Indiana Long Term Care Insurance
This page covers important long-term care information for residents of Indiana, 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 Medicaid and the Indiana Long Term Care Insurance Program (ILTCIP).
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 the average prices for some commonly used LTC services in Indiana.
Average Costs for Common Long-Term Care Services in Indiana:
- Nursing Home (private room): $257 (Daily)
- Nursing Home (semi-private room): $220 (Daily)
- Assisted Living Facility (private room): $4,025 (Monthly)
- Home Health Aide (X hours/week): $16 (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 Indiana: $
- Average Daily LTC Benefit Purchased in Indiana: $144 (per day)
State Partnership Program
Partnership programs are three-way collaborations between the state, the federal Medicaid program, and long-term care insurance companies. Indiana’s version is known as the Indiana Long Term Care Partnership and has been active since 1993. 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 example, ILTCIP requires a minimum daily benefit of $115. 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 Indiana Long Term Care Insurance Program also offers reciprocity, meaning that if you purchase a partnership policy in a different state and then move to Indiana, your assets will remain protected. The same will be true if you purchase a partnership policy in Indiana and then move to a different state that also offers reciprocity.
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 basic long-term care services. Because Medicaid is designed for low-income individuals, certain financial requirements must be met in order to qualify for coverage.
Certified nursing homes are the main kind of long-term care service covered by Medicaid in Indiana. However, Medicaid also has a waivered services program which can provide coverage for medical and non-medical services received in a home or community setting. This includes home-delivered meals, adult day care, respite care, transportation, and various kinds of in-home health care. Such waivers allow seniors to receive the care they need while also remaining independent. Again, certain requirements must be met in order to qualify.
There is also is Indiana Structured Family Caregiving (SFG), a special benefit that allows an elderly parent to move into the home of their child or another relative (not including spouses) who will then act as their caregiver and receive compensation from the state.
Companies Offering Long-Term Care Insurance in Indiana
Indiana residents have a variety of long-term care companies and policies to choose from. Popular long-term care insurance companies in this state include Genworth, Mutual of Omaha, MassMutual, TransAmerica, 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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