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Flag: LONG TERM CARE
GOAL IS TO ADVANCE NAIC MODEL LAW IN LEGISLATURE
The Massachusetts Division of Insurance is undertaking a study to find out who is buying long-term care insurance in the state and what kind of policy they are acquiring, officials say.
The study could be the basis of a push by the DOI to convince state legislators to pass the Long Term Care Insurance Model Act advanced by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo. That model would give the division more authority to regulate LTC sales and rates, says Kevin Beagan, director of the division’s rating bureau. He expects results of the study will be ready to present to legislators in October.
Among other points, the study will look at how many people have LTC insurance in Massachusetts, their age and average premium, according to Chris Goetcheus, a DOI spokesman. It will also scrutinize marketing practices and examine such policy features as benefit amounts, elimination periods, lapse rates and levels of home care vs. strictly nursing home coverage.
The survey, which expands on several earlier state surveys, will enable regulators to assess changes in the Massachusetts LTC insurance market after a law regulating individual policies became effective Jan. 1, 2001. That law requires LTC carriers to meet certain standards, such as sufficient disclosure about policy benefits.
That law did not apply to group plans, however, Goetcheus notes. A bill before the state legislature would expand DOI jurisdiction to cover plans sold through employers, unions and associations.
“We’d welcome that,” says Goetcheus.