Globe Life Insurance Summary
Based in Oklahoma City, Globe Life is now a subsidiary of Torchmark Corporation in McKinney, Texas. Founded in 1851, the company had more than 3.9 million policyholders by 2013 with more than $66 billion of insurance in force.
Globe Life began as an idea to provide affordable life insurance to rural Oklahoma residents by low-cost marketing using direct mail. This marketing method is still the company’s primary means of reaching new and existing customers, but quotes are now available online. In addition to individual policies for the average person, Globe also provides policies to state and federal workers, including supplemental medical, accident, and life policies through its Employee Services Division.
Globe and its parent company are active in their local communities. This year Globe Life purchased the naming rights for 10 years for the stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the Texas Rangers play baseball.
Globe focuses on term life coverage up to $100,000 for adults and up to $20,000 for children.
Although Globe’s direct-to-customers marketing approach might seem to give it an edge in affordability, its low requirements for medical exams and no waiting period compel a higher price for insurance because the company assumes a standard health class rather than a preferred class.
In addition to term life, Globe also offers a whole life policy for children and young adults that could serve as an additional investment component for a child’s education or for future expenses. (In general, we think this is a pretty lousy way to save for the future. Read our write up about why term is better than whole life to find out more.)
A unique feature of Globe insurance is its offer to purchase a policy for as little as $1 down and to make policies available without a health examination.
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Since Globe rates all policies based on standard rather than preferred health classes, its rates will be higher for both children and adults who meet the preferred criteria. In short, healthy people can generally find a better rate elsewhere, but for those who have questionable health, Globe offers an alternative.
The bottom line regarding Globe Life’s rates are that healthy people should look elsewhere. Plain and simple.
A $100,000 term policy will cost a 30 year old male about $450 a year. That same healthy male can get a policy with $1 million in coverage for about the same price from a number of other insurance companies. So if you are healthy, do not buy your term insurance from Globe Life.
Customers with claims or questions can call 972-540-6542 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. CST. Globe Life also has a claims mechanism for customers who have registered for the online customer service center at the company website.
Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. It has received 220 complaints in the last three years, 142 were closed in the last 12 months. One hundred and thirty-one complaints concerned product/service issues. Thirty-six complaints concerned advertising/sales issues; 41 complaints involved billing/collection issues; five for delivery issues. Six complaints named guarantee/warranty issues with six more for delivery issues.
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Globe Life offers consumers an avenue for buying life insurance without a medical exam. This can be beneficial for people who have had trouble getting insured through other companies. There are still medical questionnaires that must be filled out honestly, but if gives people without other options a chance to get life insurance coverage.
Globe Life is very expensive compared to other term life insurance companies. Their rates are multiples higher than the industry standard when it comes to healthy individuals.
Individuals who are having a hard time getting life insurance due to their medical exam results may want to check out Globe Life. However, a healthy individual looking for term coverage should look elsewhere.
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