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