Long-term care helps someone with a long-term physical illness, a disability or a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease. Someone with a physical illness or disability often needs hands-on help with activities of daily living. People with cognitive impairments usually need supervision, protection or verbal reminders to do everyday activities.
Long-term care services may include help with:
Long-term care insurance policies pay the cost of the day-in, day-out care for a person with an acute or long-term illness or disability. Long-term care insurance is a relatively new type of insurance that can pay for some or all of your long-term care costs.
Whether or not an individual should buy long-term care insurance depends on age, health status, overall retirement goals, income and assets.
For most people, the benefits of their private Partnership insurance policy will provide all the care they will ever need. But, because of this unique asset protection feature, you will not have to impoverish yourself if you run out of insurance benefits and still need care. Protected assets are not considered in determining Medicaid eligibility and estate recovery.
Each insurance company offering Partnership policies has its own premium rates. However, the younger you are when you purchase coverage, the lower your annual premium will be. That is a good reason to buy now rather than waiting.
Under provisions of the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, states are authorized to enact Partnership programs. Partnership programs must be tax-qualified, contain certain consumer protection provisions and provide inflation protection.
You may contact the Louisiana Department of Insurance at 1-800-259-5300 or you may click here for a complete list of companies licensed to sell LTC Partnership policies.
Tax qualified long-term care insurance premiums are considered a medical expense. For an individual who itemizes tax deductions, medical expenses are deductible to the extent that they exceed 7.5% of the individual's adjusted gross income. The amount of the long-term care insurance premium treated as a medical expense is limited to eligible long term care insurance premiums as defined by the internal revenue code based on the age of the insured individual. The portion of the long-term care insurance premium that exceeds the eligible long term care insurance premium is not included as a medical expense. Individual taxpayers can treat premiums paid for tax-qualifying long-term care insurance for themselves, their spouse, or any tax dependents (such as parents) as a personal medical expense.
Louisiana has elected to grant the asset disregard program to policyholders who purchased Partnership Policies in other states. The Partnership anticipates that Louisiana Partnership Policies will be transferable to other states with Partnership Programs. The Partnership will be working in the coming months to establish the terms of reciprocity with other states.
Yes, any licensed insurance producer who sells, solicits or negotiates a partnership policy must receive training and be able to demonstrate an understanding of Partnership policies and their relationship to public and private coverage to long-term care. Additionally, effective August 15, 2010, ACT 967 of the 2010 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session requires a one-time training for long-term care of no less than 8 hours and ongoing training of no less than 4 hours every 24 months.