WASHINGTON-- How much life insurance do I need? What does long-term care cost in my area?  Should I buy disability insurance?

Which type of health plan makes the most sense for my family?  These are all critically important questions to consider, and now there's an educational Web site that can help provide the answers at life-line.org.

Created by the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE), a nonprofit organization, life-line.org offers a wealth of information about life, health, disability and long-term care insurance and how these products fit into a financial plan.  To underscore the importance of planning ahead, the site features more than a dozen of LIFE's realLIFEstories videos - true accounts of everyday people who benefited from insurance during a crisis, like the death of a loved one or an illness that prevented a breadwinner from working.  The site also contains numerous interactive guides and calculators to help consumers understand how much and what kind of insurance they might need.

"If someone depends on you financially -- a spouse, child or parent - you need to have a plan for how they would be provided for if something were to happen to you," said LIFE president David F. Woods, CLU, ChFC.  "LIFE created this Web site to help you think through the possibilities, estimate what you need, and gain the knowledge necessary to make smart decisions about protecting your loved ones' financial futures."

According to LIFE's research, one of the main reasons people say they don't have the insurance coverage they know they need is "lack of knowledge." The LIFE Web site, recently relaunched, offers content that is purely educational and comes from a noncommercial source, empowering consumers to make what could be some of their most important financial decisions.

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