Setting up a policy
There are just three steps to setting up an Ill Health Early Retirement Benefit policy:
1. Decide to de-risk this liability
- Choose the level of cover, please see our PDF file: Ill health early retirement benefit technical guide PDF size: 335KB for the types of cover available
- Complete PDF file: Ill health early retirement benefit proposal form PDF size: 582KB for an Ill Health Early Retirement Benefit quote
2. Quantify the cost
If the scheme is defined benefit, either:
- The pension scheme’s actuary can calculate the strain cost on the pension scheme, or
- We can use our strain cost assumption tools to analyse scheme information and calculate an amount that targets the expected strain cost
If the scheme is defined contribution
- Our scheme underwriters can calculate the costs by assessing the membership profile and claims history
The policy can insure the estimated cost or just part of it.
3. Policy starts
Once your client accepts our quote, we’ll let you know what information is needed to start the policy and confirm a start date.
Managing the policy
The policy sum assured is re-calculated annually and premiums are adjusted accordingly, taking into account of any changes such as membership, benefit levels and claims experience.
In the event of a claim the lump sum benefit paid will be the amount agreed between your client and us at the policy start date or, if later, the last annual renewal date before the member first met the policy definition of permanent incapacity.
The benefit paid will not exactly match the strain cost arising in a defined benefit pension scheme.