Tag Archive: Medicaid

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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Oct 24

What Does Long-Term Care Cost?

Planning for long-term care is best done with information gathering to make an informed decision. The “deer in headlights” approach doesn’t work.

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Dec 10

The Dramatic Difference LTC Insurance Makes to the Caregiver

Mary and Valerie have a lot in common as they are both caregivers. Mary’s Aunt Julia has long-term care insurance, whereas Valerie’s mother does not. Does it make a difference? Have you considered long-term care insurance to protect your family from the impact on Valerie’s life?

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Jul 15

Dave Ramsey helps so many people but he is way off on when to buy LTC coverage

If Dave could just grasp that telling people to wait until their 60s can not only price them out of the market, it can make them uninsurable so that no amount of money will buy it for them. Sadly, the 60 year olds who try and fail to get LTC insurance are very likely to lose the financial peace for which they turned to him to start with because long-term care is the most common reason people outlive their savings.

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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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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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Dec 16

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 …

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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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