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What is an elimination, or waiting, period and how does its definition differ between STD and LTD insurance policies?

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What is an elimination, or waiting, period and how does its definition differ between STD and LTD insurance policies?

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The elimination, or waiting, period in disability insurance refers to the length of time between the onset of a qualifying disability and the point in time when benefits under the disability insurance policy first become payable. In STD plans, waiting periods may range from 0 days to 3, 7, 10 or 14 days, depending on the specific insurance policy and the cause of disability. Disabilities resulting from accidents often are subject to shorter elimination periods (e.g., 3 or 7 days) than are disabilities caused by sickness. In LTD plans, elimination periods generally range from 3 to 6 months, or longer, for disabilities arising from both accidents and illnesses.

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