Long Term Care Insurance
5 essential tips when buying a long term care insurance policy
Long term care insurance provides individuals with a weekly tax free benefit in the event that they would require assistance with 2 of the 6 activities of daily living. Those activities include bathing, dressing, eating, maintaining continence, toileting, and transferring (Check the appropriate policies for more details). The proceeds received from a long term care policy can help prevent individuals from having to deplete their saving and/or forcing their family into debt due to unforeseen or unplanned for medical expenses. There are several factors to investigate when determining which long term care policy is right for you.
- Does the policy have limitations on when and how you receive your benefits? Many LTC policies will payout only if you require facility care assistance.
- Determine the elimination period and/or benefit period which best suit your needs and budget. The elimination period refers to the amount of time which must pass before you begin to receive your weekly benefit, and the benefit period refers to how long you'll receive that coverage for. Those 2 variables combined with your daily benefit will help determine your monthly premium.
- Determine if there's a premium cap on the policy. Most long term care policies in Canada offer guaranteed premiums for only the first 5 policy years.
- Determine if you need any riders such as cost of living adjustment and/or return a premium rider. The former allows your benefit to increase in line with inflation, whereas the return of premium benefit returns the premium to your beneficiary in the event you pass away.
- Be sure to work with a trusted independent broker who can provide you with unbiased independent advice when purchasing a long term care policy.
Be sure to also check out our Long-Term Care - Basic Vocabulary and Definitions, as well as our Critical Illness and Disability Insurance Tips section.
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We're always surveying the latest and greatest in insurance plans available in Canada and today we're breaking down the advantages and disadvantages of some of leading long-term care plans in Canada. We do the work, so you don't have to.
In 2008, LIMRA, a financial research firm, introduced stats that underscore the importance of getting long-term care insurance early. These include the following:Continue reading
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LIMRA's long-term Care statistics for 2008 shows that, while the number of long-term care policies being sold in the United States is rising, the number of Americans who are properly insured is still extremely low. The data they reveal include … Continue reading
Many Canadian insurance companies carry a Long-term Care plan, but we know how hard it can be to tell the differences between them all. That's why we've taken the liberty of breaking down three Long-term Care plans from three of Canada's leading insurance providers. First in this series is Sun Life Financial:
- Rolling five year guarantee (guaranteed to remain the same for five years).
- Zero elimination period available for facility care.
- No waiting period if there's a relapse of illness within 180 days of recovery.
- Payment for the longer of 20 years or until the age of 55 is available.
- Comprehensive benefit has to be purchased for home care services.
- The client must submit receipts to claim benefits.
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