Monday, January 26, 2015
There’s no reason a husband and wife both applying for long-term care insurance should spend 50 percent more each year declares the director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.
“Take a common scenario where the husband is 65 and the wife is 55,” share Jesse Slome, executive director of the Association, a national trade group focused on creating heightened awareness. ”They could pay $2,475 a year by choosing one leading insurer or they could pay $3,675 yearly if they chose a different insurer an almost 50 percent difference.”
Slome was sharing real examples of why it is increasingly important for consumers to comparison shop when considering long-term care insurance protection. “People mistakenly think this is a commodity and that all prices are going to basically be the same but that is clearly not true today,” Slome advised consumers.
“If the husband is older, one long-term care insurance combination will be better,” Slome notes. “If the wife is older, another is going to be the better buy, this is one of those nuances that few people are aware of.”
“Contacting an insurance company directly is not going to get you the comparison you seek,” Slome advised the group. “It will put you in touch with an agent who will clearly favor that company but he or she may not be appointed to sell other companies so don’t expect an unbiased comparison.”
“Prices for virtually identical coverage will vary considerably, discounts available will vary and even acceptable health conditions will vary from one insurance company to the next,” Slome notes. “We encourage comparison shopping but few consumers have the time or knowledge to really compare policies. True expertise comes from experience that is really acquired over time.”
Monday, January 12, 2015
2014′s most interesting fact pertaining to long term care insurance was announced today by the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance
“We find ourselves deluged at the end of the year with lists of most interesting people, most interesting news stories and we look back on the most interesting facts and findings pertaining to long term care,” explains Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). ”I’ll grant everyone this pales in comparison to the selection of Time magazine’s person of the year or People’s sexiest man of the year, but it’s a good time to have some fun and lighthearted banter.”
According to AALTCI the 2014 fact of the year pertains to the fact that the nation’s long term care insurers paid a record $7.5 billion in claim benefits.
“Why is this the most important fact?” Slome asks rhetorically. “Because Americans are not aware of the benefits already provided to hundreds of thousands of individuals who purchased long term care insurance and are now on claim receiving benefits for greatly needed care.”
The Association reports that roughly 273,000 Americans had active long term care insurance claims that went into the $7.5 billion paid.