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Date:7/7/2009

ory, income from wages, pensions for each spouse, Social Security benefits, real estate and other assets, and your income needs," says Dickholtz. "In addition to traditional pay-as-you-go policies, the industry offers cash value life or annuity policies that allow you to retain the entire investment value for use in your lifetime whether you use it for LTC or not, or that will pay to your beneficiaries as a death benefit." To further complicate choosing a policy, insurance companies seem to introduce new riders on a daily basis and contract language is often ambiguous.

Cost has been the reason for putting off purchasing LTC insurance until a decade or two before retirement. However, in this financial environment, the reasons for acquiring LTC coverage earlier in life are compelling. A recent large loss of principal in a retirement account doesn't necessarily require taking uncomfortably higher risks to recoup losses. A less risky alternative could be adding a LTC policy to provide inflation-adjusted, guaranteed income for healthcare needs later in life. Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

"Ask your financial advisor for help in designing a policy that meets your unique needs and coordinating your LTC coverage with other insurance," recommends Dickholtz. "Evaluating LTC and disability insurance can be complicated -- and emotional. The task will be easier if you view the products as risk management tools, similar to homeowners or auto insurance." Above all, remember that, like investments, health insurance needs are individual.

About Lisa Dickholtz

Lisa Dickholtz has been a part of the financial services industry for 21 years. As President of Dickholtz Wealth Management in Northbrook, IL and a wealth advisor with Securities America Advisors, she specializes in aiding families, family stewards, widows and single women in the growth an
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