When you prepare for any upcoming investment or purchase, you probably run into some unfamiliar language or terminology in your research, which can be frustrating and downright confusing. Searching for a long-term care insurance policy is no different. A long-term care insurance policy describes coverage under the policy, exclusions and limitations—and can be laden with industry jargon. Here’s a breakdown of the fundamentals:
When you think of long-term care insurance, what comes to mind? Unfortunately, some people hold certain misconceptions or have an unfavorable opinion of long-term care insurance, largely stemming from issues related to its early days. But that was then. Today, there are more options focusing on straightforward and flexible long-term care solutions. Let’s take a look.
The rising cost of health care in the United States has become one of the primary risks to a financially secure retirement. With health care costs expected to continue increasing faster than inflation, the time to plan for your future health care needs is now—before you retire. Here are some things you’ll need to plan for.
Many people aren’t planning for their future long-term care needs because they think the government will pick up the tab. That’s just not true for most individuals. Given that about 70% of people over age 65 will need some type of long-term care in their lifetime, according to the U.S government, this is a serious mistake to be making. Here’s why.
Medicare does not pay for long-term care services, as explained by the Social Security Administration: “Social Security pays retirement, disability, family and survivors benefits. Medicare, a separate program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, helps pay for inpatient hospital care, nursing care, doctors’ fees, drugs, and other medical services and supplies to people age 65 and older, as well as to people who have been receiving Social Security disability benefits for two years or more. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, so you may want to consider options for private insurance (emphasis added).”
Without proper planning, a serious accident or illness could rob you of your financial independence. Whether purchased for yourself, your spouse or for an aging parent, long-term care insurance can help protect assets accumulated over a lifetime from the ravages of long-term care costs.