long-term disability income insurance LTD

Long-term disability (LTD) income insurance replaces earnings lost due to illness or disability occurring on or off the job.

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Coverage may be purchased on an individual or group basis. Individual policies typically do not pay until the period of the disability exceeds a specified elimination period, usually 30 days or longer. Recovery under group disability income policies is often structured to begin after short-term disability income insurance benefits or uninsured salary continuance payments cease. One of the most important provisions in either group or individual policies is the definition of "disability." The broader the definition, the broader the scope of coverage is. Most LTD policies are structured to pay benefits until the insured reaches age 65.