Press Release: ‘HIV Life Assurance Survey 2022 – Increased Cover For Existing Policy Holders Through Unusual Risks’ …

Our Sponsors Unusual Risks, financial advisers to the HIV Community are today announcing part two of the results of their HIV Life Insurance Survey. During the last two years they increased the sums assured of existing clients by 112%, where they preferred to increase their cover instead of taking a 40% premium reduction.

The new products are only available through a broker such as Unusual Risks and are not available through Banks and Mainstream Insurers. When price checked against the major banks and insurers, the majority of them are charging double or triple those premiums being charged within the new products available through Unusual Risks.

Speaking about their survey, Chris Morgan, Lead Financial Adviser of Unusual Risks Said;

The new generation of products mean that anyone that is living with HIV who took their policy before March 2018 should review their current arrangements, especially if there existing cover is with Zurich, Vitality, Liverpool Victoria, Legal & General, Exeter Friendly or Aviva. Those policy holders are likely to be overpaying and should seek advice on the current market rates”.

Chris Continued ..

“Each year Unusual Risks track the average sum assured of HIV life Insurance and they have seen an increase in the amounts of cover being taken by people living with HIV. The average annual figure is currently £227,223, which is double historic figures around from 10 years ago – this in mainly due to the improved pricing of products available”.

Chris Morgan and Unusual Risks have campaigned on behalf of the HIV Community for over two decades, firstly for the introduction of HIV Life Assurance, followed by the lengthening of policy terms and then most recently the reduction of monthly premiums. They are still currently able to place Life Insurance for people living with HIV at competitive premiums.

Unusual Risks are very proud to have played the lead role in improving the accessibility of financial products for people with HIV over the last decade and will continue to work on behalf of the community to secure better products. They are now able to guarantee all people living with HIV between the ages of 18 and 64 access to some form of Life Insurance.

Unusual Risks our sponsors are the UK’s leading financial advisers offering advice to clients living with HIV or Hepatitis on HIV Life Assurance, HIV Life Insurance, HIV Mortgages, Hepatitis C Life Assurance, Hepatitis C Life Insurance, Hepatitis C Mortgages.

They are also the UK’s leading experts at planning Life Assurance and Mortgages for HIV Positive Families and are able to assist HIV Positive people looking for advice on their Pensions and Investments. *Please note Income Protection and Critical Illness is not currently available to people living with HIV.

For more information about these services please contact Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075. Email Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk or visit us online at http://www.unusualrisks.co.uk/web www.unusualrisks.co.uk

HIV LIFE INSURANCE & HIV LIFE ASSURANCE – Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C

HIV & Hepatitis

Things Have Changed – Part Five” … Commentary by Chris Morgan

What if I was declined for Life Insurance cover years ago because of HIV & Hepatitis?

As a result of our “Things Have Changed” campaign we are getting more and more people coming back to us who were declined for Life Insurance over the last 13 years. Mostly people who are living with HIV and had also been diagnosed either Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.

This Co-Risk area is something I have worked at very hard to resolve with insurers over the last two years. My initial focus was to encourage them to cover people with HIV and Hepatitis – but lots of good changes have come from this also with other medical conditions.

I’m pleased to say we are now finding Life Insurance for many people who were declined over the last 13 years, if this was you – then don’t hold back, things have changed – call us to see what is now possible for people with HIV and other medical conditions.

You can find the full article “HIV & Hepatitis” by clicking here http://unusual-risks.co.uk/?p=1477

Chris Morgan is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and has been writing on HIV Insurance and HIV Finance issues for over 20 years. His column has previously been resident for publications such as Baseline Magazinand Pink Paper.

For more information about HIV & Hepatitis Insurance and Finance matters he may be contacted at Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075.  Email: Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk Web: www.unusualrisks.co.uk 

HIV LIFE INSURANCE & HIV LIFE ASSURANCE – Tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Anaemia and other medical conditions.

HIV & Medical Conditions

“Things Have Changed – Part Four” … Commentary by Chris Morgan

Where Can I find the best Life Insurance Cover if I’m Living With HIV?

One of the key parts of my job is to research and appraise the market on a regular basis and for the last 13 years, since life insurance products were introduced for people living with HIV, I’ve been working to get the very best premiums and terms for my clients – consulting daily with insurers and helping them to improve their products.

I’m aware that there is currently an 86% chance of someone living with HIV meeting a product provider that is not currently offering the fairest terms for their situation. Since the pandemic many of the major Life Insurance companies and High Street Banks are charging between double and three times the fairest Life Insurance premiums for people living with HIV since the pandemic.

Unusual Risks are always aware of where the best premiums and terms that are currently being offered and have products providers that are not available to you directly or through banks. Unusual Risks are also specialists at successfully finding Life Insurance cover for people who have been declined elsewhere.

You can find the full article “HIV & Medical Conditions” by clicking here http://unusual-risks.co.uk/?p=1448

Chris Morgan is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and has been writing on HIV Insurance and HIV Finance issues for over 20 years. His column has previously been resident for publications such as Baseline Magazinand Pink Paper.

For more information about HIV & Hepatitis Insurance and Finance matters he may be contacted at Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075.  Email: Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk Web: www.unusualrisks.co.uk 

HIV LIFE INSURANCE & HIV LIFE ASSURANCE – Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C

HIV & Hepatitis

“Things Have Changed – Part Three” … Commentary by Chris Morgan

What can I do if I’m Living With HIV and have been declined for Life Insurance before?

Throughout my career I have met literally hundreds of people living with HIV, who have been declined for Life Insurance by either their High Street Bank or a Life Insurance Company. Currently we are aware that a minimum of 56% of applications are being declined, many without any reasonable explanations given to applicants.

We actually believe that the overall figure is more likely to be 70% at this moment in time, which means I’m meeting many people who have been affected by decisions like these every week. The most important part of my job is to relieve any stress and anxiety this may have caused for my client and then represent them in successfully finding Life Insurance cover.

Unusual Risks have been working extremely hard following the pandemic to create new opportunities for all people living with HIV, who may have been declined for cover in the past. We have a very high success rate of finding cover for people who have been declined for cover elsewhere.

You can find the full article “HIV & Hepatitis” by clicking here http://unusual-risks.co.uk/?p=1446

Chris Morgan is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and has been writing on HIV Insurance and HIV Finance issues for over 20 years. His column has previously been resident for publications such as Baseline Magazinand Pink Paper.

For more information about HIV & Hepatitis Insurance and Finance matters he may be contacted at Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075.  Email: Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk Web: www.unusualrisks.co.uk 

HIV LIFE INSURANCE & HIV LIFE ASSURANCE – Syphilis & STI’s & Other Medical Conditions

HIV & Syphilis

“Things Have Changed – Part Two” … Commentary by Chris Morgan

How can people living with HIV find the fairest premiums and terms for their Life Insurance?

During the last 13 years there have been many changes to the pricing and terms offered to people living with HIV for their Life Insurance. The onset of the COVID Pandemic in 2020, meant there were even more serious changes to the premiums being charged and the quality of the terms being offered by insurers.

We are aware that only 22% of Life Insurance Companies are currently offering Life Insurance products to people with HIV on the very fairest terms. Also only 16% of Banks are currently offering the fairest terms to people living with HIV. This means that there is up to an 88% chance of a consumer not receiving the fairest terms for HIV Life Insurance.

Many of the companies involved are charging between double and three times the fairest premiums for exactly the same product. Unusual Risks are working extremely hard to make sure that all those living with HIV receive the fairest premiums and terms for their Life Insurance.

You can find the full article “HIV & Syphilis” by clicking here http://unusual-risks.co.uk/?p=1438

Chris Morgan is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and has been writing on HIV Insurance and HIV Finance issues for over 20 years. His column has previously been resident for publications such as Baseline Magazinand Pink Paper.

For more information about HIV & Hepatitis Insurance and Finance matters he may be contacted at Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075.  Email: Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk Web: www.unusualrisks.co.uk 

HIV & LIFE INSURANCE & HIV LIFE ASSURANCE – Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C

HIV & Hepatitis

“Things Have Changed – Part One” … Commentary by Chris Morgan

How many people living with HIV are being declined for Life Insurance currently?

Over the past 13 years I’ve met hundreds of people living with HIV who have been turned down for Life Insurance by the UK Financial Services Industry. The onset of the the Covid pandemic in 2020, meant that there was also a large increase in the number of people that have been turned down for Life Insurance.

We know that 56% of people living with HIV are currently being turned down for Life Insurance, the estimated figure is more likely to be nearer 70%. Many are deemed uninsurable when they apply with their banks or financial advisers – this is mostly without any reasonable explanation and is stressful for the applicants involved.

Unusual Risks have been working hard to reduce these numbers, via direct consultation with the Life Insurance companies that we deal with. We currently have a very high success rate of finding cover for people who have been declined for Life Insurance elsewhere.

You can find the full article “HIV & Hepatitis B” by clicking here http://unusual-risks.co.uk/?p=1428

Chris Morgan is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and has been writing on HIV Insurance and HIV Finance issues for over 20 years. His column has previously been resident for publications such as Baseline Magazinand Pink Paper.

For more information about HIV & Hepatitis Insurance and Finance matters he may be contacted at Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075.  Email: Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk Web: www.unusualrisks.co.uk 

Press Release: “HIV Life Insurance Survey 2022 – Premium Reductions For Existing Policy Holders Through Unusual Risks”

News From Our Friends at Unusual Risks …

Our sponsors Unusual Risks, financial advisers to the HIV Community have recently announcing part one of the results of their HIV Life Insurance Survey. During the last two years they have saved existing HIV Life Insurance policy holders an average of 40% on their premiums. This is a major breakthrough in regards to the pricing of Life Insurance products available for people living with HIV.

The new products are only available through a broker such as Unusual Risks and are not available through Banks and Mainstream Insurers. When price checked against the major banks and insurers, the majority of them are charging double or triple those premiums being charged within the new products available through Unusual Risks.

Speaking about their survey, Chris Morgan, Lead Financial Adviser of Unusual Risks said;

The new generation of products mean that anyone who took their policy before March 2018 should review their current arrangements, especially if there existing cover is with Zurich, Vitality, Liverpool Victoria, Legal & General, Exeter Friendly or Aviva. Those policy holders are likely to be overpaying and should seek advice on the current market rates”.

Chris Continued ..

“We are also aware that 75% of Banks and Life Insurers are either currently charging up to three times the very best premiums available or declining HIV Positive people for Life Insurance entirely. We know that Banks and Life Insurers have been declining up to 56% of HIV Positive people in the last two years, without any reasonable explanations”.

Chris Morgan and Unusual Risks have campaigned on behalf of the HIV Community for over two decades, firstly for the introduction of HIV Life Assurance, followed by the lengthening of policy terms and then most recently the reduction of monthly premiums. They are still currently able to arrange Life Insurance for people living with HIV at competitive premiums.

Unusual Risks are very proud to have played the lead role in improving the accessibility of financial products for people with HIV over the last decade and will continue to work on behalf of the community to secure better products. They are now able to guarantee all people living with HIV between the ages of 18 and 64, access to some form of Life Insurance.

Our Sponsors Unusual Risks are the UK’s leading financial advisers offering advice to clients living with HIV or Hepatitis on HIV Life Assurance, HIV Life Insurance, HIV Mortgages, Hepatitis C Life Assurance, Hepatitis C Life Insurance, Hepatitis C Mortgages.

They are also the UK’s leading experts at planning Life Assurance and Mortgages for HIV Positive Families and are able to assist HIV Positive people looking for advice on their Pensions and Investments. *Please note Income Protection and Critical Illness is not currently available to people living with HIV.

For more information about these services please contact Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075. Email Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk or visit us online at http://www.unusualrisks.co.uk/web www.unusualrisks.co.uk

HIV Life Insurance & HIV Life Assurance – Product Provider Survey … June 2020

News from our friends at Unusual Risks …

Over the last 10 weeks it has become apparent that many Life Insurance Companies are restricting the availability of Life Insurance to people living with HIV. This means that many people are being declined for insurance cover through “Mainstream” brokers, life insurers, banks and building societies, who are perfectly eligible for Life Insurance.

Key Statistics From Unusual Risks Research – June 2020

  • “Only 13% of High Street Life Insurers, Banks and Building Societies are currently offering Life Insurance or Life Assurance to People With HIV”.
  • “0% of High Street Banks and Building Societies are currently offering any Life Insurance to People with HIV. 18 of the 18 High Street Banks surveyed do not offer cover to people with HIV”
  • “0% of High Street Street Life Insurers, Banks and Building Societies currently offer Income Protection or Critical Illness Cover to people living with HIV”

Those living with HIV who are seeking Life Insurance are advised to seek specialist financial advice before committing to taking cover.

During the last ten weeks since commencement of Lockdown we have proudly been able to assist many Key Workers, NHS Staff, Doctors and Nurses to review their Protection arrangements. We have been working hard to secure Life Insurance products for people living with HIV with both insurers and re-insurers.

We intend to review the latest research statistics periodically and will keep everyone informed of any developments.

Full Press Release – June 2020

Unusual Risks, financial advisers to the HIV Community are today announcing the results of their HIV Life Insurance Survey. After contacting all major Life Assurance providers and Banks and Building Societies in the UK, they can now report a significant reduction in availability as only 13%* of financial institutions are currently offering some form of HIV Life Assurance.

This is a significant reduction from the 70%* recorded in last year’s survey and 90%* that they noted earlier this year. This is the eleventh year that Unusual Risks have surveyed the availability of HIV Life Assurance products in the UK, with the first ever survey in 2009 indicating less than 50%* of insurance providers were offering any form of HIV Life Assurance. 

The sudden reduction in the availability of HIV Life Insurance is due to the present economic impact caused by Coronavirus and COVID-19. Those living with HIV seeking Life Insurance are advised to seek specialist financial advice before committing to taking cover, as there are currently rapid changes to the product criteria and premium rates on a daily basis.

Speaking about their survey, Chris Morgan, Lead Financial Adviser of Unusual Risks said;

‘We recently surveyed the top twelve life assurance groups and were disappointed to see that only 33%* of companies are now offering some form of Life Assurance to HIV Positive people. This is certainly a backward step that takes us back to the earliest days of the launch of HIV Life Assurance products in 2009’.

‘Within the survey we also assessed the number of high street banks and building societies currently offering Life Insurance to People Living With HIV. Currently 0%* of Banks and Building Societies offer any Life Insurance to People with HIV. Overall only 13%* of Life Insurance Companies and Banks and Building Societies currently have Life Insurance products available to people with HIV.’

Chris Morgan and Unusual Risks have campaigned on behalf of the HIV Community for the last two decades, firstly for the introduction of HIV Life Assurance, followed by the lengthening of policy terms and then most recently the reduction of monthly premiums. They are still currently able to place Life Insurance for people living with HIV at competitive premiums.

Although Life Insurance has been available for over a decade for People living with HIV, Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover is still unavailable. Unusual Risks are very proud to have played the lead role in improving the accessibility of financial products for people with HIV over the last decade and will continue to work on behalf of the community to secure better products.

Our Sponsors Unusual Risks are the UK’s leading financial advisers offering advice to clients living with HIV or Hepatitis on HIV Life Assurance, HIV Life Insurance, HIV Mortgages, Hepatitis C Life Assurance, Hepatitis C Life Insurance, Hepatitis C Mortgages.

They are also the UK’s leading experts at planning Life Assurance and Mortgages for HIV Positive Families and are able to assist HIV Positive people looking for advice on their Pensions and Investments. *Please note Income Protection and Critical Illness is not currently available to people living with HIV.

For more information about these services please contact Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075. Email Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk or visit us online at http://www.unusualrisks.co.uk/web www.unusualrisks.co.uk

HIV Life Assurance & HIV Life Insurance – Average Sum Assured 2020

Our friends at Unusual Risks, Financial Advisers to the HIV Community have today published the results of their annual research into the Average Sum Assured of Life Assurance that HIV Positive men and women are insuring themselves for. Currently HIV Positive people who are taking out Life Assurance in the UK are insuring themselves for an average of £153,549.

This figure is an increase on the previous running amount of £140,516, but more significantly the most recent 12 months average sum assured is now £220,466. The reasons for the increase in the average amounts of cover is the improvement in products available. The monthly premiums are now the lowest ever available and length of policies the longest ever available.

Chris Morgan, Lead Financial Adviser of Unusual Risks, Mortgage & Insurance Services said;

‘The average sum assured has remained fairly stable for HIV Life Assurance over the last decade. However, this has improved significantly in the last two years, due to more competitive premiums and better terms being made available to consumers. It is vitality important that consumers are aware that they can now cover themselves for larger sums at low premium rates’.

‘We are noticing significant improvements in both the monthly premiums available to consumers and the length of the policies being made available. So, for example, the maximum term now being offered is more likely to be between 20 and 25 years instead of between 10 and 15 that may have been previously offered by insurance companies. This is a very useful improvement as it is more in line with the length of a standard mortgage’.

Chris Morgan and Unusual Risks have campaigned on behalf of the HIV Community for the last two decades, firstly for the introduction of HIV Life Assurance, followed by the lengthening of policy terms and then most recently the reduction of monthly premiums. HIV Life Assurance now has the lowest premiums and longest terms ever offered to consumers.

Although Life Insurance has been available for over a decade for People living with HIV, Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover is still unavailable. Unusual Risks are very proud to have played the lead role in improving the accessibility of financial products for people with HIV over the last decade. They have recently relaunched their IPP & CIC campaign and have re-entered discussions with leading industry figures over this issue.

Our sponsors Unusual Risks are the UK’s leading financial advisers offering advice to clients living with HIV or Hepatitis on HIV Life Assurance, HIV Life Insurance, HIV Mortgages, Hepatitis C Life Assurance, Hepatitis C Life Insurance, Hepatitis C Mortgages.

They are also the UK’s leading experts at planning Life Assurance and Mortgages for HIV Positive Families and are able to assist HIV Positive people looking for advice on their Pensions and Investments. *Please note Income Protection and Critical Illness is not currently available to people living with HIV.

For more information about these services please contact Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services by phone 0845 474 3075. Email Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk or visit us online at http://www.unusualrisks.co.uk/web www.unusualrisks.co.uk



The Return of Positive Finance Edition 4 – HIV Life Insurance, Life Assurance, Income Protection, Critical Illness Cover …

“Specialist Knowledge” By Chris Morgan 

Ever since I became an Independent Financial Adviser in 1999, I’ve tried to use my specialist knowledge of the LGBT and HIV Communities to benefit those that may feel excluded by the Insurance Industry from protecting their basic financial needs. 

My first campaign was related to the treatment of gay men by the Life Insurance companies (mainly due to HIV risk), which was resolved in 2005, with the removal of discriminatory questions on Life Insurance applications. (The Gay Question).

Immediately following this then came my campaign to secure Life Insurance for people living with HIV, which then resulted in the introduction of products in 2009. Ten years on from this people with HIV are still excluded from Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover … 

In my opinion (“A decade is long enough”!)

You can read my career Biography here …

Life Insurance & Life Assurance case Example, Adanna, Aged 35, Community Support Worker …

Recently I met an existing client that wanted to renew their Life Insurance policy that they started with my advice eight years ago. During the meeting they also asked me if I was now able to arrange some Income Protection in case they were sick from work?

Adanna asked …

“Since my diagnosis I’ve often wondered what would happen if I was unable to work due sickness or an accident? I have my mortgage covered for Life Insurance, but have since not been able to take any cover for my income in case of sickness or accident.”

It is true that we are unable to provide Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover for Adanna at this moment because there is not any suitable products currently available for people living with HIV. However, we were able to renew her Life Insurance policy for a longer term and an increased the level of cover for the full amount of her mortgage.

Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover Campaign – (“A Decade Is Long Enough”!)

We are talking to various product providers and leading industry figures on this issue and will keep you informed of developments through my Positive Finance column. I’m fully aware that it took over a decade to encourage Insurers to introduce HIV Life Insurance and HIV Life Assurance, so “IPP & CIC” is not going to be an easy task.

Over the coming weeks, I will be re-visiting our past research in this area and invite you all to participate in the campaign to secure Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover for people living with HIV. We are determined that these products should be fully inclusive products, without exclusions within their terms and conditions. (“A decade is long enough”!)

Other Medical Conditions

Throughout my career I’ve assisted many other people with medical conditions that are not directly HIV related, many of these Health Conditions I would consider to be “Private Medical” conditions. You will find a list of medical conditions that we can advise here http://unusual-risks.co.uk/?page_id=996

Chris Morgan was a consultant to the Association of British Insurers medical underwriting committee for over 15 years in relation to HIV and other private medical conditions. He has been advising clients in regards to their protection needs for over 30 years and is the UK’s Leading “HIV and Medical” financial adviser.

His Career Biography can be viewed here http://unusual-risks.co.uk/?page_id=980  If you need any information about “Inclusive Insurance” for any medical condition or are a medical professional with a patient or client that needs advice, then you can call us on 0845 474 3075 or email us at Enquiries@unusualrisks.co.uk or at our website www.unusualrisks.co.uk

Unusual Risks our sponsors are specialists at finding inclusive Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover and Income Protection for people with complex medical situations. As the UK’s Leading Specialist “HIV and Medical” Financial Advisers, we understand the importance of Confidentiality, Discretion and Privacy in regards to medical information.