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Guardian Offers Critical Illness Insurance Advice
Date:2/23/2010

"The prevalence of ailments like heart disease, cancer, major organ transplants and kidney disease, coupled with high survival rates, underscore the value of critical illness insurance," said Barry Petruzzi, 2nd Vice President, Group Benefits, Guardian.  "Guardian research shows that many families aren't aware of this important safety net.  People often don't think about how to deal with life's twists and turns until they are hanging over a cliff.  We came up with six questions to spark conversations that would help employees and their families prepare for, and/or avoid a critical illness."  

1) If I have a heart attack, stroke, cancer or other major illness, how would I pay for extra expenses related to my recovery that aren't covered by my medical insurance? Money from critical illness insurance, given as a lump-sum amount when someone is diagnosed with a serious illness such as a heart attack, can be used at the policyholder's discretion and provide needed protection.  

Critical illness insurance can be used to pay for out-of-pocket recovery expenses such as medical deductibles and co-payments, out-of-network costs, experimental and complementary alternative medicine and even medical tourism.  


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