By age 45, an individual has a 50 percent chance of having at least one disability that lasts 90 days or more. In fact, workers have a higher chance of suffering a long-term disability than of premature death during their career. Disability benefits protect your employees from a catastrophic loss of income when a disability makes them unable to work, or unable to work full-time.
Disability benefits generally fall into one of three categories:
Usually, group plans have very streamlined or no underwriting requirements so employees do not have to answer a lot of health questions. Your less-than-healthy employees will find it easier to obtain coverage through the group market than through individual policies. In addition, group coverage usually costs less than an individual policy.