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Reasons To Look Into Long-Term Care Insurance

  • Medicare will only pay for limited periods of nursing care following a hospital stay.
  • Medicare will not pay for long-term care that involves nonmedical help with daily tasks, such as bathing and dressing.
  • Medigap policies and regular health insurance plans do not usually pay for long-term care that involves nonmedical help.
  • Medicaid, the federal-state public assistance program for the poor, does pay for nursing home costs but only after a person “spends down” their assets to a level where they can qualify for aid.
  • According to the 2004 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home and Nursing Home Care Costs, the average daily cost of a private room in a nursing home in the U.S. is $70,080 a year. This amount has increased by $4015 since the 2003 survey.
  • Many people prefer to receive care in their homes. Long-term care insurance benefits can make this possible.

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