Dear Dave, My mom is 73-years-old, and she’s dealing with depression and a few other mental health issues. Is it too late for her to get long-term care insurance? -Julie
It wouldn’t be a big problem if she were healthy. But given her age, and the other struggles you mentioned, I’d check with a good insurance broker to see what’s out there for her.
In the insurance world, they call this “making a market.” Will they be able to find a company that will write her in that situation? I can’t give you an accurate answer off the top of my head because this is a difficult thing. It would probably depend on aspects like the extent of her depression, how long it’s been manifested and what it has done in her life.
That’s one of the reasons I’m advising you to see an insurance broker. A broker doesn’t represent just one company, they represent several companies. They can shop around in a given situation, and find someone to write something you might not get written otherwise. They can also shop around for the best possible price, and you get the efficiencies of the marketplace working for you.