Q. What kind of insurance does the GROW-UP Plan provide?
A. The policy is Whole Life insurance that builds cash value. You are the policy owner until the policy anniversary after your child is 21 years of age. At that time, he or she becomes the policy ownerand the $5,000 coverage automatically doubles to $10,000.
Q. Can I give my child more coverage?
A. Yes. You can apply for $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000 or $30,000*. The coverage automatically doubles on the policy anniversary after age 21 with no premium increase.
During Age 21
(no premium increase)
Q. Does the GROW-UP Plan provide for future insurance needs?
A. Yes. At age 21, your child has the option to buy additional insurance at our standard rate for that ageregardless of health, job or military statusor anything else. Then, at age 28, your child can choose to buy more insurance at the standard rate for that age. The chart below shows the additional coverage options offered.
At Age 21
|Total Protection By Age 21
(using guaranteed option)
At Age 28
|Total Protection By Age 28
(using guaranteed options)
Q. Even if circumstances arise that cause other insurance companies to deny coverage to my child, will Gerber Life still issue that additional insurance?
A. Absolutely. With a GROW-UP Plan in effect your child is guaranteed a total of up to $50,000 will be available to them by age 28.
Q. Is my child required to take the additional coverage?
A. No. The basic $10,000 of whole life insurance continues as long as premiums are paid. The options to buy more life insurance protection are guaranteed, but they need not be used.
Q. I am expecting a child, when should I apply?
A. You can apply when the child is 14 days old.
Q. Can Gerber Life cancel my child’s GROW-UP coverage?
A. Once coverage begins and as long as the premiums are paid, the company cannot cancel the insurance for any reason. Only you (or your child after the policy anniversary after age 21) can cancel the coverage.
About Cash Value
Q. What is cash value?
A. As the years go by, the policy accumulates cash value. This is money that is available if there is ever a need for ready cash. After 20 years, the cash value is equal to or greater than 100% of premiums paid. In other words, even though the policy has provided full insurance protection and all guarantees for 20 years, your child can get back every dollar paid in premiums if the policy is turned in.
Q. Can I use the cash value if I need it?
A. Yes, until your child becomes the policyowner on the policy anniversary after your child is age 21, you can turn in the policy and receive the cash value.
Q. How much will the premiums be?
A. The cost of the insurance varies based on the amount of coverage you choose, your child’s age at the time of application and where you live. Choose your province at the top right of the page to review the applicable rate chart for where you live.
Q. When the coverage doubles on the policy anniversary after age 21, will the premium double too?
A. No! The premium is guaranteed to stay the same for your child’s lifetime. So, the cost-per-$1,000 of insurance actually goes down when the coverage doubles to $10,000!
Eligibility and Application Questions
Q. How old must my child be to be eligible for a GROW-UP Plan?
A. You can apply for any healthy child from 14 days to 12 years old.
Q. Can a grandparent apply for the GROW-UP Plan?
A. Yes. A child’s parent, grandparent or legal guardian can apply. He or she will be the policyowner until the policy anniversary after the child is 21.
Q. What if I change my mind after receiving the Policy?
A. Your policy is sent FOR YOUR APPROVAL. You have no obligation to keep it.
Q. I already have a GROW-UP policy for an older child but I would like to add another child. How do I do that?
A. To apply for a policy for another child a new application must be filled out and submitted. You can do this by selecting your location below and following the easy instructions.
Q. How do I apply for the GROW-UP Plan?
A. Select your province to access the online application form and follow the simple instructions.
* Gerber Life’s GROW-UP insurance policy is not available in Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec and Yukon.