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Making Your Money Last In California

Making Your Money Last

Smart Moves for Life’s Big Events: Easing Into Retirement

By Laura Cohn

Before you ditch the daily grind for good, do a complete benefits checkup.

Sure, go ahead and pick a date for your retirement party. But get a handle on how you intend to manage your benefits and cash flow once you stop working.

Buy long-term-care insurance. If you’re still working, see whether your employer offers it. You may be able to get a good deal — particularly now that some firms are offering policies with reduced premiums. Just make sure you understand the limits of your policy (see Long-Term Care You Can Afford). For outside help, speak to a local agent who works with a range of insurers. The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance can give you a list of agents in your area.

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The Cost of Elderly Health Care in California

The Cost of Elderly Health Care in California

On average, the cost of elderly health care is $5,531 annually. Family members not only provide hands-on care but often dig into their own pockets to pay other expenses which include groceries, drugs and medicines, medical equipments such as wheelchairs, toilet seat risers and transportation. Many times family members have to miss work and lose out on their income to take care of elderly family members.

Many family members take loans, skip vacations and often ignore their own health. Government must start providing tax deductions and tax credits to family caregivers.

The expenditures incurred for elderly health care is increasing rapidly and reaching astronomical heights. Elders have many special needs when it comes to health care. One is often left frustrated when there are gaps in insurance coverage. Medicare programs offer only minimal assistance for serious health disorders.

There are some programs that cover senior citizens. It covers hospital expenses and doctor visits, even if you continue to work. All one needs to do is pay a premium every month. These programs are popular among a vast number of senior citizens.

One needs to apply for these programs before one reaches the age of 65. In case you don’t then one has to pay a high premium. One also has the option of enrolling for these programs after retirement.

The premium that one pays depends on your income and which company you will be purchasing coverage from. Senior citizens with low income are also eligible for the entire coverage under Medicare.

Prescription drugs which are used to treat a wide variety of diseases and illness are fully covered if one has a private insurance coverage. If you do not have private insurance, this could be matter of serious concern. Sometimes drug prices are simply not affordable, forcing the senior citizens to forgo other needs to pay for drugs.

Recent Medicare legislation has been a big disappointment for senior citizens, as drug coverage continues to be limited and fails to reduce the rising cost of drugs. Many seniors are forced to manage their medical plan on their own.

At times, the drug industry provides free drugs to the needy who are not covered under private insurance or any government program. Retail stores in the vicinity provide drugs at discounted rates. There are various medicine manufacturing companies that offer assistance to lower income senior citizens. One can seek out these discount programs if they have a financial need.

Katie Appleby is an accomplished niche website developer and author. To learn more about the cost of elderly health care, please visit Senior Health Today for current articles and discussions.

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Disabilities Are Restricting More Retirees In California

Disabilities Are Restricting More Retirees In California

I don’t exercise enough, like many of you. (Far too many, in fact: Of Americans 50 and older, 46 percent don’t exercise at all, according to a report in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.) Sure, we realize that a sedentary lifestyle, especially when coupled with bad eating habits, adds extra pounds. And that being overweight can lead to disabling diseases such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, osteoporosis and even cancer.

But for many years, Americans could take comfort in the fact that the costs of neglecting our health were out weighed by the benefits of improving medical technology.  Recently, the number of seniors developing disabling health problems has begun to rise.

As more individuals tragically lose their personal freedom to illness, more families will have to grapple with crushing long-term-care bills. So will the federal budget.

Already, about two-thirds of Medicaid spending and more than on-third of Medicare spending are associated with disability. If even more seniors get sick, those costs will soar.

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Long-Term Care Insurance: You Have Options In California

Long-Term Care Insurance: You Have Options
By: Janet Arrowood

The latest offerings provide more coverage and the ability to pick and choose what types of coverage you’ll need.

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when choosing a long-term care insurance plan was simple–because there was only one option: a nursing-home-only plan modeled after Medicare LTC coverage. Today, you can choose your coverage and its terms from a plethora of options. But, with all of these choices, careful evaluation of LTC policies is more critical than ever.

To give you an idea of how dramatically LTC plans have evolved, let’s look at the some the older features.

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A New Long-Term Care Insurance Program In California

A New Long-Term Care Insurance Program
By Paula Span

The measure signed into law by President Obama this month contains a little-remarked insurance program designed to help Americans pay for long-term care.

I’ve read so little about the Class Act in recent weeks that when President Obama signed the health care bill yesterday, surrounded by a gaggle of happy Democrats, I had to call the National Council on Aging to reassure myself that yes, this often overlooked but potentially transformational program remained part of the package.

“It’s the law of the land as of this moment,” said the council’s president, James P. Firman, still sounding a bit dazed by the whole drama. “And there’s nothing in the reconciliation bill about it, no language in there at all. It’s the law, and it’s not going away.”

Wow.

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Not Buying Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be a Costly Mistake for California Residents

Not Buying Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be a Costly Mistake

No long-term-care insurance? Uh-oh

You probably don’t need another bill to pay. But skipping this protection could destroy your finances, even long before you’re old, or vaporize your kids’ inheritances.

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Long Term Care Insurance – Answers to Common Questions in California

This article can be found at http://longtermcareinsurance.org/longtermcareinsurance.html

Will You need Long Term Care?

It’s hard to believe, but the estimated risk for needing Long Term Care continues to climb with each passing year. Now, the Federal government estimates that each individual has a 70% chance of needing Long Term Care in their lifetime. Recent studies reveal that if you are 60 years old you have more than a 60% chance of needing long term care. If you are over 65 years old, your chances of needing care goes up to 70%.

Who Is More At Risk for Needing Long Term Care?

Your age, marital status, gender, lifestyle and, to some extent, your family health history all play a part in the possibility of needing long term care.

According to insurance actuarials, you are more at risk if you:

* are older

* are a woman

* are single

* have a poor diet

* don’t exercise regularly

* smoke

* have a family history of Alzheimer’s, stroke, arthritis, or other degenerative diseases.

* Also, physical activities that can cause severe accidents should be included as a definite risk.

The Long Term Care Cycle

91% of Americans surveyed said they would prefer receiving Long Term Care at home. Indeed, of those needing care only 5% are in Skilled Nursing Facilites.

12% are in Assisted Living Facilities and more than

80% are receiving Home Care

Therefore, it isn’t a surprise that most Long Term Care starts at home with the help of family or friends until the caregiving burden becomes a too much of a hardship. The next step might be to hire a paid caregiver to help with care duties in the home. Yet many people can’t afford such a luxury, even if they hire unskilled, unlicensed, unsupervised “grey market” caregivers. As care needs increase the next care setting of preference is Assisted Living Facilities, as they are more like hotels than the hospital-type setting of a Skilled Nursing Facility. Most people do everything in their power to stay out of nursing homes, which is one reason why the average nursing home stay is only 2.5 years.

While most Americans suspect that they might need long term care “sometime” in the future, many underestimate care costs and falsely assume that Medicare or their health insurance will pay for extended care. They will not. Medicare will only pay for a short time and only under specific, limited circumstances. The only governement agencies that pay for Long Term Care are Medicaid and the Veteran’s Administration. Both are notorious for their lack of care quality and poor quality of life for their residents.

Boomers’ Mindset

Boomers have been raised to expect a decent quality of life and the freedom to make their own choices. They cherish independence, pleasure and, as they have matured, the joys of family and friends.

As a generation, Boomers were not raised to expect or shoulder sacrifice, although they can and do rise to the occasion. For most, the mere thought of a loved one enduring the extraordinary burden and sacrifice of day-to-day caregiving is enough to motivate Boomers to protect themselves and their families.

The value of Long Term Care insurance is that it:

1) supports independence by providing the ability to pay for Home Care and Assisted Living costs. It give people choices.

2) protects loved ones from the burdens of caregiving.

Long Term Care insurance should be called “nursing home and family caregiving prevention insurance”, and for these benefits alone it is worth its price.

Either having LTC insurance or paying for care costs out-of-pocket allows you to choose where to receive care, even when caregiving needs increase. However, Long Term Care insurance is less expensive in the long-run.

When Should I Buy Long Term Care Insurance?

The sooner the better! LTC insurance premiums go up in price as you get older, although once you buy a policy your premiums do not rise due to aging or health. For years, financial planners were telling their clients to wait until age 65, but this is no longer considered sound advice. The Federal and State Partnership Programs encourage people to buy as early as age 40, mostly to increase the financial security of the programs, but also to ensure that people do not become a burden on Welfare/Medicaid if they get sick or injured at an early age and need long term care.

If you can afford the premium for years to come, buy now to protect yourself and your family.

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