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Many Baby Boomers Incorrectly Believe They Are Protected Against the Risk of Disability
Date:5/22/2008

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"Many baby boomers have a false sense of financial security against the risk of disability," said Humphrey Taylor, Chairman of the Harris Poll.

Baby boomers were also asked what their primary source of financial assistance would be if they became disabled and were unable to work. A quarter (25 percent) said they would rely on their personal savings. Others said they would rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (15 percent), private disability insurance (13 percent), or Workers' Compensation (13 percent). Previous surveys have found that baby boomers overestimate the coverage available through public disability programs and most are not financially prepared to weather even a short term disability.

In addition, almost half of baby boomers (47 percent) said they had a conversation about disability insurance in the past year. When asked about where they would most likely seek information about private disability income insurance, almost a quarter (24 percent) said an insurance agent, seventeen percent said their Human Resources representative, fifteen percent said the internet, and ten percent said a financial advisor.

This is the fourth in a series of surveys assessing baby boomers' awareness of and knowledge about disability income protection. More information about these surveys is available at http://www.YourIncomeAtRisk.org.

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Harris Interactive conducted an online survey on behalf of AHIP between April 25-29 among a nationwide sample of 3,607 adults aged 18 and older, including 1,182 Baby Boomers aged 44 - 62. Data were weighted to be representative of the total U.S. adult population that is online on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income and race/ethnicity, and for propensity to go online. No estimates of theoretical sampling er
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