LTC in the News
The word is spreading. Major news outlets are letting the American people know the importance of long-term care planning. Are you? Here are a few recent third-party articles.
- ThinkAdvisor.com – Long-Term Care Insurance Claim Payments Rise 6.4%
- AALTCI.org – Long-Term Care Insurance Prices Drop AALTCI’s 2018 Price Index Reports
- HealthInAging.org – Home Care: Basic Facts & Information
- SeniorsMatter.com – The Aging in Place Home: Technology
Why the WSJ is Wrong About Long-Term Care Planning
A recent Wall Street Journal article, “Millions Bought Insurance to Cover Retirement Health Costs. Now They Face an Awful Choice,” has been circulating on the internet but for all the wrong reasons. The WSJ piece essentially falls into the “bad news sells” category of reporting. While the article itself provides plenty of great statistics and touches on a very important topic, the article really misses the mark on two main points about long-term care insurance. Read more
Barron’s Guide to Retiring Well (Beverly Goodman, 11/11/17)
Some highlights/excerpts from this article which compiled responses from several of their top-ranked advisors in the retirement field.
- Biggest misperception is around Medicare, and the notion that it will cover everything.
- 4 out of 5 people have no idea what their health care costs will be in retirement, and over 60% indicate it is one of their greatest concerns.
- An Employee Benefit Research Institute study found that a 65-year-old can expect to pay between $260K-$400K over a 20-year retirement period for health care expenses. This doesn’t include LTC costs which can average an additional $120K per year in the DC/New England area.
- LTC insurance is recommended where it fits the client’s situation, and particularly for women since they live longer and use more care services.
- The average premium is approximately $3,000 per year.
- Newer options should be considered, i.e. Hybrid and linked benefit plans with guarantees and death benefits.
- The #1 concern for retirees is running out of money.
- Reframe the conversation to be about maintaining good health.
Key take-away – Encourage LTC Planning with all your clients!
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