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Don’t Get Caught With Your Plans Down - Long Term Care Planning is Critical
National LTC Network -- Long Term Care Insurance National LTC Network -- Long Term Care Insurance
Kansas City, MO
Monday, February 5, 2018

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Many smart people make what they believe are comprehensive plans for retirement.  Planning topics, and to-do lists include: where to live, rebalancing investments, planning for minimum retirement distributions, updating wills, advance care directives, and even preplanning and prepaying funerals.

None if these, however, prepare a person – and their family members – for the financial and emotional toll of what to do if a need for long term care arises.  "You could say they are caught with their plans down!" quips Don Levin, Chairman of the Board of the National Long Term Care Network.  He continues, "Retirement plans that don't specifically address long term care needs are grossly inadequate."

Contrary to what the vast majority of people believe, long term care required for those suffering from some form of cognitive impairment or because they can no longer perform the basic activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, transferring and continence) is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

Long term care insurance was certainly a novelty when first created back in the mid 1970's. It was largely nursing home or catastrophic insurance that paid the bills for those willing to be cared for in a facility. "The plans today offer policyholders a wide range of coverage options and features. Over 70% of those receiving care are now doing so in the privacy and comfort of their homes," said Levin.

Additional options now include products that combine the features and benefits of life insurance or annuities with those of long term care. "It really is the best of both worlds. Everyone agrees that they are going to die, so the death benefit will be available to their heirs, and if they don't die immediately, the long term care provisions allow them to remain at home in the care of professionals while their family members can spend quality time with them." 

The key to acquiring this coverage is to do so while young enough with the requisite health and ability to pay premiums. "While you may pay for this coverage with your money, you buy it with your health," said Levin. "So many of the people that we encounter who are genuine in their desire to acquire this important coverage have simply waited too long, and no longer have the requisite health. It is the single largest frustration that our agents face when attempting to provide peace of mind to these people."

About the National LTC Network

Founded in 1994 as a national alliance of leading long term care insurance experts and distributors, the Network includes some of the largest and most respected long term care insurance distributors in the nation, offering coverage from the Nation’s finest long term care insurance companies.  Network members are dedicated to promoting and distributing long term care insurance with ethics, excellence and integrity. Consumer inquiries are welcomed. 

For further information:   http://www.nltcn.com or email info@nltcn.com.

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