You bought disability insurance to protect your income in case of injury or sickness. In September 2019, the OMA made material changes to its group disability insurance policy 17489 and we want to make sure you are aware of these changes. Specifically the definition of total and partial disability insurance has been downgraded.
There are 2 material changes to the OMA group disability insurance policy 17489 definitions:
- Partial disability definition for medical students has been updated and now includes a clause that reverts to an any occupation definition of disability after 24 months…“After the partial disability benefit has been paid for 24 months, then partial disability means the insured is under a physician’s care, not totally disabled and engaged in another gainful occupation and unable to work for 20 or more hours per week. Gainful employment means any occupation for which the insured is reasonably qualified by education, training or experience.”
Source: OMA disability contract 17849 revised Sept 2019 – Page 5
- Total disability definition for medical students has been updated and reverts to an any occupation definition of disability after 24 months. … “After the total disability benefit has been paid for 24 months, then total disability means the insured is under a physician’s care and due to sickness or injury is unable to perform any gainful occupation which the insured member is or may be reasonable qualified by training or experience.”
Source: OMA disability contract 17849 revised Sept 2019 – Page 6
Can the OMA or its insurer change the insurance definitions or rates?
YES. A group insurance policy gives the insurer and/or the group the option to change rates and definitions at their discretion. In 2018, the OMA cancelled the rebate on their disability insurance and now they have made material changes to the definitions of disability. This is the risk that someone takes when purchasing a group disability insurance plan, you lose control of your policy.
How does this compare to an individual disability insurance policy?
Individual disability insurance plans do not have these limitations. With an individual insurance plan, you have locked in rates, policy provisions and guarantees on your definition of disability. Only you can change an individual insurance policy. If you get sick or injured, you don’t have to worry about your claim being paid. As doctors are now learning, the same level of guarantees and peace of mind cannot be said with group insurance.
If you have OMA group disability insurance, you may want to consider transferring it to an individual insurance plan that you own and control. We are here to assist. As an OSA member, you will get a 25% discount and preferred underwriting through the OSA insurance program.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the OSA insurance program at 416-222-1311
Elliott Levine is the President of Levine Financial Group in Toronto
We Save Physicians Money on their Insurance
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