[…] But if it does pass, hopefully all of the nuances of it will be thoroughly explained to eligible Medicaid enrollees before they make the switch away from the traditional program. The program would be voluntary, and does include a provision to allow participants to withdraw with 30 days notice provided to the state. It may end up being a good fit for some seniors, but if mis-handled (for example, by encouraging seniors to join the program without adequate explanation), it could also be an erosion of a vital safety net for cash-strapped seniors.
[…] One of the most important lessons from the wave of recent premium hikes on long term care policies is to keep in mind that the premiums are not fixed. Although they don’t increase as frequently as health insurance premiums, they are not locked in the way term life insurance premiums are. Unfortunately, some agents might not have communicated this clearly to their clients. Other insureds might have had several years without a rate increase and started to think that the policies simply didn’t have rate increases after all. It’s important that agents who help clients select long term care coverage are clearly communicating the fact that the premiums can – and likely will – increase as the years go by. If the insured is stretching financially to cover the initial premiums, the long term care policy might not be the best fit.
[…] The ACLU estimates that it takes $72,000/year to house an elderly inmate, and this is similar to what a year in a nursing home costs. Prisons aren’t the only places that are being impacted by the rising cost of long term care – it’s a problem facing all of us as we age, and the cost of long term care has appeared to be recession-proof, showing no signs of decreasing.
There is quite a bit of misunderstanding around financial planning for long term care. Some of that has to do with confusion over the differences between Medicare and Medicaid, and what those programs will actually cover when it come to long term care. There is also some confusion around what is meant by long term care.
Medicare is a federal program designed to cover the cost of health care for elderly Americans as well as those with disabilities. Medicaid is a joint state and federal health care program, but it provides […]