When people think of life insurance, in most cases, they think about end of life. However, did you know that some life insurance policies could also help while you are still alive?
In a recent news article on the spectrum.com they offered an example which, in certain life insurance policies you can opt for a rider that also pays long term care benefits. Should you access those benefits, your overall death benefit is reduced by that amount, up to the value of the insurance.
The long-term care riders are usually attached through an accelerated benefits rider, or extension of benefits rider. The accelerated benefits rider usually kicks in when it has been determined that your life expectancy is 12 months or less.
The extension of benefits rider is just like it sounds, not only do you get the life benefit, but the insurer may also offer long-term care, and for an extra premium, you can add that on to your life policy and have a more complete plan in place, and only pay one premium amount for the coverage.
If you are someone that has some assets to protect, has a concern about income in retirement, and has a concern about your health needs in retirement and like to plan, a life policy with a long-term care rider might be a good place to look.
Before taking any actions though, it is recommended that you speak with your qualified representatives to make sure the plan you are thinking about fits with your tax and other planning needs.
And considering that nearly 70% of people age 65 and older will require some form of long term care health assistance in their lifetime, it would be a wise decision to plan ahead before something happens that prevents you from qualifying for long term care insurance.
Long-term care insurance helps pay for medical needs that Medicare, disability, and normal health insurance does not cover. People that require long-term care often have trouble with performing ADLs (activities of daily living). These activities include eating, dressing, bathing, mobility, continence, or suffering from cognitive impairments.
To start learning about your available options, start your conversation with a California Long Term Care Insurance Services specialist today.
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