What is Long Term Care Insurance, and Should I Buy It?

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One of the biggest fears that many of us have is losing independence.

What happens when you can no longer keep up with your house?  Where will you go if you can’t stay in your home?  And how will you pay for it?

Long term care insurance (also known as LTC or LTCI) is supposed to answer some of these questions.

What is Long Term Care Insurance?

This type of insurance policy is supposed to help you pay for different types of long term care as you age.  Long term care insurance is designed to pay for services that might come in your own home, at an assisted living facility, at an adult daycare, or in a nursing home.

You are supposed to be able to buy a policy, make premium payments, and then, when you need help with care due to illness, old age, disability, or some other difficulty, the long term care insurance provides the means for you to pay for services that might include anything from helping you manage day-to-day to providing you with certain health care services.
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Walmart Life Insurance Policies – Should You Buy Yours There?

Imagine the unimaginable–you’ve died. 

In the prime of your life, years before you thought you would, you’ve died.  You’ve likely left behind a spouse and children.  Of course, they will grieve your loss terribly, but soon after you pass on they’ll be confronted by a harsh reality of life without your financial contribution.

How will your spouse survive and meet the bills?  Will she have money to send the kids to college?

Unfortunately, financial considerations crop up soon after someone dies when the funeral needs to be planned.

Life goes on.

If you’re the primary breadwinner, life goes on for your family with much less money, unless you had life insurance in place.

Unfortunately, 30% of Americans have no life insurance.  “Of the 35 million American households without life insurance, 11 million include children under 18″ (MSN).  While dying in your prime is unlikely, it happens every day.  My dad died when he was just 38, and my parents were woefully underinsured with life insurance.  My mom has struggled financially since he died over 25 years ago.

Why Don’t More Americans Get Life Insurance?

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Do I Need Life Insurance In Retirement?

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You can save a boat load of money by re-evaluating your life insurance needs once you retire.

If you do, you’ll probably find that you need a whole lot less insurance after you retire than you needed while you were working.  In many cases, you’ll discover that you won’t need life insurance at all during retirement.

So Do I Need Life Insurance in Retirement?

The Purpose Of Life Insurance is the Key

Counter to what many life insurance agents tell you, life insurance isn’t an investment.

That’s one reason why term life is far better than whole life.  It’s also one of the reasons I question the need for life insurance on a non-working spouse.

Insurance is a financial tool and nothing more.
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The Dark Side of Health Care – Paying Extra Because of Our Health

There’s no doubt that obesity is an epidemic in the United States. 

Our children may be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents thanks to obesity and the many related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease.

Among adults, according to the CDC, 35.9% of U.S. citizens ages 20 and older are obese.  Another 33.3% are overweight, but not obese.  That leaves slightly less than 31% of United States citizens who are at a healthy weight.

It doesn’t take a scientist to understand that those who are chronically obese or overweight will likely cost a company more in health care.

In addition, those workers are absent from the work place more often.  “A 2011 Gallup survey estimated obese or overweight full-time U.S. workers miss an additional 450 million days of work each year, compared to healthy workers, resulting in more than $153 billion in lost productivity” (Wall Street Journal).

While we may consider obesity a personal issue, each person’s obesity and related health issues affect not only themselves, but their employers and their families.

Should You Have to Pay Extra for Health Insurance If You’re Overweight?

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How to Get Cheap Life Insurance

Life insurance is that insurance that we desperately hope we’ll never need to use—or at least that our loved ones won’t need to use.

But in so many respects, it can be the most important type of insurance that you have.

It’s your way to provide for your dependents if you aren’t around to do it for them.

OK, you want to help protect and provide for your family but life insurance can be expensive.  How can you get cheap life insurance?

Below are some ideas on how to get cheap life insurance.

Buy Term Life Insurance

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What is COBRA Continuation Health Insurance Coverage – How Does It Work?

One of the biggest fears any of us have about losing a job is the loss of health insurance.

COBRA continuation health insurance was designed to eliminate that fear, but the reality is that relatively few people ever take it.

Why is that?

COBRA seems simple, and on the surface it is.  Details of the provision on the other hand, are anything but.

What is COBRA Continuation Health Insurance Coverage?

COBRA is the abbreviation for the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 It was enacted by the U.S. government that mandates providing employees with continuing health insurance coverage after separation from their employers.  The Act has been in existence since April, 1986, and covers most employees.

How Does COBRA work?

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How to Get FEMA Assistance

A lot of people in New York and New Jersey are only now becoming aware of the full extent of the damage brought on by Super Storm Sandy.

After nearly two weeks working just to get electric power on and gasoline for cars, the difficult job of rebuilding is about to begin.

There is help from various sources, first and foremost from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Relief Agency whose primary responsibility it is to be available to provide assistance in just such a disaster.  Many people are only remotely aware of what FEMA does, and if you live in the battered Middle Atlantic region, you’re now finding out first hand.

What is FEMA and how does it work?

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