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January 2019 LTC Newsletter

January 25, 2019

LTC in the News

The word is spreading. Major news outlets are letting the American people know the importance of long-term care planning. Are you? Here are a few recent third-party articles.

Top News

IRS Issues New Tax Deductibility Limits for Long-Term Care Insurance

Traditional tax-qualified long-term care insurance policies now have new tax deductibility limits, according to the IRS. Premiums for tax-qualified long-term care insurance policies are considered a medical expense, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, and for an individual who itemizes tax deductions, medical expenses are deductible to the extent that they exceed the current amount required to meet the individual’s adjusted gross income (AGI). Read more

House Passes Medicaid Home Care Extender Bill

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is the caregiver for John Dingell Jr., a Democrat who represented Michigan in the House for 59 years. Dingell mentioned her role as her husband’s caregiver on the House floor Tuesday, January 8th, shortly before House members agreed, by a voice vote, to pass H.R. 259, a Medicaid extender bill. If passed by the Senate and signed by President Donald Trump, H.R. 259 would continue a program that uses some Medicaid nursing home money to support home and community-based long-term care (LTC) programs. Read more

2019 Long-Term Care Insurance Price Index Released

A couple in their mid-50s purchasing new long-term care insurance coverage can expect to pay just over $3,000 for a potential combined benefit of over $770,000 in coverage should they begin needing care at age 85. According to the just-released 2019 Long-Term Care Insurance Price Index prices for coverage have increased slightly compared to the prior year. Read more

Life Insurance Policies Increasingly Popular as Long-Term Care Funding Strategy

While traditional stand-alone long-term care insurance (LTC) products have seen a drop in popularity in the past several years as a result of companies leaving the marketplace and of spiraling policy premiums, life insurance-backed long-term care financing strategies have experienced tremendous growth. Read more


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