“The Costs of Aging”

“The Costs of Aging,” National Aging in Place Council “As part of this week’s National Aging in Place Week events, the National Aging in Place Council today published a new handbook titled The Costs of Aging that is available to the public for free on the ageinplace.org website. … The Costs of Aging Handbook presents descriptions of the needs of aging and data showing estimated costs of housing and home modification, healthcare and caregiving, personal finance and planning, transportation and social engagement. … To view The Costs of Aging Handbook, please visit ageinplace.org.” LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President,
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Categories: Clippings, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

“Social Security COLA Is 1.6% for 2020”

“Social Security COLA Is 1.6% for 2020,” by Bernice Napach, ThinkAdvisor “The Social Security Administration announced a 1.6% cost-of-living adjustment in benefits beginning January 2020. The 2020 COLA is the smallest increase since 2017, when it was 0.3%. For the average Social Security recipient, collecting $1,461 a month, the increase amounts to about $23.” LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Wow, break out the champagne!
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Categories: Clippings, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

Employer Group Rate Class to be Available in 6 Additional States

In addition to the 38 states that already have the Employer Group rate class (unisex premium rates), 6 additional states will be available effective 11/01/2019:  CT, DE, HI, IN, ND, and SD. LTCi for Almost Any Business Available to almost any business with 5+ employees Streamlined group approval process Unisex premium rates for employees and eligible family members* Access to all the EssentialLTC features available in the individual market 10-year/single premium payment, lifetime benefits, return of premium/surrender options, joint pricing, and more Partnership eligible policies available in many states* Low minimum participation requirement 2 to 5 issued employees (varies by
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Categories: Industry News, Long-Term Care, and National Guardian Life.

Good News | Recent Updates to the CMS Plan Finder

Stay In-The-Know: 2020 CMS Plan Finder Update The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated the Plan Finder tool, however some of the updates may make it more difficult to assess which options may be best for your clients. Some of the most noticeable changes are: Physicians and prescription drug details do not persist when comparing. This results in the need to enter this data for each plan being considered The default sort feature displays by lowest monthly premium and then Medicare Plan ID (H number). This results in older plans displaying first and newer plans last
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Categories: GoldenCare News, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Lumico.

Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019 – Announced Today

Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019: Skyrocketing care costs may make the dream of aging at home more challenging Richmond, VA (October 16, 2019) — The fastest-rising long term care costs are no longer for the most skilled care – in a facility, they’re now for the least-complex care – at home, according to Genworth’s latest 2019 Cost of Care Survey results, announced today. To explore Cost of Care data by city, state or zip code, find trend charts and access lists of states ranked in order of care costs, visit www.genworth.com/costofcare. The cost of homemaker services, which includes assistance
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Categories: Genworth, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

Rate Adjustments Effective January 2020

Long-Term Care insurance (LTCi) is a core product for Mutual of Omaha, and we intend to remain a key player in this market for years to come. To fulfill this commitment, we actively monitor emerging industry trends and make any adjustments necessary that enable us to keep our promises to policyholders and remain competitive in the marketplace. For this reason, we will be implementing the following rate adjustments effective January 1, 2020: Block of Business Impacted States LTC04G Delaware, West Virginia LTC04I Delaware, District of Columbia LTC06UI Alaska, District of Columbia, Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia   For a complete
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Categories: Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Advance Notice: End of Year Pay Schedule

As the holiday season quickly approaches, it’s easy to forget important dates with all the hustle and bustle. That’s why we are giving you early notice of our key end of year pay dates. Take a look and keep a copy with you to ensure you have the right dates. Mutual of Omaha and its affiliates (United of Omaha and United World) will be closed on the following days: Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019 Christmas: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 The past pay cutoff in 2019 for Life is
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Categories: Critical Illness, Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, Life Insurance, Long-Term Care, Medicare Supp./Adv., and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Monthly Modal Premium Factor Reduced in 5 Additional States

In addition to the 41 states that already have the lower monthly modal premium factor, on 10/11/19 the monthly modal premium factor changed from .095 to .0875 in an additional 5 states: CT, DE, IN, ND, and SD. This will affect new business and active policies retroactive to their effective date with a refund of premiums.   See our release announcement for additional information regarding: Newly revised illustration software Notification to active policyholders Refund of premiums Release Announcement How to Learn More Contact NGL’s Sales Support Team at (888) 505-2332 or status@ngl-essentialLTC.com.   #goldencareagent #ngl
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Categories: Industry News, Long-Term Care, and National Guardian Life.