S.C. Cuts Long-Term Nursing-Home Coverage
|By Adam Beam, The State (Columbia, S.C.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The change does not affect the 11,000 people who currently have the insurance. And anyone who signs up for the insurance before June would keep it. But after
Prudential, the state's provider for long-term care insurance, is not offering the coverage anymore. State officials said they could not find another insurance company that would provide the coverage.
"I'm not happy about it," said
The state's long-term care insurance is a voluntary program, meaning employees paid 100 percent of the premiums and taxpayers paid zero. But the insurance is expensive, and state workers got a group discount. That discount will stop after June.
About 11,000 individuals had signed up for the coverage out of about 450,000 people under the state health plan.
Consultants for the
"I don't believe this will be an unmet need for long," he said.
Reach Beam at (803) 386-7038.
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