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What is the #1 threat to your retirement savings?

 

Even if you are in your thirties or forties you need to pay attention to this article.  Your future retirement assets are at risk too.

You insure your homes yet there is only a 1 in 300 chance of a house fire. You insure your cars and yet there is only a 1 in 30 chance that you will have an auto accident. There is a 4 in 10 chance you will need long term care yet very few people insure their retirement assets to protect those assets from long term care expenses. Yes, long term care expenses are the #1 treat to your retirement assets.

According to “Genworth’s cost of care survey”  for 2017, here are the average annual cost in Pennsylvania:

  • Homemaker services (care in the home) $50,336
  • Adult Day Care $16,120
  • Assisted Living Facility $41,400
  • Semi Private Nursing home room $111,325

What is long term care?  Long term care is help needed to assist with the activities of daily life such as bathing, dressing, eating, using a toilet, continence or transferring from a bed to a chair. You may need this care in the home or in a facility.  How long would your retirement assets last if one or both of you needed long term care?

Here are some solutions:

  • Pay out of pocket. Even if you can afford to do this I can show you a better way
  • Medicare – Medicare only covers skilled care after being in the hospital for 3 days. So if you just need custodial care or are not getting better Medicare will not help you. Even if you do receive Medicare benefits for long term care they only last for 100 days. (20 of those days at $0 copay and 80 of those days with a copay of $167.50.)
  • Medicaid – Many with minimal assets will need to use Medicaid.
  • Private Insurance. Long term care insurance has changed dramatically.

Up to a few years ago if you purchased long term care insurance you received a policy similar to a disability policy and you had a certain monthly benefit for a certain number of years. The problem with these policies were that the price was not fixed and most policies saw many increases in premiums.  In addition, if you never needed to use the policy and passed away your heirs received nothing. Many insurance companies have gotten out of this market.

Did you know that today you can use life insurance benefits to pay for your long term care?  You purchase a permanent life insurance contract that includes a long term care insurance rider. If you qualify for long term care benefits (same qualification as the old policies) you can start taking up to 4% of your life insurance benefit monthly to help you pay for long term care expenses. That means if you have a $250,000 life insurance policy you may be able to take up to $10,000 a month to pay for your long term care. When you use all of the $250,000 death benefit then the policy ends.  Best of all if you never need long term care and pass away then your heirs would receive the $250,000 death benefit.

So why should you care if you are in your thirties or forties?  Since this is life insurance the younger and healthier you are the lower the cost. You can have plans that will be paid up by the time you retire.

As always Spencer Insurance Agency wants you to understand your options. Check out our website for more information about long term care insurance. Contact us today to set up a time to talk about long term care expenses and long term care insurance. Decide for yourself how much of your retirement assets will be protected against long term care expenses.  Spread the word to your friends and family because few people know about this option.

Unsure about Long Term Care Insurance?

According to Medicare, at least 70% of people over 65 will need long-term care services at some point.  Long-term care includes medical and non-medical care for people who have a chronic illness or disability.  Non-medical care includes non-skilled personal care assistance, like help with everyday activities, including dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom.

Check out my report on Long-Term Care Insurance : Spencer’s Tips on Long Term Care. . . What is Long Term Care and How Do I Prepare for It?

You have auto and homeowner’s insurance.  Did you know?…
·       Chance of a house fire is 1 in 300
·       Chance of an auto accident is 1 in 30
·       Chance  you will need Long-Term Care is 4 in 10 AND
·       Chance you will need Long-Term Care if you are over 65 is 7 in 10!

According to Genworth’s Compare the Cost Report, the state median annual costs of services in Pennsylvania for 2012 are:
·       Homemaker Services $44,616
·       Home Health Aide $45,760
·       Adult Day Health Care $14,300
·       Assisted Living Facility (private, one bedroom) $39,015
·       Nursing Home (semi-private room) $91,652

How many years would it take to deplete your retirement savings?
There are many ways to pay for Long-Term Care.  Do you know all the options?  Have you discussed the options with your family? Does it make sense for you?  Only you can decide after researching.  Let us help you.  Call us today at 215-885-2200 so we can discuss your options.  Or request a quote. As Independent Agents, Spencer Insurance Agency represents many top rated insurance companies and will help you decide which one offers you the plan you need.  Don’t rely on an agent who only represents one choice.  At Spencer Insurance we understand that the True Cost of Insurance can be much higher if you are not properly protected.

For more information or a quote for Long Term Care Insurance contact us today!

September is Life Insurance Awareness month!

We live for life’s wondrous moments whether it’s a baby’s first step, graduation, or retirement.  Life Insurance helps to ensure the life you’ve built for your loved ones won’t come to a halt if something were to happen to you.  It’s never too early or too late to consider all the things life insurance can do for your family.

Spencer Insurance Agency has many resources to help educate you on solutions to your life insurance needs.  Our agency wants to make sure you coordinate your life insurance planning with a financial planner, estate attorney, and us.

Part of our review of your life insurance needs is to make sure you have a will and that the will has been updated recently.  We want to make sure the people you want to receive your life insurance proceeds when you die actually get them.  I wrote a report on this subject called “What you need to know about Life Insurance. . . How to make sure the People You Intended to get your Life Insurance Benefits Actually Get the Benefits.

Many people ask “How Much Life Insurance do I need?  I will help have a discussion with you that includes four factors that will give you an answer to that question.

Another frequent question I hear is “Should I purchase supplemental Life Insurance offered by my employer?  There are pros and cons to purchasing your life insurance in a group plan.  Check out this article for the pros and cons.

Lastly, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!  A friend of mine, Rachel, told me her story.  Read Rachel Story to see how waiting for the right time to buy life insurance can be devastating.  If you wait too long you may not be able to buy life insurance.

Call us today for a review of your life insurance needs.  Even if you have some life insurance call us at 215-885-2200 to make sure it is still performing the way it was set up to perform.

Do you know how to get your annual Social Security Statement?

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Many clients have asked me this question:  “In the past I received my Social Security statement by mail near my birthday. I have not received one recently, what happened?”

The U.S. Social Security Administration no longer mails the statements.  You can still get your statement annually by creating an online account on “My Social Security.” Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and click where it says “Create an Account.”

To set up an account you need to be 18 years old and have a valid email address, social security number and U.S. mailing address.  When you set it up you will be asked for some personal information to verify your identity.

After you set up your account you will be able to get your Social Security Statement and can print or save the statement.  This statement is very valuable when planning your financial and life insurance needs.  It also tells you your options for your benefits at retirement, disability benefits, and your family survivor benefit.

If you have any questions call our office at 215-885-2200.  This statement is a valuable tool when reviewing your estate and retirement plans.  Let us know by commenting if you were successful in setting up your account.

 

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