RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To help consumers meet the increasing need and cost of long-term care, Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) today introduced MoneyGuard® III, the newest generation of its hybrid life/long-term care funding solution. MoneyGuard III, issued by The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, Fort Wayne, IN, offers new coverage and benefit options and provides greater financial flexibility to clients looking for ways to pay for future long-term care needs.
“Studies show that nearly half of consumers turning 65 will need some type of long-term care in the future1 and Lincoln MoneyGuard® III builds on a proven solution that can help prepare people for the realities of long-term care before they need it," said Mike Hamilton, VP, MoneyGuard Product Management. “Clients’ needs for long-term care vary so it is important for our solutions to be flexible to meet a range of situations.”
Building on the popular flexible payment options available with previous generations of MoneyGuard solutions, the newest product offers the opportunity to spread payments out over a longer period, potentially up to attained age 70, allowing clients to select premium payments that fit their needs and financial circumstances.
Long-term Care Planning Flexibility
MoneyGuard® III features several new benefits, bringing the total to 12 covered services to provide clients with more options and greater opportunities to customize their long-term care plans. The new benefits include:
- Transitional Care Assistance (TCA) Benefit: long-term care typically begins with family members and friends providing informal care, before care needs progress to a state where professional services are necessary. To help with this transition, the TCA benefit can be used during the first year of claim to pay those providing informal care $100 per day for up to 180 days, an important benefit when considering that family members and friends often take time out of work to care for loved ones as they age.
- Terminal Illness Rider provides for an acceleration of benefits if the insured becomes terminally ill, helping a client get care when they need it. The rider provides for a one-time claim for 25%-75% of the insured amount, up to $250,000.
In addition to new features, MoneyGuard® III offers enhanced return of premium options for clients. If a client’s situation changes, they are eligible for return of premium from the time of first premium payment.
“Enhancements available through Lincoln MoneyGuard® III are a direct result of Lincoln's unique industry knowledge and more than 30 years in the life/long-term care hybrid space,” said Bill Nash, SVP, MoneyGuard Distribution. “Many Americans do not plan accordingly and significantly underestimate the cost of long-term care services. We want to help provide them with a solution to protect their financial futures and assist them during an emotional time.”
Lincoln MoneyGuard III is a universal life insurance policy with an optional long-term care benefit rider that provides clients income tax-free benefits to reimburse their qualified long-term care costs. With MoneyGuard III, policy charges are guaranteed as long as clients pay their premiums as scheduled.
Policyholders also have access to Lincoln Concierge Care Coordination, a suite of tools and resources to proactively help clients and their families plan for formal and informal care options and to coordinate the type of care needed, to ensure all their wishes are met.
Lincoln MoneyGuard® III is immediately available through Lincoln’s national network of distribution partners (in states where approved; not available in New York). For more information on the product, visit the Lincoln Financial Group website.
About Lincoln MoneyGuard® III
Lincoln MoneyGuard® III, a universal life insurance policy with a long-term care benefits rider, is issued by The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, Fort Wayne, IN, on Policy Form ICC19-MG890 / MG890 with the following riders: Value Protection Endorsement, form ICC19END-10534 / END-10534; Terminal Illness Acceleration of Death Benefit Rider, form ICC19TIR-891 / TIR-891 and Long-Term Care Benefits Rider, on form ICC19LTCBR-890 / LTCBR-890.
The insurance policy and riders have limitations, exclusions and reductions. Long-term care benefit riders may not cover all costs associated with long-term care costs incurred by the insured during the coverage period. All contract provisions, including limitations and exclusions, should be carefully reviewed by the owner. For costs and complete coverage details, contact your agent or producer.
All guarantees and benefits of the insurance policy are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. They are not backed by the broker-dealer and/or insurance agency selling the policy or any affiliates of those entities other than the issuing company affiliates, and none makes any representations or guarantees regarding the claims-paying ability of the issuer. Product not available in New York.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower people to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates, including The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, Fort Wayne, IN, and Lincoln Life & Annuity Company of New York, Syracuse, NY. The company had $260 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2019. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, Lincoln was recognized by Forbes as one of the Best Large Employers, Best Employers for Diversity, and Best Employers for Women. Lincoln also earned perfect 100 percent scores on the Corporate Equality Index and the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at http://newsroom.lfg.com.
- Department of Health and Human Services, Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Americans: Risk and Financing, February 2016