[…] 44% of respondents said that they didn’t have long term care because it was too expensive, but overall, respondents greatly over-estimated the cost of a long term care policy. The average annual premium in 2009 was $2207, but respondents in the Prudential study estimated it to be $3900. This misperception could be a factor keeping people from purchasing long term care insurance, despite their concerns about their ability to pay for future long term care needs.
[…] Preparing financially for future medical care is obviously a major task, but it’s one that needs more planning that simply purchasing insurance. Yes, long term care insurance and Medigap policies will help to pay for care that isn’t covered by Medicare, but people also need to make sure that they have a financial strategy in place for paying for care that isn’t covered by insurance, and for dealing with premiums that can and do rise over time. […]
[…] 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.