Reinvigorating the Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance Industry

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  • Portland-South Portland, ME (1888PressRelease) March 11, 2014 - The ILTCI conference focuses on providing an information sharing and collaborative environment for insurance professionals, regulatory authorities, actuaries, insurance educational institutes and other groups interested in long-term care (LTC) Insurance. This year the event takes place in the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19. ClaimVantage will be partaking in the event this year to share and discuss industry knowledge and trends.

    Research by Medicare & You, shows that 70% of people over 65 will need LTC services and support at some point in their lifetime. LTC can affect people and families in different ways, including finances, careers, lifestyles and state of mind.

    Genworth carried out a recent survey to explore the impact of LTC "Beyond the Dollars". 58% of survey participants without LTC insurance believe care recipients would have benefited from it. These participants thought that LTC insurance would:

    Have helped relieve the financial burden of LTC, and reduce the strain on the family
    Provide peace of mind for them, knowing that their care recipients were covered
    Provide care recipients with a better quality of life and a higher level of care

    With the cost of care rising and the Genworth survey revealing that LTC insurance could help mitigate negative financial and emotional impacts on both caregivers and care recipients, LTC insurance would undoubtedly benefit both parties.

    The rising cost of care is also affecting group insurers. In recent years, Unum and Prudential have stopped selling group LTC while Genworth and Transamerica are implementing rate increases and cutbacks to remain profitable. In these turbulent times it will be interesting to see how the industry will overcome these issues. The ILTCI conference aims to address these issues and provide opinions and perspectives about what can be done to reinvigorate the industry.

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