Boomers Need to Address Long-Term Care Needs

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A new study by the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) shows that baby boomers need to pay attention to the very real possibility they may need long-term care. The reason: escalating long-term care costs.

“Long-Term Care Insurance or Medicaid: Who Will Pay for Baby Boomers’ Long-Term Care?” sounds the alarm on a potential national long-term care crisis. More important, it is a call to action for individuals to include long-term care in their retirement planning, said ACLI President & CEO Frank Keating.

The study shows that a one-year stay in a nursing home averages nearly $70,000 for a private room or more than $61,000 for a semi-private room. By 2030, the same stay in a semi-private room will cost an estimated $190,000, more than tripling over the next 25 years. Most Americans cannot save enough to cover these high costs on their own.

“Americans are living longer than ever before. That is good news, but it has some risks. One of those risks is that many future retirees will be facing astronomical long-term care costs,” Keating said.

The issue is of particular interest to women because they tend to outlive...

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