How Terminal Illness
Living Benefits Work Through ADB Riders

Terminal Illness Benefits

Early Access to Death Benefits with Phoenix Safe Harbor Term Life Express

The Terminal Illness rider gives you the option to accelerate a portion of your death benefit if you are diagnosed as terminally ill with a life expectancy of one year or less.

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Howard Buys A Policy

At age 50, Howard buys a Phoenix Safe Harbor Term Life policy with a 20-year duration and a $150,000 death benefit.


Howard Has 12 Months to Live

Doctors detect that Howard suffers from an incurable disease. They tell Howard at age 65 that he has a year, at best, to live. Howard wants to take his children and grandchildren on a family vacation while he still can travel. He chooses to pay for it with his policy.

Howard accelerates 95% of his death benefit or $142,500. He receives a benefit of $136,164 which he can use for any type of expense.


Howard Passes Away

He passes away only nine months later. His beneficiaries receive the remaining death benefit of $7,500 upon his death.1, 2


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Accelerated Death Benefit Calculation Example

Below are estimated payment ranges under the different accelerated benefits, for this Safe Harbor Term Life Policy:

  • $200,000 face amount
  • 20-year duration
  • Female nonsmoker
  • 50 years old at time of policy issue
  • Acceleration election = $100,000 (50%)
  • Remaining face amount = $100,000
Severity Payment
Chronic Illness Temporary $0 - $5K
Critical Illness Mild $10K - $30K
Moderate $30K - $50K
Severe $50K - $70K
Chronic Illness Permanent $75K - $85K
Terminal Illness $95K

Since the acceleration amount is being paid prior to actual time of death, a discount factor is applied, based on our assumption of future mortality for the qualifying condition. The acceleration amount is also reduced by the present value of unpaid future premiums. Chronic Illness claims due to a temporary condition have no change in future mortality, and the discount factor and future premium reduction described may be greater than the acceleration amount elected. These examples are based on company experience across a wide range of conditions. These benefits are not guaranteed. Actual results may be more or less favorable.


1 The premium is reduced proportionally to the reduction in death benefits, but the annual policy fee is not reduced.

2 An administrative charge will apply upon rider exercise.

Important Disclosures

Insurance Products: NOT FDIC or NCUAA Insured NO Bank or Credit Union Guarantee.

Product features, riders and availability may vary by state. The Critical Illness Benefit rider is not available in CT. Accelerated Benefit Riders are not available in California.

Nassau Re does not provide individual tax advice. Please consult your personal tax advisor for assistance.

The ability to apply for coverage online or over the phone directly with Nassau Re licensed agents for Safe Harbor Term is available in all states except CA, ME, and NY at this time.

Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.

Phoenix Safe Harbor Term and Phoenix Safe Harbor Term Express (ICC14PPTL, 14PPTL) are issued by PHL Variable Insurance Company (Hartford, CT). PHL Variable Insurance Company is not authorized to conduct business in Maine and New York.