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Just got notice our Long Term Care insurance premiums are rising 15% over next 3 years (5% each year) and there is NOTHING we can do about it (except change to lower coverage at lower premiums). What a "bait and switch"!! Entice with reasonable rates and premiums & now that we are 6 years into paying premiums (significant investment), they gouge us with ridiculous increases and we are stuck! Plus they can and likely will increase our premiums again & again!!
Their explanation was a simple sentence that said the increase was due to "people living longer". While this explanation might make sense if I had purchased lifetime medical coverage, but my LT Care benefits are defined and capped, so whether I live to be 70 or 90, other than the inflation provision, my benefits are still capped. However, if I live longer, they'll actually benefit by getting added years of premium payments from me. With this policy, if we are living longer, I would think our rates should decrease since they will get more premiums for the same capped benefit!
Obviously, the cost of my insurance is NOT increasing to John Hancock, they are just including us in their need/desire to raise added money to cover other areas within their company. I am hoping that someone starts a class action suit against these increases, as I will definitely JUMP IN!!! Warning... when dealing with insurance companies (all types of insurance and annuities) definitely read and ensure the policy specifically states that the premiums can NOT change and they can NOT change/decrease any of the provisions or benefits (our agent said that increases were not likely as this was a defined and capped program).
Unfortunately, I don't think you will find this... so AVOID these policies that allow them to increase your rates at will, or you WILL be sorry!! They will definitely increase your rates & there is nothing you can do! I sure hope the benefits are there when/if we need them, since we are now paying a small fortune for a policy we may not even use.
When I was sixty years old I took out my Long-Term Care Insurance with John Hancock. The effective date was May 03, 2002. John Hancock placed the policy with Fortis Long Term Care which was administered by John Hancock at that time. The Automatic Benefit increase was 5% Simple. Total Premium at that time was $3,423.32. I was told there would be no premium increases and all the other untruths that so many people are now aware of.
Over the years things did change a lot. The inflation rate kept being lowered in order to keep the same Premium Rate or you were offered a higher rate to keep a 5% Simple. Fortis dropped out of the picture and now it is Union Security Insurance Company. Things got really horrid on their last letter filled with more deception (February 27th, 2017). Now the inflation rate to keep your Premium Rate is 0.5% Simple. Or pay almost $7,000.00 dollars a year for 2.4% Simple Inflation.
There is still the chance of further increases no matter what you pay. This was a brilliant premeditated LONG-TERM CARE FRAUD well thought out a long time ago. The end result would be the policy would become worthless based on the fact of their constant reductions and inflation rates in Nursing Homes. They say it is not a discriminatory policy increase. Baloney. They know the ages of every single group of policyholders. I am waiting for the Class Action Suit. For now my choice is to take the lower 0.5% Simple just to have some coverage. I have NEVER had a claim in these 16 years and I pray I never do. All I can say is I hope some brave Law Firm beats their brains in.
John Hancock helped my family when we were in need through my dad's long term care policy with them. We moved him into an assisted living facility in April 2016, filed the claim with John Hancock, and it was approved in a timely manner. They sent a nurse out to talk to my dad and did a much more thorough investigation than another insurance company that he had a long term care policy with. They also always paid what they said they would and were very professional. I highly recommend them!
John Hancock LTC Insurance is one of the biggest scams out there. Please avoid at all costs in that it will only succeed in depleting your cash savings. They are great in accepting premiums but when claims against the policy are filed they give nothing but the runaround. We filed a claim on behalf of my mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease. They sent a nurse (debatable) to examine my mother and after 20 minutes of testing determined that she was fine. Not sure what the test were that she was given but this diagnosis was completely ludicrous.
My mom doesn't know what day it is, what medications she is on, when to take her medication even when put out in front of her. Will not eat unless meals are prepared for her. She has very little sense of rational thinking. John Hancock continues to delay, delay, delay its ruling until they notify us that we must re-submit another claim because time has run out. This has been going on for about a year. What a rip-off organization.
Always helpful when I call in to talk with a representative. My questions were answered promptly and they give me what I need to feel secure and confident about the future. If I had to go with another provider I am not sure I could get the same coverage at the price. Also, the coverage is great. They provide a great value at an affordable price. I can't say the same for some of the other providers I have used in the past.
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The agents are very knowledgeable and friendly. They are eager to assist and always willing to go the extra mile to help and make sure that all questions have been answered. They provide a wide range of coverage and plans, making it easy to choose which best fits your personal budget, needs and goals. I'm happy to have the knowledge and ability to know that no matter what happens I am secure and am able to face whatever comes at me ahead in my life. It makes me feel comforted that my family has the security of knowing that if anything happens that they are not going to adversely affected and that security is worth the world to me.
They have the best customer service anywhere. They are very knowledgeable nice, and try to help you any way they possibly can. Very willing to answers all questions. They also explain every possible scenario with you, and always asking if you want certain things you don't think of at the time. We went over several different policies and the people were always patient when I didn't understand each policy and new things I've never heard of. I have the best coverage they offer, and the value is excellent. Wouldn't want to deal with anybody else. Money is not easy to come by and they realize and care about you and finances.
The customer service has been satisfactory and well worth the money. Friendly employees and very helpful when I've needed to talk to them. They have a Good range of policy options used to meet many wide ranges of people and options. They are tailored to meet the needs of the one applying. My long term care coverage is great and covers a lot. It meets my needs and I'm often updated on new options to add to my coverage as they appear. It is well worth what I pay since it covers a lot as compared to other company's values side by side.
Rates were never supposed to have gone up, but they have gone up. Communication has been only one way - from company by letter. They had a number of choices and I did find one choice that was acceptable to me. Coverage choices included a yearly inflation increase that was supposed to be included in the cost. They just offered me the choice to pay more to maintain the 5 percent annual inflation I had or to accept a 3.5 percent inflation rate increase every year at the same price I have been paying. The most value is peace of mind, since long-term care can be very expensive. My mother paid $3,500 a month to stay in an assisted living facility that is not covered by medicare or health insurance.
The customer service at this company is very good. They help you with all your needs and answer whatever questions you and your family may have. It is a great company to be there for you and your family when you need them most. This company had the best policies and the best coverage. They help you through the processes of policy options and gives you more options than you can ever imagine. They protect you from everything and is there to answer whatever questions you may have or not have. You may choose from a variety of things, and they help you through the process of choosing what products are right and wrong for you. The value is very cool and so worth it.
John Hancock is a reliable corporation that has excellent customer service. There are many ways to contact their company where the staff will treat you well and answer your questions. There is no question too small. Many options allow you to customize your policy to suit your insurance needs. From low to high end. The long-term care insurance coverage allow peace of mind so that you or your loved ones do not have to worry if and when your health declines. It was an excellent decision to get covered. Price for long-term coverage is high so to get it lowered through insurance is a great relief when the time comes. It's cheaper than the hospital or hospice care. That is for sure.
I was pleased with our customer service representative. They were very clear and concise and helped us with a concern we had. We were very happy with all the policy options we were given in our long term life insurance policy. We felt we would be adequately covered by the coverage of our long term life insurance policy. Our family would feel comfortable and will be helped out by our policy also so we feel satisfied. It was not the cheapest policy but we will pay more for quality so it was satisfactory. We will always pay more as long as we are happy about the service we are getting.
Customer service was fast, competent, efficient, friendly. No waiting just good service quality. Responsive, awesome. Could not ask for a better company's employees. Wish had policies where you could borrow for colleges or a new car for graduation but still a good life insurance company. Nice affordable price. Good quality rates that don't go up. At 10 dollars a week is a great family rate with 100 thousand on me, fifty thousand on wife and thirty on my child. Is a wonderful deal for the price. A wonderful long term insurance and well enough to take care of my family no matter the circumstances. Quality at its finest. A really great deal for the price and I am well pleased with the quality of this great company.
Getting a hold of the company to set up my policy was excellent. I immediately got a live person after one menu option. They had a very large amount of policy options and were able to cater the policies directly to us. No matter who you are, they could create a great policy for you and not have to empty your wallet. They have a really great coverage plan. Once they go over everything with you while you are setting up the policy, you can really see how far the coverage spreads out. We got a really great deal with the policy that we selected, and it is a very comprehensive one as well.
The only difference between all of the 1-star reviews is the amount of money we've lost to these bloodsuckers (I've thrown $23,000 down the John Hancock toilet). Why doesn't the insurance commissioner monitor this obviously fraudulent actor? I suspect it's because they are in bed with the insurance companies. So what else is new? The concept of "consumer protection" no longer exists. It's just a fairy tale we have all been brought up with... this "great nation" is now officially a sewer.
Customer service was pleasant to work with, very reliable and reasonably quick. My husband used them for a claim at work and found them very helpful which was good. He likes things done fast so he was very satisfied. Their long-term care coverage and policy options are very reasonable so my husband was very happy with that and he is a hard man to make happy. Their value is also very good for my husband to still keep it cause he's a penny pincher so value is one thing that has to be a great thing for him.
Please find enclosed in your form envelope 145-362 (rev 1/11). A void check which you request, Also find includes a void deposit slip, which I sent via fax to show the deposit slip, has the exact same information as the canceled check. The point being, that when I talked to one of your support staff last week, I was informed that a deposit slip was acceptable, which leads me to believe that your support unit is not knowledgeable about your procedures. I spent several hours dealing with your robotic phone system trying to get thru to a human only to be put on hold several time and transferred to different department only to get a nebulous answer that turned out to be worthless, and a complete wast of my time, when all I wanted was to transfer banking accounts, from one already set up to a new one.
Fact of the matter is, I am very disappointed in your company. Well really upset is more like it. In fact if I could cancel my long term care insurance policy without losing all the money I have put into premiums, I would do just that. If the agent that sold me the LTC policy had given me more information about the plan, and the fact there is no fundamental or intrinsic value to the policy and I would never be able to get the premiums back, I never would have purchased the policy and thrown 15,000 dollar worth of premiums down the toilet. Especially when I get notices years later that my premium rate has been raised and the benefits have been decreased to the point that the amount of time I would be covered and the amount of assistance I will receive is basically worthless considering the restriction put in place for what you will and will not cover.
A 90 year old insured with John Hancock has had multiple claims that apparently are denied. The insured has not received any explanation of benefits from John Hancock. A customer service rep is relaying the message when I called them. Initially we were told the providers were not their approved providers but they allowed us to apply to be approved; we were told later that they had approved the provider but two months later tell us that the provider was not approved. They lied, misled, deceived this insured. Does this website investigate issues or is this just a sounding board?
As most of the reviews I read indicate, JH long term care is difficult at best to deal with in a time of need. And yes, I also feel the same and I am a policy holder. We have endured price increases as others, and believe the selling agent (20 years ago) blatantly lied to us about the policy coverage, no price increases, etc. I am going to contact our state insurance division to see how many complaints have filed against JH before I need to file a claim in the future. At least now I know I'm not the only one with really negative feelings. Unfortunately most of the others were in immediate need of coverage. I'm going to compile every single piece of information, correspondence I have ever received from them and a copy of all payments I have made over the years to them. Maybe I will be prepared. It would great to know if anyone ever heard back from JH!
I'm 52 years old and been paying into LTC for 14 years. I just received another premium rate increase. I started LTC at an early age -- age 38 -- so that I would have a lower premium for life. Since enrolled, I have several price increases and a policy change. I'm not happy. I wish that I could get my money back; I feel as if I have been taken. I may have to drop the policy and lose my money. It is getting too expensive. John Hancock should be audited and sued. I was under the impression at 38 that my premium would stay low because I started the policy at a young age. Wrong! I am so piqued at this scam.
I have been paying into the LTC program for 12 years (about 32,000). A few years ago I had to drop the inflation coverage to 4% to keep the premium the same. NOW to keep my policy the same... they raised the rate to 566.00 a month from 250.00 a month. It feels like I am getting robbed. My premiums went up over two time what they were last years... Beware OPM and John Hancock's long term care policies. Perhaps... there is an agency who can look into this... It sure sounds like a fraudulent move. By the way, OPM had to approve the increase.
Long-term health insurance payments are fully eligible for Health Savings Account (HSA) payments. John Hancock does not accept HSA debit or credit card payments, but will only accept checks. No HSA accounts that I've found issue checks. All HSA accounts that I've found only issue cards for payment. So essentially John Hancock refuses to accept HSA payments. I believe this little conundrum is their way of refusing to accept HSA account payments for long-term insurance.
My 86-year-old father has been paying premiums for over 20 years. Last fall, at his doctor's instruction, he moved into a nursing home and later, into an assisted living facility. (The local assisted living facility did not have space available initially.) After the 90-day exclusion period, I applied for benefits. It was like pulling teeth. John Hancock sent a nurse out to evaluate Dad, but the focus was clearly on physical abilities, not cognitive abilities. The claim was denied. After my mother passed away, my dad moved into a different assisted living facility that had more experience dealing with long-term care carriers, and they provided more documentation to support the claim. I filed my own complaint with the state insurance commissioner. Shortly thereafter, the claim was approved, and we have received payments since.
Dealing with the customer service is frustrating and extremely time-consuming. The representatives are very friendly, but the information provided is inconsistent and often just wrong. I was told many times that there would be a decision on the claim by a certain date. When I called on that date, I was told something completely different. If you were persistent in dealing with these folks, I think it would be quite easy to just give up. After going through this process with my father, I am disinclined to look into long-term care coverage for myself. The policy covers only about half of the cost of his assisted living facility, and it lasts for only three years. It certainly helps pay the bills, but it is not The Answer to ensuring a comfortable existence during old age.
Always helpful when I call in to talk with a representative. My questions were answered promptly and they make sure you get what you need. They give me what I need to feel secure and confident about the future. If I had to go with another provider I am not sure I could get the same coverage at the price. The coverage is great. I no longer have to worry about the future because all my needs will be met. I'm a happy panda bear. Hear me rawr. They provide a great value at an affordable price. I can't say the same for some of the other providers I have used in the past.
The customer service has been satisfactory and well worth the money. Friendly employees and very helpful when I've needed to talk to them. They have a good range of policy options uses to meet many wide ranges of people and options. They are tailored to meet the needs of the one applying. My long term care coverage is great and covers a lot. It meets my needs and I'm often updated on new options to add to my coverage as they appear. The value of my coverage is well worth what I pay since it covers a lot of low coverage and was compared to other company's values side by side.
Applying for long term care insurance is a nightmare with John Hancock. They denied both myself & my husband, yet issued a fictitious, worthless policy to one of us & drafted our bank account for it. They say they will refund our money. We'll see about that. Their underwriting department is evidently grossly inept. They denied me for a disease I have never suffered in my entire life. It was like pulling teeth, to get their denial letter only to find the reason I was denied was because of a disease I never suffered. They gave me a chance to challenge their decision via corrected health information from my doctor. I declined to go any further in the process. It was a long, tedious and totally frustrating experience. I would never buy any product from them. If I had this much trouble applying for the product, imagine how many problems I would encounter in ever submitting a claim!
The agents are very knowledgeable and friendly. They are eager to assist and always willing to go the extra mile to help and make sure that all questions have been answered. They provide a wide range of coverage and plans which make it easy to choose the plan which best fits your personal budget and goals and ensure that you get the best plan for your needs. I'm happy to have the knowledge and ability to know that no matter what happens I am secure and am able to face whatever comes at me ahead in my life. It makes me feel comforted that my family has the security of knowing that if anything happens that they are not going to adversely affected and that security is worth the world to me.
The customer service was good. They were helpful mostly. The customer service wait time was reasonable and they were patient with me and tried to answer all of my questions. The policy options were plentiful and reasonable. I looked and found things that I needed and looked for. I am satisfied with the policy options that were given to me. I am satisfied with the long term care insurance coverage given to me. The long term care insurance coverage covers what I need for a reasonable price. The perceived value is satisfactory for me. The coverage of the insurance is good and the price I pay for it seems worthwhile for what it costs.
John Hancock now pays for home care and the issue is resolved.
I have been paying for John Hancock LTC since 1989, as a benefit of working for IBM. My wife has had Alzheimer's since about 2000 but did not qualify for LTC Home assistance until 2015 when a full psych eval, in 2014, demonstrated, conclusively, that she could no longer perform the ordinary functions of daily living. I applied for reimbursement from John Hancock and got a large packet of information, much of it arcane. I had found a caregiver (Thanski) and had to have her apply for certification for John Hancock and they insisted I have a Registered Nurse supervise her.
Thanski was philosophically ideal and skilled for the job and has a Masters in this and like fields, but not medicine. I am a Native American, Lakotan, and live a traditional life within the bounds of suburban society, I expect my wife to be treated as our people would treat her. After arguing and being given specious reasons for not covering my wife, I applied to the Oregon Department of Consumers' Affairs, Insurance Division. This got the reimbursement to start and it has continued and is paying, direct deposit, now.
The Oregon website on caregivers has a section on caregiving for Native Americans and this was of great use in making our case. We expect something unique to our culture and this is explained there. Further, a member of the government staff made getting John Hancock to pay her crusade and she was very effective. John Hancock referred to her, in their contacts with me as being just super to work with, and to make my case. She had the power to recommend that John Hancock not be allowed to do business in Oregon, if that was needed.
Finally, I told John Hancock that I assumed, when I got the policy, that I could direct the LTC as our people see that sort of thing, not in any arbitrary way John Hancock wished to direct. If they would not honor this, then they owed me all the years of payments I made at the average 12% per year compounded because we had not, without a meeting of minds, entered into a contract. This is what I was faced with; this is what it took and this is how I now get reimbursement for Thanski as she works with my wife. Thanski is very effective and her program is extremely effective. We no longer have arguments with John Hancock and all is well.
Purchased our long term care insurance several years ago. So far we have paid over $20000 premiums. When we purchased the insurance we were told it would never go up, never told of the monthly limitations & we were not told of the first 90 days not being covered. The premiums have gone up drastically so we are dropping the policy because it probably will keep going up. The company is horrible!
Matthew BrodskyInsurance Contributing Editor
Matthew Brodsky is an established expert on insurance, having written hundreds of articles and other pieces of content on the subject, interviewed countless practitioners, and attended dozens of conferences and events. He served as an editor at industry magazine Risk & Insurance for six years.
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