What is it?

Long-term care insurance helps you pay for your extended medical needs in a nursing home facility or in the comfort of your own home.

Who needs it?

Long-term care insurance should be an important part of every family’s planning. While we’d like to think that we will never need long-term care, or that we could easily afford it the statistics suggest otherwise:

  • 70 percent of people over age 65 will need some type of long-term care services during their lifetime.[1]
  • 3 years is the average duration of long-term care needed per individual.[2]
  • $91,250 is the average annual cost of private nursing home care.[3]
  • $80,300 is the average annual cost of at-home nursing care.[4]

Traditional medical insurance programs and government medical insurance programs don’t usually provide enough help. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare only pays for long-term care services for a maximum of 100 days, with a copay after the 20th day, and only if you meet certain criteria. Medicaid does pay for long-term care, but only if your income is below a certain level, and you meet state requirements.[5]

How does it work?

Knights of Columbus Long-Term Care insurance policies establish a pool of money (also known as a maximum lifetime benefit), which is determined by a number of options that you choose from (see below). That pool of money is then available for you to use to cover qualified long-term care expenses. When the pool of money is exhausted, your long-term care policy ends.

The Knights of Columbus also offers a spousal discount program, through which spouses who apply for long-term care insurance coverage together are eligible for up to a 30 percent discount.

Contact me today to learn more about our long-term care insurance products and the safety and security that we can help provide.

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[1] U.S. Department of Heath & Human Services Clearinghouse for LTC Information

[2] Ibid.

[3] 2015 Cost of Care Survey, Genworth.

[4] Ibid.

[5] U.S. Department of Health & Human Services