United of Omaha - Life Insurance Underwriting Update

10-01-2020

** Updated 10/01/2020 **

Mutual of Omaha will be expanding the cases they accept beginning Thursday, October 1, 2020. The following guidelines will apply to all fully-underwritten life insurance cases. This includes any newly submitted and pending in-house cases, whether formal or informal. Please note, the guidelines below are temporary.

International Travel Guidelines

  • All fully-underwritten life insurance cases where the proposed insured plans to travel or has traveled internationally to countries under a Level 4 travel advisory will be postponed.
  • All other cases where the proposed insured plans to travel or has traveled internationally may be considered after all international travel is complete, and the proposed insured has been back in the United States for a minimum of 30 days.


Acceptance Guidelines Based on Insured's Issue Age

  • If the individual is age 0-59: Eligible for best risk class underwriting
    • Please note, if the individual has co-morbid conditions resulting in a rating higher than Table 4, it may be postponed. Mutual of Omaha will be suspending the FIT Underwriting Credit program for insureds age 0-59 with co-morbid conditions.
  • If the individual is age 60-69: Must be rated a Table 2 or better
    • Mutual of Omaha will be temporarily suspending the FIT Underwriting Credit program for all insureds age 60-69.
  • If the individual is age 70-79: Must have Standard or better risk classification
    • Mutual of Omaha will be temporarily suspending the FIT Underwriting Credit program for all insureds age 70-79.
  • ​​​​​​​If the individual is 80 and above: Temporarily postponed

 

** 04/14/2020 **

Throughout the rapidly evolving pandemic, Mutual of Omaha has been continuously evaluating their underwriting and new business practices to support business continuity, deliver a consistently high level of service, and maintain their financial strength.

As a result, effective Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Mutual of Omaha is implementing the following temporary changes to their life insurance underwriting guidelines. These changes apply to all fully-underwritten life insurance cases that are not already approved or issued. This includes any newly submitted and pending in-house cases, whether formal or informal.

  • Postponements Due to International Travel
    All fully-underwritten life insurance cases where the proposed insured has plans to travel internationally between now and the end of the year will be postponed. These postponed cases may be considered after all international travel is complete, the proposed insured has been back in the United States for a minimum of 30 days, and no further international travel is planned this year.
    Mutual of Omaha will continue to monitor this situation and make adjustments as warranted.
     
  • Postponements Based on Insured’s Issue Age
    Mutual of Omaha will be postponing all fully-underwritten life insurance cases in the following categories:
    • If the individual is age 70 and above
    • If the individual is age 60-69 and is rated greater than a Table 2. We will also be temporarily suspending the FIT Underwriting Credit Program for all insureds age 60-69.

The temporary changes above are in addition to the guidance on COVID-19 announced on March 24th which postpones underwriting if the proposed insured has traveled or resided outside of the U.S. within the past 30 days, if the proposed insured or any member of his or her household has come into close contact with anyone known to have tested positive for COVID-19, or if the insured has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been hospitalized or quarantined for the virus.

Mutual of Omaha wants to thank you for your flexibility and understanding as everyone continues to adapt to changing conditions. 

Please give us a call at 1-800-792-6795 if you have any questions about these updates.