Publicity around the Supreme Court’s decision to nullify the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, 2013 has centered around the ability to file joint tax returns and collect survivor social security benefits. My first reaction was “What about the ability to take advantage of the spousal impoverishment benefits under Medicaid?”
If you saw the New York Times article “Fine Print and Red Tape in LTC Policies”, you may be questioning your decision to buy long-term care insurance. Or, if you have a policy, this article may have made you wonder if you should have bought it. The fact that I’m writing this response shows you how important it is to me that you don’t have these doubts. Please let me lay your concerns to rest as I respond to a client’s question about her CNA policy.
Buying long-term care insurance is like buying a car. You pay for the core components like an engine and four wheels with tires on them, then add the options that mean the most to you.
Each state has a guaranty fund to protect policyholders from an insurance company that goes out of business. This is an extremely rare situation with long-term care insurance. This article explains what happens to your coverage if a company is declared insolvent.
You’re not sure LTC insurance is the best solution for you? No problem. After you read this book, you will know enough to make an informed decision and I will have done my job.
Over 99% of long-term care insurance policies sold today are tax-qualified,* which means the way to get a claim paid is the same as it is Federally controlled in order for the premiums to be tax-free according to IRS guidelines and enjoy other tax incentives. Just like you can need care physically or mentally, you can trigger the benefits in one of those two ways.
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I’ve been trying since July 2010 to bring attention to the fact Americans think deciding to insure for long-term care is a personal choice, affecting only them. Americans are really choosing between paying long-term care insurance premium which leaves dollars
The new John Hancock Benefit Builder product has turned long-term care insurance into an investment instead of an insurance product.
The Supreme Court decision on June 28, 2012 makes it even more critical for people to own long-term care insurance as it is highly questionable as to how many Medicaid dollars will be there for LTC in the future. In 20-30 years, people who need long-term care will be sharply divided between haves and have-nots. Many people who elected to self-insure will be squarely in the middle of the have-not bucket as the cost of care soars to $1000 a day in 30 years. Money buys choices. Without long-term care insurance, most families simply won’t have the money to buy care and their worst nightmare will happen as the burden for their care falls on their children and grandchildren.