For the third review in this series, I decided to pick-up the AEGON Religare iTerm Plan (Online) — perhaps the most popular online term insurance plan out there. What stood out and immediately cried for attention on the portal was that the claims statistics are openly published for everyone to see. Impressive. The company also provides an explanation behind the one rejected claim. Supports my hypothesis that if you’re brutally honest when filling up the policy form, you really would have nothing to worry about.
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- The plan offers some optional riders — Accidental Death Benefit, Waiver of Premium on Critical Illness, and Women Critical Illness. I’m not too impressed by the features offered by the latter two, so the only useful rider seems to be the Accidental Death Benefit. But I couldn’t find a way to customize the coverage offered under this rider — the premium calculator seems to automatically pick a coverage based on the other factors such as policy term, your age, etc. and in some combinations the rider option seems to disappear.
- I also like the built-in Terminal Illness clause, which, on diagnosis of any Terminal Illness, 25% of the base sum assured will be paid (maximum of Rs 100 lacs) & the base sum assured will be reduced by an amount equal to the benefit paid under this clause. In my opinion, large cash infusions into your savings account in such situations would directly benefit you.
- Maximum maturity age is 75. So, unlike the current incumbent Bharti AXA Life eProtect plan, youâ€™ll be very well covered even into traditional retirement. The policy term is continuous rather than being restricted to blocks of years (5-years, 10-years, 15-years, and so on).
- Medicals are not required up to a coverage of 25 lacs, seem to be optional up to a coverage of 50 lacs and are compulsory beyond that. The great thing is that all of these are stated upfront. That’s what I am generally liking about AEGON Religare — the portal is very well designed and everything seems to be stated up-front and in a very visible way.
- For our usual 30-30-1 benchmark plan (30-year old buying a 30-year plan for Rs 1 crore cover), the indicated premium is Rs 7,300 excluding service tax which happens to be exactly the same as that for the Bharti AXA Life eProtect plan.
- I’m also comfortable with the AEGON Religare brand.
So, do we have a new winner?
I believe we do. In my opinion, the AEGON Religare iTerm Plan offers you a lot more flexibility than the Bharti AXA Life eProtect Plan (the current title holder) at the same benchmark premium. That now puts the AEGON Religare iTerm Plan in pole position.
What do you think?