New Long-Term Care Insurance Claims Data Should Be Shared With Couples
"With so many couples, there's often one spouse who is resistant, usually the husband," explains Jesse Slome, director of the long-term care insurance organization. "This new information will help those who have doubts understand the significant consequences and the benefits of this important protection."
Slome was sharing data from a recently released study by Milliman Actuarial. "When one spouse has a long-term care claim, the odds of a claim by the second spouse is four times higher than would normally be expected," Slome shared with a group of long-term care insurance sales professionals. Data comes from Milliman's "Is Your Spouse Contagious" study.
"Following the death of a spouse who has been on a long-term care insurance claim, the odds of the second spouse needing long-term care within a year triples," Slome adds. "You tell that to all the recalcitrant husbands who tell their wives, don't worry honey, I'll never need care but you get some if you like."
The Association director speaking to the group of long-term care insurance professionals noted that the Milliman analysis examined a pool of 50,000 long-term care insurance claims before the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more about the claims data at https://www.aaltci.org/
"The need by the second or the surviving spouse was for both home care as well as facility care," Slome pointed out. "Consumers need to understand that long-term care insurance provides benefits. And, that when insurers lower spousal discounts, as many are, there is a reason." The Association recently reported that insurers were reducing available spousal discounts when both partners obtain coverage from 30 percent to 15 percent.
The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) advocates for the importance of planning and supports insurance professionals who market both traditional and hybrid LTC solutions. To obtain long-term care insurance costs call the organization at 818-597-3227 or visit their website at https://www.aaltci.org.