Reliance Standard Life Insurance Review

Financially strong company providing group term life insurance

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Reliance Standard

Reliance Standard

Investopedia’s Rating
1.3

Our Take

If you’re an employer looking to provide group term life insurance to your employees, Reliance Standard offers a plan with several riders. It also offers voluntary individual term coverage your employees can purchase. It's in a strong financial position and Reliance Standard has fewer customer complaints than average. In addition, consumers can’t purchase life insurance directly through this company without going through their employer.

  • Pros & Cons
  • Company Overview
  • specifications
Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Superior financial rating

  • Offers bereavement counseling with policies

  • Guaranteed issue for employees and often spouses

Cons
  • Only offers term life insurance

  • Policies only available through participating employees

  • Limited information available on the company website

Company Overview

Reliance Standard Life Insurance was founded in 1907. It’s a member of the Tokio Marine Group, which is incorporated in Japan and is one of the world’s largest property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, and life insurance companies. 

Reliance Standard specializes in employee benefits. It offers group term life insurance and has a voluntary individual term life policy that employees can purchase. Reliance Standard sells group life insurance nationwide except in New York. New York is served by a subsidiary company, First Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company.

specifications
AM Best Rating
A++
NAIC Score (avg.)
N/A
Years In Business
143 Years
Policy Types
Term
Accepts Credit Cards
No
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Data points analyzed
We collected over 5,000 data points from 91 life insurance companies to measure financial stability, customer satisfaction, product and feature variety, and the overall buying experience. We then evaluated each company based on 55 metrics to develop unbiased, comprehensive reviews.
Reliance Standard

Reliance Standard

Investopedia’s Rating
1.3

Pros Explained

  • Superior financial rating: Reliance Standard has an A++ (Superior) rating from AM Best. This is the top rating available, which indicates its a financially stable company able to satisfy its ongoing insurance obligations, such as claims. 
  • Offers bereavement counseling policies: Losing someone you love is tough. To help you through the process, Reliance Standard offers telephonic counseling services from qualified professionals to all covered employees and their family members.
  • Guaranteed issue for employees and often spouses: If you meet your employer’s requirements, you’re automatically approved for group term life insurance coverage as long as you sign up before your employee benefits deadline. Reliance Standard also offers additional voluntary term life policies with guaranteed coverage. In many instances, you can purchase guaranteed coverage for your spouse as well.

Cons Explained

  • Only sells term life insurance: Reliance Standard sells term policies. You can get group term life if your employer signs up for it and you can voluntarily sign up for additional term coverage, but there’s no permanent life insurance available unless you convert an existing term policy to permanent coverage. 
  • Policies only available through participating employees: Reliance Standard sells policies to employers with at least 10 employees. Individuals cannot sign up for a policy. If your employer doesn’t use Reliance Standard as a part of your benefits package, you won’t be able to purchase this coverage.
  • Limited information available on the company website: Reliance Standard’s website public features little product information. More information available is for employers when they engage with a broker or agent.

Complaint Index

Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company received somewhat more complaints than expected over the past three years for its group policies, based on its size. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) calculates a complaint index to help readers compare different companies. 

A complaint index of 1.00, indicates a company received an expected number of complaints based on its size. An index less than 1.00, shows the company received fewer complaints than expected; greater than 1.00 means it received more complaints than expected. 

Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company had complaint indexes of 0.22, 0.23, and 0.23 for 2021, 2020, and 2019, respectively. This shows that the company received fewer complaints than expected for its size.

Third-Party Rating

Reliance Standard earned a financial strength rating of A++ (Superior) from independent credit rating agency AM Best. This is the highest grade available—in fact, only nine of the 91 life insurance companies we reviewed received an A++ (Superior) rating. This indicates that the company has a superior ability to honor its ongoing insurance obligations, such as paying claims. 

Policies Available 

Reliance Standard has a very limited selection of insurance plans. 

Group Term Life Insurance

You get group life insurance through your employer. If your employer offers this benefit, you can sign up and pay for the coverage through payroll deductions. Group life insurance is typically guaranteed issue. That means you can’t be denied coverage due to your health. If you have a hard time getting approved for other types of life insurance, group term could be a good option. 

Voluntary Term Life Insurance

Reliance Standard also gives employees the option of applying for voluntary term life insurance for themselves and their spouses. These are individual policies that you pay for if you wish to increase your coverage. You, and often your spouse, can qualify for guaranteed issue coverage if you meet the qualifying health criteria.

Many voluntary term life policies are portable. That means you have the option to take the policy with you if you leave your job. Some, like Reliance Standard’s are also convertible to permanent policies as well. Be sure to check with your employer for details. 

Available Riders 

You can customize your life insurance policies with riders. Reliance Standard offers a few choices. 

Child Rider

A child rider allows you to add temporary insurance coverage to your policy for your dependent children. If your child passes away while you have this rider, you’ll receive a small death benefit. 

Waiver of Premium 

Group policies include a waiver of premium rider, which makes it possible to stop paying your insurance premiums while you recover from a total disability.

Accelerated Death Benefit: Terminal Illness Rider

If you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness that shortens your life expectancy, you may be able to use the terminal illness rider to access a portion of your life insurance death benefit early. This type of rider is known as an accelerated death benefit. You can use the money to pay for medical expenses or anything you wish. However, it will reduce the death benefit for your beneficiaries. 

Customer Service

Reliance Standard has limited options for customer support. You can reach out to its customer care center on weekdays from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m. ET by calling 800-351-7500. If you’re an existing customer, you may be able to get some basic questions answered through your secure online account.

Our Methodology: How We Review Life Insurance Carriers

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