The Net Worth Threshold to Forego Long-Term Care Insurance

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Why Consider Long-Term Care Insurance?

Long-term care (LTC) insurance protects your savings from the high care costs as you age. However, if you have a substantial net worth, you might wonder if it’s necessary. Knowing when you can comfortably skip LTC insurance without risking your financial security is crucial.

Key Factors to Consider

  1. Early Planning: Initiating LTC coverage before health issues arise is crucial. This foresight can significantly reduce costs and ensure better coverage options.
  2. Local Cost of Care: Understand the average cost of LTC in your area. Costs can vary greatly depending on location. Use an online cost calculator for a tailored estimate.
  3. Budgeting for Insurance and Care: Assess your financial capability for paying LTC insurance premiums and out-of-pocket care expenses. It’s about balancing insurance costs with potential care expenses.
  4. Getting Tailored Quotes: Consult with a licensed agent from a reputable firm like TAE. They can provide personalized quotes for various LTC products, aligning with your needs and budget.
  5. Customized Quote Design: Request your agent to tailor the quotes to balance the likely LTC needs in your area against what your budget permits. This customization ensures optimal coverage without overpaying.

Net Worth Consideration Table

Net Worth RangeLTC Insurance NeedReasoning
Under $300,000HighLimited resources to cover LTC costs; insurance offers protection against financial depletion.
$300,000 – $1 MillionModerate to LowPotential to cover some LTC costs but still at risk of significant financial impact.
Over $1 MillionLow to NoneSufficient funds to cover LTC without insurance, minimizing financial risk.


Whether to opt for LTC insurance depends on a balanced assessment of your net worth, local care costs, and personal financial planning. Those with higher net worth may find it feasible to skip LTC insurance, but it’s important to have a robust plan for potential care costs. Consulting with a licensed agent like those at TAE can provide clarity and customized solutions. Remember, the earlier you plan, the better prepared you’ll be. Contact us today for a free quote.

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Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Shawn Plummer is a licensed financial professional, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

The Annuity Expert is an independent online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. The goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning and find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates

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