Long Term Care
Approximately 70% of Americans turning 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care at some point during their lives. (Source: The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care, as of January 2014.) And with life expectancies increasing this figure can be expected to grow in the years to come.
What is long-term care insurance (LTCI)?
Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is a contractual arrangement that pays a selected dollar amount per day for a selected period of time for skilled, intermediate, or custodial care in nursing homes and other settings (such as home health care).
Long-term care insurance (LTCI)
In return for your payment of premiums, a long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy will pay a selected dollar amount per day (for a selected period of time) for your skilled, intermediate, or custodial care in nursing homes and, sometimes, in alternative care settings, such as home health care.
Whether you should purchase a long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy depends on your financial ability, age, health status, retirement objectives, and whether you have assets you want to protect. Once you've made the decision to buy, you'll need to decide how much coverage is enough.
What is long-term care?
In general, long-term care refers to a broad range of medical and personal services designed to assist individuals who have lost their ability to function independently. The need for this ongoing care arises when you have a chronic disability or when physical/mental impairments prevent you from performing certain basic activities, such as feeding, bathing, dressing, transferring, and toileting.
What are long-term care Partnership policies?
The high cost of long-term care has placed a financial burden on individuals and state Medicaid programs. As the number of older Americans grows, the strain is likely to worsen, and containing Medicaid costs has become a priority for states and the federal government.
What is it?
Paying for nursing home care is a burden that most Americans bear, whether directly or indirectly. Even if you never need nursing home care yourself, you are already paying for the nursing home care of others by paying income taxes that, in part, finance Medicaid and veterans' benefits.