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Is Long Term Care Insurance right for you?

Long Term Care - Be Prepared

Is Long Term Care Insurance right for you?  You need to ask that question.

Well tax day, April 15, 2019, is behind us now.  Taxes are paid or you received an extension.  Taxes are bittersweet.  They take money out of our pockets but yet provide much needed services.  I don’t have a problem paying my fair share.

But how much is fair?  We work every day and try to put money aside in 401K plans or IRAs so we can have a secure retirement. Our retirement assets could well be our largest asset.  Do you protect that asset?

The chance of a house fire is 1 in 300 but we would not hesitate to get homeowner’s insurance. The chance of an auto accident is 1 in 30 and it is required in Pennsylvania that we have auto insurance. The chance that you will need long term care is 4 in 10 yet few of us have any insurance to protect our retirement assets from the dangers of expensive long term care.

Genworth’ 2018 cost of care report tells us that the average cost in the Philadelphia area for a home health aide is $54,912 a year. The cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $124,465 a year.  How long would it take to use up your retirement assets to pay these costs?

Long term care policies have only been around since the 1970s.  But they really did not catch on until the 1980s and 90s.  There was very little data to help insurance companies set rates for these products so as a result costs have gone up dramatically over the years.  Some policies had multiple increases of 15% or more.

In the last few years many new options have been introduced by life insurance companies.  These new policies referred to as hybrid policies are life insurance policies that contain long term care riders.  These riders allow you to take out a percentage of your life insurance death benefit early to help pay for long term care costs. If set up properly these payments would be tax free.  For example if you have a $250,000 life insurance policy, one company’s rider would allow you to take out 4% a month ($10,000) to help pay your long term care costs.  When your death benefit is exhausted the policy ends and there would be no life insurance.  However, if you never need long term care or die before using all the benefit then the remainder of the life insurance benefits would be paid to your beneficiary.

Many clients we talk to are not aware of these options.  Since these policies are life insurance you need to be healthy to get the coverage.  Also, the younger you are the less the cost.  Contact Spencer Insurance agency to learn your options.  Don’t assume these policies are not affordable for you.

Let us help you protect those retirement assets you spent years accumulating.

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.

Want to protect your retirement assets from the #1 threat?

      

 

You have worked all your life to accumulate a nice nest egg.  Don’t let long term care expenses wipe out your nest egg in a few years!
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

You did not question insuring your home and cars then why not insure that nest egg?

Many people only know about the traditional long term care insurance policies that are expensive and give you no return if you never need to use it.  I have seen my father’s long term care policy increase in premium two times so far at a 15% clip each time.  Many who live on a fixed income can’t afford these type of increases and are force to decrease their coverage or cancel their policy.

Today there are new options.  Many life insurance carriers have a long term care insurance rider you can add to a life insurance contract. It is a life insurance contract that allows you to take a percentage of your death benefit each month to pay for long term care expenses.   Since it is life insurance your beneficiaries would get the death benefit should you die before needing long term care benefits.

Contact Spencer Insurance today to learn more on how to protect your nest egg.  For more information on the long term care insurance check out our website.

As with all life insurance the cost is lowest when you are young and healthy so don’t wait another day to contact us.

Please feel free to pass this email to anyone you know who may want to protect their nest egg.

Have a great week,

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!

November is Long Term Care Insurance Awareness Month

Long Term Care - Be Prepared

We all insure or homes. Did you know the chance of a house fire is 1 in 300?

We all insure our cars. Did you know the chance of an auto accident is 1 in 30?

Do you insure your retirement assets? Probably not but you spend a lifetime building these assets.  Did you know the chance you will need long term care is 4 in 10 AND the chance you will need long term care if you are over 65 is 7 in 10?

According to a Genworth Cost to Compare Report, the average cost for homemaker services is $44,616 per year. What if you or both you and your spouse need these services? How far will your hard earned retirement assets last?

November is Long Term Care Insurance Awareness month. Get information on this important subject. ? Check out my report “Spencer’s Tips on Long Term Care. . . What is Long Term Care and How Do I Prepare for it?”

Spencer Insurance Agency can show you a variety of solutions to this problem. Today many companies allow you to accelerate your life insurance death benefit to use it for long term care expenses.

Call us today at 215-885-2200 to see if Long Term Care Insurance is right for you.

Can you be forced to pay Mom or Dad’s Nursing Home Bill?

retirement crossroads

 

This may not be as unlikely as you think!  A recent article in Forbes highlighted this issue.  To view the entire article goes to: http://www.forbes.com/sites/northwesternmutual/2014/02/03/who-will-pay-for-moms-or-dads-nursing-home-bill-filial-support-laws-and-long-term-care/.

One of the byproducts of new medical technology is longer life expectancies.   In the past a stroke, heart attack or cancer may have killed us.  Now with new medical advances treatments are available to help us recover from these illnesses.  That is the good news. The bad news is that as a result of living longer, Long Term Care expenses for many families have increased dramatically over the last few years.   The question is “Who pays for this care?”

You could be held legally responsible for your parent’s care if you live in one of the 29 states that have filial laws on the books (PA, NJ and DE do).  New case law in Pennsylvania makes children legally responsible for the cost of care of a parent even if there was no attempt to divert or hide their parent’s assets.  In 2012 the Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a lower court ruling (Health Care & Retirement Corporation vs. Pittas) that allowed a nursing home to obtain payment from the son of Maryann Pittas for her nearly $93,000 nursing home bill after she relocated to Greece with her unpaid bill. This decision came down despite the fact that the son made no attempt to hide or divert his mother’s assets.

There are some provisions in the law to protect adult children from paying for a parent’s nursing home bill.  The PA Statute states “a child shall not be liable for the support of a parent who abandoned the child and persisted in the abandonment for a period of 10 years during the child’s minority.” Other defenses include the inability to pay for the care and evidence of neglect or abuse.  I suggest you review this article so you understand your risk.

I mention this article because we do have solutions for you to consider.  Long Term Care Insurance has changed dramatically over the last few years.

What are your options?  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?

Don’t put yourself or your children at risk.  Talk to us today about which option would be best for you.

Don’t get caught up in the law or worry that you may be forced to pay for a parent’s nursing home bill.  Call us today at 215-885-2200 to learn more about your options.

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