What is Long-Term Care Insurance?
Unlike traditional health insurance, long-term care insurance is designed to cover long-term services and supports, including personal and custodial care in a variety of settings such as your home, a community organization, or other facility.
Long-term care insurance policies reimburse policyholders a daily amount (up to a pre-selected limit) for services to assist them with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or eating. You can select a range of care options and benefits that allow you to get the services you need, where you need them.
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Almost half of all people who live in nursing homes are 85 years or older. Relatively few residents are younger than 65 years of age. Most are women (72%), many of whom do not have a spouse (almost 70% are widowed, divorced, or were never married). Many also have only a small group of family members and friends for support.
Medicare DOES NOT pay for 'long term' nursing home care. Another good reason long term care insurance should be part of your financial plan.
The phrase "long-term care" refers to the
help that people with chronic illnesses, disabilities or other
conditions need on a daily basis over an extended period of time.
The type of help needed can range from assistance with simple activities (such as bathing, dressing and eating) to skilled care that's provided by nurses, therapists or other professionals.
Long term care is a type of personal care service you may need if you become unable to care for yourself because of a prolonged physical illness, a disability, or a cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's disease.
Long term care is different from
traditional medical care that attempts to treat or cure illnesses.
Long-term care helps you maintain your current lifestyle, but it may
not improve or correct your medical problems. Care may be provided
at home or in a hospice, adult day care center, nursing home, or
assisted living facility.
About Long-Term Care Insurance
Unlike traditional health insurance, long-term care insurance policies reimburse policyholders a daily amount (up to a pre-selected limit). Long-term care insurance can cover assisted living/memory care, adult daycare, respite care, hospice care, nursing home,and home modification to accommodate disabilities.
If home care coverage is purchased, long-term care insurance can pay for home care, often from the first day care is needed.
Long-term care is a type of skilled care or personal care service you might need if you're unable to care for yourself because of an illness, disability, or cognitive impairment like Alzheimer's disease. For the 70 percent of people older than 65 who the experts say will need long term care at some point in their lives the costs just notched up again.
For a better view of Genworth's Median Cost of Care in Texas above,
Texas created the Long Term Care Partnership Program as an incentive for Texans to plan for their long-term care needs. The partnership is a joint effort between private insurers and the state. Insurers must follow state and federal guidelines to sell partnership policies. Partnership policies have an asset disregard benefit, inflation protection, and tax qualification benefits.
A Texas Partnership for Long-Term
Care qualified policy provides you, as the purchaser, with
the right to apply for Medicaid under modified eligibility rules
that include a special feature called an asset disregard. This
allows you to keep assets that would otherwise not be allowed if you
need to apply, and qualify, for Medicaid in order to receive
additional long-term care services. The amount of assets Medicaid
will disregard is equal to the amount of the benefits you actually
receive under your long term care Partnership qualified policy.
Since these policies must include inflation protection, the amount of the benefits you receive can be higher than the amount of insurance protection you originally purchased. If you have a Partnership-qualified long term care insurance policy and receive $200,000 in benefits, you can apply for Medicaid and, if eligible, retain $200,000 worth of assets over and above the State's Medicaid asset threshold.
In most states the asset threshold is $2,000 for a single person.
Asset thresholds for married couples are typically more generous.
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