Three Key Voluntary Policies for Women


What’s Cooking 3 Voluntary Policies for WomenToday 4 in 10 women are the sole or primary breadwinners for their families,¹ and they do more than twice the amount of cooking and cleaning, and caring for children.²

As an employer, you can help your female employees (and their male counterparts too) protect themselves and their families with three key voluntary policies: life, disability, and cancer/specified-illness insurance.

Life insurance coverage is important to women because, without it, their loved ones’ standard of living might change dramatically. Benefits can be used to pay leftover medical costs, or to pay bills such as the mortgage or rent, household expenses, caregiving costs – even to ensure a child can do something as simple as continuing dance lessons, or as momentous as attending college.

Disability insurance protects the working woman’s most valuable asset: her ability to earn a living. In the event of sickness or accidental injury, disability insurance for your employees helps provide peace of mind and financial protection. Policyholders can use disability benefits to pay the bills that continue to roll in even when their paychecks don’t.

Cancer/specified-disease insurance can go a long way toward helping women focus on recovery, rather than on financial concerns. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 805,500 women were diagnosed with cancer in 2013³ – and that’s no small number. A supplemental policy helps protect income and savings from expenses that aren’t covered by major medical insurance.

Learn more about Aflac’s solutions.

¹ Pew Research Center, “Breadwinner Moms,” accessed Sept. 9, 2013
² U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 Time Use Survey, accessed Sept. 9, 2013
³ National Cancer Institute, accessed March 6, 2014

4 Responses to “Three Key Voluntary Policies for Women”


  1. None of these scenarios are very pleasant to contemplate, but all necessary to plan for, of course. My question is, how could an employer who wanted to provide these particular protections do so if they aren’t covered on your initial group plan?

  2. I think a lot of people in the small business community would probably like to learn more about “voluntary” coverage and how it works.

  3. Is the voluntary policies different between women and me? In the latest TrendPal podcast we talked about the Pink Ribbon campaign and awareness about breast cancer.

    When will we see a free choice in medicine and insurances?

  4. Ti Roberts says:

    I think these three types of insurance are definitely helpful to women employees. I think that women in some instances may need more coverage and options than men.

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