Los Angeles, CA, September 06, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Consumers considering asset based long term care insurance options or life insurance with long term care benefits do not understand the significant differences reports one of the nation's leading experts.
"The differences can amount to tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars of future benefits," declares Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. "People wrongly assume these policies are virtually identical when nothing could be further from the truth."
While asset based long term care insurance products offering a combination of life insurance and long term care benefits have been around for many years, numerous new policies have been or are being introduced Slome acknowledges. "Roughly 90,000 of these asset based LTC policies were sold in 2012," Slome reports. That compares to roughly 330,000 traditional long term care insurance policies.
Slome shared ways to judge if comparing policies is worthwhile. "If you are married and plan to buy policies for both husband and wife, there can be considerable differences in the future benefit amount from one insurer to the next," Slome shared. "Many of these policies today are marketed by financial professionals who only offer one or two policies and are not as familiar with the important differences."
Future guarantees can vary among different asset based LTC products Slome notes. "In future years you don't want to find out that what you thought was guaranteed isn't," Slome says. "All of these small but very important factors make it increasingly important to compare because you only purchase these policies one time."
The Association compiles a listing of specialists experienced in asset based long term care insurance. "Few of the insurance professionals who help advise consumers about traditional long term care insurance planning and costs really are knowledgeable about the nuances of these newer asset-based LTC products," Slome concludes. To connect with a specialist in this area call the organization at 818-597-3227 or visiting their website.