No Medical Exam Life Insurance: Reviews, Companies, and Rates

no medical exam life insuranceOver the last five years, our agents have sold thousands of no medical exam life insurance policies. Recently we polled all of our life insurance agents to see what the most common questions are when someone is shopping for this type of policy. Below you will find a list of questions that we see most often when speaking to customers.

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What is no medical exam life insurance?

It is a life insurance policy that does not require you to take the paramedical exam. Traditionally, life insurance companies would require a nurse to come to your residence and administer an exam which included taking a blood and urine sample. You will hear it referred to as many different names, but it all refers to a term policy that does not require an exam. Some other names you will hear it called is simplified issue life insurance, non med life insurance, no physical life insurance, no medical life insurance, life insurance no exam, no exams life insurance… I think you get the point.

Can you get life insurance without an exam?

Yes. These days with the horde of data available on every consumer, insurance companies are offering the option to skip the medical exam. We are at a point in time where our credit report, prescription report, family history, driving record, medical history, MIB (medical information bureau) check, and family medical history can determine risk almost as good as blood and urine analysis.

How much life insurance can you get without a medical exam?

Currently the industry standard is $500,000. A few years ago it was $400,000, so you can expect that number to increase as more life insurance companies create new products. You can also stack policies, where you can purchase two $500,000 policies for a total of $1,000,000 of coverage.

What is the catch with life insurance with no medical exam?

I would say there is not a catch. The cost will be slightly less cheap than it would be if you were to choose a product that requires a paramed exam. The average consumer thinks it is too good to be true, but the reality of it is simple. It costs more to administer a medical exam than it does to check the numerous data sources to determine mortality risk.

This is why in the future all life insurance companies will be creating products that do not have the costly requirement of a medical exam. In a race to provide the best customer experience and pricing, the consumer wins as they are offered a cheaper product that is much easier to buy.

No Exam Life Insurance Companies Reviewed


sagicor no exam life insurance reviewSagicor is one of the most popular choices for customers looking for quick life insurance coverage with no exam required. Their simplified issue policies can be approved in just minutes, and their rates are competitive with the other companies offering similar products. Sagicor has been in business for 175 years and has over 600,000 policy holders. They also are publicly traded with offices in FL, AZ, and OK. They currently have over $5 billion in assets. Read our full Sagicor life insurance review.

North American

North American no exam life insuranceAnother great choice for quick and easy no exam life insurance coverage is North American. Their simplified issue policies can be issued instantly over the phone with an agent. They have been in business for over 100 years as part of Sammons Financial Group. North American is rated as A+ with AM Best, as opposed to Sagicor’s BBB-. They have more than 595,000 life insurance and annuity policies on the books, over $22 billion in assets, and $117 billion of life insurance in force.


fidelity life insurance reviewFidelity was founded in 1896 with the focus of assisting everyday middle Americans in getting life insurance coverage. The company holds an AM Best rating of A-, and has over $405 million in total assets. They currently have over $30 billion of life insurance policies in force. The simplified issue policies from Fidelity over coverage up to $1,000,000 with turnaround times in 24-48 hours.

United of Omaha

mutual of omaha reviewFounded in 1926, United of Omaha has some great options for those in search of fast life insurance coverage. Their financial strength is rated A+ with AM Best. Their total assets come in at $38.5 billion and they have over $300 billion of life insurance in force.

See our complete guide to the best life insurance companies.

How much does no exam life insurance cost?

No exam life insurance rates depend on your age, gender, lifestyle, height and weight, and many other factors. Here is a page containing sample life insurance rates. You can see that depending on the term length, coverage amount, age, and gender the price can range from $10/month to over $100/month. Yes, you can find cheap no exam life insurance.

No Exam Life Insurance Rates


Is no exam life insurance term life insurance?

The life insurance products we sell here at are all term life insurance. When you see no exam life insurance being advertised, it is almost always a term life insurance product. Of course you will always want to ask and verify that it is term life insurance if that is the type of policy you are looking for. As a consumer it is your responsibility to review your life insurance policy before signing it. It is also a good idea to only shop with reputable companies if you choose to buy online. Check their online ratings and BBB report to avoid a bad experience.

Do you need to work with an agent to buy it?

Whether you buy online or in person, you will be working with an agent. The difference with buying online is that the communication with an agent is minimized. The online experience allows you to shop rates and compare before buying. It also allows you to avoid the hard sale that some agents try to do with face to face clients.

It doesn’t make sense for an agent to drive out to your house several times for a life insurance policy that only costs $400 per year. This is why many face to face agents get a bad rap for trying to sell their customers expensive whole life policies that just aren’t necessary in most situations. They need to make that big commission, and get encouragement to up-sell you all the way to the bank. The online shopping experience avoids all of that.

Can I buy life insurance online?

Yes. Everyday thousands of consumers buy no medical exam life insurance online. There are dozens of companies offering this service, including us here at

How long does it take to get a policy in place?

For a no exam policy the decision time can vary depending on the company you choose. You can expect a decision in the range of 1 to 48 hours. Read more on life insurance approval times.

What are the downsides to not taking a medical exam?

The only downside you could argue is that you might end up paying more for life insurance than you would if you took an exam. However, you don’t have to take time off of work to accommodate an appointment. Prices have been getting lower and lower as the cost of checking various databases become lower. Soon it will be cheaper to buy a non med life insurance policy.

Are there any age limits for no exam life insurance?

Depending on the company there will be limits to how much coverage you can buy and the term length depending on your age. For example, if you are 60 you will not find any companies willing to sell you a 30 year term policy without having you take an exam. See this article for info on no exam life insurance for seniors.

Do the rates go up over time?

As long as it is term life insurance with level premium, the rate will not go up over time. We stress the importance of reading over your policy at the e-signature stage. It is your responsibility as a consumer.

Are there medical questions on the application?

Yes. The application for a non med term policy consists of medical questions, lifestyle questions, and family medical history questions. Answering yes to certain questions on the application can disqualify you.

What if I have existing health conditions?

Many health conditions are acceptable, though it is important to note that having certain health conditions can put you into the next health rating. Generally speaking, if you have existing health conditions you can still get coverage, but it may not be as cheap.

Am I eligible for no exam life insurance?

Most people under the age of 65 can obtain a life insurance policy without taking a medical exam. Depending on the life insurance company the coverage amount and term length you are eligible will vary the older you are. We have many customers looking for no exam life insurance over age 60, and we are able to help them get coverage in place.

How can the insurance company offer life insurance without the exam?

Insurance companies perform many checks on applicants to determine risk. Your credit/financial profile, driving record, prescription report, and MIB (medical informations bureau) combined with the medical questionnaire is enough to determine if they can offer you life insurance coverage.

Jonathan Holloway

Jonathan is a licensed life insurance agent at that writes about insurance, personal finance, lifestyle, and sports. See his recently published guide on no medical exam life insurance.

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