Aflac enhances Group Critical Illness Insurance to include serious mental illnesses and infectious diseases like COVID-19: Aflac Incorporated
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2022 MAY 13 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at CDC & FDA Daily -- Aflac Incorporated, a leading provider of supplemental insurance products in the U.S., announced the launch of its newly redesigned Aflac Group Critical Illness Insurance to help employers better support the changing needs of their valued workers in a post-pandemic environment. The newly designed product includes more standard and optional benefits, giving employers greater flexibility to design the coverage plan that meets the unique needs of their workforce. This has become increasingly important as critical illness insurance is one of the five fastest-growing benefits employers offer.1
Aflac’s redesigned Group Critical Illness Insurance is a next-generation product, offering coverage for a growing list of acute and chronic conditions. In addition to benefits for serious health events and illnesses - like heart attacks, stroke and cancer - that are traditionally part of a critical illness plan, the redesigned product now gives employers the option to include coverage for infectious diseases, including the flu, pneumonia, human coronavirus and chronic conditions like diabetes.
Aflac’s new Group Critical Illness Insurance product also offers a mental illness rider that covers serious mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia. This benefit helps address alarming survey data that shows 80% of workers are worried about their mental health,2 particularly as studies show that chronic illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes, may increase the likelihood of having or developing a mental health condition.3 Health screenings, including mental health exams that can help detect potential problems before they become more harmful to a covered individual’s health, are also available in the plan.
“The past two years have taught us that being prepared for potential medical challenge is essential for employers to maintain a safe and healthy workforce,” said Bob Ruff, senior vice president, Aflac Group Voluntary Benefits. “Aflac’s new Group Critical Illness Insurance, including new mental health and infectious disease coverage, allows employers to keep their benefits program robust in a way that is meaningful and relevant for today’s workforce, while not impacting budget and cost constraints.”
“Employees bring their whole selves to work. That includes everything they’re dealing with physically, mentally and financially, and the last two years have been especially challenging,” said Kim Rudeen, vice president, Aflac Product Development and Management. “Aflac’s Group Critical Illness Insurance products were designed to meet today’s rapidly changing benefits environment with flexible coverage that helps take care of expenses health insurance doesn’t cover. Insured individuals can use their benefits to help with medical co-pays, deductibles and prescriptions or everyday living expenses like rent, utilities or child care.”
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