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What Are The Benefit Triggers?

The term usually used to describe the way insurance companies decide when to pay benefits is "Benefit Triggers". Criteria used to evaluate when you are eligible for benefits, and the conditions you must meet to receive benefits. This is an important part of a long term care insurance policy.

Types of Benefit Triggers

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): The inability to do activities of daily living is the most common way insurance companies decide when you are eligible for benefits. They are:

  • Bathing
  • Continence
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Transferring

Typically, a policy pays benefits when you can't do a certain number of the ADLs, such as two of six or three of six. The greater the number of ADLs required, the harder it will be to become eligible. Tax-Qualified policies are required to use the inability to perform two of the six ADLs as a benefit trigger.

Cognitive Impairment: Most long-term care policies also pay benefits for "cognitive impairment". Coverage of cognitive impairment is especially important if you develop Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. If your policy only uses ADLs as a trigger, it may not pay benefits if you have Alzheimer's disease because you may still be able perform your ADLs on your own.

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