Life and Annuity Insurance - What Affects Premium?
- The age you purchase your policy. The older you are, the more expensive the premiums.
- Your overall health. Life insurance companies typically ask you about your medical history, request access to medical records and even obtain blood and urine samples for testing.
- Pre-existing and/or chronic health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer or sexually transmitted diseases may prevent you from getting life insurance or place you in a high-risk pool at greater cost.
- Poor health habits, such as smoking and excessive drinking.
- Engaging in dangerous hobbies, such as skydiving, skiing or rock climbing
- Your driving record, in terms of accidents, DUI citations, claims and tickets. The better your record, the better rates you’ll receive for your life insurance.
- Your geographic area. Life insurance companies have access to regional data that document mortality rates and life expectancy, and they use that data to calculate the rates they offer.