Tag Archive: Cost of Care

Jan 01

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

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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Feb 02

Goodbye in Her (or His) Eyes

We all know the timeless wedding vows and most of us have spoken them. When caregiving becomes 24/7, sometimes these vows are broken. An awful thought, you say?

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Jan 27

Planning for Long-Term Care is Gentle On My Mind

Glen Campbell is now a permanent member of the ranks of Alzheimer’s victims. The first music artist to make #1 on the country and contemporary charts at the same time, he is Stage 6 now and sometimes requires two caregivers to be sure he is safe.

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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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Dec 09

The Partnership for Long-Term Care

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.

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Aug 21

Planning for Long-Term Care Inflation Isn’t Rocket Science, Folks

The new John Hancock Benefit Builder product has turned long-term care insurance into an investment instead of an insurance product.

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Jul 14

How the Supreme Court Decision Affects Long-Term Care Insurance

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.

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Dec 20

Long-Term Care Insurance Tax Deduction for Greater Than 2% Shareholders of S-Corporations

For those who have wondered how the long-term care insurance self-employed tax deduction works for owners of S-Corporations, this straightforward explanation clears it up.

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Sep 22

The CLASS Act (YES, You Still Need Long‐Term Care Insurance!!)

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act is a provision in Section 8002 of the new health care reform bill (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111‐148) enacted March 23, 2010. The CLASS Act is supposed to provide a small cash benefit of an average of $50 a day with a lifetime benefit period depending on the level of impairment. For example, needing help with four Activities of Daily Living vs. two would result in an increased benefit. This benefit is guaranteed issue and is designed to help people with limitations stay in the community instead of going to a nursing home. The program is supposed to be funded solely by premiums paid by employees who do not opt out via payroll deductions by the employers who choose to participate.

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Jul 16

How to Determine the Value of LTC Insurance After Rate Increases

The premium she has paid over 11 years would only pay for a couple of months of daily home care or nursing home care at current costs or four months in an assisted living facility.

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