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Open enrollment for CalPERS long-term insurance

Open enrollment has begun for UCLA employees interested in enrolling in CalPERS long-term care insurance. Although UC does not offer its own long-term care insurance program, several providers, including CalPERS, are available to UC employees. Employees will have until June 30 to enroll.

Here are some FAQs about this program. To find out about other programs and resources, go to At Your Service.

What is long-term care?
Long-term care is the extended care needed due to a serious accident, chronic illness or the frailties of old age. Long-term care is provided when help is required for bathing, dressing, eating or other activities of daily living, or when suffering from a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease.

Who is eligible for CalPERS long-term care program?
All UC employees and retirees are eligible to apply. It is also available to their adult siblings, spouses, parents and parents-in-law. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 79 to apply.

What are the benefits of having long-term care insurance?
* Preserves your assets and income for other things besides paying for long-term care services. This can help preserve and pass on a legacy to heirs
* Ensures the quality of life for a spouse or other family member
* Provides choice of care options and where you receive care
* Reduces emotional and financial stress on you and your family
* Eases burden of providing care which can be emotionally and physically demanding
* Maintains your independence

How do I apply?
Request an application kit at or call (800) 925-6767. You can request that application kits be sent directly to your parents, parents-in-law and adult siblings. Application kits will also be available in External Affairs Human Resources, 950 Wilshire Center.

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