Stephen A. Moses writes: Little annoys me more than when erroneous findings are reported as unanalyzed fact. The answer to the April 2009 Quiz Question in LTC e-Wire is a good example. (See the answer here.)
The 30% of long term care expenses paid “out of pocket” by individuals and families, as reported by Avalere (in the Quiz question answer), is totally misleading. It includes Social Security income (another government program) that Medicaid recipients have to contribute toward their cost of care. That’s roughly 13% of the entire cost of home care and nursing home care in the United States.
If out-of-pocket costs were really 30%, LTC insurance market penetration would be double what it is today. And to anticipate the critics who say Social Security income is owned by Medicaid recipients and is truly therefore out of pocket, I agree. That’s not the point.