Over 41% of long-term care insurance policies are in these 10 states

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There are approximately 8 million Americans with L.T.C. coverage, and nearly half reside in 10 states. Newly released American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (A.A.L.T.C.I.) data shows that approximately 8 million Americans are covered by some form of L.T.C. policy. That said, between one third and one half of those policyholders live in only 10 states across the country. The data is from 2017 but represents the latest issued by the N.A.I.C. annual study findings. The A.A.L.T.C.I. based its data on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (N.A.I.C.) national study.…

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Mutual of Omaha lawsuit pushes insurer to cover patients taking Truvada

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New applicants taking the HIV prevention medication had previously been denied policies. Mutual of Omaha settled discrimination allegations filed by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. The insurance company has agreed to stop denying applicants who use HIV prevention medications such as Truvada. At the same time, the insurance company settled a second lawsuit in the state regarding a similar situation. In the second lawsuit, Mutual of Omaha settled with an unidentified man. The insurance company turned down the man’s long term care insurance application when he acknowledged that he took…

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Hybrid life insurance policies gain popularity as LTC payment plans

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As long term care insurance skyrockets in price, many people are looking for alternative funding. Hybrid life insurance policies are beginning to take the place of long term care insurance policies. Traditional LTC products have plummeted in popularity due to their spiking premiums in recent years. To pay for long term care needs, consumers are turning to new types of insurance coverage. Hybrid life insurance policies are becoming a leading option in that area. These policies come in the form of life products that back long term care financing strategies.…

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General Electric seeks to divest itself of insurance business

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GE wants to step away from the long term care insurance that is now costing it far too much. General Electric Co. is currently seeking to unload its troubled insurance business. The American multinational conglomerate has been working with investment bankers to identify opportunities. The company’s insurance branch took on a wealth of expenses following shareholder lawsuits. GE’s insurance business was required to cover extensive charges at the same time it faced lawsuits from its shareholders. The company was also the subject of an investigation by United States regulators, according…

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Insurance denial case involving gay men in New York to be investigated by state

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State financial regulators will be looking into reports of discrimination against homosexual men. New York financial regulators are looking into recent reports of insurance denial involving gay men. The story originated in the New York Times and stated that gay men were being denied long-term care, disability and life insurance because of a preventative medication they were taking. The men were taking a medication to help boost their protection against H.I.V. when they applied for coverage. If the insurance denial allegations are true, it may mean that the insurers’ practices…

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John Hancock long term care insurance is shutting down

The insurer recently announced its intentions to step out of that market and will cease selling next month. As of December 2016, John Hancock long term care insurance policies will no longer be sold by the insurer. This announcement arrived as the company announced that it would be exiting that coverage market. The insurance company is owned by one of the largest long term care policy providers in the United States. John Hancock long term care insurance is owned by Canadian firm Manulife Financial Corp. That company is among the…

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The high cost of long term care is rarely planned for

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While planning for retirement, few people plan for the potential need for nursing home care. The cost of long term care has become one of the largest expenses faced during retirement. At the same time, only a small minority of people actually plan for this eventual need. By the time a person reaches the age of 65, their chances of needing a nursing home at some point are about 50-50 at the moment. These types of annual cost are very high and most people haven’t factored it into their savings.…

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