Seventeen years ago, my spouse and I bought long-term care insurance. We were just about AARP-qualified at the time, and we were trying to get ahead of the age-related increases outlined above. The earlier you buy a plan, the cheaper it is. (Spouse is five years younger than I, so his rate was substantially lower than mine.)
The premiums have remained constant ever since. Until now.
My carrier is seeking to raise my rate by 338.6%. Three hundred and thirty-eight point six percent! Kind of defeats the purpose of buying early, doesn’t it? If our carrier can jack rates through the roof when we get older, the only thing we accomplished by buying early is donating tens of thousands of dollars to the company’s shareholders.
The proposed increase is awaiting approval by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation. I spoke to a very nice lady in the insurance division of DFR, who told me it’s one of the biggest rate hikes she has ever seen — on any kind of insurance.
Last week, my spouse got a rate hike notice.
Of a non-whopping 20%.
The only difference between us, as far as I can see, is that I’m 67 and my spouse is 62.
Looks a lot like age discrimination to me. Or like a carrier winnowing out its high-risk clients through targeted rate hikes.Continue reading