long-term care insurance

Long-Term Care Insurance Giant Genworth Takes Another Charge, Plans to Go Private

Genworth Financial, the largest seller of long-term care (LTC) insurance policies, has agreed to be acquired by a privately-held Chinese investment firm. At the same time, it announced it will reserve an additional $400 million to $450 million against future long-term care claims. The twin Oct 23 announcements are further indication of just how brutal the long-term care insurance business [...]

By |2016-10-27T09:00:37-04:00October 27th, 2016|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

Who Owns Long-Term Care Insurance?

About 7.2 million Americans currently own traditional long-term care insurance policies, a number that’s held steady for the last seven years. But who are they? And what does it say about the future of long-term care insurance? Overall, the share of older adults who own long-term care insurance (LTCi) has barely changed since 2002, according to new research by my [...]

Another Big Long-Term Care Insurance Premium Hike

Last week, the federal government announced that premiums for nearly all of its existing long-term care insurance policies will increase—by an average of 83 percent. In other words, they will almost double for federal employees and retirees. What does such a price hike on current policies mean for consumers, and for the future of long-term care insurance? First, a bit [...]

By |2016-08-01T15:38:31-04:00August 1st, 2016|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

A Bipartisan Plan To Pay For Long-Term Care

Four former top government officials—two Democrats and two Republicans—have proposed a new plan aimed at improving the nation’s system for financing long-term care. Their package of ideas is detailed but relatively modest. However, by agreeing to a consensus plan, the officials have taken a major step in raising the profile of the critical issue of long-term care financing. The group [...]

Hawaii Is About To Debate A Public Long-Term Care Insurance Program

  The state of Hawaii is about to have a fascinating debate over whether to create a first-in-the-nation universal long-term care insurance program. The benefit would be modest—about $70-per-day for a year-- but it would be available to all long-term residents of the state and be funded through a broad-based tax. The measure will be introduced by Senate Commerce, Consumer [...]

Building Better Long-Term Care Insurance

Can the US do a better job of designing long-term care insurance? The answer is yes, according to two important new studies. With hard work and political will, we can develop better ways to help pay the enormous cost of long-term supports and services. The new research is a big step towards improved financing of these services. It did not find a “magic bullet.” But [...]

When It Comes To Long-Term Care Insurance, Americans Don’t Get It

A newly-released survey shows just how conflicted Americans are about long-term care insurance. And how unrealistic they are about how much long-term care costs and how much insurance they can buy for what they are willing to spend. The survey, completed in 2014 by the consulting firm RTI International and the survey research firm GfK Research for the US Department [...]

By |2015-08-19T12:05:22-04:00August 19th, 2015|long-term care insurance|2 Comments

Steps on the Path to Public/Private Long-Term Care Financing

Yesterday, the CEO of the nation’s largest long-term care insurance company, Genworth, acknowledged the US needs a new model of LTC insurance that includes some government role.  Tom  McInerney estimated that between half and two-thirds of Americans simply cannot afford to buy insurance in the traditional private market.  A 50-something can expect to pay an average of $2,500-$3,000-a-year for a typical [...]

By |2015-06-24T15:36:34-04:00June 24th, 2015|long-term care insurance|1 Comment

The Long-Term Care Insurance Industry Ponders Its Future: Seven Trends To Watch

I recently returned from a few days at the long-term care insurance industry’s national conference, held this year in Colorado Springs. The organizers asked me to participate in a panel discussion on policy solutions to the challenges of financing long-term supports and services. But I also had an opportunity to listen to what insurance company executives, brokers, and actuaries had [...]

By |2015-04-09T15:06:13-04:00April 9th, 2015|long-term care insurance|1 Comment

Consumers are Buying Less Long-Term Care Insurance Coverage

It is no secret that fewer consumers are buying long-term care insurance—annual sales are only about one-third of what they were a decade ago. But it turns out that those who are still buying are purchasing less coverage than ever, even though long-term care costs are rising. When industry leader Genworth Financial Inc., which sold about one-third all traditional LTC [...]

By |2015-02-20T10:52:52-04:00February 20th, 2015|long-term care insurance|1 Comment