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More adults consider life insurance amid pandemic: Unum survey

Insurance Forums Staff

The coronavirus pandemic gives millions of Americans—especially younger adults, those with children at home, and minorities—an opportunity to reconsider how they manage their finances.

According to a new Unum survey,* 41% of adults said the pandemic has changed how their family handles finances. And nearly one in four (22%) will consider increasing their life insurance coverage this year.

Most Americans don’t understand how much life insurance they need—and 45% don’t have or know if they have life insurance—according to the survey.

“The pandemic changed our lives, and it’s not a surprise more people are thinking about how they are protecting their families with life insurance,” said Chris Pyne, executive vice president of Group Benefits at Unum. “For most people, the ability to earn an income throughout their life is the biggest asset they have.”

In nearly half (48%) of households, the death of a family’s primary wage-earner would cause financial strain in less than three months.

While 22% said the pandemic caused them to consider adding additional life insurance coverage, the numbers are even higher among several groups, including: households with children (34%), Black adults (36%), Hispanic adults (38%), Generation Z’ers (38%) and Millennials (30%).

When asked how much life insurance they need, more than one in three (36%) of respondents said they just needed the equivalent or double their annual income. And another 28% believe they just need three or four times their income.

In fact, Life Insurance Awareness Month sponsor Life Happens recommends people have 10 to 15 times their salary in life insurance coverage for funeral expenses, household bills and future financial obligations, like education or retirement, should a wage earner die.

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Unum Group provides a broad portfolio of financial protection benefits and services through the workplace, and is the leading provider of disability income protection worldwide. Unum reported revenues of $12 billion in 2019 and paid $7.5 billion in benefits. For more information, connect with Unum on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

*Online research administered between Aug. 25 and Sept. 2, 2020 by Dynata on behalf of Unum among 1,002 U.S. adults.



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