What Short Term Care Insurance Policy Features Are Most Commonly Offered?

National Advisory Center for Short Term Care director expert Jesse

National Advisory Center for Short Term Care director expert Jesse Slome

July 15, 2015, Los Angeles, CA –   A study of twelve short term care insurance policies examines policy features including Benefit Period, Elimination Period and Optional Riders.

The study was conducted by CSG Actuarial and reported by the National Advisory Center for Short Term Care Information, part of the American Association for Long Term Care Insurance (AALTCI).

“Changes in health care insurance benefits, Medicare coverage and long-term care insurance are creating heightened interest in short-term care or recovery care products,” explains Jesse Slome, director of the National Advisory Center for Short Term Care Information.  Short-term care products are defined as those providing coverage for one year or less.

“There is potential for significant growth,” says Bryan Neary, FSA, MAAA, Principal and Consulting Actuary for Omaha-based CSG Actuarial.  “Several new insurers are entering the marketplace and policy sales and premium should grow in the years to come.”

According to the study, 91.7 percent of the companies offered policies with a 360 day Benefit Period (BP).  Some 83.3 percent offered a 150-200 day option and half (50.0%) offered a 90-day BP.

“One of the features that makes these products extremely attractive is the ability to select a 0-day Elimination Period (EP),” Slome explains.  “Most traditional long-term care insurance policies require that a doctor certify a need for care lasting longer than 90 days and have a 90-day EP.  With a 0-day EP the policyholder accesses policy benefits early on when they need care.”

The study found that 66.7 percent of available policies offered a 0-day Elimination Period.  Some 75 percent offered a 20-day EP and a third (33.3%) offered a 30-day E.P.

Just over half of the policies (58.3%) offered an inflation growth rider that increased base benefits by five percent compounded annually.  Half (50.0%) offered an five percent simple inflation option.

Based in Los Angeles, CA., the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance and the National Advisory Center for Short Term Care Information were established to create consumer awareness and support insurance professionals who market protection products.  To learn more about short-term care insurance products, visit the special section within the AALTCI website (www.aaltci.org/stc).


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