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Student Disability Plan
Student Disability Plan

Quality disability insurance at no cost while you're a student -- it doesn't get better than this!

Get this: If your education or career path is interrupted (or halted altogether) by disability, disabling illness or injury, this insurance can pay you cash every month to help cover student loans and living expenses.

Your most valuable asset isn't your bank account or investments — it's YOU! It's smart to protect the investment you're making in yourself and in your future as a dentist by getting disability insurance now, while you're young and healthy. Why is it a big deal? Because statistics show that 1 out of 4 dentists will be disabled long enough to collect benefits at some point before retirement1. Your future in dentistry could be lost if your ability to practice clinically becomes compromised.

The ADA knows the value of disability insurance to dentists which is why they provide group disability insurance to ASDA and ADA student members as an ASDA and ADA student member benefit. Your insurance will help you transition after dental school to your next career step, and can be renewed all the way into retirement! Coverage is provided at no cost to you through dental school and residency, so it's easy to take advantage and get better prepared for what lies ahead.

Features of the ADA-sponsored Student Members Disability Insurance Plan include:

  • $2,000/month for up to 7 years
  • Up to $150,000 to help repay student loans
  • Guaranteed conversion after graduation to two types of ADA-sponsored disability insurance including $2,000/month of Disability Income Protection insurance and $2,000/month of Office Overhead Expense insurance.

1Odds of disability determined by Great-West Life in 2013 after studying years of disability claims by ADA members.

Coverage is issued automatically regardless of your medical condition if you are under 45, but benefits are not payable, as defined by the respective policy, for disability resulting from a sickness, disorder, physical condition, or symptom that existed or was treated prior to enrollment.

Student Disability Plan - No Cost to ASDA and ADA Student Members

The American Dental Association makes it possible for dental students to receive disability insurance at no cost during dental school. Why? Because the ADA knows you have many other financial obligations right now, but still need to safeguard your ability to earn an income from your chosen profession. It's a tangible way the ADA invests in YOU as the future of organized dentistry.



Protection for the future means peace of mind today.

"After making such a big investment in dental school, I wanted to have some income in case something happened. A disability can be temporary, but I also know that if something happened to my eyes or hands, I could be permanently prevented from practicing dentistry."

Martin Braud
Louisiana, 2007

Coverage is issued automatically regardless of your medical condition if you are under 45, but benefits are not payable, as defined by the respective policy, for disability resulting from a sickness, disorder, physical condition, or symptom that existed or was treated prior to enrollment.

Student Disability Plan Features

The ADA-sponsored Student Members Disability Insurance Plan includes comprehensive features designed by ADA members exclusively for dental students:

  • Coverage: $2,000/month in monthly disability coverage, and up to $150,000 to repay student loans
  • Guaranteed upon enrollment: ADA-sponsored student insurance is guaranteed upon enrollment if you are a predoctoral student under age 45, or can be obtained with proof of good health if you are 45 or older. And your coverage becomes active immediately.
  • Two-year “own occupation” coverage: If you become totally disabled and unable to perform the normal duties of a full-time dental student, you can receive monthly benefits for up to 2 years. The two-year own occupation period is followed by “any occupation” period for up to 5 additional years, so you could receive benefits for an additional 5 years if you cannot perform the duties of any occupation for which you’re qualified. Note: After graduation, when your coverage converts to the ADA-sponsored plans for ADA member practicing dentists, the "own occupation" provision expands and can provide benefits every month until you turn age 65.
  • Loan repayment benefit: If you can't complete dental school because of disability, you'll likely still have to repay much of what you borrowed to study dentistry. To help you repay that investment, the ADA-sponsored plan provides up to $150,000 in student loan repayment benefits. This benefit may be available even if you no longer qualify for basic benefits under the plan, or are denied benefits from another loan repayment program.
  • Built-In Conversion: After December 31 of your graduation year, your student coverage will convert to $4,000/month of combined ADA-sponsored disability insurance — $2,000/month of Disability Income Protection insurance to guarantee monthly income if you can't practice dentistry, and $2,000/month of Office Overhead Expense insurance to help you repay student loans, practice loans, and other professional expenses. These plans are for ADA member practicing dentists, and coverage can be renewed to age 70. Both conversion and ongoing renewal occurs without any medical exam.
  • Automatic renewal: Coverage renews automatically every academic year, providing you with uninterrupted protection as your career advances. Residents and students in post-doc programs have the option to renew student coverage too.
  • 90-day waiting period: Under this Plan, you’re eligible for benefits after just 90 days of disability. Use the monthly benefits to help cover your living expenses, pay down your debts, or train for another career. You could even qualify for student loan repayment, depending on the length and severity of your disability.

Coverage is issued automatically regardless of your medical condition if you are under 45, but benefits, as defined by the respective policy, are not payable for disability resulting from a sickness, disorder, physical condition, or symptom that existed or was treated prior to enrollment.


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ADA-sponsored Insurance Plans This website is an outline only and not a contract. Benefits provided under respective Group Policy Nos. (104TLP Term Life, 1105GDH-IPP Income Protection, 1106GDH-OEP Office Overhead Expense, 104GUL Universal Life, and 1107GH-MCP MedCASHSM) issued to the American Dental Association; underwritten by Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company and filed in accordance with and governed by Illinois law. Coverage available to all eligible ADA members residing in any U.S. state or territory. Term Life and MedCASH premiums increase annually, Income Protection increases every 5 years and Office Overhead Expense every 10 years. Annual Universal Life premiums may fluctuate or remain level depending upon the amount maintained in the Policy Value Account. Premium Credit discount not guaranteed but reevaluated semi-annually.
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