The ongoing costs of long-term care facilities can be somewhere in between Annually 80,000 – 150,000 US dollars in a semi-private or private nursing home.
Calculating this number with an average stay of about 3 years, results in a considerable sum.
So it makes sense to take out life insurance with long-term care benefits if you have no other plans.
But like every independent agent here JRC I will tell you it must be you very carefully about the type of long-term care insurance you buy.
Why? The reason is that there is many different types Long-term insurance products and the associated prices and pitfalls can be considerable.
Quick guide to the article:
There are essentially 3 possibilities You can Buy long-term coverage, These include:
- An independent long-term care (LTC) insurance policy
- One pension with LTC advantage
- A life insurance with an LTC driver or an accelerated death benefit payment, also known as "Hybrid life insurance"
Advantages and disadvantages of a stand-alone LTC directive
To be honest, there are not many professionals to discuss about, and most analysts suggest doing so Avoid separate policies, The following disadvantages include:
- Stand-alone LTC policies can be very expensive purchase
- These types of policies have no cash value
- The premiums tend to rise
- Underwriting can be time consuming
- You have to be healthy to qualify
- If you can no longer afford and cancel the policy, all your money is wasted
- People do not like that in general "Use it or lose it" Type of these services
Many insurers have recognized that this type of individual insurance has become unattractive to buyers and have therefore evolved more user-friendly pension and hybrid life insurance packages,
But even if you decide for that Pension or hybrid For care insurance products, we need to reiterate that these products are very different in terms of supply and cost. Do not just jump on the train and buy the first product you look at.
The first thing to consider is the size of the policy you want to buy. Remember that you need to be able to sustain your insurance benefits over the long term a smaller policy may be better for you, especially if you are budget conscious.
Many people buy what is known as "fixed pensions" or "deferred pensions, " designed to provide an income stream for life.
Although they may seem less attractive in the current low-interest-rate market, buying a LTC pension may be a good option financial income along with long-term coverage.
Annuities are usually much less expensivee as the purchase of stand-alone LTC coverage. There are some annuities now provide tax incentives for long-term care benefits.
There are some products that you can use invest the premiums You pay for long-term care and spend it on a fixed income, while you make higher payouts if you need long-term care.
This can cause that Doubling or even tripling What is available if you need to access long-term care services?
Another advantage is that with a hybrid pension insurance (if you do not need the LTC benefits), the full value of the pension can be used either by you or your beneficiaries.
The only connection with this kind of policy would be that it does Are subject to interest rate fluctuationswho are currently on the low side.
Some insurers allow those with an existing pension, Switch to a hybrid package with long-term care insurance. This is also a feature you should consider when considering buying a standalone pension. However, make sure the insurer includes this option.
Hybrid care life insurance
Before explaining the pros and cons of hybrid policies, you need to understand two main types:
- Life insurance with an Accelerated Death Benefit Rider, which can be used for qualified care needs, In this case, if insured need home care or home care, they will withdraw the money from their life insurance and cut their death benefit. In other words, no new money is created here, so it's not actually LTC cover. It only accelerates your death grant. This is usually a FREE Driver, although not all companies still offer it.
- Life insurance with an LTC driver – This is a policy that integrates LTC benefits but incurs additional costs.
In both cases LTC driver usually do not contain any runtime policies (Prudential is the only carrier whose term policies offer a livelihood benefit. They are generally only available with permanent policies such as Universal Life, Indexed Universal Life and Whole Life policies.
American General, OneAmerica and United of Omaha offer the best permanent life insurance with a long-term care provider. These companies give you the option to hand over your policy for money. The OneAmerica policy is the most flexible because you can revoke your policy at any time.
At American General and United of Omaha, you have the option of having all your rewards reimbursed, but you must do so keep your politics for at least 20 or 25 years to exercise this option. If you stop making payments before that time, your cover and cash will be gone.
More about Accelerated Death Benefit Riders
… Hybrid life insurance and long-term care policies provide policyholders with access to most of the death benefits when care services are needed. New and Unanticipated Ways to Fund Long Term Care Costs, Jamie Hopkins, Forbes
If you need benefits from these hybrid life insurance policies, you will essentially receive accelerated benefits that would have been available to your beneficiaries under normal circumstances.
This means yours Death benefits are reduced Corresponds to what you get for long-term coverage.
But be careful, some insurers only qualify for your LTC coverage a percentage of your death benefits which you receive monthly. This may result in the amount received not being sufficient for your care costs.
Some insurers may also add a percentage cap that does not exceed the maximum amount that you can use against LTC 50% of the total amount of the death benefits on your politics.
Disadvantages of pension and life insurance hybrid drivers for long-term care
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering these types of hybrid long-term care:
- Life insurance hybrid packages yield the Reduction of your death benefits This could affect the income that you want to give to your survivors or future estate taxes
- When you use a pension, how are the reduced amounts used for long-term care? Influence your retirement income?
- The amounts that you receive with a hybrid insurance may not provide enough coverage in terms of your LTC needs due to the cap and the percentage amounts provided
- Although many of these types of policies incorporate some form of inflation protection, it will be sufficient to capture them rising costs Long-term care on the street?
First, almost everyone should have long-term coverage, as most people will need them at some point in their lives.
types of Coverage, policies and costs vary widely between insurers So you have to hire a specialist independent agent To fully understand your choices and life insurance needs before opting for a long-term care option.
We have access to Dozens of life insurers So we can help you find the right kind of long-term care insurance you need right now.
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Cliff is Managing Partner and co-founder of JRC. Since 2012, he has helped thousands of families of companies with their life insurance needs, specializing in candidates who are not in perfect health. In his spare time, he spends a lot of time with the family, traveling and nature.
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