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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Diabetics Without Long-term Insurance

In today's world when we are living longer than ever before, there will come a time as we get older when we will not be able to pay for health insurance premiums. However, we are still going to need a way to pay for our care. This is especially true for diabetics. Diabetics can live a long healthy lifestyle, but when you're 85 years old, you and your spouse may not be in a good position to afford your insurance needs.

Many elderly people use Medicare these days. Unfortunately, Medicare does not offer coverage for long-term expenses. On the other hand, there is Medicaid which does offer coverage on long-term health care but it does not have everything that you will need. This is why it is important to consider purchasing extra long-term insurance. You may not be able to afford it but if you can it will help immensely, and at the time you need it.

This article is not meant to be the bearer of bad news for those of you who are diabetics and do not make enough money to pay for future health costs, but the truth is that most people who cannot afford the extra health care, will have their entire savings eaten up by years and years of paying for the premiums of health insurance. Far too many times the elderly come to the point in their lives when they must drop the premium just before they really needed to use it.

Diabetics face another serious problem when it comes to obtaining health care insurance. That problem is being turned down by most companies that sell long-term insurance. Unfortunately, they will not provide coverage for you if you have an existing disease such as diabetes. There are many cases, however, where working men and women who have diabetes are able to get into a large group coverage plan where there particular sickness is not a factor.

For those of you who are shopping around for long-term insurance companies, below are several questions that you will want to ask before making a decision:

1. First and foremost, ask the company how much of the care expenses will the insurance pay for?

2. Ask them what their “benefit triggers” are. Benefit triggers are physical limitations that initiate your coverage.

3. Find out what levels of care are provided by the policy.

4. Ask the company if the policy is guaranteed to be renewed so that you're able to renew it regardless of whether you use it or not.

5. Find out if a waiver of premiums comes with the policy to ensure that you do not have to pay these premiums in case you become disabled.

Sometimes the best offense against diabetes is a good defense

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