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Protecting Money from Nursing Homes

Why Medicaid Long Term Care is a Bad Choice

Most assisted living facilities don't accept Medicaid

Many people don’t realize that, in addition to traditional health care, Medicaid actually pays for most long-term care (LTC) in the United States.  In fact, less than 40% of Medicaid dollars are used to pay for traditional health care.  The small portion of Medicaid recipients (just over 20%) whose long-term care services are paid for by Medicaid use over 60% of the Medicaid budget dollars.… Read more...

What Can I Do About Long Term Care?

Long term care is very expensive!

Long term care is very expensive. Few people are prepared for the cost when they determine they need care.  Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the bills even if you do not have much money.

Medicaid requires beneficiaries to spend all savings and other assets down to impoverishment before they will pay for care.… Read more...

Happy Holidays – How is Grandma?

Happy Holidays! How is Grandma?

While your family was together at Thanksgiving, was there evidence that older family members are not taking care of themselves as well as they could be or used to?

Perhaps your loved one is not driving as much as before, or perhaps should not be driving at all.… Read more...

What’s it Really Like Paying for Long-Term Care

What’s it Really Like Paying for Long-Term Care?

As written by Michelle Singletary and published in the Washington Post on November 26, 2018

One of my favorite Spock quotes from the Star Trek television series is, “Live long and prosper.” Who doesn’t want a long life, right?

But what if the longevity means spending down your money for long-term care?… Read more...

Who is Going to Pay for Your Funeral?

Who is Going to Pay for Your Funeral?

Asking who is going to pay for your funeral might seem like a silly question–you probably have money in savings, a vehicle, a house, even life insurance.  There should be plenty of money to pay this bill, right?

The problem is, you are gone, so now who has access to your assets?

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Think You Are Too Young To Worry About LTC? Think Again!

I just read that the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says “The percentage of adults aged 45 to 64 years who reported needing help with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around inside their residences has increased nearly 50% from 2000 to 2015. … Read more...

LTC Insurance is Too Expensive!

Lately I have seen clients shown proposals to purchase Long-Term Care insurance with premiums exceeding $10,000 a year for a couple.  This is ridiculously expensive for most couples in their fifties, and is probably because the insurance amounts are way too large to be appropriate.… Read more...

Where’s The Disconnect

This post, in it’s entirety, is reprinted from a chapter in the book “Surviving Alzheimer’s with Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine”, written by my very good friend Honey Leveen, a first rate Long-Term Care insurance agent in Houston, TX

“Where’s the Disconnect?” by Honey Leveen, The Queen, by Self-Proclamation, of Long-Term Care Insurance

Insurance disclaimer: The following is based on the author’s personal experiences and opinions.Read more...

The Long Term Care Guy