Long term care insurance premiums vary broadly, but are higher overall

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The rates that are being paid for this coverage are dependent on a very large number of factors. A recently released industry report has shown that while the rates for long term care insurance have been rapidly on the rise, the premiums themselves vary broadly depending on a number of different factors that go into the calculations. The report showed that this year, the average rise for LTC insurance premiums was close to 9 percent. At the same time, even though the rates for long term care insurance have been…

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Long term care insurance policies are evolving for greater choice

Long Term Care Insurance

The most recent offerings in this sector are including a larger number of options for consumers. Long term care insurance companies have been observing an increasing trend of skyrocketing costs as their policyholders are living longer and are using more services such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The value in this type of policy is in the fact that it covers these extremely expensive services. However, because policyholders are generating far greater expenses than had been predicted, the long term care insurance industry is being faced with massive…

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Long term care insurance is struggling due to many factors

Long Term Care Insurance Industry

There are many causes of the challenges faced by this sector of the industry. The long term care insurance sector of the industry has been facing a lot of difficulties over the last few years due to a lack of new customers and increased use by older policyholders. Carriers have been giving up on the sector altogether and have been dropping out of it. The long term care insurance companies that have decided to hold their ground within the sector are resorting to efforts that are less favorable to the…

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The price of long-term care insurance coverage is on the rise

As the Baby Boomer generation comes to the cusp of the discovery that long-term care insurance may be a wise step to cover potential upcoming needs, the insurance industry has found that this sector of its marketplace is withering, the price of its policies is skyrocketing, and the available coverage is being changed by the insurers. Long-term care insurance is the coverage that has been designed to provide payments for the medical services that are not usually covered by standard health insurance, for example: in-home care, nursing homes, and assisted…

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The return of the long-term care services funding debate

According to an online article in Forbes on March 14, following the end of the CLASS Act last year, there has been a great deal of concern about the way that the needs for long-term care by the elderly and disabled younger adults, will be financed in the United States. Federal officials and about two dozen states have now taken a fresh step to rectify this problem, working with insurance company executives, advocates, and researchers in a meeting that lasted almost six hours for an idea exchange. The group was…

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Employees may qualify for long-term care more easily through employers

LTC Financial Partners LLC. – one of the leading long-term care insurance companies in the United States – has released a statement to Americans in the hopes of assisting them to more easily obtain long-term care insurance and at a better rate simply by asking their employers about it. According to the senior vice president of business development for the insurer, Dan Cahn, by asking their employers about this coverage “could save you time, paperwork, and money — even if your workplace has no group LTC benefit in force.” The…

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John Hancock Financial raises rates on long-term care, sees backlash from consumers

John Hancock Financial, one of Colorado’s largest insurance companies, recently raised rates for long-term care coverage significantly. Some consumers saw increases as high as 90%, while other saw increases of half that number. The rate hikes have sparked the ire of consumers who say that these new rates are excessive. The state’s Department of Insurance is not being inundated with complaints concerning the matter, though regulators claim that the rates are somewhat justified. Long-term care insurance provides coverage for those that must take advantage of nursing homes or various types…

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Avoiding misconceptions about Medicare to sidestep financial struggles

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According to the outcome of a study performed by Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement, a startling number of retired individuals in the middle-income bracket who are on Medicare either do not understand or they misunderstand the costs and coverage provided by the program, which can lead to unexpected expenses. The research, whose findings were included in the report entitled “Retirement Healthcare for Middle-Income Americans”, examined data regarding 400 pre-Medicare individuals in the baby boomer generation (aged 47 to 64), as well as 400 adults in…

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John Hancock announces re-entry into individual long-term care insurance in California

John Hancock has announced that it will be resuming its place as a part of the California individual long-term care insurance marketplace, starting on February 27, 2012, through both its Custom Care III (non-Partnership) and its new California Partnership policy. These two policies will provide comprehensive long-term care coverage for all circumstances, such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, adult day-care centers, and at home, and will also provide the policyholder with care planning and care giving support. The president of John Hancock long-term care insurance, Marianne Harrison, expressed the…

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Choosing the right long-term care policy to cover your needs

The percentage of people who have purchased life insurance has currently reached a figure that is lower than it has been in half a century, as many people debate whether or not the coverage is worth their money when they are already tightening their belts in an economy that continues to struggle in its recovery. Life insurance differs from standard medical insurance in that it provides coverage for individuals who require assistance with their daily living activities. For example, in the case of a broken shoulder or hip, dementia, or…

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