Integrated Strategies
For Every Step of Life

  • Main Office:
  • 102 South Main Street
  • Bluffton, OH 45817
  • 419.358.8060
  • cwmg@lpl.com
Busting the Bubble Inflation and Your Portfolio The Real Cost of a Vacation Home Should You Ever Retire?

Welcome to Citizens Wealth Management Group

 

The Changing Face of Long-Term Care Insurance

There is both bad news and good news when looking at long-term care insurance. Long-term care is essential for many in the Baby Boom generation. The over-65 demographic in the U.S. is expected to grow from 39 million to 51 million people between 2009 and 2019.[i] At age 65, this group can expect to live to age 83,on average. While that may be welcome news to many, it should put preparing for the cost of long-term care high on their to-do lists because most people over the age of 65 need more than one or two years of long-term care.[ii]

The Bad News:  Long-term care policies are less affordable

Recently, consumers and financial advisors have begun to question whether stand-alone long-term care insurance is financially viable. During the past five years, 10 of the top 20 companies offering individual long-term care policies have abandoned the market because increasing longevity, uncertain care costs, low interest rates, and a lower-than-expected lapse rate created an environment in which they could not afford to keep issuing policies.[iii] Companies that still offer stand-alone long-term care policies have dramatically raised premiums on new contracts and retain the right to increase rates, when needed, on new and existing policies. Many also have limited benefits and benefit periods. As a result, it’s fair to say fewer and fewer people will be able to obtain and maintain traditional stand-alone long-term care policies. 

The Good News:  An alternative is available

Many industry experts believe that Linked Benefit/Hybrid Products provide a sound alternative in the current economic climate. A hybrid product is a life insurance policy with a long-term care rider. The rider allows a portion of the death benefit to be paid out to cover long-term care expenses. This type of policy appeals to many, especially if they are unsure about whether they will ever need to use the insurance. With a long-term care rider, if you never need long-term care, your beneficiaries will receive benefits. Also, unlike traditional long-term care policies, which may increase your premium, premiums for hybrid products typically are fixed. For people with a limited budget or tight cash flow, this may be very attractive.Riders are additional guarantee options which are available and may carry additional fees, charges, and restrictions. Use of the long-term care benefits will reduce the death benefit of the policy. You should review a contract carefully before purchasing. Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

While a hybrid insurance solution doesn’t eliminate all of your potential long-term care risk as a traditional long-term care policy may, knowing you have some protection can provide peace of mind.

 

 


[i] Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Health Expenditure Projections 2009-2019, September 2010 (https://www.cms.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/downloads/NHEProjections2009to2019.pdf)

[ii] Brandeis University, Living Longer on Less: The New Economic (In) Security of Seniors, March 26, 2010 (http://iasp.brandeis.edu/pdfs/LLOL%20Report.pdf

[iii] Chicago Tribune, Long-Term Care Dilemma, April 13, 2012

 

 

 

Helpful Content

Catch-Up Contributions

Catch-Up Contributions

Workers 50+ may make contributions to their qualified retirement plans above the limits imposed on younger workers.

A Penny Saved is Two Pennies Earned

A Penny Saved is Two Pennies Earned

Here are some simple and inexpensive energy-saving tips that may help you save money.

How Does Your Credit Score Compare?

How Does Your Credit Score Compare?

Have you ever wondered how your credit score compares to the rest of the country? Take a look and see.

 

The New Red Scare: Chinese Ownership of U.S. Debt

China owns a portion of the total outstanding debt of the U.S. Government. What does it mean?

Thinking of Retiring Abroad?

However exciting retiring abroad may sound, it deserves considerable planning.

Social Security: The Elephant in the Room

Some people wonder if Social Security will remain financially sound enough to pay the benefits they are owed.

Important Birthdays Over 50

Here's a look at several birthdays and “half-birthdays” that have implications regarding your retirement income.

And the Executor Is

The right executor may help ensure the distribution of your assets is done with as little upheaval as possible.

How to Make the Tax Code Work for You

When you take the time to learn more about how it works, you may be able to put the tax code to work for you.

View all articles arrow

Lifetime of Earnings

Estimate how much you have the potential to earn during your working years.

Paying Off a Credit Card

Enter various payment options and determine how long it may take to pay off a credit card.

How Compound Interest Works

Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.

Federal Income Tax

Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.

What Is My Current Cash Flow?

Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.

What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

View all calculators arrow

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

View all presentations arrow

Should You Ever Retire?

A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.

Suddenly Single: 3 Steps to Take Now

Here are 3 steps to take right now that may make a difference if you find yourself suddenly single.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

The Richest Man in Babylon

In good times and bad, consistently saving a percentage of your income is a sound financial practice.

The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing

It's easy to let investments accumulate like the junk in a junk drawer.

Raise Your Retirement Income

Retirees look for ways to convert savings and investments into regular income. One option to consider is an annuity.

View all videos arrow