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The median age of the United States population is at an all–time high. Adults over the age of 65 have surpassed the number of teenagers, and people in their 50s
and 60s can expect to live longer than previous generations. As life expectancy continues to rise in the U.S., more and more Americans between the ages of 40 and 84,
especially those in their mid 50s, are preparing for their golden years by purchasing long-term care insurance.
According to some estimates, long-term care policies cost Americans, on average, $888 per year at age 50, $1,850 per year at age 65, and $5,880 per year at age 75.
On a national average, nursing home care costs more than $51,000 a year. With costs rising with age, it is important for consumers to fully understand long-term care
insurance and when it should be purchased to best prepare them for the future. The focus of this page is to help you understand long-term care insurance.
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Long-term care refers to a wide range of medical, personal and social services. You may need this type of care if you have a prolonged illness or disability.
This care may include help with daily activities, as well as home health care, adult daycare, nursing home care or care in a group living facility. Long-term care
insurance is one way to pay for long-term care. It is designed to cover all or some of the services provided by long-term care.
Long-term care policies have an elimination period, which is the number of days you must need nursing home care or home health care before your policy pays
benefits. A shorter elimination period will mean you pay a higher premium. Elimination periods may range from 0 to 180 days. In addition, a long-term care policy does
not guarantee coverage unless you satisfy certain requirements. For example, most policies require that you be unable to perform a given number of daily living
activities, such as dressing, bathing and eating without assistance. Also, most policies have a benefit trigger for cognitive impairment. For example: as a
policyholder you can only qualify for these benefits if you are unable to pass a test assessing your mental functioning.
The benefit amount usually is a daily benefit ranging from $50 to $250 per day. You may choose a benefit period that is a specific number of days, months or years.
A maximum benefit period may range from one year to the remainder of your lifetime. It is important to ask the person selling the policy if the benefit amounts will
increase with inflation and if that coverage increases your premium.
Every policy has an exclusion section. Some states do not allow certain exclusions. Many long-term care policies exclude coverage for the following:
Whether you should buy long-term care insurance depends on your age and life expectancy, gender, family situation, health status, income and assets.
As an older adult, you may qualify for Medicaid, which pays almost half of the nation’s long-term care bills. To qualify for Medicaid, your monthly income must
be less than the federal poverty level, and your assets cannot exceed certain limits. Medicaid will cover you only in Medicaid-approved nursing homes that offer the
level of care you need. Under certain circumstances, Medicaid will pay for home health care.
The Web site for the National Clearinghouse for Long-term Care Information features a number of resources to help individuals start the planning process,
including interactive tools such as a savings calculator, contact information for a range of programs and services, and real-life examples of how individuals
have planned successfully for long-term care.
The Clearinghouse was authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, which mandates that they provide the following: objective information to help consumers
decide whether to purchase long-term care insurance or to pursue other private market alternatives that pay for long-term care; information about states with
long-term care insurance partnerships under the Medicaid program; and information about the availability and limitations of coverage for long-term care
under the Medicaid program.
For more information, contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
or the Mississippi Insurance Department. Please see our Request Assistance Page for information on how to contact us.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri,
the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of the 50 states,
the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. The NAIC's overriding objective is to assist state insurance regulators in protecting consumers and helping
maintain the financial stability of the insurance industry by offering financial, actuarial, legal, computer, research, market conduct and economic expertise.
Formed in 1871, the NAIC is the oldest association of state officials. For more than 135 years, state-based insurance supervision has served the needs of consumers,
industry and the business of insurance at-large by ensuring hands-on, frontline protection for consumers, while providing insurers the uniform platforms and
coordinated systems they need to compete effectively in an ever-changing marketplace. For more consumer information visit
The following document contains a listing of insurance companies doing business in Mississippi which offer a long-term care insurance product. The information
provided in the Long-Term Care Insurance Company List is current according to the date posted on the top of each page. MID strives to keep the Long-Term Care Insurance
Company List updated on a regular basis; however, the information provided is not official in nature. Therefore, MID cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness,
correctness or timeliness of the information contained in the Long-Term Care Insurance Company List. Always check official sources at MID to confirm critical
information found on this site before relying on such information. Please contact the MID Webmaster
regarding any necessary corrections or changes.
Long-Term Care Insurance Company List (pdf) (For year ending 12/31/2014)
If we can be of assistance, please see the Request Assistance Page for information on how to contact us.