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Guardian Highlights Significance of Critical Illness Insurance During National Stroke Awareness Month
Date:5/4/2009

Coverage Can Provide an Unrestricted Financial Lifeline for Americans Struggling With Serious Illnesses

NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) supports National Stroke Awareness Month in May and asks families, business owners, benefits decision makers and employees to consider the financial consequences that this devastating illness can have on a person's financial security.

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the number one cause of adult disability. Approximately 780,000 strokes will occur in 2009 and can happen to anyone regardless of race, gender or age. More than two-thirds of individuals who survive a stroke will have some form of disability.

Understandably, health issues are the primary concern when initially faced with such an illness. However, financial considerations soon enter the equation as families struggle with escalating expenses and often the loss of income. Critical illness insurance provides a lump-sum cash payment when someone is diagnosed with a serious illness such as a stroke. This financial lifeline can be used at the policyholder's discretion and can provide crucial funds to pay for both out-of-pocket medical expenses (medical deductibles & co-payments, out-of-network costs, experimental treatments) and often unanticipated indirect costs such as child care expenses, loss of a family member's income from time off, and travel to treatment centers.

Guardian, a leading national provider of employee benefits, encourages Americans to explore how critical illness insurance can help them in their fight against strokes, and other serious illnesses such as heart attacks, cancer, major organ transplants and kidney disease. The company has made available a report titled "Benefits & Behavior: Spotlight on Group Critical Illness Insurance" which provides insights into Americans' financial concern
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