Long Term Care Insurance: Why or Why Not?

CassandraFebruary 25, 2007

A recent article in the NY Times talked about buying long term care (ie. nursing home) insurance, but my financial planner seems to caution me against it. I'm a 50 year old woman, single, in excellent health, with a very long (90s) life expectancy. I expect to retire at about 62 or so. I've been a teacher all my life and have been diligent about savings but I certainly will not be rich in retirement. Can someone argue the pros and cons of buying this insurance?

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I wish I knew more about this topic myself so I can't argue either way - but something in my gut says your financial planner is giving you good advice to be cautious. I googled - explain long term care insurance - and the 4th. article from the bottom of the first page "Avoiding Fraud When Buying Long Term Care Insurance" might have just the kind of information you're looking for.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2007 at 2:18AM
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PS: someone started a thread about this over on the Household Finances Forum - some interesting replies.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2007 at 6:30PM
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duluth, thanks for pointing the other thread out. It looks like Household Finances is a pretty active forum. I hope Duluth does bloom again soon!--I'm in the Twin Cities and we are about to get whomped by another massive snowstorm.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2007 at 10:45AM
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Us too - supposed to start later this evening. Usually don't see a lot of "panic" buying in the grocery stores, but there is today. This will set thoughts of spring back a little, I'm afraid.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2007 at 3:46PM
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