Our very own Steve Serfass is featured in a new podcast episode of “Voices of LTCi” from The Helper Bees. In the episode, Steve talks with The Helper Bees CEO Char Hu about creating Faegre Drinker’s long-term care insurance (LTCi) practice and the importance of addressing the legal needs of the industry. He also discusses the path of his legal career and his hopes for the future of the LTCi industry.
Although the masks are for the most part behind us, the residual impacts and effects of COVID-19 will be felt by all for many years to come. In a webinar hosted this week by the Long Term Care Discussion Group, our colleague Sandy Jones (Partner, Philadelphia) discusses some of the considerations for long-term care insurance companies that have been caused by, exacerbated by or are attendant to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Long Term Care Discussion Group is an informal non-partisan networking group of long-term care (LTC) policy, provider, payer, academic and other stakeholders. Visit Faegre Drinker’s event page for more information.
In just over a week, members of Faegre Drinker’s LTCi team will attend the 2023 Intercompany Long Term Care Insurance Conference in Denver. We are proud to once again support ILTCI as a diamond-level sponsor of the conference and our team will be presenting on a number of panels throughout the Conference. We look forward to connecting with our colleagues and friends throughout the industry. Make sure to check out our team members on the following panels!
As long-term care insurance (LTCi) claims continue to climb, insurance carriers are also facing the increasing need for additional ways to manage their long-term care insurance (LTC) blocks and find health programs that best work for their policyholders. There are many factors that go into evaluating if an LTC health program is going to be beneficial. A new article, “Evaluating LTC Population Health Programs,” published in Long-Term Care News (February 2023) by the Society of Actuaries takes a closer look at two different methods to measure the impact of health programs.
Authors include Robert Eaton, Juliet Spector, Jeff Anderson, Joe Long, Brian Hartman and Missy Gordon.
A record $13.25 billion was paid out to policyholders by long-term care insurance companies in 2022, according to new numbers out last week from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). That is in comparison to $12.3 billion in 2021 and $11.6 billion in 2020. AALTCI says benefits were paid to about 345,000 policyholders last year, an increase from 336,000 claimants in 2021 and 325,000 in 2020. The reported amounts represent claims for those owning traditional, stand-alone long-term care insurance, according to AALTCI. The Association says LTCi benefits are “mostly paid to individuals receiving benefits for qualifying care in their own home or in an assisted living facility.” For more information on this and other AALTCI reports, visit the Association’s website.
On February 3, 2023, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri granted MetLife’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim in Collins et al v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. In granting MetLife’s motion to dismiss, the Court reinforced both the filed-rate doctrine and the requirement for plaintiffs to exhaust administrative remedies before turning to the judicial process.
The Plaintiffs in this case, who were citizens of Missouri and Illinois, brought suit against MetLife for recovery of premiums paid for inflation protection under long-term care insurance policies. Plaintiffs had purchased a “5% Automatic Compound Inflation Protection Rider” (Inflation Rider), which contained a clause stating that the insured’s benefit will “automatically increase each year with no corresponding increase in premiums.” Plaintiffs claimed that after purchasing this product, their annual base premiums doubled in amount, and thus alleged that MetLife made fraudulent misrepresentations and concealed material facts about the effect of the inflation Rider on their premiums.
Faegre Drinker held its fifth Long-Term Care Insurance Summit in Chicago this fall. The event kicked off on October 18 with an informal, fun, and engaging social get-together, while the overall format for the interactive meeting was selective, informative, and fast-moving. Carrol Golden, Executive Director of the Specialty Centers at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), shares a recap of the event.
The first day, Faegre Drinker Partner Steve Serfass shared welcome remarks and introduced Peter Lucas, CEO of Davies, and John Sieb, Business Head and COO – Long Term Care at Prudential and invited them to share their views about the most significant issues and opportunities facing the LTCi community today. Peter urged that while embracing new concepts and insights, the industry should not lose focus on the basics of good policy and claim administration, and he also addressed the importance of creating attractive career paths and opportunities for young and mid-level professionals while mentoring them to become the next generation of leaders. As he discussed the importance of proactive block management, John stressed three strategic pillars: data and analytics, digital TP and claims management.