New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program Options

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The New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program can play a significant role in your family’s future well-being. By planning ahead you can provide security and peace of mind for years to come by knowing you can:
   Secure quality, affordable care.
   Safeguard your assets for your spouse and other heirs.
   Relieve family members and friends from having to provide care.

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New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program

The New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program joins private LTC insurance with Medicaid asset protection. Only Partnership Program policies give you this type of wealth protection when you need nursing home, assisted living or home care.

These unique asset protection benefits of the New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program apply when your long-term care needs last longer than the benefits of your LTC Partnership policy. For example, for every dollar your Long-Term Care Partnership policy pays in benefits, a dollar of assets is shielded from the long-term care Medicaid asset limit. The protected assets are also exempt from Estate Recovery in the same amount as the benefits paid by your LTC Partnership policy.

Rates for a New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program policy are like regular policies. We still compare them to non-Partnership policies, because you may find alternatives better suited to your needs. This includes hybrid long-term care insurance plans not available under the New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program.

New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program cost.

Partnership Reciprocity

The term reciprocity applies when you buy a Long-Term Care Partnership policy in another State and then later move to New Mexico. Because New Mexico has reciprocity, you will not lose the special Partnership policy asset protection benefit by moving to New Mexico. The State of New Mexico would also recognize accumulated asset protection for Medicaid qualification, if you were already receiving long-term care benefits from your Long-Term Care Partnership policy before relocating.

Did You Know?


Almost 70% of people turning age 65 today will need some type of long-term care in the future. The average length of time people need care is 3 years.1


One-third of people may never need long-term care, but 20% will need it for longer than 5 years. On average women need 3.7 years of care while men need 2.2 years.2


In 2022, the average cost for 3 years of long-term care in New Mexico was $301,125 ($100,375 per year). That cost is projected to be $543,864 ($181,288 per year) in 2042.3

Does Medicare Cover Long-Term Care?

No, Medicare does not cover long-term care (custodial care). This type of care makes up more than 90% of all long-term care services. Examples of custodial care is when you need help with walking, bathing, eating, dressing or using the toilet. This is what people need most when they have a physical impairment from a stroke. Or, due to cognitive impairment from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Don’t make the mistake of thinking Medicare covers long-term care costs. It doesn’t.

Further, about 80% of care at home is provided by unpaid caregivers. With more than half of this care including intensive caregiving assistance with personal care such as bathing or feeding.4 And it’s not only seniors that need long-term care. Over 35 percent of people currently receiving care are between the ages of 18 and 64.5

When To Buy Long-Term Care Insurance

Like most advisors, we recommend buying long-term care insurance in your fifties or early sixties for the following reasons:

  • The younger you are when you buy a policy, the lower the annual premiums.
  • Even though you pay premiums a longer period of time, you’ll typically pay less overall than someone buying at an older age.
  • By the time you reach your mid sixties, you’re more likely to have a medical condition that makes you ineligible for a preferred-health discount, or makes it tough to get coverage at all.

So it almost never pays to wait. And, while you’re waiting, you’re uninsured. If an accident or illness happens causing you to need long-term care, you’ll have to pay out of pocket.

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Types of Long-Term Care Insurance in New Mexico

Traditional LTC, Hybrid Life LTC, and Hybrid Annuity LTC are the three most commonly chosen long-term care insurance plans in New Mexico. Another option is Short-Term Care, which is most often chosen because of health or age limitations.



Traditional Long-Term Care Insurance

  • New Mexico Long-Term Care Partnership Program policies included
  • The most comprehensive long-term care protection for your dollar
  • Makes up about half of all long-term care policies purchased
  • The broadest set of options
  • Recurring premiums
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Hybrid Life Insurance with Long-Term Care

  • A permanent life insurance policy that can be used during your lifetime if you need long-term care
  • If care is not needed, your asset passes to your estate as a tax-free death benefit
  • May build cash value and have a return of premium option
  • Premiums will not increase and 1035 exchanges possible
  • Learn more about Hybrid Life with LTC >

Hybrid Annuity with Long-Term Care

  • A deferred annuity contract with a fixed interest rate and possible indexing for asset growth plus long-term care benefits
  • If not exhausted paying for long-term care, the annuity will transfer to your estate
  • Long-term care benefits are typically double or triple the value of the annuity
  • Premiums will not increase and 1035 exchanges possible
  • Learn more about Hybrid Annuities with LTC >

Short-Term Care Insurance

  • Coverage for a year or less with the option of home health care only, facility only, or both combined
  • Lower premiums than long-term care insurance and some policies available to age 89
  • Simplified underwriting may be a good fit if you’ve been declined for LTC insurance
  • No deductible option means benefits would be paid out as soon as you qualify
  • Learn more about Short-Term Care Insurance >


How Much Does LTC Insurance Cost in New Mexico?

Your New Mexico long-term care insurance rates will depend on your age, health history, plan design and type of coverage selected. The following choices let you choose how much protection is right for your situation:

  • Benefit Period
  • Daily Benefit
  • Elimination Period (a deductible in days)
  • Inflation Protection (if chosen)

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Cost of Long-Term Care in New Mexico

New Mexico Long-Term Care Costs – 2022 (annual)

RegionNursing Home (private room)Nursing Home (semi-private room)Assisted Living (private room)Home Health Aide (44 hours/wk)
New Mexico Median Cost$100,375$91,250$53,970$55,827
Las Cruces$99,207$88,034$53,940$55,255
Santa Fe$98,915$96,725$69,765$76,534
Data from CareScout® annual Cost of Care Survey

Long-Term Care Insurance Companies in New Mexico

Long-term care insurance in New Mexico is available from several highly rated insurance companies. We compare these insurance companies to find you the right plan at the lowest cost. Here is a list of long-term care insurance providers in New Mexico:

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Our New Mexico LTC specialists offer objective guidance on a wide range of long-term care insurance products and strategies. Expect personalized service on topics such as:

   Choosing from a variety of long-term care insurance products

   Suggestions for the carrier best suited to your situation and goals

   Assistance with health qualifying for coverage

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1. “How Much Care Will You Need?”, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, site accessed 6/26/2023
2. “How Much Care Will You Need?”
3. Cost of Care Survey 2021, site accessed 6/26/2023
4. “Who Will Provide Your Care?”
5. Family Caregiver Alliance, site accessed 6/26/2023
Please note: Coverages and other features vary between insurers, vary by state, and are not available in all states.