Life Insurance while taking Adderall XR.
In this article, we wanted to take a moment to answer some of the most common questions we get from folks applying for life insurance after they have been prescribed Adderall XR to treat their Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Questions that will addressed will include:
- Can I qualify for life insurance after I’ve been prescribed Adderall XR?
- Why do life insurance companies care if I’ve been prescribed Adderall XR?
- What kind of information will the insurance companies ask me or be interested in?
- What rate (or price) can I qualify for?
- What can I do to help insure that I get the “best life insurance” for me?
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Can I qualify for life insurance after I’ve been prescribed Adderall XR?
The good news about being prescribed Adderall XR is that it is not one of those “kinds” of medications that will automatically trigger an immediate “decline” on a traditional life insurance application.
It will, however, raise a few “eyebrows” and certainly want to make a life insurance underwriter want to learn a little bit more about you before automatically approving your life insurance application.
Why do life insurance companies care if I’ve been prescribed Adderall XR?
Most of the top rate Life insurance companies aren’t really all that worried about Adderall XR per se because Adderall XR doesn’t really have any serious side effects that could possibly be harmful or life-threatening.
What concerns your average life insurance company is that Adderall XR is a medication that is used to treat ADHD. And while most would argue that suffering from ADHD isn’t quite as serious as cancer or heart disease, it remains one of those “types” of pre-existing medical conditions that could prevent someone from qualifying for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy.
You take a look at some of the most common symptoms associated with ADHD, such as:
- Mood swings including aggression, excitability, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
- Lack of restraint.
- Absent-mindedness, difficulty focusing, forgetfulness.
- And depression.
Now will everyone suffering from ADHD suffer from these “types” of symptoms?
No, of course not. But until an insurance underwriter understands how severe your ADHD is what you’re generally going to find is that most if not all life insurance companies are going to be extremely nervous about approving your life insurance application.
So, what kind of information will the insurance companies ask me or be interested in?
Before determining whether or not you’ll be eligible for a traditional life insurance policy, what you’re going to find is that most life insurance companies are going to want to ask you a series of questions all about your ADHD. This way, they can get a better understanding of how well you are managing your condition, as well as determine what kind of threat you might pose to them as a new potential client.
Typical questions you may be asked might include:
- When were you first diagnosed with ADHD?
- When were you first prescribed Adderall XR?
- Who prescribed your Adderall XR? Your primary care physician or a psychiatrist?
- How long have you been taking your Adderall XR?
- Over the past 12 months, has your prescription changed at all?
- Are you taking any other prescription medications to treat your ADHD?
- Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?
- Do you have any issues with your driving record? Issues such as multiple moving violations, DUI, or a suspended license?
- Do you have any history of drug or alcohol abuse?
- Are you currently working now?
- In the past 12 months, have you applied for or received any form of disability benefits?
From here, we’ll generally have a good idea about what “kind” of life insurance policy you ought to be able to qualify for and what “price” you ought to expect to pay.
What rate (or price) can I qualify for?
As a general rule of thumb, assuming that your ADHD is well under control and you have a steady work history, what you’re typically going to find is that there a few life insurance companies who will be willing to ensure “ADHD applicants” at a Preferred rate.
What this means is that…
Assuming that you are in otherwise good condition, having been prescribed Adderall XR to treat your ADHD should in and of itself not have any effect on the outcome of your life insurance application.
Now that being said…
If you are someone who has struggled with your condition or have other pre-existing medical conditions that could potentially “complicate” your life insurance application, what you may find is that these “other” conditions might become the center of attention during your application process.
This brings us to our next topic, which is…
What can I do to help ensure that I get the “best life insurance” for me?
The most important thing an individual can do to increase their chances of buying the best life insurance policy that they can qualify for is to make sure they “shop” their options.
When it comes to deciding who an insurance company will and won’t insure, each company is free to make up their own rules/guidelines. As a result, what you’re going to find is that certain companies can “tend” to be more lenient when it comes to certain pre-existing medical conditions or lifestyle choices.
This is why…
It’s important to choose an insurance agency that has access to dozens of different life insurance companies so that in addition to just seeking out which company “might” be the “best” for you if you’ve been prescribed Adderall, they can also look for the “best life insurance” for you if you’ve been prescribed Adderall and you’re a little bit overweight too!
Now, will we be able to help out everyone who has been prescribed Adderall?
No, probably not. But what we can tell you is that in addition to offering a wide variety of different term and whole life insurance policies, IBUSA has also worked very hard to establish relationships with many of the Best Final Expense Insurance Companies as well.
In the event that someone isn’t able to qualify for a traditional life insurance policy, chances are there may be some other “type” of product that you CAN qualify for.
So, if you’re ready to see what options might be available to you, just give us a call!