The Wall Street Journal
Wealth Management – March 13, 2013
Expecting the Unexpected When It Comes to Retirement Planning
By Niki Reading
The woman was in her mid-70s and healthy, but her husband had Alzheimer’s disease and had just been put into a $4,000-a-month long-term care facility.
Although the couple’s long-term care insurance would cover three years of care, the husband was likely to live longer than that, and the woman feared that the combination of her living expenses and his future medical bills would decimate their $750,000 in retirement savings.
The client had fallen into long-term care limbo: She had too many assets to qualify for government medical programs, but wasn’t wealthy enough to pay for extended long-term care.
Comments March 13, 2013
Although the current look-back period for Medicaid asset protection is five years, it had been three years. To further protect taxpayers that fund Medicaid, the look-back will likely increase – possibly to 8-10 years.
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CEO – Skloff Financial Group
Aaron Skloff, Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder, Master of Business Administration (MBA), is the Chief Executive Officer of Skloff Financial Group, a NJ based Registered Investment Advisory firm. The firm specializes in financial planning and investment management services for high net worth individuals and benefits for small to middle sized companies. He can be contacted at www.skloff.com or 908-464-3060.