Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance that covers the costs related to long-term, chronic health concerns. It may cover things that traditional health insurance does not cover, such as personal care services. If you have a long-term care policy, the insurance carrier may provide an amount based on your expenses to cover things such as nursing home costs or the expenses for a home health aide.
While long-term health insurance is not a new option, it is becoming more prevalent as the costs of aging continue to rise. Here are five things you may need to know about long-term care coverage.
1. It Is Designed To Cover Financial Gaps
Caregiving is expensive, especially when 24-hour care is required. The cost may lead to a huge financial burden on family members. Many of the services covered under these policies are not covered under health insurance, so these policies may provide extra funds to alleviate the financial stress.
2. There Is a Good Chance You May Need Long-Term Care
Once you hit the age of 65, you have more than a 70% chance of needing long-term care of some kind. This need could be due to aging, illness, or the result of an injury.
3. It May Work In Multiple Long-Term Care Settings
While long-term care has been traditionally reserved for nursing homes, aging in place is becoming more common. 76% of people choose to receive long-term care services in the home versus a nursing home or rehabilitation center setting. Long-term care coverage may provide funds whether the setting is your home, a nursing home or assisted living.
4. Most Long-Term Care Costs Are Not Covered by Medicare
Long-term care coverage through a Medicare policy is rare and usually only provides coverage under a very specific set of circumstances. Under most Medicare policies, nursing home and skilled care are only covered for up to 100 days after an illness or injury.
5. Securing Your Policy Early May Save You Money
As with most insurance policies for life or health, the younger you are, the better the price you might pay. Waiting to start your policy until the age of 60 might cost you more per year than it would if you were 55.
Start planning for the future by considering whether or not long-term care insurance is something you want to consider.
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