With over 17 years’ experience in Long Term Health Care Planning, I am honored to help on average about 10 people every week. They find an affordable way to address the physical, emotional and financial burdens Long Term Health Care can have on loved ones. Most people want to protect their 401ks, IRA’s and other assets so they can enjoy a future retirement with peace-of-mind.
There are a few things people forget about when planning. I had a number of people in the past few weeks take advantage of these options so I thought it would be a good idea to remind you of ways to you affordably plan and even save money.
First, premiums can be tax deductible. In some states there are state tax deductions and credits that may be available. If you have self-employment income (1099 income) or you own a business (LLC, S Corp, C Corp, etc.) you can also deduct premiums for you and a spouse from business income. You can even pay for key employees and not have to offer the opportunity to others. Also, if you have a HSA (Health Savings Account) you can pay premiums from that account. Be sure to ask about the details!
Second, especially for clients under age 55, some companies offer what they call a limited pay option. You can pay ten, higher premiums and then NEVER pay another premium ever again! Yes, the premiums are higher. The idea is to pay more while you have higher income so once retired you have a fully paid Long Term Care policy and you never pay a premium again. This is not for everyone, but for some it is an ideal way to plan.
Third, some people are not aware of the federal/state partnership programs available in most states. These policies provide dollar for dollar asset protection if you have a traditional qualified long term care policy. The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a collaboration between state government and insurance companies. Under this partnership, applicants who purchase qualifying long-term care insurance policies can access Medicaid coverage while retaining assets they would normally be required to spend on their long-term care. This is referred to as dollar for dollar asset protection or ‘asset disregard’. These plans have requirements and be sure to ask me about them and if they make sense for you.
Fourth, most companies offer ‘shared care’ plans where spouses/partners can share benefits. In the event one person spends through all their benefits they can use the other person’s coverage. If one person were to pre-decease, the premium drops off but 100% of the unused benefit goes to the surviving spouse/partner. This one makes a lot of sense for most couples.
Finally, my general philosophy is to develop a plan that makes a catastrophic situation manageable. Some people will need higher benefits because of where you live or family history. Be sure to discuss these options with me. Long Term Care Insurance is very affordable … but must be designed correctly based on your age, health and location. As you know, I represent all the major companies in the industry so I can assist you in a few ways:
Educate you on what health insurance and later Medicare will cover when it comes to extended Long Term Health Care.
- Help you determine if coverage is suitable for you based on your financial situation.
- Determine if you health qualify for coverage and if so, with which company/companies.
- With your help, design a plan and shop for the best coverage at the best value.
Unlike most insurance agents and financial advisors, I understand how these plans work, how they are underwritten and how they get actually used at the time of claim. Few people have this level of experience. This is one of the reasons the American Association of Long Term Care Insurance listed me among the nation’s top 10 Long Term Care Specialists.
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