Life insurance table ratings are expensive!
We show you how to get the lowest table rating possible.
Table Rating Overview
- What are Life Insurance Table Ratings?
- Life Insurance Table Ratings Chart
- Are Table Ratings Negotiable?
- Should You Accept a Rated Offer?
What are Life Insurance Table Ratings?
Table ratings represent an insured’s excess risk to a life insurer due to health issues, occupations, and avocations.
Ratings are numbered (1-16) or lettered (A-P) with each rating adding 25% to a standard rate.
The numbers and letters are interchangeable.
The exception to the 25% rating system is Prudential as we explain later.
Life Insurance Table Ratings Chart
Below is an example of how underwriting table ratings work.
While most life insurers use 25% ratings, Prudential has its own table rating system.
Click Here for Prudential’s Table Rating Chart
|Table 1 = Table “A”||Add 33% to Standard Rate|
|Table 2 = Table “B”||Add 56% to Standard Rate|
|Table 3 = Table “C”||Add 80% to Standard Rate|
|Table 4 = Table “D”||Add 113% to Standard Rate|
|Table 5 = Table “E”||Add 161% to Standard Rate|
|Table 6 = Table “F”||Add 208% to Standard Rate|
|Table 7 = Table “G”||Add 256% to |
|Table 8 = Table “H”||Add 327% to Standard Rate|
On the surface, it might seem that Prudential is at a disadvantage due to higher percentage ratings.
Are Table Ratings Negotiable?
Table ratings are negotiable, but not often.
Life insurance underwriters follow internal and reinsurance guidelines which leave little room for better offers.
In some instances, it may be possible to improve the offer by one table rating if favorable factors exist.
Something that is available are table shave programs.
Table Shave Programs
Table shave programs offer better underwriting if you buy universal life rather than term life insurance.
2021 COVID Update – Many programs are currently suspended.
When available, a table shave program may offer you a universal life policy for a similar price to term life insurance.
AIG – American General – Flex Points Crediting Program – Suspended
Provides a one table reduction if you meet 4 of their 16 factors.
An example of a factor would be no family history of heart disease.
Lincoln National Table Reduction Program – Suspended
Offers standard rates to people rated up to Table 3.
Principal Healthy LifeStyle Credit and Automatic Standard Approval Programs – Active as of 01/2021
Healthy LifeStyle program – Up to 2 tables may be eliminated.
Certain cases that receive flat extra ratings may also qualify here.
Automatic Standard Approval Program (ASAP) – Insureds rated up to Table 3 may receive a standard offer.
Prudential Rate Reduction Program – Active as of 01/2021
Allows insureds rated up to Table B to receive standard rates.
While technically this is not a table shave program, the bottom line is more favorable offers.
Available for term and permanent life insurance products.
United of Omaha Fit Underwriting Credit Program
Insureds rated up to Table 4 may receive standard life insurance rates.
Term life and universal life insurance policies are available.
United does well when the insured is rated due to build.
Should You Accept a Rated Offer?
If you received a table rated offer, what should you do?
Your options include:
- Decline the Offer
- Accept the Offer
- Temporarily accept the offer
- Reduce the Coverage/ Change the Terms
In most cases, you should probably accept the offer at least on a temporary basis.
We’ll then re-shop the market for you to see if better offers are available.
You may even be able to use your paramedical exam from the first company.
If we find a better offer, you can switch to the new company.
If not, at least you will have coverage in place in the event you are denied life insurance with all other companies.
Our expertise is life insurance underwriting.
The reason why our approach works are that we take the time upfront to understand your medical history.
We use a Quick Quote process that allows us to receive preliminary underwriting feedback in days.
The benefit is that you receive accurate quotes from all the companies that specialize in your medical history.
Keep in mind that there is never any obligation or pressure with our service.
Thank you for your time, we look forward to working with you.
Michael J Horbal
I’m the owner of RiskQuoter. We specialize in life insurance underwriting, helping you get the best rates whether you have perfect health or a history of medical problems.
by Michael Horbal – Updated on January 26, 2021