UNUM announced its latest in-force premium increase on two of its LTC insurance blocks of business impacting policyholders in 21 states. (MO & IL have not yet approved this increase.)
Inflation option to avoid the increase:
Like any LTC insurance policy, the premium can be reduced by reducing benefits, for example, changing from a "Lifetime" benefit period to 6-years, or from 6-years to 3 years; policyholders can also reduce the amount of coverage per month.
UNUM is offering a special option with this increase:
ComfortLTC recommends most policyholders should elect the reduced, 3% inflation option.
If your health is in decline and you may file a claim soon, you may want to consider accepting the full increase.
You are not affected if:
There are state differences (a lower approved increase percentage, or increases spread out over three years). The states currently impacted are:
AK, AZ, CO, IA, KS, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WI, WV, WY
Call your agent; or contact us for a personalized policy review and recommendation.
It's time to review your Medicare coverage. Medicare's "open enrollment" starts October 15th and runs through December 7th for coverage in 2016. Officially called the Annual Election Period (AEP), this is the only time (with only a few special exceptions) you can make changes to your Medicare coverage.
Most people on Medicare will benefit from an annual Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) review. Your prescriptions may have changed in the past year, and the way your current plan covers your drugs (the "formulary") may be changing for 2016.
If you have a traditional Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policy with Original Medicare benefits be VERY CAREFUL about replacing it with a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan. While a Medicare Advantage plan may offer very low monthly premiums, your coverage options - especially the choice of doctors and hospitals - will be very limited compared to Original Medicare with a full-coverage Medigap policy.
During the AEP, you may:
REMEMBER: Medicare does NOT cover long-term care.
If you don't have LTC insurance, this is also an excellent time to consider all of your retirement health care plans.
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