Lincoln Financial Group At A Glance

Policy Options

Term, Universal Life

Term Lengths

10,15,20,30

Riders

Available

Ratings 

A+ A.M. Best

States

Unavailable in NY

Pricing

Competitive

Customer Service 

(877) 275-5462

Issue Age

18-60

Min. Coverage

100K

No Exam Option

Yes

Disclosure

Bequest Mutual is not in any way affiliated with Lincoln Financial. This article is our review of the term life insurance products offered through Lincoln Financial as well as alternatives. If you are need to contact Lincoln Financial directly, call  1-877-275-5462

Lincoln Financial Life Insurance is a life insurance company that was founded in 1866 and has been around for over 150 years. The company is based in Columbus, Ohio, and offers term life insurance and whole life policies. 

Reviewed by

Jim Tobin,CFP®

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If you're thinking about buying life insurance from Lincoln Financial, you've come to the right place. This life insurance review will cover the main points of comparison between different types of life insurance policies. We also cover the company's history and financial rating, products offered, underwriting niches, and pricing.

Lincoln Financial Company History

The focus of this article is life insurance offered by Lincoln National Life Insurance Company.

Lincoln National Insurance was founded in 1905, using its namesake. Lincoln Financial's insurance unit has been growing steadily for years now, with a solid financial rating.

Lincoln Financial Ratings

LFG has consistently demonstrated the strength to meet its ongoing obligations and conduct new business. 

 Agency

Rating

A.M. Best

A+

Fitch Ratings

A+

standard & Poors

A-

COMDEX

94

Lincoln Financial Life Insurance Products

TermAccel

Lincoln TermAccel, the flagship term insurance product, is sold by Lincoln. With a min-max benefit of 100000-500000, the product is sold for 15, 20 &or 30 years. This product, which allows telephone applications, is part of an accelerated underwriting platform in which no blood/urinalysis is required in most cases, with policy decisions made within 48 hours.

TermAccel is an affordable way to get term life insurance, and it comes with a waiver of premium rider, children's rider, and accelerated benefits for terminal illness.

Life Elements

Lincoln's Life Elements is similar to TermAccel, but with a higher minimum (250000) and without a stated maximum. Applications that provide high benefits will be considered individually. The terms are 10, 15 & 30 years, and life Elements provides the same rider options as TermAccel.  

Universal Life

Lincoln offers several variations on universal life insurance, including a traditional UL, an indexed UL, and a variable UL. The conventional model is tied to interest rates; the variable UL is tied directly to the equities markets. The indexed product is a hybrid that credits interest based on stock index performance but is not an equity instrument like the Variable Univeral Life options. While better regarded now, universal life has a tumultuous history, which you can read about here.

Lincoln Financial Life Insurance Riders

Available term policy riders include:

Waiver of Premium 

Spouse Term Rider 

Accelerated Death Benefit 

Children's Rider

Accidental Death & Dismemberment

The privilege to convert to permanent coverage without proof of insurability. Conversion privileges vary with product.

Lincoln Financial Life Insurance Rates

Lincoln Financial Life Insurance is priced competitively, but sometimes rates are significantly higher than its competitors. However, this price comparison is not just "apples to apples." Instead, Lincoln's pricing reflects an approach that accepts more significant health risks. If you're not in good health, this can be important to you.

For example, if Lincoln rates a 47-year-old woman with a history of minor anxiety as "preferred," while other "slightly less expensive" companies rate her as just "standard," then the more expensive company becomes cheaper. Take a look:

Company

Coverage

Product

Rate

Prudential

500K

Essential 30

127.31

Banner

500K

OP TERM 30

126.15

SBLI

500K

Level-30

127.31

AIG

500K

Term- 30

126.90

Lincoln

$500K

Term Accel 30

94.50

So as you can tell from this example, the final cost has just as much to with the underwriting class as it does with the rate that you see on a quote tool.

Even though the ratings for Lincoln are "apples to apples" in both the preferred and the standard classes, Lincoln is still highly competitive in both classes.

Lincoln Financial Underwriting Highlights

There are several niches for which Lincoln Financial underwriting is known. Among them is speed. The accelerated underwriting program is among the fastest of major carriers. Lincoln Financial offers competitive pricing on large face amount policies.

Lincoln is thought to be very aggressive in health-specific underwriting, particularly when underwriting permanent policies.

Some of the specific cases where Lincoln has shown more lenient underwriting are:

breast cancer

prostate cancer

occasional cigar smokers 

high cholesterol

heavier folks over 70.  

Lincoln Financial No Exam Options

Term Accel 

TermAccel is the accelerated underwriter used by Lincoln. It uses an application question and publicly available information to decide whether or not to approve a loan.

This platform speeds up underwriting considerably, but it is only available for people under the age of 60, whom Lincoln classifies as preferred or preferred plus. Also, this policy can only be issued for up to one million dollars, and applications requiring more coverage will need to go through full underwriting.

Lincoln Financial Customer Service

Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, the life insurance subsidiary for Lincoln Financial Group, has an excellent customer service reputation. The (NAIC)National Association of Insurance Commissioners reports that the complaint index for Lincoln is 0.012, well below their national average of 1%.

J.D. Power & Assoc. scores Lincoln at 750, and the Better Business Bureau does not cover Lincoln Financial at this time.

LFG Contact Information

Address:1300 South Clinton Street

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Phone:(877) 275-5462

Web:https://www.lfg.com/public/individual

Lincoln Financial: Conclusion

Lincoln Financial is an outstanding insurance company. You can get a competitive rate with Prudential, AIG, and Pacific Life while aggressively writing some specific niches.

If you're healthy or if you have some health issues, Lincoln Financial is worth a look. In any case, where there's a question about your health insurance plan, the best advice is always to speak with an experienced agent who has access to many insurers.

We're happy to help you with your Lincoln Financial life insurance needs. We hope it helps, and we hope you contact us if you have any questions.

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