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Types of life insurance
There are two main types of life insurance: term life insurance and permanent life insurance. Term life insurance simply covers you for a specified amount of time (10-, 20- and 30-year policies being the most common). Permanent life insurance can be broken down into three types: universal, whole and variable. You can use this tool to get a better understanding of which type of life insurance is right for you.
Common life insurance questions
Who needs life insurance?
Generally speaking, if you have dependents or are married, your family can benefit from you having a life insurance policy. Life insurance offers peace of mind by ensuring that your loved ones will be taken care of in the event of your untimely death. Plus, payouts are tax-free.
Why should I get coverage now?
Rates tend to go up as you age. Buying a policy when you’re younger lets you lock in a lower rate.
How much life insurance do I need?
This depends on what you want to leave when you’re gone. There are two common methods for calculating the amount of life insurance you need: lump sum and income replacement. You can use this estimator tool to get an understanding of how much life insurance you may need.
How much does life insurance cost?
The cost of your life insurance policy is dependent on a variety of different factors, ranging from your age, gender, location, and health. You can use this term life insurance tool to get an idea of what life insurance may cost you.
What is term life insurance?
“Term” refers the length of coverage that you choose. If you pass away during the term (usually 10, 20 or 30 years), your beneficiaries receive a cash payout.
Why is term life a good option?
With term life insurance, you’re only paying for the years where the need is greatest (when your kids are younger or in college), and it is usually the most affordable type of insurance.
Is my policy through work enough?
Life insurance through your employer is not portable, so it won’t come with you if you leave the job. Also, the amount is often not enough to meet people’s protection needs.
What is permanent life insurance?
Permanent life insurance falls under three types of policies: whole, universal, or variable. These policies cover your entire life and usually build cash value over time, but tend to be more expensive than term life insurance.
Long-term care resources and solutions
Long-term care basics
Become familiar with the basics of long-term care coverage by visiting our interactive website.
Life insurance with a long-term care rider
Our Long-Term Care Rider is designed for people who have a primary need for life insurance but also have concerns for covering long-term care costs.
Nationwide CareMatters® products
These products offer long-term care coverage linked to a universal life insurance policy. CareMatters provides single-life coverage, and CareMatters TogetherSM provides joint coverage that can be used by one person or shared in any combination of benefit payments if the need for care arises.