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Let’s Give Them Credit for Trying

Our most recent posting discussed the looming long term care crisis within our society. This article noted that due to our collective failures to plan, Medicaid has become the default provider and pays for more than 50% of the needed care for America’s elderly and disabled. Medicaid is a federal program which is administered by the individual states, so not surprisingly, this current situation has created enormous strains on state budgets. The state of Washington has initiated the “WA Cares Fund” in an attempt to address the problem. It was rejected twice by voters but came into being via action by the state legislature.

“What’s My Plan if I Become Old and Feeble?”

This is a question that nearly all of us should be asking ourselves but in many cases fail to do. Even with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to rage throughout the world, life expectancies are still increasing. Advances in nutrition and modern medicine are seeming to accelerate, and it’s clear that this trend toward longer lifespans will continue for the foreseeable future.

Group Versus Individual Insurance

Insurance policies are issued to individuals, but also to corporations, trusts, partnerships and other legal entities. There are some noteworthy differences between group and individual policies that may be significant to our readers. While several types of organizations could purchase a group insurance policy, we’ll restrict our discussion to employer-based group policies

Blockchain and Digital Assets

Todd Smith, Level 5 Financial, has earned the Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets® from the Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals and New York Institute of Finance. He joins an exclusive group of financial professionals with the credentials to serve investors who are curious about bitcoin, blockchain and digital assets.

How Much Life Insurance is Enough?

This is a common question and certainly varies with individual circumstances. The most common purpose for owning life insurance is to protect those that depend on one’s income. With that in mind, a potential purchaser might be able to estimate the coverage needed, but it is noteworthy that life insurance is also used for other purposes. Businesses often incorporate life insurance into buy-sell agreements between owners or to protect against the untimely death of a key person. Estate plans for wealthy households often utilize life insurance policies to provide liquidity after the death of the insured. Needless to say, knowledgeable, licensed life insurance agents can be a good source for recommendations, particularly in these special applications.

Premature Death vs Unexpected Longevity

This week we’ll discuss the first risk categories mentioned in last week’s general introduction to personal risk. The risk of premature death and longevity risk are distinctly different uncertainties but both can be addressed with insurance products. We transfer (or share) some of these risks with the insurer by purchasing an insurance product specifically designed for the particular issue.