Tag Archive: benefits

Jan 01

What your state lets you keep, effective 7/1/2017

This is a table that shows the minimum assets and income each state allows nursing-home residents and their spouses to keep.

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Mar 22

Forever and Ever Amen

My last article “Goodbye in Her (or His) Eyes” was a little hard to read as it discussed situations in which a healthy spouse doesn’t stick around when the other spouse needs long-term care…either by choice or by death. Just a few days after it was published, I heard from an agent who has been …

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Feb 11

An easier way to qualify for long-term care insurance

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 …

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Sep 07

Combining Life Insurance or Annuities with Long-Term Care Insurance

It would be easy to say “yes” to long-term care insurance if you didn’t have to come up with new money to pay for it, wouldn’t it? Well, there might just be a way to pull that off by repositioning money you already have. An important tax change was effective January 1, 2010* that has made it easier to combine long-term care insurance with either life insurance or annuities. This article shows three reasons why you might want to do that.

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Jul 03

Phyllis Shelton Says Wall St. Journal Didn’t Go Deep Enough on LTC Insurance Rate Increases

Phyllis Shelton expands on the July 1, 2013 Wall St. Journal article that discusses LTC insurance rate increases by showing how to evaluate a rate increase, how to save money by buying Long-Term Care Partnership plans, and how to view the impact of not planning for extended health care.

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Jun 29

What Does the Supreme Court’s Decision to Nullify DOMA Mean for Medicaid LTC Benefits?

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?”

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Jun 11

Response to June 8 2013 New York Times article about LTCI claims

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.

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Apr 30

How much does long-term care insurance cost? (rate calculator for sample plan)

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.

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Mar 16

My new book will tell you why 2013 is the year to get LTC insurance!

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.

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Feb 04

How Do You Get a Claim Paid?

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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