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Don’t wait too long to purchase long-term care insurance

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire – www.GummerElderLaw.com

The older you get, the harder it is to qualify for long-term care insurance.

This insurance can help you pay for your long-term care, such as admission to an assisted living facility or nursing home.

If you are interested in buying this insurance, it is better to act sooner rather than later.

Many people put off purchasing long-term care insurance until they need it, but by then, it may be too late.

Not only do premiums increase as you age, you also may not even qualify for insurance due to your health.

The older you are, the more likely you are to have a pre-existing health condition that will disqualify you from getting long-term care insurance.

According to a recent study by the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, 44% of applicants who were age 70 or older had their applications denied due to health reasons.

And those are the applicants who completed applications.

Insurance agents frequently discourage unhealthy applicants from applying in the first place.

In contrast to older applicants, only 22% of applicants who are between 50- and 59-years-old, and 30% of applicants between 60- and 69-years- old had their applications declined.

Generally, the best (and cheapest) time to buy long-term care insurance is when you are in your 50s.

Long-term care insurance is not the best option for everyone, but if you are thinking about it, do not put off the purchase until it is too late.