We concluded our Summer Webinar Series in August of 2022. We had a great turnout and thank you to our clients and friends that joined us live. The educational series covered great topics such as planning for loved ones, retirement plan basics, behavioral investing, Social Security and Medicare. We hope you learned something new to help you achieve your retirement goals.
For those that were unable to attend or for those that want to re-listen to the webinars, the replays are now available at BFSG University on YouTube. We always suggest you subscribe to BFSG University on YouTube to ensure you never miss the latest educational videos and presentations, many of which are pre-recorded and not broadcast via live webinar.
Again, we hope you enjoyed our summer webinar series and we look forward to having you back for future sessions.
By: Henry VanBuskirk, CFP®, Wealth Manager
A goal that many Americans have when approaching retirement is finding that “forever home” to enjoy their golden years in. When a loved one does pass away, they typically want to pass away in their own home. One of the main expenses that occurs during retirement is healthcare and this is typically an expense that increases with age.
A big culprit of this increasing expense is the need for long-term care coverage that is generally not accounted for in a personal financial plan. Many Americans believe that Medicare can cover this expense, however this is not the case. Statistically, you are likely to need Long-Term Care Insurance at some point in your life. Not accounting for this type of coverage can mean that your “forever home” could turn into a “temporary home”, that could mean you would be spending your “twilight years” in a nursing home. Fortunately, there are ways to help mitigate or eliminate this threat from your financial plan so that you can live out your golden years in your own home.
What can Long-Term Care Insurance cover? Long-Term Care Insurance can help cover qualified medical expenses that would be incurred by a person who is not able to do at least 2 of the 6 activities of daily living (ADLs) which include:
You can imagine that if you aren’t able to do at least 2 of those 6 items, that you would need a healthcare worker or family member to help you with most everything for the remainder of your life. If you have a family member that would be willing to do those tasks for the remainder of your life, then more power to that family member. Even if you have a family member, you could still run the risk of having that family member who is 5’2” and 120 pounds, trying to help someone who is 6’4” and 300 pounds and not being even able do those tasks. If you would rather pay someone to do those tasks, then the cost for staying in your own home is not cheap. In 2030, the expected monthly cost is $7,986 for in-home care for an average American.
Two options that Americans have so that they can stay in their home even when a long-term care need arises are:
Many readers would believe that Option 2 sounds good, but one shouldn’t be quick to jump to conclusions. Purchasing long-term care insurance can be expensive, usually costing $8,000 – $12,000 per year for adequate coverage. That cost generally also increases during the life of the policy and there is a chance that you’ll never need long-term care anyway.
Our team is available to discuss this in further depth if you have any questions and to evaluate if long-term care insurance makes sense for your current situation.
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Caring for your aging loved ones can be challenging—especially if you are unfamiliar with all the unique challenges and obstacles that come with elder care. Fortunately, BFSG is here to help.
On July 19th at 10 AM PDT, we will discuss the ins and outs of elder care and outline your options with special guest John Clark of Pathfinder Senior Care Consulting.
Register today for this important discussion!
Back in 2019, the state of Washington passed the “Long-Term Services and Support Trust Act” to provide long-term care benefits. The benefit would be $100 per day with a lifetime maximum of $36,500 and the benefits can be used for long-term care services including professional care at home or nursing facilities, dementia support, or adaptive medical equipment. The benefits will not start until January 1, 2025.
This act will be paid for through an additional tax the employer will deduct from your payroll for 0.58% of the employee’s wages and there is no cap. For example, an employee making $100,000 will pay $580 annually for this tax. Independent contractors and self-employed are not required to participate. Currently, there is no option to be excluded from this new tax.
Employers were set to begin the new payroll tax on January 1st, 2022, but this has been delayed until March 2022. Governor Jay Inslee has temporarily halted the collection of the payroll tax to allow the Legislature to have more time to review and potentially make some changes. There may be potential changes and we will keep you updated as things progress.
Disclosure: BFSG does not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy, timeliness, suitability, completeness, or relevance of any information prepared by any unaffiliated third party, whether linked to BFSG’s website or blog or incorporated herein and takes no responsibility for any such content. All such information is provided solely for convenience purposes only and all users thereof should be guided accordingly. Please see important disclosure information here.