Riders and Programs for Universal Life Insurance
How can you tailor a life insurance policy to meet your unique needs?
You add something extra to it − like an optional rider or program. Riders and options offer additional coverage and protection on select life products at an additional charge.
Accelerated Benefit rider
This rider pays out a portion of the death benefit if the insured person is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Accidental Death Benefit rider
This rider pays an additional amount on top of the regular death benefit if the insured person dies in an accident.
Additional Term rider
This rider provides additional term coverage on the insured person. The amount of additional protection coverage you can buy depends on the amount of the base policy coverage. Please refer to your insurance contract, product prospectus, or investment professional for specific details. Your investment professional can answer your questions and provide you with illustrations showing the impact of purchasing coverage under the rider.
This rider pays a benefit upon the death of the children of the insured person.
Extended Death Benefit Guarantee
This rider allows policy owners to guarantee part or all of their death benefit, to ensure that coverage will be there regardless of the performance of the fund options. Policy owners can choose the length of their guarantee from minimum (which varies by product) to lifetime protection, and choose the amount of the guarantee from 50% to 100% of base specified amount. This rider, available at an additional charge, has a limited number of investment options and a minimum cumulative premium requirement. Please refer to the client guide, your insurance contract, product prospectus, or investment professional for additional details.
Long-term Care rider
This rider lets the policy owner take part of the death benefit to pay for nursing home care and home health care of the insured person, while still leaving at least a partial death benefit to the beneficiaries. The long-term care benefit is paid whenever qualifying conditions and the 90-day waiting period, known as the elimination period, are met. Benefit payments under this rider reduce the policy's death benefit.
If the insured never needs long-term care, the beneficiaries receive the full death benefit as they would with any typical life insurance policy. Read more about the Long-term Care rider.
Overloan Lapse Protection rider
If this rider is active on a policy, the policy owner can take loans and withdrawals without fear of the policy lapsing. To invoke the rider:
- The policy must have reached its 15th anniversary
- The insured person must be at least age 75
- The cash value must be at least $100,000
- Policy indebtedness must have reached the trigger point (a certain percentage of the policy’s cash value which varies by the insured person's age)
There is no charge to add the rider to a policy, and there are no periodic charges involved. When the rider is invoked, there is a one-time rider charge, which is a percentage of the cash value based on the insured's attained age. Please refer to your insurance contract, product prospectus or investment professional for specific details.
This rider provides level term insurance on the insured's spouse. It can be converted to its own whole life policy at certain times and within certain age limits. This rider will terminate when the base policy ends or the spouse reaches a certain age. Please check the insurance contract for specific details.
Waiver of Monthly Deductions rider
This rider pays all monthly deductions while the insured person is disabled. It doesn't pay the full premium, just the monthly deductions, and it won’t add to cash value.
Premium Waiver rider
If the insured person becomes disabled, this rider credits a monthly premium to a policy after the six-month elimination period is met. There is a maximum premium amount that this rider will pay that is based on the policy amount, and this rider does not guarantee that the policy will not lapse due to insufficient premium or market experience. Please refer to your insurance contract or talk to your insurance or investment professional for details about this rider.
Life insurance is issued by Nationwide Life Insurance Company or Nationwide Life and Annuity Company, Columbus, Ohio. Riders may not be available in all states and may have an additional cost. Protections and guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the Nationwide Life Insurance Company.