Life insurance comes in two main types – term and permanent – which may both be available through your workplace. Permanent life insurance.
Term life insurance pays a specific lump sum to your loved ones, providing coverage for a specified period of time – usually from one to 20 years. If you stop paying premiums, the insurance stops. Term policies pay benefits if you die during the period covered by the policy, but they do not build cash value. They may also give you the option to port. That is, you can take the coverage with you if you leave your company.
Generally, you should consider a term life insurance policy to:
Get valuable coverage at an affordable price
Help cover specific financial responsibilities like a mortgage or college expenses
Supplement a permanent policy
Life insurance why get it
Permanent life insurance policies do not expire. They are intended to protect your loved ones permanently, as long as you pay your premiums. Some permanent life insurance policies accumulate cash value. That means the value of the policy may grow each year, tax-deferred, until it matches the face value of the policy. The cash can generally be accessed via loans or withdrawals, and can be used for a variety of purposes. This type of policy is typically portable so coverage can continue if employment terminates.
Consider a permanent insurance policy if you want:
Payments that stay the same each year
To put additional money into the policy on a tax-favored basis
Cash value you can use while you are living
Group Variable Universal Life insurance (GVUL) is issued by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MLIC), New York, NY 10166, and distributed by MetLife Investors Distribution Company (MLIDC) (member FINRA). MLIC and MLIDC are MetLife companies.
Prospectuses for Group Variable Universal Life insurance and its underlying portfolios can be obtained by calling (800) 756-0124. You should carefully read and consider the information in the prospectuses regarding the contract’s features, risks, charges and expenses, as well as the investment objectives, risks, policies and other information regarding the underlying portfolios prior to making any purchase or investment decisions. Product availability and features may vary by state. All product guarantees are subject to the financial strength and claims-paying ability of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Group Variable Universal Life insurance has limitations. There is no guarantee that any of the variable options in this product will meet its stated goals or objectives. Cash value allocated to the variable investment options is subject to market fluctuations so that, when withdrawn or surrendered, it may be worth more or less than the amount of premiums paid.
Like most insurance policies, MetLife's GVUL and GUL policys contains exclusions, limitations and terms for keeping it in force. MetLife can provide you with costs and complete details.
Group Universal Life (GUL) is issued by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY 10166.
Fixed rate term life insurance
Guarantees are subject to the financial strength and claims-paying ability of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
In general, participants may withdraw cash value equal to premiums paid without tax consequences although less favorable rules may apply in the first 15 years. However, if the funding of the certificate exceeds certain limits, it will become a "modified endowment contract" (MEC) and become subject to "earnings first" taxation on withdrawals and loans. An additional 10% penalty for withdrawals and loans taken before age 59½ will also generally apply. We will notify you if a contribution would cause your certificate to become a MEC. Withdrawals and loans reduce the death benefit and cash value, thereby diminishing the ability of the cash value to serve as a source of funding for cost of insurance charges, which increase as you age. Withdrawals are subject to an administrative fee of 2% of the amount withdrawn, not to exceed $25.
Cash values can be accessed through loans and/or withdrawals, but these will reduce the death benefit and may have tax consequences. In addition, withdrawals from some policies may be subject to surrender charges and could have a permanent effect on the cash value and the death benefit.