Traditional long-term care policies require you to pay monthly premiums that typically increase over time.
Long-Term Care Explained
Traditional long-term care policies require you to pay monthly premiums that typically increase over time.In return, when a triggering event occurs, such as an illness requiring an extended stay in a long-term care facility or residential improvements in order to remain home, the policy pays all or a portion of the qualified costs to the facility.
With the high cost of long-term care facilities, those who don’t have long-term care insurance run the risk of having to use their personal assets to pay for care. For many, the cost of long-term care insurance does make sense to protect personal assets from a catastrophic illness. For others, long-term care premiums are so expensive that it’s hard for them to justify this expense for a benefit they may never use.
New “Hybrid” Products Combine Long-Term Care Benefits, Death Benefit, or Return of Premium*
There are new insurance options available in the marketplace that combine long-term care insurance with traditional insurance benefits like payouts to your heirs upon your death. These products help to reduce a client’s concern about paying for insurance they might not use.
Here is how they work:
Premiums are paid to the insurance company either in one lump sum or annually.
In return, the insurance company provides income tax-free reimbursements for qualifying long-term care expenses, an income tax-free death benefit if care is not needed, or options that return all or a percentage of your premium after a certain period of time.*
The advantage over traditional long-term care insurance is that the client now receives a guaranteed benefit based on how their life unfolds. If they do require long-term care, they can receive tax-free reimbursements for qualifying long-term care expenses. If they don’t, their heirs receive a tax-free death benefit, just like traditional life insurance. And, if clients’ circumstances change, or they decide to discontinue coverage, a return of premium feature can get all or a portion of their principal returned to them.
These new options may make the decision to purchase long-term care easier for some clients. Long-term care, like any other insurance product, should be considered as part of your total financial plan.
If you considered long-term care in the past, these new options might be worth another look.
We can educate you on a variety of options that fit your current and future needs.
*Return of premium features vary by insurance carrier and generally apply to lump-sum policies only and after a period of time such as 5 years.
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