June 14, 2017
By David Whiteside
Most agents and advisors make their first sales in the middle market. Many then move on, but those first anxious visits around the kitchen table or in small, cluttered offices are part of their foundation.
Lower life and health commissions have re-focused agents elsewhere, but the middle market is still there, bigger than ever. As the affluent, senior, and large-group sectors become saturated, advisors are showing more interest in coming home to the middle market.
May 31, 2017
By Allison Bell Insurance Editor ThinkAdvisor
LTCI rate hikes helped boost premium revenue
The Richmond, Virginia-based insurer reported $216 million in net income for the first quarter on $2.2 billion in revenue, up from $108 million in net income on $1.8 billion in revenue per share. Earnings were about 20% higher than what Wall Street securities analysts had predicted, and revenue was 1.5% higher.
May 15, 2017
Even Medicare enrollees with gap-filler coverage still face gaps
Analysts who want to protect low-income Medicare enrollees against increased out-of-pocket costs have published interesting new data on the high-income enrollees’ out-of-pocket spending.
Cathy Schoen and two other colleagues affiliated with the Commonwealth Fund put the spending estimates, which are based on government survey data, in a review of Medicare enrollees’ cost burden, broken down by income and health status.
(Related: Elderly Spend Nearly 20% of Income on Health Care: EBRI)
Younger people and health care policymakers tend to talk as if Medicare is a magic wand that makes patients’ health care costs disappear.
May 2, 2017
Thomas McInerney says private insurers can ease the burden on Medicaid
Can private long-term care insurance really do much to help the United States pay the baby boomers’ home care, adult day care and nursing home bills?
The debate has been cooling and flaring since 1989 and 1990, when the Pepper Commission was looking into the possibility of creating a universal Medicare long-term care benefits program.
April 26, 2017
When it comes to LTC protection, it’s time to know the myths, master the facts, and have the conversation.
Retirement readiness risks come in all shapes and sizes, and few loom larger than the potential cost of long-term care (LTC). Most financial professionals understand the magnitude of this risk; however, preparing clients to address LTC costs often means overcoming a set of well-entrenched myths. Understanding some common myths in advance and becoming well-versed in the facts can change the course of the conversation. And most importantly, it can help create a stronger retirement strategy for clients at a range of income levels.
Myth: “My health insurance provides all the protection I need for long-term care.”
April 20, 2017
Advisors can help veteran clients supplement long-term care savings with aid and attendance benefits through the VA
Advisors who serve veterans with extended long-term care needs may want to consider an immediate annuity to help them qualify for an aid and attendance (A&A) or housebound pension through the Veterans Administration, according to Dale Krause, president and CEO of The Krause Agency and an elder law attorney.
Veterans may qualify for one of these types of supplemental pensions in addition to their base pension if they have long-term care needs. However, there are income restrictions to qualify for the benefit that may force veterans to reduce their monthly income and net worth.