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Administration’s Proposed Deduction For Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums Likely To Be Ineffective and Costly, and Of Primary Benefit To Higher-Income Individuals

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Publication Date: February 2004

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Edwin Park

Funder(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Funder(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Economic projections; Economic inequality; Income diversity; Household income

Type: Report


As part of its fiscal year 2005 budget, the Administration has again proposed a deduction for the purchase of long-term care insurance. This proposal would provide little or no assistance to most low- and middle-income families and thus is unlikely to be very effective in helping more people secure long-term care coverage. Instead, it would primarily serve as another tax-cut benefit disproportionately geared toward the high-income individuals who least need assistance and who can already afford long-term care insurance.