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Tax Advantages of Long Term Care Insurance for Individulas

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As Baby-Boomers across the country reach retirement age, the United States Government has realized that implementing federal programs to cover the cost of Long Term Care services is not feasible. The cost would simply be too great. As a result, the federal government has encouraged individuals to take responsibility for their own Long Term Care planning and offered certain tax incentives to help Americans do so. Tax Qualified LTC plans offer some very valuable tax advantages.

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How Can I Find the Best Community for My Loved One?

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Carole Larkin MAG, CMC,CAEd, QDCS, EICS is a geriatric care manager who specializes in helping families with A...
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The absolute worst time to have to pick a live in community for someone you love is when you have no choice. In theory, a family should have time to look over the various types of residences and communities, ask questions, and gather information before making a decision. Then, make a well thought out decision based on needs, and all the evidence and information that has been gathered. This allows for calm, well thought out decision.

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Will Medicare Pay for Long Term Care?

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One common misconception about Medicare is that it will pay for Long Term Care services. In recent years, the United States Government has begun trying to dispel this myth. The Social Security Administration’s annual statements now include the following warning: “Medicare does not pay for Long Term Care, so you may want to consider options for private insurance.”

In some very specific instances, Medicare will pay a portion of Long Term Care costs. Receiving this benefit can be difficult as there are several conditions that must be met in order to qualify.

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Should I Self-Insure for Long Term Care?

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Should you consider self-insuring for Long Term Care?

It’s a prudent and logical question for upper-middle and high income individuals to consider as they ponder purchasing Long Term Care insurance as part of their retirement plan. Having helped many such individuals plan for their future long term care needs, I’ve come to the conclusion that many, who think they have adequate capacity to pay for extended care giving services out-of-pocket, haven’t done the math as thoroughly as they should.

When counseling clients, some will say, “I think we have enough in our retirement savings to handle any long term care needs that might arise.” They may be right. With a few follow-up questions, I learn that they might have anywhere between $500,000 and several million dollars in retirement savings and investments. By providing additional information, I’m usually able to encourage a more realistic look at how far their retirement nest egg will last should they need extended long term care. Here are the key cost considerations that are often overlooked.

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Long Term Care and Women: An Essential Retirement Strategy

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Although Long Term Care insurance is rightly considered an important part of planning for everyone who dreams of an independent and dignified retirement, experts agree that Long Term Care Insurance is especially critical to women. The reasons ought not to surprise anyone who reflects upon the following.

Women are especially hard hit by Long Term Care. Seven out of ten caregivers are women. Many women often find themselves caring for children and an aging family member at the same time; a dual care giving situation that can take a toll on their emotional and physical well-being.

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