Buying Long Term Care Insurance - The Step By Step Guide  
 
 

Buying Long Term Care Insurance - The Step By Step Guide

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A good long term care insurance policy could be an important step to keeping you financially afloat if illness or another condition prevents you from performing daily tasks. More than forty percent of Americans who are 65 today will enter a nursing home during their lifetimes, even if only temporarily. Many fewer of these Americans are prepared to pay the high costs of nursing home stays. A private room runs more than $200 a day, and costs mount up. Medicare does not cover long term care, though if you qualify for Medicaid, you can get coverage. Your private medical insurance will also not pay for your future long term care.

To make sure that you get the right long term insurance, you should ask yourself a few questions and follow these steps. First, you must decide what kinds of long term care you want to cover. Not all policies will cover assisted living or at home care, two options that are becoming increasingly popular. Consider the additional coverage for these, as well as the effect of inflation on long term care rates when you decide how much coverage you want.

How long will you want coverage? Most people don't need a lifetime policy. Sometimes private long term care insurance is used to cover the gap until Medicaid can take over. However, having this kind of insurance can increase the time until you are eligible for Medicaid by up to five years. Keep this in mind when you figure out the term for your long term care insurance.

Figure out if you will need a home care option. Medicaid does not pay for home care in most states. This means that it might be harder to avoid nursing home care if you are unable to provide the funds to stay at home. Find out what Medicaid will pay for in your state and plan your insurance accordingly.

Find out if it's possible for you to get a group insurance policy. These will offer you more options and may be less expensive than buying coverage as an individual. Group long term care insurance is available through a number of large employers, as well as organizations like AARP. If you think you have a membership status that will allow you to take advantage of group insurance, utilize it.

Examine your budget to find out what kind of premiums you can afford to pay. No insurance premium should affect your current standard of life adversely. If only one spouse in a married couple can afford long term care insurance, statistically, the female partner should be the one covered. Women tend to live longer than men, and have a 50% greater chance of needing long term care because of it. Find out if the premiums for the plan you're considering are tax deductible. Being able to get an exemption on your taxes could save you a portion of your premium, making it easier to afford long term care insurance.

 



 

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