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Getting Life Insurance with Multiple Sclerosis

getting mortgage protection if you have MS

 

Hello Nick,
I currently have a mortgage application going through. It won’t be a problem to be approved for this amount as I have a permanent job and am applying for less than originally approved for. However although I’m only 27 years of age I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in September – so far it’s only optic neuritis I suffered. Will I get mortgage protection cover? I didn’t even think it would be a problem until I googled it? Now I’m extremely concerned and worried. I would be very grateful for your help.
Aileen

Aileen had herself worried to bits, but we managed to arrange her mortgage protection without any hassle.

The insurer requested a medical report from her GP, and once they received it, they accepted her for mortgage protection immediately, albeit with a premium loading.

Can you get Life insurance and Mortgage Protection if you have Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS is a chronic condition that affects the protective layer that surrounds nerve cells.

MS does not significantly reduce life expectancy, and this is why it’s fairly straightforward to get life insurance if you are living with multiple sclerosis.

What information does the insurer look for in an MS patient?

  • Type of MS
  • Date of diagnosis
  • Details of any neurological episodes before diagnosis
  • Symptoms and course since diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Current neurological status; degree of disability where present

Before offering cover, the insurer will request a medical report from your GP.

How much does life insurance cost if you have MS?

The insurer will increase your premium based on the severity of your condition:

Mild: 50/100% increase on the standard price

  • Remitting relapsing
  • No mobility issues
  • No restriction to daily activities
  • No complications

Moderate: 100/150% increase on the standard price

  • Relapsing-Remitting or mild Progressive MS
  • Mobile but with the use of aids
  • Some restrictions to daily activities/some complications

Severe: >150+ % increase on the standard price

  • Progressive MS
  • Immobile
  • Severe restrictions/complications

So let’s say the standard price for someone with no health issues was €50 per month.

For the same cover, someone with mild MS will pay €75/€100 per month, with moderate MS €100/125 per month, with severe €125+ per month.

Can you get Income Protection or Serious Illness Cover if you have MS?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to get serious illness cover or income protection insurance with multiple sclerosis.

What other types of cover are available to someone with MS?

Yes, both of these options are open.

With Multi Claim Mortgage Protection, your policy will have an MS exclusion bundle.

You will qualify for Cancer Only cover at the standard price.

Over to you…

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