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7/3/2014
This message comes partially from: Washington State Health Care Authority 

Our long-term care insurance carrier, John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), recently announced that this plan through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program will be closed to new applicants effective August 1, 2014. This is due to financial forecasts that no longer make it viable to offer.

If you wish to apply for this group long-term care insurance, call John Hancock at 1 800 399 7271 to request an enrollment kit. Applications must be postmarked by July 31, 2014, to be processed for coverage, so be sure to request the enrollment kit early to allow enough time for mailing, plus completing and returning the forms.

The decision to stop accepting new applications does not affect insured members who already have this coverage. John Hancock will continue to provide ongoing service to them under our group long-term care insurance policy.

Starting August 1, 2014, the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program will no longer offer a long-term care insurance benefit to new enrollees. At this time, we have no information about whether or when long-term care insurance may be available again.
 
You can find answers to some questions about this action in the Announcements section of the PEBB website. For questions on your group long-term care insurance, please call John Hancock Customer Services at 1-800-399-7271.

Long-term care insurance, not to be confused with Long-term Disability (LTD) insurance, policy covers care due to illness, accident, or the effects of aging. Services can include those provided at home, in a nursing home setting, and other types of facilities. LTD pays a monthly benefit of 60% of pre-disability earnings after the selected waiting period. For more information about either plan visit the PEBB website at http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Pages/morebenefits.aspx.  



 










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