Published Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at: 8:02 PM EDT
A new survey of long-term care insurer rate increases offers a rare glimpse into an insurance sector with a history of problems for consumers.
Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is a relatively new type of insurance. For most of its 50-year history, insurers made overly optimistic assumptions about key factors in the price of their policies, including:
Because the insurers’ assumptions turned out to be wrong so often, they have gone to state insurance regulators to request approval for price increases, as allowed by the policy contracts. Milliman, a national actuarial firm, recently released the results from a voluntary survey of 20 insurance companies that have asked for a rate increase. A few highlights:
The March 2022 survey of long-term care insurer rate increases confirms that LTCI is fraught with risks to policyholders. Whether you have a received a policy rate increase notice or are considering buying a new policy, we recommend consulting with a professional who understands the risks.
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