John H. Guinan, MBA CLTC
ACSIA Partners LLC

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Offer Differing Views on Long-Term Care Insurance

Bloomington, MN August 23, 2021 -- Americans face a deepening long-term care crisis. So say articles in two of our most prestigious newspapers: the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. "I applaud them both for highlighting this important issue," says John Guinan, MN-based agent with ACSIA Partners LLC, "yet the articles paint opposite views of the role of insurance as a solution."

The New York Times article, written by Michelle Cottle, is titled "Getting Old Is a Crisis More and More Americans Can’t Afford." The article points out that --

Already, demand for care dwarfs supply, the article continues: "For example, the Medicaid waiting list for home-based assistance has an average wait time of more than three years." (Additionally, Medicaid is only available for people who are destitute.)

In addition, the article paints a very negative picture of the of the difference long-term care insurance might make:

As a result, concludes the article, "Unlike with health care or auto insurance, most people don’t bother buying long-term care coverage."

The full article, which includes many more facts, may be viewed here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/09/opinion/aging-nursing-home-medicare.html

The WSJ article, written by Leslie Scism, agrees with the facts about the crisis. However, it draws a different conclusion. The article, "Long-Term-Care Insurance Isn’t Dead. It’s Now an Estate-Planning Tool" may be viewed here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/long-term-care-insurance-isnt-dead-its-now-an-estate-planning-tool-1528387201

"While not disputing the seriousness of the care crisis, this article offers a more positive view of the protection available," Guinan points out. "The author says LTC insurance is evolving, not dying."

"The focus of the article is hybrid insurance, which is now even more popular in estate planning," Guinan explains. "This is a key form of LTC protection, but there's more."

LTC insurance is also proliferating as an employee benefit, according to Guinan. "Organizations across the country are protecting their people with affordable group plans. I wish the media would highlight this trend too."

In addition to traditional long-term care insurance through multiple carriers, Guinan's agency offers these alternative solutions:

As a licensed long-term care insurance agent, Guinan advises on the full range of alternatives listed above.

"When people come to us," Guinan says, "whoever they are or whatever their situation, we like them to know that help is at hand, whether it’s an LTC policy or something else.”

Guinan may be reached at http://www.jguinanltc.com or 651-646-2200. Short phone inquiries are welcome. A free long-term care guide may also be downloaded.

Guinan is a licensed long-term care insurance agent who represents the company in CA, CO, IA, IL, MN, MO, NC, ND, SD, WI.

In California the company is known as xACSIA Partners Insurance Agency; in other states, as ACSIA Partners.

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