Overview of Gerber Life Insurance
Gerber Life Insurance is best known for its polices for children, but the company does sale term life and whole life polices to adults. Gerber Life sells directly to consumers rather than agents using commercials and direct mailers, very similar to AARP except you don’t have to be a member.
If you are thinking about buying life insurance for your child, be sure to do all your research on the pro’s and con’s to make sure your money is well spent.
Gerber Life has an A.M. Best financial strength rating of an “A” (Excellent). Having a good financial outlook is important because it’s an indication of how well the insurer can pay claims. An insurance companies financial strength is important because claims may not be paid for many years later after the policy was purchased.
Gerber Life consumer complaints were fewer than the median number according to state regulators of the year 2017 (most recent data available). The median score is a 1, and Gerber Life had a score of 0.59. This means less complaints compared to the median.
Gerber Life Insurance Products (Children & Adults)
Gerber Life Grow-Up Plan for Children
Gerber Life Insurance is best known for the Gerber Life Grow-Up Plan for children. This policy is a whole life policy with coverage options of $5,000 to $50,000. Issue ages are from 14 days old to 14 years old. This is when parents, grandparents, or legal guardians can apply for coverage.
The coverage amount doubles at age 18 automatically with no extra premium charge. Your child will become of owner of the policy at age 21, unless other conditions are set up. If your child is older than 14 then don’t worry, Gerber Life offers coverage to teens ages 15-17 also.
Sample Rates for Gerber Life Grow-Up Plan
Based on a male child’s rates
Endowment Life Insurance
This policy is referred to as the Gerber Life College Plan and is designed for college savings while doubling as life insurance for an adult. Typically a parent is insured, and the maturity date of the policy would coincide with the child graduating high school.
The Gerber Life College Plan (endowment life insurance) pays out a lump sum of money on a certain date or when the insured (the parent) dies, whichever comes first. The idea is that the lump sum of money returned at maturity or the death benefit if the parent dies is used to fund college. Rate of return varies and returns are taxed as ordinary income.
Gerber Term Life
Gerber’s term life policies are available in 10, 20, and 30 year term periods. Death benefits range from $100,000 to $300,000 with most people not having to take a medical exam. These policies can be approved in minutes. If you are above the age of 50, then you are required to take a medical exam.
Gerber Life Term Insurance vs. The Competitors
Gerber Whole Life
Gerber’s whole life policy has had some very interesting changes this year. The biggest change is the increase in death benefit limits. Gerber’s whole life policy now offers death benefit amounts ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000. Issue ages are 18-70 years old and consumers age 50 and below can buy up to $300,000 without a medical exam.
The death benefit and premiums are guaranteed for the life of the contract, while building up cash value over time.
Gerber Guaranteed Issue Whole Life for Seniors
This Gerber Life policy accepts everyone. It’s a guaranteed issue whole life policy with face amounts between $5,000 and $25,000 and issue ages between 50-80. Premiums are guaranteed for the life of the policy and these policies do build up some cash value over time.
The one drawback to all guaranteed issue whole life is the waiting period on when you get full death benefit for sickness. This policy is no different!!
These policies only pay on accident the first 2 years, but do pay full benefit if death is by accident. After 2 years, the benefit is paid no matter what causes the death.
Sample Rates for Gerber Guaranteed Issue Whole Life
Gerber Accidental Death and Dismemberment Life Insurance
Accidental death and dismemberment life insurance is designed to cover you if you were to die from an accident or suffer a disabling injury such as, loss of a foot, hand, leg, or eyesight caused by an accident. Traditional life policies pay for sickness and accident while the Gerber Accidental Death and Dismemberment life insurance only pays for death or injury caused accidentally.
Gerber life’s rates for this policy are low compared to its competitors, especially the older you get. Issue ages are between the ages of 19-69 with the maximum death benefit of $100,000. No medical exam is required or health questionnaire and premiums are not based on age.
Sample Rates Gerber Accidental Death and Dismemberment Life Insurance
While Gerber Life Insurance is a strong financial institution with many years of doing business, it just doesn’t compete with the other top insurance carriers in America. If you are thinking about purchasing life insurance, first make sure to choose an agent whom represents multiple companies. This ensures that you are able to find the right policy to meet your needs. If we can help or you have any comments please let us know.