at a glance
- Sells term life insurance online.
- Available in all states except New York.
- Policies include accelerated death benefits.
Launched in 2016, Ethos offers term life policies online. Ethos says completing the online application can take as little as 10 minutes and that most people who qualify for coverage don’t need to complete a medical exam. Coverage amounts range from $100,000 to $1.5 million. Ethos uses data such as your motor vehicle records, family medical history and current drug prescriptions to calculate eligibility and set rates.
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Ethos earned 4 stars out of 5 for overall performance. NerdWallet’s ratings are determined by our editorial team. The scoring formula takes into account complaint data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and financial strength ratings from A.M. Best.
Based on these ratings, Ethos is among NerdWallet’s Best Life Insurance Companies for 2020.
Ethos consumer complaints
Over three years, Banner Life Insurance, the company that issues policies bought through Ethos, has drawn fewer complaints to state regulators than expected for a company of its size, according to a NerdWallet analysis of data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
More about Ethos
Ethos offers term life insurance to people ages 20 to 65. Available terms are 10, 15, 20 and 30 years. The application process is done 100% online. Life insurance agents are available to answer questions by phone, text or email.
All policies include accelerated death benefits, which allow you to take part of the life insurance payout while you’re still alive if you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Ethos may require you to take a life insurance medical exam if it needs more information on your health to calculate eligibility and rates. The company does not sell permanent policies, such as whole life insurance.
Methodology: Life insurance ratingsNerdWallet’s life insurance ratings are based on weighted averages of complaint index scores from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for individual life insurance, and financial strength ratings from A.M. Best, which indicate a company’s ability to pay future claims. To calculate each insurer’s rating, we adjusted the NAIC and A.M. Best scores to a curved 5-point scale.
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