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RI 70-1 For Federal Civilian Employees

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

It's important protection.

Here's why you should consider applying for coverage under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP):

FEHB plans do not cover the cost of long term care. Also called "custodial care," long term care is help you receive to perform activities of daily living – such as bathing or dressing yourself–or supervision you receive because of a severe cognitive impairment. The need for long term care can strike anyone at any age and the cost of care can be substantial.

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program can help protect you from the potentially high cost of long term care. This coverage gives you options regarding the type of care you receive and where you receive it. With FLTCIP coverage, you won't have to worry about relying on your loved ones to provide or pay for your care.

It's to your advantage to apply sooner rather than later. To qualify for coverage under the FLTCIP, you must apply and pass a medical screening (called underwriting). Certain medical conditions, or combinations of conditions, will prevent some people from being approved for coverage. By applying while you're in good health, you could avoid the risk of having a future change in your health disqualify you from obtaining coverage. Also, the younger you are when you apply, the lower your lifetime premiums.

You don't have to wait for an open season to apply. The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program accepts applications from eligible persons at any time. You will have to complete a full underwriting application, which asks a number of questions about your health. However, if you are a new or newly eligible employee, you (and your spouse, if applicable) have a limited opportunity to apply using the abbreviated underwriting application, which asks fewer questions. If you marry, your new spouse will also have a limited opportunity to apply using abbreviated underwriting.

Qualified relatives are also eligible to apply. Qualified relatives include spouses and adult children of employees and annuitants, and parents, parents-in-law, and stepparents of employees.

To find out more and to request an application. Call 1-800-LTC-FEDS (1-800-582-3337) (TTY 1-800-843-3557) or visit

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