According to a press release from The Hartford, many people are unaware of the vulnerability for becoming disabled that they face. Sixty-seven percent of survey participants pointed to accidents or injuries as the top cause of short-term disability claims, but one in four workers said they do not have disability insurance because they are healthy and unlikely to become disabled.
The main barrier to obtaining disability insurance
is cost, the survey found. A vast majority of workers
(80%) said they can obtain income protection through the
workplace, but 44% of
respondents said they are having a difficult time paying for benefits.
One in five respondents indicated they most dislike
filling out paper forms and calculating benefits expenses
during benefits enrollment. Employees surveyed said they
depend on information from their employer and insurance
providers to make decisions about benefits, such as life
Almost a quarter (22%) of respondents who do not have disability insurance said they did not have enough knowledge to make the decision to purchase the coverage.
For The Hartford’s survey, independent market research agency Opinauri, Inc., conducted an online survey polling 971 U.S. adults, aged 18-64, in February 2008.