“People continue to mistakenly associate long-term care insurance exclusively with skilled nursing home care,” says Jesse Slome, director of the Los Angeles-based long-term care insurance organization. The Association released findings April 20 from its study of 2017 claimant data.
According to AALTCI, 52.1% of all new long-term care insurance claims in 2017 began in the home setting. “Nearly one in five claims (19.7%) started in an assisted living facility and only 28.2% commenced in a skilled nursing home,” Slome says. The organization analyzed data from six leading long-term care insurance companies.
A long-term LTC planner looks at why the market is the way it is.
By Romeo Raabe | March 28, 2018
Hybrid insurance policies for long-term care (LTC) are very popular and becoming more so each year. Lets look at some of the reasons why. Traditional LTC insurance policies had some significant price increases. These were the first time insurance plans were conceived to cover what had always been done by the wives of our children in the 1950’s. They were put together by actuaries who had no data on how they would be used, or who would be the recipients of such care. Thus they were sold too cheaply to people they never should have been sold to.
That, of course is a recipe for trouble and trouble did occur. The insurers found that hardly anyone drops a LTC policy, especially as they aged and knees, hips, and other things got older. When care is needed soon, you look forward to benefiting from the insurance. Thus price increases happened to keep the pool of this business able to pay claims.
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The new market of Life insurance policies with “Living Benefits” riders
Protection for clients–they do not have to die before accessing policy benefits
Provide peace of mind that lifelong retirement assets are insulated from being depleted by chronic care expenses
Establish your coverage with known guaranteed premiums, daily benefits, and policy maximums
Increases sales by offering plans that have multi-faceted protection
How Prudential’s industry-leading underwriting can win the tougher Life insurance challenges
Large medical expenses in retirement are amongst the top concerns of today’s working population. As advisors, we know that even sizeable retirement savings may be at risk due to a chronic condition-or market fluctuations. While Long Term Care coverage is the traditional answer to this problem, a large portion of clients are looking for products that answer the question, “What if I never need chronic care?”
It’s the best of times and the worst of times for Christine McCullugh, president of LTC Solutions, a group long-term care insurance specialist agency in Redmond, Wash. On the one hand, she says business is booming. On the other, “It’s difficult to find product,” she laments.
Her predicament stems from the dwindling number of carriers that still offer stand-alone long-term care insurance on a voluntary group platform. More carriers still sell individual LTCI, but overall sales have been on a downward slope for several years, according to LIMRA data.
Sales, meanwhile, of combo products—permanent life policies that give policyholders the option to drawn down their death benefit for long-term care expenses—have been going up. In 2016, LTCI contracts generated $228 million in premiums, versus $2.6 billion for combo products. Combos have now outsold individual LTCI policies for the past decade, according to LIMRA.
Executives at Genworth Financial Inc. say that the company still needs to come up with $600 million in cash to handle debt obligations coming due in May, but that the company did well in 2017.
Thomas McInerney, who has been the Richmond, Virginia-based insurer’s president since 2013, told securities analysts Wednesday that he believes the company has been moving in the right direction..
“We returned to profitability,” McInerney said. “We generated solid operating results, particularly at our global mortgage insurance platform, and we made significant progress on our multi-year long-term care insurance premium rate action plan.”