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American Fidelity offers a variety of health and extended benefit coverages as well as financial products. Although some products are marketed to individuals, American Fidelity typically sells its policies through employers; policies and coverage can be purchased through an AFA plan administrator once an employer has partnered with the company.
AFA offers several different life insurance plans for both adults and children. Term policies are sold in increments of 10, 20 and 30 years, with rates being based on the length of the term and the policyholder’s age and health. Permanent life insurance, which includes an investment component, provides a guaranteed death benefit up to age 100.
Anyone considering purchasing life insurance should read our post about why term life is better than whole life.
American Fidelity does not sell any major medical insurance. It does, however, provide a variety of supplemental benefits coverages that can augment a major medical policy. For example, the company sells cancer, accident and critical illness insurance, which help to cover the costs associated with these serious conditions. Disability income insurance is also available for customers who lose the ability to work due to a serious accident or injury.
In addition to these benefits, AFA also offers flex spending accounts, health savings accounts and health reimbursement accounts. These act as supplements to major medical insurance. In the case of flex spending and health savings accounts, customers can set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for medical expenses.
A health reimbursement account, meanwhile, allows employers to reimburse employees for their medical expenses, including major medical premiums, while enjoying tax benefits. A reimbursement account can be used in addition to or in lieu of employee-sponsored health insurance.
Aside from insurance products, AFA also offers financial products for retirement. These include Roth IRAs and several types of annuities. A Roth IRA allows individuals to put money aside after tax to grow for retirement, when it can be disbursed tax-free. An annuity, meanwhile, provides guaranteed income throughout a customer’s retirement in exchange for regular tax-deferred investments.
American Fidelity Assurance Price (Rates)
Our premium rate tests are currently done using auto insurance, which American Fidelity does not sell. Therefore, premium price will not be used in determining the overall score for this review.
American Fidelity has a variety of forms on its website for customer use depending on the type of claim being filed. After choosing the product, state and industry, you will be directed to the appropriate claims form. The form can then be downloaded, filled out and mailed or faxed to the company.
Alternatively, customers can file claims and contact their representatives by phone. Each industry serviced by AFA has a separate customer service line, so it’s important to check the website to confirm which number to call. Customers can also direct inquiries through their employer to be placed in contact with the plan administrator.
Consumer Research and Complaints
American Fidelity Assurance has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 1975. It has an “A+” rating on the site. The BBB site lists 14 complaints against the company in the last three years, with three having been closed in the past 12 months. Of these, most have been issues with the product or service; one recent complaint is from a customer who had waited several weeks for a response to a disability claim and did not receive the amount he had expected. Details are not available for the other complaints.
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American Fidelity Assurance offers a number of different life and health insurance related products, though they do not sell major medical insurance directly. Their products can be great companions to most medical coverage plans, and many of them are portable if established through an employer. Their Better Business Bureau rating is above average, and according to AM Best their financial strength is strong.
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