Guarantees are backed by the claims-paying ability of Nationwide Life and Annuity Insurance Company. The financial strength of Nationwide is not intended to reflect the investment experience of a variable account, which is subject to market risk.
When choosing a product, make sure that life insurance and long-term care insurance needs are met. Be sure to choose a product that meets long-term life insurance needs, especially if personal situations change — for example, marriage, birth of a child or job promotion. Weigh the costs of the policy, and understand that life insurance, and long-term care coverage linked to life insurance, has fees and charges that vary with sex, health, age and tobacco use. Riders that customize a policy to fit individual needs usually carry an additional charge.
Keep in mind that the payment of long-term care rider benefits, as an acceleration of the death benefit, will reduce both the death benefit and cash surrender values of the policy. Additionally, loans and withdrawals will also reduce both the cash value and the death benefit. Care should be taken to make sure that life insurance needs continue to be met even if the rider pays out in full, or after money is taken from the policy. There is no guarantee that the rider will cover the entire cost for all of the insured's long-term care, as this may vary with the needs of each insured. Nationwide pays the long-term care benefit to the policyowner; there is no guarantee the policyowner will use the benefit for long-term care expenses if the policy is owned by someone other than the insured.