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What is a maximum benefit period and how does its definition differ between STD and LTD insurance policies?

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What is a maximum benefit period and how does its definition differ between STD and LTD insurance policies?

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The maximum benefit period in disability income insurance refers to the maximum length of time during which benefits will be payable to an insured with an ongoing, qualifying disability. By definition, STD insurance policies are those policies whose maximum benefit period does not exceed two years (24 months) in length. Typically, however, STD insurance provides coverage for benefit periods lasting a maximum of 13 or 26 weeks. In contrast, LTD insurance policies typically provide benefits (contingent on continued disability, of course) for as long as 5 years, to age 65 or 70, or even lifetime.

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