long-term care insurance

Washington State Delays Public Long-Term Care Insurance Until April, Explores Changes

Facing a lawsuit and political opposition, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has delayed until April a payroll tax aimed at funding the state’s first-in-the-nation public long-term care insurance program. Inslee said the delay will give the legislature time to address what he called “areas that need adjustment.” A state long-term care commission advising the legislature and governor will recommend a [...]

By |2021-12-20T10:08:31-05:00December 20th, 2021|long-term care insurance, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Making Public Long-Term Care Insurance (Sort Of) Voluntary Created A Mess In Washington State

When Washington State legislators approved a public long-term care (LTC) insurance program in 2019, they made a last-minute change: Residents could opt out if they purchased private LTC coverage by Nov 1, 2021. Those who remained would pay an annual payroll tax surcharge of 0.58 percent starting next year and, in return, be eligible for a public LTC insurance benefit [...]

By |2021-10-06T15:09:24-04:00October 6th, 2021|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

The Trump Administration Thought About Reforming Long-Term Care Insurance. But Decided Not To

Two years ago, the Trump Administration quietly began a review of the nation’s long-term care (LTC) insurance system, focused primarily on ways to enhance private coverage. This week, just as quietly, an administration task force released its report. Unfortunately, for the most part, the group was unwilling to commit to any meaningful changes to a badly broken system. It made [...]

By |2020-08-12T16:47:44-04:00August 12th, 2020|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

Sales Of Traditional Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Continue To Fall

Americans bought only about 60,000 stand-alone long-term care (LTC) insurance policies in 2018, down 13 percent from 2017. Only about 15 carriers were actively selling policies, and five of them accounted for more than three-quarters of the market, as measured by premiums. The grim news was included in the latest version of an authoritative annual survey of long-term care insurance [...]

By |2019-07-03T12:05:24-04:00July 3rd, 2019|long-term care insurance|9 Comments

A Top House Democrat Mulls A Medigap Long-Term Care Benefit

House Ways & Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) is mulling a plan to add a limited long-term care benefit to Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance. Minnesota proposed a similar plan last year. And the idea would expand to traditional Medicare a recent innovation that added limited supports and services to Medicare Advantage managed care plans. Neal is the second key [...]

By |2019-06-10T16:58:42-04:00June 10th, 2019|long-term care insurance|1 Comment

The Trump Administration Is Looking At Tax Breaks And Other Ways To Boost Private Long-Term Care Insurance

The Trump Administration is (very quietly) looking at ways to reinvigorate the flagging private long-term care (LTC) insurance market. The recommendations are expected to surface later this year. And they likely will be very modest. The ideas being considered would make some regulatory changes and create new tax subsidies to encourage consumers to purchase private LTC insurance. They would send [...]

Washington State’s Public Long-Term Care Insurance Program Is On The Verge Of Becoming Law

A first-in-the-nation state long-term care insurance program is likely to become law within a few weeks. In Washington State, both houses of the legislature have approved the measure, though they must resolve relatively minor differences between the two bills. Gov. Jay Inslee has promised to sign it. Washington would be the first state in the US to enact a public [...]

Another Shock To The Long-Term Care Insurance Industry

Genworth, once the largest seller of long-term care insurance policies, has announced that it has stopped selling individual stand-alone coverage, as well as immediate annuities, through brokers and agents. Company officials say the decision is temporary, but for now it will sell only through direct-to-consumer channels or through employers or affinity groups--currently a very small market. Independent brokers fear the [...]

By |2019-04-01T11:49:26-04:00April 1st, 2019|long-term care insurance|5 Comments

Is Washington State About To OK Public Long-Term Care Insurance?

Washington State may soon approve the nation’s first publicly-funded long-term care insurance program. The measure, called the Long-Term Care Trust Act, would provide a maximum benefit of $36,500 for people who need assistance with at least three activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, toileting, transferring, dressing, or eating. It would be funded with a payroll tax (or what [...]

By |2019-03-03T17:27:04-05:00March 1st, 2019|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

Minnesota Considers Two New Ways To Pay For Long-Term Care

Would you buy a term life insurance policy that automatically converts to long-term care coverage once you reach retirement age?  How about paying a modest additional premium to add some home care benefits to your Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) insurance or your Medicare Advantage plan? Minnesota, a state that has been a leader in long-term care delivery reform, may soon experiment [...]