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The state of Georgia, has developed a program to help fix the problem of lack of Long Term Care Insurance coverage for its residents. This crisis in long-term care is a national phenomenon, however, and not specific to Georgia. Georgia’s population is aging and awareness of the need for Long Term Care Insurance remains low. Long Term Care Insurance covers the cost of services such as nursing homes, in-home care and assisted-living care when one is unable to care for themselves and is not covered by regular health insurance and only by Medicaid if one qualifies, which can be difficult without exhausting all of your assets.
A recent study found that 7 in 10 Americans have made no plans for long-term care and many were not even aware of this type of insurance and what it covers. And, given that the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 2/3 of all Americans will need long-term care at some point after they pass age 65, this does, indeed, constitute a crisis. Thus, many Americans are now at risk of having to exhaust their nest egg or rely on their children or other relative to care for them in retirement should they become unable to care for themselves.
Residents of Georgia are invited to participate in the Georgia Long Term Care Insurance Partnership Program which is public and private partnership that offers individuals quality, affordable long-term care insurance and a way to receive needed care without depleting all their assets . Georgia, like many states, aims to reward those who do their part in solving this crisis of Long Term Care Insurance by planning ahead and protecting themselves and their assets.
Basically, it works like this: purchasers of partnership policies are eligible for Medicaid asset protection which means that for every dollar that a Partnership policy pays out in benefits, a dollar of assets can be protected (disregarded) from the long-term care Medicaid asset limit. The protected assets will also be exempted from Estate Recovery in amount equal to the benefits paid by the Partnership policy. This enables partnership policyholders to shield their assets should they need to apply for Medicaid as normally one is required to exhaust all assets before qualifying for Medicaid’s long-term care coverage.
Highlights of the plan include:
- Partnership Policies are tax qualified and offer inflation protection
Partnership policies will be tax qualified plans under federal law and provide inflation protection benefits for purchasers.
- Compound annual inflation protection for those under 61
Partnership policies provide compound annual inflation protection for individuals less than 61 years of age as of the date of purchase. This is one of the distinguishing features of a Partnership policy and also the inflation protection is a valuable benefit regardless of whether policy is a Partnership policy.
- Inflation protection even for those between 61-75
Partnership policies provide some level of inflation protection for individuals at least 61 years of age, but less than 75 years of age on date of purchase.
- Inflation protection possible even for those 76 and older
Partnership policies may provide inflation protection, but is not required, to individuals 76 years of age as of the date of purchase.
- Some policies cover home and community-based services
Some Partnership policies cover home and community-based services. Individuals should consider looking into a policy that pays for these types of services.
- As with all Long Term Care Insurance policies, the younger you buy the better
A Partnership policy is ideal for someone who will not be able to afford the high cost of long-term care, but who can afford the reasonable cost of long-term care insurance. The younger individuals are when purchasing a long-term care insurance policy, the less expensive it is.
- Ideal for those with substantial assets or resources
individuals who have accumulated resources by saving or investing may be the best candidates for a Partnership policy.
Georgia Long Term Care Costs
What is the cost of long term care services in Georgia? It is important to be familiar with the cost of care at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day care centers in your Georgia region. This will help you purchase the right amount of insurance, or create a long term care plan that is suitable for you.
Here’s a breakdown of Long term care costs in various Georgia areas – based on Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey.
|Annual Cost of LTC in Georgia (2018)
||PRIVATE NURSING HOME ROOM
||SEMI-PRIVATE NURSING HOME ROOM
||ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE
||ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY (PRIVATE ROOM)
||HOME HEALTH AIDE (44 HOURS WEEKLY)
|Rest of State
Georgia Long Term Care Insurance Cost
The cost of long term care insurance in Georgia is influenced – first and foremost – by your age and health. Policies tend to be cheaper the younger and healthier you are. Specific policy choices that you make regarding the daily maximum benefit amount, benefit period, inflation protection and elimination duration also have a profound impact on the cost of premiums.
Below is a sample calculation of long term care insurance premiums for Georgians of different ages
These calculations assume that the policy buyer selects a daily maximum benefit amount of $300, a benefit period of 3 years, and a 90 day elimination period.
→ At Age 50
- Single Male, 50 years old, will pay $1,894 per year
- Single Female, 50 years old, will contribute $2,277 each year
- Couple, each at age 50, will pay a combined $3,291 annually
→ At Age 55
- Single Male, 55 years old, will pay $1,967 per year
- Single Female, 55 years old, will contribute $2,381 each year
- Couple, each at age 55, will pay a combined $3,308 annually
→ At Age 60
- Single Male, 60 years old, will pay $2,070 per year
- Single Female, 60 years old, will contribute $2,963 each year
- Couple, each at age 60, will pay a combined $3,390 annually
→ At Age 65
- Single Male, 65 years old, will pay $2,627 per year
- Single Female, 65 years old, will contribute $3,920 each year
- Couple, each at age 65, will pay a combined $4,453 annually
You can start planning today for your future long-term care needs and securing all that you have worked so hard to achieve for your retirement by purchasing a Long Term Care Insurance policy. LTC Tree can assist you in finding a plan through the Georgia Long Term Care Partnership Program that is right for you, no matter your age or financial status. If you would like to learn more about our affordable Long Term Care Insurance policies, simply fill out this form. Thank you for reading today’s blog. We really appreciate it.