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For Reducing the Worry That Comes with Recovery.

Medical bills can be some of our largest expenses, but there is another option. If you're like most of your peers, you're a planner.

You have a road map for where you want to go, and all the needed steps to get you there.

Let's face it, you wouldn't be where you are, if that weren't the case. Being prepared may include having savings, a retirement plan, health, malpractice, and life insurance as well as disability income protection. Sound familiar? If so, you've made some smart decisions to help keep you and your family safe and your goals in life on track.

Being a medical professional, you also know that it can be tough to anticipate everything life throws at you, if not downright impossible. You probably know someone who's been diagnosed with a serious illness, like cancer, a heart attack or a stroke. These illnesses are some of the most common, though certainly not the only medical diagnosis that could drastically alter your life or that of someone you love. It could also dramatically impact your finances.

Medical bills can be some of our largest expenses. A report by Salary Finance reveals that 32% of working Americans have outstanding medical debt, and 54% of people with medical debt have defaulted on it.1 It's the reason why thousands turn to crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe.

There's another option, and it's called Critical illness insurance. It can help provide financial support at an affordable cost. Here's what you need to know.

How Critical Illness insurance works.

  • It pays a lump sum of money directly to you (not to a healthcare provider) in the event of a serious illness.
  • It can help pay for hidden costs that frequently come with a serious medical diagnosis and that aren't covered by traditional medical insurance.
  • Funds can go toward anything that's needed, like seeing a specialist or covering costs not covered by your medical insurance provider (like experimental treatments or rehabilitation services that extend beyond what's allowable). You can even use the money to pay down bills, cover childcare or transportation fees to specialized medical facilities – the key is, you decide how to spend it.
  • It may help supplement the reduced income that occurs when you're on disability and can help cover the additional expenses that medical insurance may not cover.

How being an ADA member can help.

Because you're part of the ADA, you can take advantage of its buying power and get great coverage with competitive rates. ADA Critical Illness Insurance can help ease the financial stress associated with a critical illness diagnosis by providing up to a $50,000 lump sum payment upon first diagnosis of one of 17 covered critical illnesses.* For members up to age 50, the annual cost would be approximately $500.2

Coverage details:

  • Lump sum cash payment up to $50,000 to use however you wish
    • $5,000 is guaranteed acceptance3
    • $10,000 to the maximum of $50,000 requires medical underwriting - that means approval is guaranteed without any medical or financial underwriting (no medical questions or exams)
  • Benefit is payable on the first diagnosis4
  • Coverage is available for your spouse and eligible children5

The ADA Critical Illness Insurance Plan, offered by Protective, was developed to help reduce some of the financial stress associated with you or a family member being diagnosed with a critical illness. By helping to alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with a serious medical diagnosis, the ADA Critical Illness Insurance Plan can help you focus on what's most important — you or your loved one's recovery.

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