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In retirement, people typically rely on Medicare and Medicare supplemental coverage to afford the ever-increasing cost of healthcare. Unfortunately, though, Medicare doesn’t cover one of the most significant categories of healthcare costs as we age: long-term care.
Long-term care is coverage you need while you’re recovering from injury or illness. As we age, we rarely go from acutely sick to perfectly well in a day or two. While Medicare will cover the acutely sick part, it could take weeks or months to get back to a level of wellness in which self-care is possible. The out-of-pocket cost for this type of care can range dramatically, depending on the level of care you need. That means your retirement nest egg could be gobbled up by just one health crisis requiring long term care. So what could you do to protect yourself?
Long-term care insurance is designed to cover the gap between Medicare and your retirement funds. The younger and healthier you are when you apply, the less expensive the coverage is likely to be. Some insurance companies offer hybrid long-term care/life insurance policies, or long-term care policies that can be shared by spouses. Even if you’re healthy and independent today, it’s a great idea to check out long term-care options along with Medicare.