they became available.
Speaking about their survey, Chris Morgan, Lead Financial Adviser of Unusual Risks said;
‘We recently surveyed the top ten life assurance groups servicing brokers and were delighted to see that 70% of companies are still offering Life Assurance to HIV Positive people. It is encouraging to see a wide range of Life Assurance products available to the HIV community’.
‘Unusual Risks are constantly working with insurance providers to create better products and services for the HIV community. In this year’s survey we also decided to look at the availability of Income Protection Insurance and Critical Illness Cover to people with HIV’.
‘We are now receiving regular enquiries about the availability of Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover from HIV Positive people. However, we are still unable to offer these types of products to people living with HIV as they are unavailable in the market place’.
In this year’s HIV Insurance Survey Unusual Risks established that currently 0%* of the major Insurance companies surveyed currently offered any form of Income Protection Insurance or Critical Illness Cover to people already diagnosed with HIV.
In a further part of their survey Unusual Risks established that 61%* of people living with HIV would consider taking out some form of Income Protection or Critical Illness Cover if it was made available to them in the market place.
Chris Morgan at Unusual Risks led the campaign for the introduction of HIV life Assurance from 1999 through to its introduction in 2009. He believes that it’s now time the UK Insurance industry take a serious look at providing Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover for people with HIV.
If you require more information on HIV Life Assurance, HIV Life Insurance or HIV Mortgages please contact Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on the web www.unusualrisks.co.uk