An arm of New York Life Insurance Company has introduced a universal life insurance policy aimed at the long-term care planning market.

New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corp., has designed the product, the New York Life Asset Flex policy, for sale solely in conjunction with an Accelerated Death Benefit for Long-Term Care Rider.

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The company sent out a press release to announce the product Tuesday. The release includes quotes from Mohammad Reza, a corporate vice president at New York Life, and from Aaron Ball, a vice president at the company.

Ball said in a statement in the release that the company still offers stand-alone long-term care insurance as well as the new linked-benefit product.

“We are the only insurer offering this mix of LTC planning products, reinforcing our commitment to meeting the long-term care needs of consumers,” Ball said.

Policy Features

The policy will pay the beneficiaries of an insured who uses no long-term care services an ordinary death benefit.

If the insured does use long-term care, the rider will provide an additional pool of long-term care benefits.

A consumer can buy either a single-premium version of the policy or a version set up so that the purchaser pays the premiums either over five years or 10 years.

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For a 60-year-old single-premium policy purchaser, the death benefit would be equal to about 1.5 times the premium amount. The maximum amount of long-term care benefits would amount to 4.6 times the premium amount, according to New York Life.

Filing Details

Insurance regulators in the District of Columbia have included New York Life filings for the new product in their product filing database.

The company has filed filings in the Individual Life — Flexible Premium Adjustable Life category for the underlying life policy, and in the Individual Long Term Care — Nursing Home and Home Health Care category for the long-term care rider.

The filings show that, in the District of Columbia, the current guaranteed minimum crediting rate for the policy is 2%.

The company is starting by offering a purchaser a choice between a 24-moth long-term care benefit duration period or a 36-month period.

A purchaser can also buy an optional Extension of Benefits for Long-Term Care rider. The current benefit period extension options are 24 months and 48 months.

An insured can qualify for the long-term care rider benefits if the insured suffers from severe cognitive impairment, or is unable to perform two activities of daily living without substantial assistance from someone else.

The insured can use the rider benefits to:

  • Pay for formal care in a nursing facility, assisted living facility or hospice in the United States.

  • Pay for home health care or adult daycare services in the United States.

  • Pay for some long-term care services outside the United States. (The cap on benefits for non-U.S. long-term care services is three times the monthly rider benefit.)

  • Pay a family caregiver or other informal caregiver at a rate equal to half of the ordinary rider benefit rate.

  • Provide up to 30 days of respite care per year for an informal caregiver.

An appendix explains the morbidity assumptions used to create the long-term care rider.

The sample policy would have 39 cents of first-year expenses per $1,000 of face amount, and $223.29 in renewal-year expenses per policy.

Commissions would be 4.5% for a single-premium policy, 5% for a 5-pay policy and 5.5% for a 10-pay policy.

Underwriting expense would be about $300 for an applicant ages 30 to 65 who was a standard risk, and about $600 for an applicant ages 30 to 75 who was a substandard risk.

The actuaries assume 2% of the purchasers would let a policy lapse in the first year, and that the maximum lapse rate in a year would be 4.3%, in the third policy year.

In an analysis of distribution assumptions, the actuaries suggest that 66% of the insureds would be women, and that 7.8% would be in the substandard risk category.

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