Did The Flagship AIG Critical Illness Plan Just Improve Further?

Elaine Brookes Steve Case

Author: Steve Case - Insurance Expert

Reviewed & Fact Checked By: Elaine Brookes

Updated: 15th April 2024

AIG Insurance recently revised its YourLife Plan to include over 80 conditions.

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Alan Lakey, Director of C.I Expert and a respected expert in the UK on Critical Illness Insurance commented that the cover is now the “most comprehensive critical illness plan in the market”.

The updated policy from AIG follows the Best Practice on Wording for Critical Insurance policies set out by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The earlier policy from 2015 covered 48 conditions, 40 of which were paid out in full. Eight conditions were eligible for partial payments, and no conditions were specific to children.

This new policy addresses customers’ needs in its 80+ conditions for adults and children, paying out in full for 43 of those. Thirty of the listed conditions result in partial payments, and it now includes seven conditions for children set out in Group 3 of the Critical Illness Plan.

Child-Specific Conditions Covered Include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Child’s diabetes mellitus Type 1 – Requiring permanent insulin injections
  • Child’s intensive care benefit – Requiring mechanical ventilation for seven days
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida

Adding Group 3 is one of the most valuable for parents or anyone starting a family. Knowing that you won’t be reliant on state benefits if your child is diagnosed with conditions that will require adaptations to the home, additional support, and any other financial costs, you won’t be reliant on state benefits.

Changes to adult cover

The revised plan has also enhanced adult cover to cover more cancer types, including skin, cervical, and prostate cancer, which are considered less advanced. If someone suffers from less advanced cancer on multiple occasions, they will also pay out multiple times.

New conditions added paying out in full include:

  • Anoxia/Hypoxia – Causing the death of brain tissue & permanent neurological deficit
  • Benign Spinal Cord Tumour – If surgically removed or causing permanent neurological deficit
  • Crohn’s Disease – If treated by more than one intestinal resection
  • Parkinson Plus Syndromes – A heading encompassing five progressive neurological conditions that generally cause a permanent deficit
  • Spinal Stroke – Death of spinal cord tissue causing permanent neurological deficit
  • Ulcerative Colitis – Treated by colectomy (surgical removal of the bowel)
  • Coverage for numerous types of skin cancer

Additional Payment Conditions Extended to Include:

  • Cerebral Aneurysm – Extended to cover aneurysms of the spine
  • Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation – Extended to cover Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Significant Visual Impairment

The thirty additional payment conditions will pay 25% of the total sum insured on the policy, up to the value of £25,000.

The Verdict

The AIG announcement to revise its coverage is certainly a bold move and one that’s likely to set a new benchmark for the industry. Only time will tell, but as 2025 progresses, other insurance firms are likely to follow suit, revise their plans, and examine the reality of what people really need.

AIG life insurance has hit the mark. They are addressing the financial worries of soon-to-be parents. For adult coverage, there’s no other policy (currently) that will cover as many types of cancers and those in situ areas of the body.

Eighteen cancers in situ are covered in the new policy, and tumours requiring surgery to remove are covered too.

The new plan is now the most comprehensive for cancer and for Child-Specific conditions.

Related Information:

Critical Illness Cover Explained

Using Critical Illness Cover to Supplement Life Insurance

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