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Private long-term care insurance: value to claimants and implications for long-term care financing

Private long-term care insurance: value to claimants and implications for long-term care financing

Gerontologist 50(5): 613-622

The purpose of this study was to obtain a profile of individuals with private long-term care (LTC) insurance as they begin using paid LTC services and track their patterns of service use, satisfaction with services and insurance, claims denial rates, and transitions over a 28-month period. Ten LTC insurance companies contributed a random sample of 1,474 qualified individuals who were interviewed in-person by a trained nurse and then interviewed telephonically every 4 month for a 28-month period. Used in the analysis were descriptive statistics and techniques for analyzing longitudinal panel data. About 96% of those filing claims were approved for payment. At baseline, 37% received home care, 23% assisted living care, 14% were in a nursing home, and 26% had not yet begun using paid care. Few claimants reported that their policies restricted their choice of providers and most care costs were covered. The average number of care transitions was 1, typically occurring within 4 month of baseline. The less impaired and those in home care settings were most likely to transition between service settings. Having private LTC coverage enabled claimants to exercise their preference for alternatives to nursing home care.

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Accession: 055187452

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PMID: 20299425

DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnq021

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