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Long-Term Care Insurance

Many people, especially seniors, may be generally familiar with the phrase "long-term care." But, have you really sat down to think about what it is and what it entails? The Federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services explain it this way: "Long-term care is a variety of services that includes medical and non-medical care to people who have a chronic illness or disability. Long-term care helps meet health or personal needs. Most long-term care is to assist people with support services such as activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom."

Some people may never need long-term care. But a great many who reach their senior years will. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did a study and concluded that, if you reach age 65, you have a 40 percent chance of entering a nursing home. Roughly a quarter of those people will stay in the nursing home for five years or more.

Many people rely on Medicare to cover their long-term care needs and provide the necessary assistance. They assume that Medicare will pick up the cost of their long-term care. However, Medicare will only pay for the first 100 days of care (per benefit period) and will only pay that if the long-term care follows a period of time in the hospital.

Long-term care (LTC) insurance may be the answer to this dilemma. LTC insurance provides benefits to cover the costs incurred while staying in a nursing home, assisted living facility or other long-term care institution. Depending on the policy, home health care and community-based services may be covered, as well.

As Americans are living longer and longer, their odds of spending at least some of their senior years in a nursing home or assisted living facility are continually increasing. Timely planning for your future long-term care may save both headaches and money down the road.

To find out more about long-term care plans designed to meet your financial needs, call us today or speak with your Alliance America Agent.