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UPDATED: Mar 19, 2020

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Long term care insurance benefits are not taxable unless your policy pays a per day fee and you go over the per day limit. The amount over the limit will is taxable.

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The per day fee changes each year according to federal guidelines and inflation. The current per day rate that can be spent without being taxed is $270. The following article will provide additional information about long term care insurance benefits.

What is long term care insurance?

Before understanding the taxability of long term care insurance, it is important to understand what long term care insurance is. Long term care insurance is insurance that will pay for long term care when needed due to illness, injury, or age. This type of coverage covers both facilities and personal care.

Nursing home care, assisted living, respite care, home care, adult daycare, hospice care, and Alzheimer’s care facilities are all typical facilities covered by long term care insurance. The personal care personnel typically covered by long term care insurance are housekeepers, therapists, caregivers, private nurses, and companions.

It is important to note that both facilities and personal care givers usually have daily, yearly, or maximum policy limits. For example, a policy may put a limit of $250 per day, $100,000 per year, or $500,000 per policy on the care options. This means that you cannot exceed these limits within the time frame without paying the difference out of pocket. Long term care can be very expensive and is especially hard to budget for when you don’t how long the care will be needed for or what type of care will be needed day to day.

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What are requirements met and medically necessary policies?

There are two main types of long term care insurance policies. The first is a “requirements met” policy. This means that in order to receive benefits, the individual must need care for 90 consecutive days or more. The care needed must be due to a severe mental impairment, either permanent or temporary or due to the inability to perform at least 2 or more activities necessary for living.

These daily living activities include bathing, dressing, toileting, continence, and eating. The individual’s primary care physician is required to give the insurance company a plan for care.

The second type of policy is a “medically necessary” policy. These means that a doctor, along with the insurance company, must declare the need for long term care to be medically necessary. The policy has fewer requirements than a requirements met policy. For example, the individual can receive care if only one of the daily living activities is limited. This type of policy also includes walking on the list of daily activities. This makes care easier to obtain for less severe cases.

Do I need long term care insurance?

Long term care is not just for the elderly. Long term care can come into play for cancer patients, children with long term illnesses, an unexpected injury or accident, and numerous temporary situation where constant care in needed for more than 90 days. Since it is impossible to predict when and if this type of care is needed, everyone should consider adding long term care to their overall insurance portfolio. You can start with a smaller policy and increase it as you are able.

The benefits of long term care will save you thousands of dollars when a need for long term care arises. Also, if you have parents who are aging and they don’t have long term care insurance, consider purchasing a policy for them. Often times adult children end up taking on the financial burden of a parent who needs long term care but doesn’t have the insurance or finances to cover the care itself. Having a long term care policy can help you and your parent keep your financial assets secure.

To find a long term care insurance company that can provide you the right amount of coverage and answer any questions you may have, try using the free online comparison tool provided on this page. This type of tool allows you to compare what different companies have to offer so you can choose the company that is right for you. Don’t go without long term care just because you think it is not affordable.

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