For those who are shopping for LTC insurance, they know first year premiums are substantially higher than they were two years ago. The reason - updated actuarial assumptions assuming lower interest rates, lower lapse rates and higher morbidity.
With the higher prices, what are the three factors that can help save premium?
1) Buy as a couple - there are significant discounts for couple purchases. Couples tend to delay the need for accessing benefits as they care for each other.
2) Buy young and healthy - Discounts for good health are significant.
3) Choose "buy as you go" inflation protection. Automatic inflation protection is extremely expensive. Instead, consider the flexibility of guaranteed future purchase options instead.
Here's a recent Kiplinger's article about the factors.