Finding your G-day in six steps: Ageas
Review your cover requirements well ahead of the European Commission’s Gender Directive, Ageas Protect has warned.
The protection provider has launched a six-step action plan for ‘G-day’, 21 December, when the EC Gender Directive comes into force and has an effect on premiums.
Andy Milburn, head of marketing at Ageas Protect, said: “Protection intermediaries have just a short time to maximise the value they can add for their customers before these major legislative changes take effect.
“These reforms present financial intermediaries with a great opportunity to support customers by explaining the impact that legislation will have on them.”
To this end, Ageas’s six-point plan will help intermediaries raise awareness and take corrective action to ensure that customers’ needs are met appropriately ahead of the deadline.
Mr Milburn is suggesting advisers contact customers who may be adversely affected by the introduction of gender neutral pricing to review their cover requirements before the legislation comes into effect, and is supplying business tools to support the process.
Industry experts have predicted the cost of female life and critical illness cover could increase by as much as 15 per cent, while income protection cover for men could rise by 40 per cent to match the amount currently paid by females.
Mr Milburn added: “Customers who have been tightening their purse strings and limiting the financial protection they hold need to know that some aspects of cover could cost them more in the future. There couldn’t be a better time to assess their needs and ensure their clients are sufficiently covered.”
The Six Steps are:
• Create a plan for new business and outstanding applications – identify and plan the short-term opportunities to get people - who could face higher rates after 21st December - on cover before 23:59 on 20th December and consider what will happen to applications that will be in the new business pipeline in December.
• Contact existing customers – whether a single or joint-policy, contact existing customers who may be affected adversely to ensure their existing and future protection requirements are being met now.
• Contact local businesses – there is an opportunity for intermediaries to look beyond their existing customer base and target businesses in their local vicinity to see how they can help their employees understand the impact of the changes.
• Maximise coverage – Ageas Protect has suggested intermediaries could talk to clients and ensure customers who may be adversely affected aim for the most sum assured and financial protection they can afford to buy - subject to suitability and need - to avoid needing additional cover post legislation, when pricing is potentially higher.
• Tell introducers about the changes – intermediaries should ensure their existing introducers are fully aware of what gender neutral pricing could mean for customers. The introducer can then recommend its customers speak to the intermediary to find out more should they need more detail or wish to update their protection coverage.