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Four Out of Five Disability Income Insurance Claimants are Satisfied With Their Policy
Date:6/5/2008

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"Most claimants say they would have suffered financial hardship had they not protected their income with disability insurance," said Humphrey Taylor, Chairman of The Harris Poll.

Many private disability insurance claimants also file for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Disability insurance provides a vital financial lifeline while applicants wait for a final decision regarding their SSDI application. In addition, many disability insurers help individuals with the SSDI application process. The survey found that nearly eight out of ten (79%) disability insurance claimants who also received SSDI benefits said they were satisfied with their overall experience with the SSDI program.

"The survey highlights an opportunity for private disability insurers and the Social Security Administration to continue to work together to ensure disabled workers get the financial assistance they need," said Ignagni.

The survey also assessed claimants' knowledge of and experiences with some of the innovative programs insurers have implemented to assist disabled workers. Many were at least somewhat familiar with these programs, and of those who participated in them, most said they were satisfied with their experience. Four out of five (80 percent) said they were satisfied with the rehabilitation program they participated in; 78 percent were satisfied with the workplace accommodations; 70 percent were satisfied with the education benefits they received; 69 percent were satisfied with the return-to-work program they participated in; and 64 percent were satisfied with the support they receive to help start a business.

Of those who purchased individual disability income insurance, more than two-thirds (69 percent) said their motivation to purchase the plan was to provide their family with income should they become disabled and not able to work. Nearly half (47 percent) said that preserving their retirement savings in th
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