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.
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.
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.
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.
The new John Hancock Benefit Builder product has turned long-term care insurance into an investment instead of an insurance product.
CNBC allows you to vote on “Would You Buy Long-Term Care Insurance” at this story: http://www.cnbc.com/id/47703131 This article says the premiums are expensive. I hear that all the time. Are they expensive? I have to expand the question to those who make that statement. Long-term care insurance premiums are expensive compared to what? Compared to …
Size matters. When we say that about half of the long-term care insurance policies were bought at work, we are talking about a combination of true group and multi-life. Multi-life generally applies to companies with less than 100 employees but can extend several hundred What is the difference? Multi-life LTCI is simply an individual long-term …
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.
Response to Terry Savage article “Long-Term Care-LESS”, MoneyShow.com, March 19, 2012 http://www.moneyshow.com/investing/article/11/Blog-27057/Long-Term-Care-LESS/ The 90% rate increase by John Hancock is not a responsible rate increase in my opinion. They were asleep at the wheel, not realizing that was coming. But in all fairness – this article makes it sound like long-term care insurance rate increases …