There are basically four ways of paying for long-term care services:

  1. Pay for it yourself
  2. Medicaid – A joint federal-state program for the indigent. Generally pays only in a traditional nursing home. Becoming increasingly difficult to qualify for by way of artificial impoverishment. Generally not desirable due to restrictions on choice and control.
  3. Medicare / Medicare Supplements – Very limited for LTC, pays 100 days at best
  4. Long-Term Care Insurance