Short-Term vs. Long-Term Disability Insurance


Published: 04.25.2024

What is Disability Insurance?

Disability Insurance—also referred to as Disability Income Insurance, Income Protection or DI—is a type of insurance that replaces part of your income in the event you become sick or have a mental or physical disability that prevents you from working. The amount of your income that is replaced is usually a percentage of your pay.

There are two common types of disability coverage. This includes short-term disability insurance and long-term disability insurance.

What is Short-term vs. Long-term Disability?

Selecting the right disability insurance plan is key, and understanding the differences between Short-term Disability (STD) and Long-term Disability (LTC) allows you to make better-informed decisions when choosing the right disability insurance coverage for your needs.

Whether it's short-term relief or long-term security, having the right protection ensures financial well-being during challenging times.

For more details on the differences between Short-term Disability vs. Long-term Disability Insurance Plans, see our comparison chart below.
  Short-Term Disability Long-Term Disability
Duration of Coverage Typically covers a shorter period, often ranging from a few weeks up to a year. Provides coverage for an extended duration, starting after the short-term disability period ends. It can last for years or even until retirement age, depending on the policy.
Waiting Period Has a relatively shorter waiting or elimination period before benefits kick in, often around 0 to 14 days. Usually has a longer waiting period, ranging from several weeks to months, before benefits become payable.
Benefit Amount Offers a higher percentage of your salary, sometimes close to your full income, during the covered period and is paid out weekly. Provides a lower percentage of your salary compared to short-term disability but extends over a longer period and is paid out monthly.
Coverage Primarily designed for temporary disabilities, such as maternity/pregnancy, recovery from surgery, illness, or injuries that are expected to heal. Covers more severe and long-lasting disabilities that may prevent you from working for an extended period or permanently.
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