The Role of Long Term Care Insurance in a Complete Financial Plan
Nov 12, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In a climate of falling home values and shrinking savings accounts, employers and employees are looking for ways to plan for and protect their financial futures. And long term care coverage can play an important role in that planning.
This month, in observance of Long Term Care Awareness Month, Unum (UNM) will share the claims and sales trends about group long term care coverage. Understanding claims and sales trends and the details of how long term care coverage works can help employers and employees make the decisions that can protect the resources they have worked so hard to build.
"A long term care insurance policy can be an important part of financial and retirement plans," said John Noble, director of long term care products for Unum. "Our data shows that the need for long term care does occur in the younger market, and that policies with the home care option are popular."
This marks the fourth year Unum, the leader in the group long term care market, is providing an annual review of the sales and claims trends the company tracks to better understand the needs of customers.
Analysis of group long term care sales data reveals:
-- Ninety-nine percent of individuals who acquired a long term care policy in 2008 purchased some type of home care.
-- Women represent 52 percent of the purchasing population.
-- The average age of someone purchasing group long term care insurance is 43.
-- The top five industries purchasing group long term care insurance are law firms, physicians, insurance brokerages, management consulting services and financial services.
-- The top five states where long term care insurance is purchased are California, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York and Missouri.
Employer-funded policies also maintain their popularity. Last year, 85 percent of new group long term care cases were employer-funded.
"Although no one wants to think about it, the need for long term care must be considered," said Noble. "Fortunately, employers are providing this benefit and making it easier for employees of all ages to be covered."
The majority of those employers, 53 percent, have 250 employees or fewer, continuing the trend of small to mid-size businesses willing to offer this benefit.
Unum holds 77 percent of the group long term care market and has ranked No. 1 in the industry in terms of inforce cases and insured individuals for the past four years according to LIMRA.
In 2008, Unum covered more than 715,000 people under its long term care policies.
Unless referenced otherwise, the statistics included in this news release are based on Unum internal data as of 2008.
Unum (www.unum.com) is one of the leading providers of employee benefits products and services in the United States and the United Kingdom. Through its subsidiaries, Unum provided nearly $6 billion in total benefits to customers in 2008.
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