Health Bills Nudge US on Long-Term Care Insurance

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHICAGO (AP) - A program tucked into health care overhaul legislation in Congress is aimed at "nudging" people into preparing for the future with a long-term care insurance program.

The program to cover assisted living expenses would be voluntary. But workers at participating companies would be automatically enrolled unless they opted out. Critics say workers would be "tricked into" enrolling.

People would see a deduction for the program from their paychecks - estimates range from $160 to $240 a month - unless they signed a form or clicked a box saying they wanted to keep the money.

The proposed program would help shift the financial burden of an aging population from Medicaid, now the largest funder of long-term care, to individuals.

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