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Top 10 health hazards for life insurers

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10 costliest health conditions
10 costliest health conditions

When you apply for life insurance, an underwriter will consider multiple factors before offering you a policy: your age, gender, occupation, financial status, risky pastimes, lifestyle (particularly tobacco, alcohol and drug use), face amount of the policy and your health.

Then, armed with actuarial tables drawn from the company's claims history, the underwriter will place you in a risk class based on the likelihood that you will expire before your policy matures, thus forcing the company to take a loss on you. Naturally, the higher the face value of your policy, the closer the underwriter will scrutinize your health.

Those deemed a good bet to go the policy distance may qualify for the preferred or preferred-plus rate class (that offers the best rates). Riskier applicants may only qualify for standard or substandard rates, while some individuals may be deemed too risky to insure.

Which health conditions are most likely to adversely affect your life insurance rate?

We asked Stephen Bloom, first vice president and chief underwriter for New York Life, and Jacki Goldstein, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer for MetLife's Life New Business and Underwriting to walk us through the top 10 costliest health hazards for a 40-year-old man.

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