Northwestern Mutual is one of the few remaining companies that still offer traditional long-term care insurance. The fact that Northwestern is a mutual company means that that earned dividends could potentially reduce your premiums.
Northwestern Mutual, as well as every other traditional long-term care insurance company, finds it necessary to increase premiums by a lot on their LTC policies, so that they can stop hemorrhaging money on them. All of this means that current holders of long-term care insurance have several, not-very-agreeable options.
- Pay the increased premiums and keep the policy as written
- Reduce your level of coverage and pay the same amount
- Contingent non-forfeiture: this allows you to keep some long-term care insurance, equal to the amount of premiums you’ve already paid.
If you are not a current holder of a policy, the new rates are built in, although they can (and probably will) still increase. Northwestern Mutual doesn’t offer hybrid long-term care insurance policy, which has become more and more popular thanks to its combined benefits of a permanent life insurance policy with a long-term care policy. Here are the best hybrid long-term care insurance companies for your consideration.
Let’s take a look at Northwestern Mutual’s long term care option.
Northwestern Mutual’s Quiet Care Long-Term Care
Northwestern Mutual’s LTC is called Quiet Care. This policy pays benefits on a monthly basis, and you can choose anywhere from $1500 a month to $12,000 a month in benefits, in $100 increments.
The elimination period is either:
- 6 weeks
- 12 weeks
- 25 weeks
- 52 weeks
The benefit period is either 6 years (72 months) or three years (36 months). The amount of monthly benefit you choose multiplied by the benefit period is your total benefit amount, So, if you choose a monthly benefit of $2000 and a three year benefit period, your total benefit amount is $72,000.
There are a number of riders available:
- Waiver of premium
- Survivorship benefit
- Return of premium
There are no shared spousal benefits, however, which is a huge drawback.
In order to purchase Northwestern Mutual LTC insurance, you’ll have to call and speak to an agent. There is not a lot of information on the website, because they want you to call. There is also no way to secure a quote, so we can’t tell how much Northwestern’s LTC insurance is, but we would be on the expensive side. Inflation options are either 3,4, or 5%. There is no international coverage with this policy, which is important if you’re planning on retiring to a country outside the U.S.
Like most LTC policies, coverage begins when the policy holder has trouble with two out of six activities of daily living. It can also kick in if you have a cognitive impairment, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Here are also the best traditional long-term care insurance companies.
Consumer Complaints Ratings of Northwestern Mutual Long-Term Care Insurance
As far as life insurance goes, Northwestern scores the highest of any company on J.D. Power’s Life Insurance Study for 2019. They scored 810 out of 1,000 points. LTC insurance and life insurance are not the same thing, but you would think the same customer service that fuels the life insurance part of the company is also apparent in the LTC division.
The BBB gives Northwestern Mutual an A+ rating, although they are not accredited. There are 16 total complaints over the past three years, and four reviews. Three of the reviews give one star and the remaining one gives Northwestern Mutual three stars. It should be noted that none of these complaints concern long-term care insurance specifically.
Financial Strength Rating of Northwestern Mutual Long-Term Care Insurance
A.M. Best gives Northwestern Mutual an A++ for financial strength. You can’t get a better financial strength score than that.
Northwestern Mutual offers a decent long-term care policy, probably priced higher than average. They do have great customer service, but if you need a shared policy with your spouse, you’ll need to look elsewhere. In any case, be sure to shop around before settling on a policy.