Louis H. Brownstone is Chairman of California Long-Term Care Insurance Services, Inc., the largest independent specialist long term care insurance agency in California, located in Burlingame. It is the broker for a group of high-producing long term care specialist agents.
Brownstone has been an industry leader. He is past Chairman of the National LTC Network, an association of some twenty brokerages nationwide which together place about ten percent of all long term care insurance premiums. He is also an active member of the National Alliance of Insurance Agencies, which promotes various products containing long term care solutions.
He is the Government Relations Chairman of the SF/Peninsula Chapter of NAIFA, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. One of his goals is to revive the California Partnership for Long Term Care in order to protect more Californians and save the State of California billions of dollars in future Medi-Cal expense.
Brownstone is a native San Franciscan and fourth-generation Californian. A graduate of Andover and Stanford, he has been a long term care insurance specialist since 1991 and founded California Long Term Care Insurance Services, Inc. in 1997.
According to a recent article published by the National Association of Health Underwriters it was disclosed that, “a 60-year-old who pays premiums through age 82 (on a statistically representative policy), then show how 22-years of premium payments would quickly be returned after just five months on claim. By comparison, a 60-year-old without insurance would have to set aside $1,666 each month (at 2% interest) to achieve what our LTCI policyholder can leverage with just $188 per month” (Forman, 2015, pp 4-5).
Additional statistics were given in this article that spoke to the growth of long term care insurance numbers, not only in California, but also across the country. As it stands right now, there is an estimated face value of policies in force that is $1.98 Trillion Dollars. The NAHU article talks about the long-term care industry and claims experience, based on the total face value premium of just under 2 Trillion, it is estimated that just under $700 Billion Dollars of claims will be paid out on the current policies in force. The article offers a comparison to its most recent statistic that in the US, in 2010 roughly $210 Billion Dollars was paid out in long term care insurance claims.
It is clear that the long term care insurance need is in growth mode as more and more baby boomers begin looking at their future, and more importantly, the quality of care they will receive when no longer able to care for themselves independently, or with a little assistance. Long term care insurance is not always the most fun conversation to have, and with the complex and often confusing system in California, it can be an uphill battle.
It is important when planning your future to consider the help of a licensed and qualified professional. You already use doctors to help you heal, accountants to help you with financial records, and attorneys to assist with legal concerns; it is time to enlist the help of a California long-term care specialist so you can make an educated decision about your future health care needs.
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Forman, S.D., (June 2015) “Dog Bites Man”, National Association of Health Underwriters, retrieved 08/02/2015 at http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/nahultci/issues/2015-06-16/3.html