John Hancock Launches LTC Awareness Month Campaign
BOSTON, Nov. 1, 2012
BOSTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --John Hancock Long-Term Care (LTC)
Insurance is marking LTC Awareness Month this year with a campaign that
features some new thinking about LTC insurance and ways to expand the
marketplace. Headlining this effort is a special weekly online publication for
financial professionals available through the month of November, entitled Your
Market Weekly, which will include articles about new market segments and sales
tips on ways to reach them, as well as the insights of some seasoned long-term
In addition to the weekly publication, John Hancock also has joined a number
of industry leaders in sponsoring the 3 in 4 Need More campaign, a national
initiative focused on raising awareness around the importance of planning
ahead for long-term care needs. The company has also co-sponsored an AALTCI
educational insert, "Valuable Lessons on Long-Term Care Planning," which will
be included in the November issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. The insert
focuses on the planning needs of 40-60 year olds.
"The need for viable long-term care solutions in this country is rapidly
increasing with the aging of the Baby Boomers and the rise of the Gen-Xers,
along with the limited sources of government funding," said Marianne Harrison,
president, John Hancock Long-Term Care. "By providing consumers with
educational materials, compelling facts, and affordable products that meet
their needs, we are helping people realize that long-term care insurance
remains the most practical and cost-effective solution to offset the potential
financial risks posed by a need for care."
In August, John Hancock launched the latest version of its flagship long-term
care insurance policy with a new feature called Benefit Builder* which,
selected instead of a traditional inflation option, provides a lower cost
policy with a unique crediting feature and voluntary buy-up options. The
company expects that Benefit Builder will expand the LTC insurance
marketplace, by appealing to younger consumers who may have competing
financial priorities and cannot afford more traditional policies. It also
expects the product will attract older healthy individuals who otherwise could
not afford the premiums.
Benefit Builder enables a policyholder's benefits to grow through an automatic
crediting formula tied to the investment earnings of a segment of John
Hancock's general account. In addition, every three years through age 75,
policyholders will be offered the opportunity to increase benefits by 10
percent without having to answer questions about health or undergo a medical
exam, subject to restrictions. Premiums for the additional buy-up coverage
will be based on the policyholder's age on the option date.
About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation
John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading
Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia,
Canada and the United States. In 2012, John Hancock celebrates 150 years of
serving clients across the United States, while Manulife celebrates its 125^th
anniversary. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia,
and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial
Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products
and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees,
agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial
and its subsidiaries were C$514 billion (US$504 billion) as at June 30, 2012.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and
under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at
The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the
largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range
of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed
products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college
savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about
John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.
Long-term care insurance is underwritten by John Hancock Life Insurance
Company (U.S.A.), Boston, MA 02117 (not licensed in New York) and in New York
by John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company, Boston, MA 02117.
SOURCE John Hancock Long-Term Care Insurance
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