According to the Department of Health and Human Services, those of us who reach age 65 will have a 40% chance of entering a nursing home, and 10% will stay in one for five years or more. So does this mean you need long-term care insurance?
It's the one major health expense for which nearly all Americans are uninsured. The dilemma of paying for long-term care is likely to worsen now that the Obama administration pulled the plug on a program seen as a first step.
For the first time, there's a state-by-state scorecard of America's performance in providing long-term services and support to senior citizens and people with disabilities, and the results aren't much to brag about. But they do point the way toward improving the long-term care system -- and saving the nation billions.