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Accelerated Death Benefit

A death benefit in some life insurance policies that may be paid before the policyholder's actual death. Generally speaking, one may use the accelerated death benefit only to defray medical expenses should the policyholder be diagnosed with a terminal illness. The idea of the accelerated death benefit originated in the 1980s to help pay for some of the medical expenses of AIDS patients.

Accelerated death benefit.

If your life insurance policy has an accelerated death benefit (ADB), you may qualify to use a portion of the death benefit to pay for certain healthcare expenses, such as the costs of a terminal illness or long-term care, while you're still alive.

Using the ADB, you take cash advances from the policy, reducing the death benefit by up to a fixed percentage. The balance is paid to your beneficiaries on your death.

While an accelerated death benefit can help ease current financial burdens, including this option in your policy increases the cost of coverage. And, if you do take money out, it reduces what your beneficiaries receive.

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