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NEW! Critical Illness Insurance Plan

Underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company

Get up to a $100,000 cash payment if you're diagnosed with a critical illness.

Although most medical plans provide coverage for hospital and medical expenses arising from critical illnesses, there are still many expenses that aren’t covered. These can include medical co-pays (which may be higher than you realize), non-covered “specialist” care, transportation to treatment centers, childcare, and much more.
Disability plans pay part of your income if you can’t work, usually a percentage of what you earned before becoming disabled. Your payments are calculated as a percentage of your after-tax income and are paid over a certain amount of time. This Critical Illness insurance plan provides a lump sum cash payment upon the diagnosis of one of the covered illnesses even if you’re still able to work.
The Critical Illness insurance plan is designed to ease the financial impact of a serious illness and provide added security at a challenging time. This plan provides a lump sum cash payment upon diagnosis of a covered critical illness. It’s yours to use however you wish.

What makes ABE-sponsored Critical Illness Insurance for lawyers different?

  • Portable*: Coverage can move with you as your career changes.
  • Lump sum cash payment upon diagnosis of a covered illness with no restrictions on use.
  • Unique charitable giving feature: Dividends donated to ABE help support over 200 legal research, educational, and public service projects and make you eligible for a charitable contribution on your tax return. (Dividends are not guaranteed.)

*Subject to U.S. government regulation and Group Policy terms governing termination of coverage.

You can insure yourself and your spouse/domestic partner

ABA members and spouse/domestic partners, under age 70, who are residents of the U.S. (except CA, CT, FL, IN, KY, MD, MN, MO, MT, NH, NV, OH, OR, UT, VT, WA), Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, are eligible to apply for benefits between $5,000 and $100,000 in coverage, in $5,000 increments. Benefits provided depend upon the plan selected and the premium will vary with the amount of benefits.

Note: If both you and your spouse/domestic partner are ABA members, you may both select the member plan. In that case, neither of you may insure the other as a spouse.

Coverage for multiple illnesses

The plan covers up to two separate and distinct critical illnesses for a maximum benefit of up to $200,000. (Maximum is dependent on coverage amount chosen.) The second is subject to a six-month waiting period after diagnosis of the first illness.

Simplified application process

Applying for this important coverage is easy, you only have to answer some medical questions after application. No medical exams or doctor visits.

Covered Illnesses

Critical IllnessPercentage Covered
Heart Attack100%
Major Organ Transplant100%
Renal Failure100%
Carcinoma In Situ25%

When coverage become effective

Coverage for you and your spouse goes into effect on the first day of the month after your application is approved by New York Life, provided you pay your initial premium within 31 days after being billed and the proposed covered person is performing the normal activities of a person in good health of like age on the effective date (subject to 30-day waiting period). If any person proposed for insurance is not performing the normal activities of someone of like age on the date insurance is to take effect, their coverage will begin on the first day he or she is performing such normal activities, provided he or she are still insured and still eligible and this date is within three months of the date insurance would have taken effect.

When Coverage Ends

You can’t be singled out for cancellation. Coverage for you and your spouse may continue until the June 1st on or next following your 75th birthday, as long as you remain an ABA member, premiums are paid when due, and the Group Policy is not terminated by ABE or New York Life. Spouse coverage will end when yours does. If you should die, your spouse may continue coverage until he or she remarries or attains age 75 (whichever comes first).

You Have The Right To A 30-Day No-Obligation Review

This plan is backed by a full 30-day free review. Once your application is approved, you will receive your Certificate of Insurance. If for any reason after you receive it, you are not fully satisfied, simply write “cancel” and return it within 30 days without claim and coverage will be invalidated. Any premium paid will be returned promptly and you will be under no further obligation. This is just one more reason you can count on ABE for such an important purchase.

Exclusions And Limitations

While the insured is covered, whether insurance is continuous or interrupted: only one benefit is payable for any one Critical Illness; and the insured may only receive benefits for no more than two separate and distinct Critical Illnesses.
A Critical Illness that occurs during, is due to, or related to: 1. the insured’s participation in or incarceration resulting from any of the following in a role other than as a victim: the commission of a felony; an illegal occupation or activity; an insurrection; or a riot; 2. the insured’s use of drugs, intoxicants, narcotics, barbiturates or hallucinogenic agents, unless such use is as prescribed by a doctor or accidentally administered; or legal intoxication; 3. the insured’s engaging in the following activities: hang gliding; bungee jumping; parachuting; sail gliding; parakiting; jumping, parachuting or falling from a hot air balloon, whether or not the hot air balloon is motor driven; 4. occurs while the insured is incarcerated in a state or federal prison or other detention facility.
A Critical Illness does not include Transient Ischemic Attacks and attacks of Vertebrobasilar Ischemia, nor all skin cancers; basal cell carcinomas; squamous cell carcinomas of the skin; pre-malignant tumors or polyps; pre-malignant conditions or conditions with malignant potential; a Clark’s Level 1 or 2 melanoma, or Breslow less than .75mm.
A Critical Illness that is classified as a Preexisting Condition will be excluded from coverage. “Preexisting Condition” means a condition for which medical advice was given or treatment was recommended by, or received from, a licensed health care provider within 12 months before a insured’s insurance date.

It’s Easy to Apply

As long as you are an ABA member, apply online today or download, print and complete the entire application and send it to: ABE, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7648.

Underwritten By:

Underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company, 51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, under Group Policy G-29904-0 on Policy Form GMR-FACE/G-29904-0.

New York Life Insurance Company's State of domicile is New York and its NAIC ID# is 66915.

The Critical Illness Insurance Plan is a group insurance plan, meaning coverage is issued to a member under a Certificate of Insurance; it is not under an individual policy, nor is it employer/employee insurance.


Schedule Of Benefits And Quarterly Premiums

How Your Assignment of Dividends to ABE Works - Your Plan's Unique Charitable Giving Feature

Founded in 1942, the American Bar Endowment (ABE) is a §501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization composed of members of the American Bar Association, who are also members of the American Bar Endowment. ABE makes annual grants to fulfill its charitable purpose of improving the administration of justice, one of the legal profession's highest obligations. These grants support research, public service and educational projects in the field of law including those of the American Bar Foundation and the ABA Fund for Justice and Education. ABE also maintains the Legal Legacy Fund for the support of its grantees. By participating in ABE's group insurance programs, designed for and available only to ABA members, members can contribute to these efforts. ABA members who enroll in ABE-sponsored insurance programs agree that their share of any dividends payable on the group policies may be retained by ABE for its charitable purposes unless reclaimed as outlined below. Donations of dividends to ABE are tax-deductible to such members to the fullest extent permitted by law as contributions under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Members who donate dividends to ABE make a difference. These funds, after administrative expenses, are the primary source of ABE's annual charitable grants and additions to the Legal Legacy Fund. Insured members who donate their dividends help meet their professional and public responsibilities, as well as obtaining valuable coverage for their families. Almost 85% of members donate their dividends; these members are notified each year by late January of the amount, if any, of their dividend donation for the prior year. (Dividends are not guaranteed, and in any given year, a given plan may not pay a dividend; dividends will vary from year to year.)

Members who wish to request a refund of their dividends may do so. The approximate percentage of premium available for refund (if any) on each plan will be published in each November issue of the ABA Journal. Members do not need to wait for this information as refund requests are accepted beginning January 1. To request that dividends be paid to you rather than donated to ABE: After the first policy year of your participation, a written request for refund (by mail or email to dividends@abendowment.org or dividends@abenet.org) must be made each year and must reach ABE by December 15. When ABE receives your refund request, we will send a confirmation. Retain this for your records as proof your request was timely received. If you do not receive a confirmation within 3 weeks, contact the ABE promptly to obtain another copy. (Special instructions for new applicants are contained in the application and apply to dividends, if any, during the first policy year only.)

Dividend checks and/or contribution notices for your tax return are mailed by late January. If you receive a contribution notice and you did not intend to make a contribution, you may request a one-time waiver of the December 15 deadline by asking for a refund, if you have not previously requested such a waiver.

Please note: Members who do not want to contribute dividends to ABE must make a written request for refund each year, using the procedures noted above. When members sign an application for insurance, they are agreeing to make an annual decision whether to contribute.

THIS IS A SUMMARY of some of the principal provisions of the group insurance program offered through the American Bar Endowment for its members. IT IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED A CONTRACT OF INSURANCE. The complete terms of the group program are set forth in the Group Policy G–29904-0 issued by New York Life Insurance Company.

Bonnie Czarny (ABE), is licensed in AR, Ins. Lic. #404091 and in CA Insurance License #0H99426.

We will be happy to answer your questions. Just call 800-621-8981 or email us at information@abendowment.org.


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