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Massachusetts residents who possess long-term care insurance are granted a unique provision. The provision is the only of its kind in the nation.
Let’s back up a bit. You’ve probably heard about people losing their homes during the estate recovery process. This happens when the state’s Medicaid department files for a claim on your loved one’s estate for using Medicaid for long-term care needs. The state wants to recoup what it paid to your family member.
When people think of long-term care insurance, a favorable tax deduction is the last they think of.
Why? Well, traditional long-term care insurance has had a bad rap these days. It seems like everyone knows premiums have increased through the roof. (FYI – they have stabilized, though.)
Moreover, people don’t like the “use-it-or-lose-it” stigma associated with traditional long-term care insurance. We understand. As we have discussed, however, you will probably need some type of long-term care in your future.
Did you know that traditional long-term care insurance offers a really nice tax deduction as well as other awesome tax benefits?
It is a fact: You will probably need some form of long-term care (LTC) (that is, custodial care) in the future. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid estimate that 7 out of 10 people age 65 will need some type of long-term care (i.e., home health care, assisted living, or nursing home care.) If you are 50 or older (or a tad younger), you probably know of people who are dealing with the burden of caregiving for their parents or loved ones in LTC situations. We know caregiving can be one of the most excruciating situations in a person’s life. Maybe you are dealing with it yourself? Have you been thinking about your own long-term care yourself? What will happen if you need long-term care?
Deciding on options for long-term care insurance has typically been filed under “head in the sand” by most families and individuals.
If you are like most people, age 50 or older, you probably have thought about long-term care. However, you delay the decision to protect yourself and your family. Usually, the decision to learn more about long-term care insurance and the various options happens when you experience a defining and stressful moment. What are these moments?