Lincoln MoneyGuard Now Too Expensive
When you say Hybrid Long-Term Care Insurance, often times Lincoln MoneyGuard comes to mind. This is due to the fact that Lincoln’s MoneyGuard pioneered the Hybrid Long-Term Care Insurance Market.
Since its inception, agents like myself have recommended it due to its great features and reasonable pricing. However, in of April 2020 and again in June 2020, Lincoln Financial raised their rates on their MoneyGuard product.
Unfortunately, due to these recent price changes, MoneyGuard has now become one of the more expensive (if not the most expensive) Hybrid Long-Term Care insurance product.
Now today there are more Hybrid Long-Term Care Insurance options available. Some of them offer just as much value as MoneyGuard at a lower cost.
One of the better Hybrid LTC insurance options I can think of is Nationwide’s CareMatters II.
As of early 2020, CareMatters II has definitely picked up where Lincoln’s MoneyGuard has left off. This is due to its lower pricing and great features such as Cash Indemnity Benefits.
However, since we are discussing Lincoln’s MoneyGuard, it’s important that we first review how the product works. From there, it will be easier to understand why the product had such a great reputation and why pricing has made it a lot less attractive.
To skip to the product comparison of MoneyGuard & Nationwide’s CareMatters, you can click it in the Table of Contents below. Otherwise, here is what we will cover in this article:
How Does Lincoln MoneyGuard III Work?
Lincoln MoneyGuard III is a universal life insurance policy with a qualified long-term care insurance rider. This Hybrid Long-Term Care Life Insurance policy provides three benefits to you the insured:
- Long-term care coverage in the event you need long-term care services.
- A death benefit to your beneficiaries if you never need care &
- A return of premium if you ever change your mind
Using a portion of your savings, MoneyGuard III provides the added flexibility you need to plan for long-term care.
The policy works by first accelerating the policy’s death benefit. The death benefit is paid out as a living benefit to cover your qualified long-term care expenses.
Next, it offers a Long-Term Care Extension of Benefits Rider. This rider can extend your long-term care benefits once you’ve exhausted the death benefit.
With both the Acceleration of Death Benefit and the Extension of Benefits Rider, MoneyGuard III can provide up to 7 years of long-term care benefits & protection!
How Is Lincoln MoneyGuard III Funded?
MoneyGuard III can be funded using single or recurring premiums. It offers flexible premium payments in years 1-10 with the option to pay on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. Also, it offers a pay to age 70 option to individuals based on their age.
Examples of ways to fund your policy include:
- Portion of your savings
- Cash value from an existing life insurance via 1035 exchange
There is great flexibility in regards to premium payment options and ways to fund your policy.
What LTC Services Does Lincoln MoneyGuard III Cover?
Lincoln MoneyGuard III can cover multiple long-term care services. Services include:
- Adult Day Care
- Assisted Living
- Home Healthcare
- Hospice Care
- Nursing Home Care
With MoneyGuard III, you are able to select from a variety of care options. The policy also provides bed reservation benefits and international benefits as well.
How Does Lincoln MoneyGuard III Pay Claims?
Lincoln MoneyGuard III pays claims through reimbursement. Benefits are paid to you or to a long-term care facility for qualified long-term care expenses incurred. In order to receive benefit payments, you must submit your bills or receipts of long-term care expenses to the insurer.
Reimbursement of benefit payments help ensure that your benefits are not misused and are utilized for LTC services only.
How Can I Qualify for Lincoln MoneyGuard III ?
MoneyGuard III is available to individuals between the ages of 30-70. The application process for MoneyGuard III has streamlined underwriting with no medical exams or lab tests required.
Additionally, there are two rate classes: Standard & Couples Discount. A couples discount will apply based on your marital status at the time of issue only.
Key Features of Lincoln MoneyGuard III:
No Elimination Period
A key feature of MoneyGuard III is it has “No Elimination Period.”
Benefits are payable on the first day of care for eligible claims. This is great because an elimination period of 90 days is typically standard with long-term care insurance.
This is also a great feature as having no elimination period can lead to huge cost savings for you!
For example, the median daily cost of a private room in a nursing home is about $275 a day. If you had a 90-day elimination period, you may pay a total of almost $25,000 out-of-pocket expenses before you would receive benefits.
However, with MoneyGuard’s “No Elimination Period,” you would receive benefits from the first day of eligible long-term care services rendered!
Transitional Care Assistance Benefit
Lincoln MoneyGuard III offers a unique “Transitional Care Assistance Benefit.” This feature is designed to help you transition from informal care to formal care services.
Generally in the early stages of a long-term care event, a family member or relative may provide you with informal care. This is typically done freely by a family mermber out of love and concern for their loved one(s).
However, with the Transitional Care Assistance Benefit, MoneyGuard III will provide up to $100 a day for up to 180 days to pay your family member for the informal care they provided you.
This feature is only available in the first year of claims. However, this is a cash benefit that you can receive without having to submit any receipts of your long-term care expenses. All you need to do is fill out a simple form in order to receive it!
How Does Lincoln MoneyGuard III Compare to Other Products?
Now here is where things get interesting. So far in our review of MoneyGuard III, we see that it is definitely a valuable hybrid LTC insurance product. However, with the recent price changes, it has lost much of its attractiveness.
Nevertheless, MoneyGuard is competitive in 4 of the 5 following categories:
- Long-Term Care Benefits
- The Benefit Period – ✔
- Inflation Protection Options – ✔
- Elimination Period – ✔
- Premium Payment Options – ✔
(For a better understanding of each of those 5 categories, read our post “5 Things to Review In Every Hybrid Long-term Care Policy.“)
Based on our list, the only category that has now become questionable due to the recent price change is the Long-Term Care Benefits.
Therefore, the question we must ask for our comparison is, “How much will it cost me to get a certain amount of monthly LTC benefits?”
For our comparison we will compare Lincoln Financial’s MoneyGuard to Nationwide’s CareMatters. We will see how much it will cost to receive the same level of benefits from each carrier.
Also, we will use a 55 year old married female as our example.
Case Study: 55 yr. Old Married Female
Allyson is a 55 year old married female looking to protect herself from long-term care expenses if she ever needs care. She is in good health, does not smoke, and plans to retire in the state of Ohio.
She is looking for a policy that starts with $3,000 in monthly long-term care benefits for 7 years and a 3% compound interest inflation option to grow her benefits.
Let’s take a look at what each carrier will offer her.
Lincoln MoneyGuard III vs. Nationwide’s CareMatters
Lets see how much it costs to get $3,000 in initial monthly long-term care benefits with Lincoln MoneyGuard III:
Lincoln MoneyGuard III offers Allyson her 7 year – $3,000 monthly LTC benefit for a single premium deposit of $87,786.
This also comes with a 3% compound inflation option and no elimination period for all eligible claims. Once again, the “No Elimination Period” is a unique feature of MoneyGuard.
Nationwide’s CareMatters – Comparison
Now lets see how much it would cost Allyson to get $3,000 in initial monthly LTC benefits with Nationwide’s CareMatters.
For a single premium deposit of $73,265, Nationwide’s CareMatters can offer Allyson her 7 year – $3,000 initial monthly LTC benefits.
This is $14,500 less in premium than Lincoln MoneyGuard for exactly the same level of coverage!
In addition, Nationwide’s CareMatters is a Cash Indemnity policy.
This means a monthly check, according to your policy benefits, will be paid directly to the policyowner regardless of actual long-term care expenses incurred!
There is no need to submit bills or receipts of your care with a Cash Indemnity! This gives you added flexibility to use your long-term care benefits however you’d like!
While MoneyGuard does have “No Elimination Period,” CareMatters has a feature of its own. Nationwide’s CareMatters will pay you retroactive monthly LTC benefits once the elimination period is satisfied.
Nationwide’s CareMatters is clearly the better option for Allyson!
Therefore, what can we conclude from all of this regarding Lincoln MoneyGuard III?
Conclusion- Lincoln MoneyGuard III Is No Longer Competitive
While Lincoln’s MoneyGuard may have pioneered the Hybrid Long-Term Care Insurance market, it now pales in comparison to Nationwide’s CareMatters II due to its exorbitant prices.
The price changes that occurred last year have practically made Lincoln MoneyGuard III no longer worth considering.
Though its good reputation preceded it for a long time (and rightfully so), my honest suggestion would be if you’re considering MoneyGuard, you should look elsewhere – particularly to Nationwide’s CareMatters.
Nationwide’s CareMatters provides valuable long-term care benefits and features for a much lower price.
The cost of Lincoln Financial’s MoneyGuard III outweighs its benefits. Hopefully things change in the future as this was a good product to have as an option.
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