Critical Illness Insurance Walmart Compare
Walmart Associates are eligible for group voluntary critical illness coverage. The insurance protection is offered by Allstate.
The following is based on information dates January 1, 2019 and may be subject to change.
Critical Illness Insurance Walmart - Policy Summary
The policy is a comprehensive critical illness insurance. The policy is an optional benefit. The cost of coverage will be deducted from paychecks.
Benefit amounts are chosen and can range from $5,000 to $20,000. There is an option to purchase coverage for spouses / domestic partners and children.
The plan is Section 125 qualified. Premiums can be paid with pre-tax dollars from a Health Savings Account.
A benefit will be paid for heart attack, stroke, transient ischemic attack, coronary artery bypass surgery. Also for invasive cancer or carcinoma in situ, end stage renal failure, ruptured or dissecting aneurysm, advanced Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease. The literature spells out specified diseases.
Why Compare The Walmart Policy
A cursory review of the policy literature indicates this is excellent coverage. However, pricing is not available.
Here are a few reasons it might make sense to compare the Critical Illness Insurance Walmart policy with other plans available for individuals.
- It always pays to compare costs.
- Insurers who sell direct to consumers offer competitive pricing.
- Younger employees may save with cancer-only coverage.
- You may be able to get more cancer benefits for the same cost.
- Non-smokers may save by buying directly.
A few thoughts for those considering coverage
The following are opinions shared by Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Critical Illness Insurance.
What’s Good About the Critical Illness Insurance Walmart plan? The Walmart plan is very comprehensive. It covers a significant number of illnesses and conditions that often are not included by plans available directly to consumers. Diseases like Malaria are admittedly rare. But, if the cost for this insurance is near the cost of other plans, there are indeed lots of benefits covered.
Other positives: The plan has a 100% recurrence benefit. Simply said, if you are diagnosed with cancer, you get paid. If after a time period of being cancer free, you are diagnosed again, a second payment is made. There are additional benefits like a lodging benefit and a $2,000 air ambulance benefit.
What concerns me about the Walmart plan? Obviously cost. That’s something you as an Associate need to compare. We would welcome hearing from an Associate willing to share costs. Call me privately at 818-597-3205.
How much critical illness insurance to buy? My rule of thumb is to buy an amount equal to between 6 months and 18 months of your rent or mortgage payment. The average critical illness insurance policy purchased is between $12,000 and $15,000.
A final thought about covering children. Children do get critical illnesses, but they are rare. Unless adding a child costs very little in terms of additional premium, you have to decide if the risk is really worth the cost.