If long-term care insurance (LTCI) premiums were fully deductible on federal and state taxes, do you think more people would be inclined to purchase coverage? We do. Today, premiums on tax-qualified long-term care insurance policies may be deductible depending on how policyholders file federal taxes. In most cases the amount of the deduction is restricted
At our Fourth of July party, a friend jokingly asked me what was worse than talking with your kids about the birds and the bees. Laughingly, he said it was talking with your parents about long-term care. My friend and his wife are clients. He knows that the focus of my business is long-term care
Twenty-five years ago I received a phone call from my father and still remember the conversation. He had called to tell me that he and my mother had made a very significant investment in my financial future and was eager to tell me about it. As you can imagine, he had my full attention and
Years ago I managed the regional multi-state Medicare business for a large, well known insurer. Even then I would hear stories about a person aging into Medicare who had talked to a friend who worked with a guy that knew an expert who told them that Medicare paid for long-term care. Even today it’s not
In my work with couples it’s quite common for one spouse/partner to want long-term care insurance and the other to be disinterested. Wanna guess which is which? It’s usually the older, six-foot plus, 300-pound plus guy that is disinterested and the five-foot, 100-pound spouse that is keenly interested. Big guy vows he will never need
We’re often asked what long-term care insurance product we like the best or recommend. Our response is always, “It depends.” We’re not trying to be evasive. It just depends on each client’s health, wealth and financial goals. Currently, there are three long-term care insurance (LTCI) products in the market: traditional, life insurance based and annuity
I just hate these phone calls. They’re heartbreaking. The event has happened. It’s one thing when it’s a client who has long-term care insurance and the plan is in place to fund quality care. That’s bad enough. It’s worse when the call is from someone who has been referred to me and has no
Have you ever thought much about your morning routine? Probably not. Most of us are on automatic pilot at wakening. Some mornings my little seven-pound Shih Tzu wakes me with a toy in her mouth ready for playtime. But most mornings I get out of bed and walk to the bathroom to empty my bladder.