Long Term Care University – Question of the Month – 08/01/19
By Aaron Skloff, AIF, CFA, MBA
Q: We read the Long Term Care University article that compares Traditional to Hybrid-Combination Life and Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance and prefer the Hybrid-Combination LTC policy. We also read the reviews on the following policies: Brighthouse SmartCare, Lincoln MoneyGuard II, Minnesota Life Securian SecureCare, Nationwide CareMatters II , OneAmerica State Life Asset Care and Pacific PremierCare Choice MAX. Can you please compare these policies based on paying them over 10 years?
Overview. Buying an insurance policy is like buying a home. If you wanted to buy a home for $200,000, you could pay $200,00 upfront and own the home outright. Or, you could pay the seller over time. Or, you could borrow from a bank and pay the bank over time. Whether you pay the seller over time or pay a bank over time, you will pay less per payment than a single upfront payment and more cumulatively. Translation: the seller or a bank charge you interest as compensation for the time they wait to receive their payments. Paying over time provides consumers and businesses the flexibility to make purchases they may not be able to afford otherwise and ability to pay at a pace that meets their financial needs.
Using the Policy Before Completing Your Payments. If you need long term care before completing your payments the policy will still pay for your care. If you pass away before completing your payments the policy will pay your life insurance benefit.
How do the Hybrid-Combination Life and Long Term Care Insurance Policies Compare When Paid for Over 10 Years? Let’s look at a husband and wife, Bill and Sue, who are each 55 years old and reside in Oregon. They each pay a $10,000 premium per year for 10 years ($20,000 combined with OneAmerica State Life) and are expected to need LTC in 25 years at the age of 80. They are comparing Hybrid policies that offer the largest LTC benefits, with six years of LTC benefits or lifetime, unlimited total LTC benefits and inflation protection included in the premium (unless noted otherwise). They understand the difference between reimbursement (highlighted in blue in the chart below) and cash indemnity policies.
Lincoln MoneyGuard II Outperforms Reimbursement Competitors – with the Highest Monthly Benefit and Zero Day Elimination Period. Bill will have $11,505 monthly and $939,084 total LTC benefits, while Sue will have $8,893 and $690,294, respectively. Brighthouse SmartCare cannot be paid over 10 years. Pacific PremierCare Choice MAX is a strong reimbursement alternative with the option for 80% cash indemnity.
Nationwide CareMatters II Outperforms Cash Indemnity Competitors – with the Highest Monthly Benefit and a 90 day with 0 Day Retroactive Elimination Period. Bill will have $11,478 monthly and $936,892 total LTC benefits, while Sue will have $9,017 and $699,932, respectively. Minnesota Life Securian SecureCare is a strong cash indemnity alternative.
OneAmerica State Life Asset Care Outperforms All Competitors – with the Highest Total LTC Benefits and a Zero Day Home Care Elimination Period. Bill and Sue will each have $7,082 monthly and unlimited, lifetime total LTC benefits.
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Action Steps and Conclusions. Lincoln MoneyGuard II provides the highest monthly benefits for a reimbursement policy. Nationwide CareMatters II provides the highest monthly and total LTC benefits for a cash reimbursement policy. OneAmerica State Life Asset Care provides the highest total LTC benefits with unlimited, lifetime total LTC benefits. Since premiums vary greatly based on age, health and marital status, request individualized quotes.
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 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.