Long-Term Care Insurance and Heart Valve Replacement

by Mar 24, 2019Health Conditions

Long-term care insurance and heart valve replacement may not seem like they go together. Shopping for a long-term care insurance policy may seem confusing especially if you have had a heart valve replacement. Getting long-term care insurance with a heart valve replacement is possible if you work with a long-term care insurance specialist that will help you shop for a policy. 

Can I qualify for long-term care insurance if I have had a heart valve replacement?

If you have had a heart valve replacement you can probably qualify for long-term care coverage. Every insurance company has different criteria to determine who they can insure. It’s important to work with an experienced, independent agent who is familiar with the four main types of long-term care coverage. An independent, long-term care specialist can recommend the perfect policy for you based upon your health history.

Which type of long-term care policy should I buy if I have had heart valve replacement?

There are four main types of long-term care coverage: traditional long-term care insurance, long-term care partnership programs, life insurance with long-term care riders, and annuities with long-term care riders. Which type of long-term care policy is best for someone with a heart valve replacement depends a lot upon other health conditions you may have. We’ve had clients with a heart valve replacement approved for all four types of long-term care coverage. Click here to try our proprietary “Policy Finder” tool (no phone required). It will give you an instant ranking of the four types of policies based upon your answers to a few short questions.

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Will I pay more for long-term care insurance if I have a heart valve replacement?

Every long-term care insurance company is different. Some long-term care insurers may charge applicants 20% more for heart valve replacement. Other insurers may charge applicants 50% more for heart valve replacement. That’s why it’s important to work with an long-term care insurance professional who can help you shop around and compare several different policies. 

Can I qualify for long-term care insurance if a genetic test shows I may develop the need for a heart valve replacement?

We always advise our clients to apply for long-term care insurance before they get genetic testing. If you have a genetic test that shows you could develop the need for a heart valve replacement, you will probably still be able to qualify for long-term care insurance. To make sure, click here to schedule a 15-minute conversation with one of our long-term care insurance specialists (no obligation). 

If I have a heart valve replacement, will I have to take a physical in order to qualify for long-term care insurance?

Some long-term care insurers do not require a physical if you have a heart valve replacement. Most long-term care insurance companies will review your medical records in order to determine if they can insure you. Ask your long-term care insurance specialist what underwriting criteria each company will use before deciding which long-term care insurance policy is best for you.

Can I qualify for long-term care insurance if I’ve already applied for and been denied coverage due to a heart valve replacement?

Long-term care insurance specialists have less than 20% of their applicants declined. Insurance “generalists” have about 50% of their long-term care insurance applications declined. With over 25 years of experience, we can pinpoint exactly which company (and which type of policy) you’ll be able to qualify for. We have about an 80% success rate in helping our clients get approved even if they were previously declined due to a heart valve replacement.

If you have a heart valve replacement, a long-term care insurance specialist will ask you the following questions to determine if you can qualify for a long-term care insurance policy and calculate your premium:

When did you have your heart valve replacement?

Have you used any tobacco in the last 5 years?

What prescriptions have you taken in the last year for any reason?

Have you ever had a stroke or mini-stroke?

Do you have carotid artery disease?

Do you have any type of diabetes?

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