Uneasy About the Unseen Elephant in the Room? Relax and Take a Peek, Advises Long-Term Care Agent Denise GottJanuary 28, 2020
Lakewood, OH January 29, 2020 — "Long-term care (LTC) has become a presidential campaign issue," observes Denise Gott, OH-based agent with ACSIA Partners LLC.
Candidate Amy Klobuchar has been talking about it persistently on the campaign trail, referring to it as "the elephant that doesn’t even fit in this room," Gott says.
As you undoubtedly know, the phrase "elephant in the room" means a problem or issue that everyone knows exists, but is so big people shy away from talking about it. "It’s just too uncomfortable," says Gott, "so they turn their attention to other things."
That’s a mistake, of course, and if you’re guilty of it; "don’t beat yourself up," says Gott,
"You’re only human, and you’ve got lots of company. So just take a tiny first step toward confrontation. Start by just turning around and taking a quick peek at it."
The Klobuchar family took a peek at their personal elephant years ago; and today, Amy’s dad is receiving benefits from his long-term care insurance policy. "That may explain why the care issue is so important to Amy," says Gott.
From a public policy perspective, Klobuchar frames the LTC issue this way: "We have to do something about long-term care. It’s not just for seniors. It’s also for the sandwich generation — the people trying to help their parents.”
Better support from Washington could help. "But don’t wait for legislation," advises Gott, "right now you can at least take a quick peek at your own personal elephant."
As a certified long-term care insurance agent, Gott helps families and businesses find the right policy for their situation. He also advises on other planning options, which include:
- "Hybrid" policies (typically life insurance with long-term care riders)
- Worksite long-term care (individual voluntary plans with group advantages)
- Annuities with tax-advantaged long-term care features
- Critical illness insurance
- Additional protections including long-term care education and referrals to care services
With a little knowledge, you may breathe easier knowing your elephant isn’t a monster after all.
Gott may be reached at http://ltcdenise.com or 440-223-5705.