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NAIFA's Limited & Extended Care Planning Center

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Tom Riekse Jr.


Recent posts by Tom Riekse Jr.

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These Two Trends Signal Much Higher LTC Costs in the Future - Regardless of Inflation

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 8/24/22 3:19 PM

Designing a LTC plan that will have appropriate benefits in 30 or 40 years can be really challenging! Despite that, many older LTC policies have actually done a pretty decent job of keeping up with the cost of long-term care. How do I know? Well, my Mom purchased an LTC Insurance policy from CNA Financial back in 1991. The initial benefit was $100 per day with a 5% automatic inflation increase benefit. Now, she is receiving care in a private room in an excellent nursing facility. The facility charges $420 per day for care, less than the $454 benefit daily benefit of the policy. The policy covers ALL the cost of her care. 
 
Of course, that is an anecdotal example. Some policies have not kept up with the cost of care, especially those without inflation riders. Fortunately, however, many of the dire, scary predictions during the early 90s related to the cost and availability of care haven't come true. Although stressed by the pandemic, there is currently a strong infrastructure of home care, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. People pay for care using their LTC policies, riders on life policies, or retirement savings.
Topics: Long-Term Care Trends Long-Term Care Insurance Limited & Extended Care Planning Center
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How to Protect Your LTC Plan From Future Inflation

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 7/21/21 11:02 AM

Significant inflation - something that the majority of Americans have not seen in their lifetime - has been a primary news topic.  From concerns about exploding national debt and high government spending levels to an expanding post-pandemic economy, many people are concerned about sustained inflation and decreased purchasing power.  Or, as many economists are assuring us, this could be a short-term event as the economy bounces back from the pandemic. Nobody knows!

Topics: Long-Term Care Cost of Care Long-Term Care Insurance
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Why Single Pay LTC Insurance Might be the Right Strategy Now

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/29/21 10:30 AM

The recent stock market run (especially in tech stocks) has been amazing. Despite the high unemployment rate, many investors are enjoying that feeling of increased net worth in both their qualified and non-qualified money.

Topics: Long-Term Care Life Insurance & Annuities Planning in Advance
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How low interest rates are changing LTC Insurance products

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/22/21 1:00 PM

The last several years have seen major changes in LTC Insurance - leading to what can be referred to as LTC 2.0.  LTC 2.0 means that while the pure protection of traditional LTC insurance is still a popular option, there has been an accompanying growth in Hybrid LTC + Life plans - both in number of policies sold and number of carriers offering these plans. 

Topics: Long-Term Care Life Insurance & Annuities Planning in Advance
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Why the Traditional LTC Market is here to stay - and will grow

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/14/21 3:30 PM

Recently I received an email from a Insurance Carrier who sells Linked Life/LTC plans with the headline "What happened to traditional LTC?".  The email started by saying "It wasn't so long age that traditional long-term care (LTC) insurance dominated the market, but now they are barely holding on while linked-benefit products are taking over."  Harsh!

Topics: Long-Term Care Advanced Planning Life Settlement
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The biggest mistakes people make when choosing to self-insure for LTC

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/5/21 10:15 AM

For Financial Professionals that are savvy enough to have a discussion about the impact of a long-term care event one of the most important topics is whether a client should consider long-term care insurance or should instead "self-insure".

Topics: Long-Term Care Life Insurance & Annuities Planning Consequences
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New Premiums Increasing on Hybrid Life + LTCI Plans

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 3/30/21 2:00 PM

Many clients find that the best way for them to plan for LTC is by purchasing a linked life/ltc plan.  Compared to traditional LTC policies which provide pure long-term care protection (and the most LTC protection per premium dollar) linked Life/LTC trade off some of that leverage to provide guaranteed premiums and a life insurance benefit.

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Planning in Advance Limited & Extended Care Planning Center
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The worst case scenario - is lifetime LTC Insurance worth it?

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 3/26/21 9:00 AM

Luckily, you aren't going to need years and years of high cost long-term care. But what if you did?

Topics: Long-Term Care Financial Planning Planning in Advance Advanced Planning Limited & Extended Care Planning Center
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Why there may be a rush to buy LTC Insurance policies

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/23/20 2:28 PM

Years from now, those of us who lived through the Coronavirus Pandemic will think about the early rush to buy toilet paper and how odd that seemed. As of today (and things could change), there is plenty available at Costco, but they are limiting people to just one 30 pack. Just how long does a 30 pack last? Well, someone has created a Coronavirus Poop Calculator (thepooptool.com) to help people figure that out. For a family of 4, a 30 pack of Costco toilet paper should last 90 days. Amazingly and unexpectedly, it seems all Americans are involved with Toilet Paper inventory management.

We can chuckle a little bit about toilet paper. However, it's not just household products we are taking inventory of.

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How Coronavirus and low interest rates may impact LTC Insurance - and why you may want to act now

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 3/18/20 11:00 AM

From quarantined cruise ships to cancelled conferences (not to mention the stock market), the novel coronavirus has had a significant impact on many peoples lives. At first glance, it would seem like the LTC Insurance business wouldn't be significantly impacted compared to other businesses. Why?

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