As horrendous as an 85% rate increase sounds, it becomes not so horrendous when you analyze it. Here’s a case study along with my advice.
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A tidal wave of caregiving is about to hit U.S. employers as the fastest growing segment of the workforce is age 55 and up, employees who are in their prime caregiving years. Just under half (49%) of the workforce expects to provide care to a family member or friend in the next five years. Do …
It’s imperative that we continue to look for alternate ways to manage the long-term care (LTC) risk, and that’s how I’ve been spending much of my time. For example, I’m looking at a number of annuities that provide long-term care benefits. Why annuities? Because underwriting for traditional LTC insurance has become rather challenging. For those …
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.
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.
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.
I will do a series of posts on how to conduct the essential long-term care insurance employee education so that employees of all ages apply along with their spouse and eligible family members. If you can’t wait for all of the posts, you can always grab a copy of my book, Phyllis Shelton’s Worksite Long-Term …
Free brochure to share with all you know to save state budget dollars for education and public safety
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 in the state budget for education or not buying LTC insurance, which diverts state budget …
The idea of the Long-Term Care Partnership is to provide a way for the Medicaid program to work together with private long-term care insurance to help those people who are caught in the middle: they can’t afford to pay the cost of the care or even the cost of a long-term care insurance policy with unlimited benefits, yet their assets are too high to qualify for Medicaid to pay their long-term care expenses. Many middle-income workers and retirees find themselves in this position.
Participating insurance companies in the Partnership recognize the needs of these middle-income Americans by providing LTC insurance policies that have built-in consumer protection benefit standards, and participating states cooperate by allowing these policyholders to access Medicaid without spending down their assets almost to poverty level if the insurance benefits run out.
Suze Orman’s “Southside Girl” passed away this week and when I sent my condolences, Suze immediately sent the obituary she wrote for the Chicago Sun Times right back to me. This is the mom that she was spending $25,000 a month on because her mother would never sign the application to allow Suze to buy …