Arkansas Long Term Care Insurance
This page covers important long-term care information for residents of Arkansas, including the average cost of long-term care (LTC), the costs of LTC insurance, popular companies offering LTC insurance in the state, and information about the Arkansas Medicaid and state partnership programs.
Paying for Long-Term Care
Long-term care is expensive, and the costs associated with it can add up quickly. It is important to keep these costs in mind as you plan for your future long-term care needs, even if you don’t end up purchasing a long-term care insurance policy. To help give you a better idea of the expenses you may face, below we have listed average prices for commonly used long-term care services in Arkansas.
Average Costs for Common Long-Term Care Services in Arkansas:
- Nursing Home (private room): $190 (Daily)
- Nursing Home (semi-private room): $170 (Daily)
- Assisted Living Facility (private room): $3,013 (Monthly)
- Home Health Aide (X hours/week): $14 (Hourly)
The Costs of Long-Term Care Insurance
The cost of long-term care insurance is impacted by several factors and can vary greatly from policy to policy and person to person. How much you pay will change depending on the amount of coverage you select, the maximum amount of benefit the policy will pay per day, the maximum number of years (typically measured in days) that the policy will pay out, and the total amount that will be available through the policy. The length of the elimination period and the types of services covered by the policy will also influence the cost, as will optional extras such as inflation protection. Other, less-obvious factors can play into a policy’s cost as well. To learn more, please see our article on the subject.
- Average Yearly Premium for an LTC Insurance Policy in Arkansas: $
- Average Daily LTC Benefit Purchased in Arkansas: $136 (per day)
State Partnership Program
Partnership programs are three-way collaborations between the state, the federal Medicaid program, and long-term care insurance companies. Arkansas’s version is called the Arkansas Long Term Care Insurance Partnership Program. Policies issued as part of the program are required to meet certain federal and state standards. These policies also help protect your assets from the spend-down requirements of Medicaid by allowing you to qualify for Medicaid coverage with a larger-than-normal amount of assets. The specific amount typically varies based on the total benefits paid out by your policy.
Rates for policies qualifying under this program do not differ significantly from those of non-qualified policies offering similar benefits. However, the regulations and requirements that must be met for a policy to qualify under this program also mean that these policies have less flexibility than many non-partnership policies. For instance, all partnership policies in Arkansas are required to provide a specific amount of inflation protection. Because of this, it is a good idea to shop around and look at non-partnership policies in addition to those that qualify under the program so you can be sure that you have chosen the best policy for your needs and budget.
The Arkansas Long term Care Insurance Partnership Program also offers reciprocity, meaning that if you purchased a partnership policy in a different state and then moved to Arkansas, your assets will remain protected.
If you can’t afford a long-term care insurance policy or your coverage window ends but you still require care, Medicaid is a viable option. Medicaid is the federal and state health insurance program for people with lower incomes and can be used to cover services such as nursing homes and visiting nurses. The income requirements for Medicaid are typically handled in one of two ways. Income cap states require that your income be at a certain level when you first apply for Medicaid, while non-cap states will allow you to spend your assets down over time. Arkansas is an income cap state.
In Arkansas, Medicaid covers four main types of long-term care services, each with its own set of requirements. First, there is coverage for stays in state-certified nursing homes and copayments for prescription drugs and medical care received there. Second, there is the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which helps people live independently and provides necessary services year-round in a variety of care settings. There is also LivingChoices Assisted Living, which pays for housing for those who are healthy enough to remain largely independent but still require a bit of extra care or supervision. Last but not least is ElderChoices, which provides in-home health services to persons 65 and older who need care but want to remain at home.
If you are an Arkansas resident and already receive Medicaid benefits, you will need to re-apply in order to have access to these types of long-term care services.
Companies Offering Long-Term Care Insurance in Arkansas
Arkansas residents have several long-term care companies and policies to choose from. Popular long-term care insurance companies in this state include Genworth, Mutual of Omaha, TransAmerica, MassMutual, and New York Life. Please take a look at our articles on these insurance companies and others to learn more about their histories, reputations, financial strength, and the policies they offer.
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