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Medical Underwriting For Businesses

Here we outline our group underwriting methods and the core principles that apply to each. When we offer you cover, you will receive a detailed description of the type of underwriting our offer is based on. For full details of one or more methods, please speak to our group sales team, who will be happy to answer your questions. You can contact us here.

Medical underwriting for businesses can be confusing. We explain the four types of medical underwriting, how they work, and the best fit for your business. All types of medical underwriting include the employer form with a short health questionnaire.

Medical underwriting is the process of evaluating an application for health insurance coverage by examining the applicant's medical history.
The price of coverage is determined by the risk factors of the applicant.

1/ Full medical underwriting for businesses, or FMU explained

After the applicants complete a health questionnaire, we will then advise them in writing about any endorsements which may be applied to the members cover. Pre-existing medical conditions would not be covered unless they have been declared to our underwriters within the application form and the underwriters have agreed to proceed without adding any exclusions or terms to the cover.

If you choose this option, members who do have pre-existing medical conditions will know right from the start exactly which medical conditions will be excluded from cover.

Our requirements

  • Business application form
  • Group member application form (full medical declaration)

Your insurance cover

Your William Russell plan will be shaped around the requirements of your business and will clearly state any exclusions that apply.

2/ Moratorium underwriting for businesses, or MORI explained

Pre-existing conditions which have required treatment, medication or advice, or for which the applicant has suffered symptoms (whether or not they have received a diagnosis) during the 24 month period preceding the commencement of the plan will not be covered. With Mori apps (currently), the group member does still have a short medical declaration to complete on behalf of themselves and their dependants. At the point of claim, additional information may be requested in order for the claims team to assess whether the condition is pre-existing or not.

After a continuous 24-month period we may consider claims for pre-existing conditions provided the group member has been symptom, treatment, medication and advice free during that period. Long-term and serious medical conditions which are likely to continue to need regular or periodic treatment, testing, medication and/or medical advice, are unlikely to be covered by a moratorium policy.

Our requirements

  • Business application form
  • Group member application form (moratorium)

Your policy

This type of underwriting means your policy may include cover for conditions that members have suffered from in the past, after two years with no symptoms, medical advice or treatment.

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3/ Continued personal medical exclusions, or CPME explained

If you already have a corporate health plan in place which is on a fully underwritten, or moratorium basis, we can quote to provide cover in respect of your existing employees and their dependents on the same underwriting terms agreed by your previous insurer. This means that we will honour the medical acceptance terms issued by your current insurer, and any personal medical exclusions applied by your existing insurer will be continued on your policy with us. All existing employees will keep the start date of their existing policy for the purpose of any moratorium periods or waiting periods meaning they would not need to re-qualify for benefits that are already available to them.

Please note that this continuation applies only to the medical underwriting terms at which each person has been accepted into your current insurer’s plan and will be subject to acceptance. The actual benefits, terms and conditions of our policy will replace those of your existing insurer. Future new employees and new dependants will be added to your policy on a Moratorium or Fully Underwritten basis. In order to set up cover on continuous terms, we will require copies of the current Group Certificate of Insurance, copies of each employee’s Certificate and a copy of the existing benefit table for the group.

Our requirements

  • Business application form
  • A membership census for all members to be covered
  • The current certificate of insurance for the group including details of the existing underwriting and any terms which may apply
  • Each individual employees’ certificate of insurance including the existing underwriting and any exclusions which may apply to them specifically
  • Your current table of benefits
  • Any new employees joining at the time the plan moves will need to complete the relevant application form for the type of underwriting used (typically FMU or Mori)

Your insurance cover

Your William Russell plan will be one that closely resembles your existing plan from your current provider, giving you the same, or very similar, cover and terms and without requiring your employees to re-qualify for any benefits they already have or applying new terms to them just because the insurance provider has changed.

What Lee, our underwriting manager, says
"Understanding what medical underwriting is, is important because you need to know exactly what will and what won't be covered from the start date, giving you certainty and a clear understanding of your insurance policy."

4/ Medical History Disregarded, or MHD explained

Underwriting terms can make a big difference to your cover. If you require cover for pre-existing medical conditions and have 10 or more employees on the scheme, we can also consider offering cover with Medical History Disregarded (MHD). Subject to disclosures and acceptance by the underwriters, MHD can provide cover for all pre-existing conditions including chronic conditions.

Our requirements

  • Business Employer Application form (which may or may not include a short medical declaration depending on the group size. Business groups of 100+ will not be required to complete a short medical declaration)
  • Membership census

Your insurance cover

MHD underwriting is a good option for larger groups of employees to simplify the on-boarding process and paperwork.

It is a good option to ensure all members are covered regardless of their medical background.

The claims process experience is also generally quicker with MHD.

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