Navigating long term health insurance can be tricky with the increasing need for it. Many people worry about medical costs and the expenses that accrue with assisted living.
So how do people pay for long term care?
There are three options: Personal Funds, Government Programs, Long Term Health Insurance. This article will focus on Government Programs that can assist and Long Term Health Insurance.
Listed below are the options available. It may take time to research and see which one that you can qualify for but it’s a great place to start.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Pace (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)
- State Health Insurance Assistance Program
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Social Security
- National Council on Aging
Long-Term Health Insurance
The cost of long term health Insurance is calculated based on a person’s age and gender, health and family history, lifestyle habits, location, and the policy type including how much a policy will pay per day, how many days or years a plan will pay out.
People with certain conditions may be denied long term health insurance it is possible that another company will accept you. Some conditions that might be denied for long term health insurance are if you are currently using or are in need of long-term care services, have AIDS, have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, a cognitive dysfunction, a neurological condition, have a history of stroke(s), and metastatic cancer.
If you bought your long-term care insurance before you developed one of the health conditions listed above, then your policy will cover the care you need for that condition.
Some things to think about when shopping for Long-Term Health Insurance:
- Don’t buy too much insurance if you have family members willing to supplement care.
- Don’t buy too little insurance or else you will end up paying more from your own pocket and it’s difficult to increase care.
- Carefully examine each policy for what it covers and what it doesn’t and think about realistically how much you’ll need.
- Plan for other expenses like medications, supplies, clothing, linens that a plan will not cover.
- Get a plan it sooner than later to save money
- Get a plan you can afford overtime with varying incomes
- Don’t rush into a decision
- Talk to a professional that can help you research the best option
From AALTCI.org they state “Your long-term care plan should be tailored to your particular situation and only a knowledgeable professional can best help you do that.”
For a free quote for a tailored plan from AALTCI.org click here.
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