Your Conference Committee thought long and hard on the theme for this year's conference and endorsed it with a resounding YES! Long term care insurance is WORTH THE RISK for its stakeholders! The Ninth Annual Intercompany Long Term Care Insurance Conference will explore the risks and rewards of long term care insurance – through its educational sessions, the CEO Forum and the Distributors Roundtable and will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno Nevada from March 29 through April 1, 2009. Reno in late March brings cool mornings and sunny afternoons -- its invigorating mountain air provides the stimulus to ask the right questions and to absorb the answers.
Despite the financial turbulence of 2008, Americans remain committed to planning for their future. Maybe they are a bit risk averse, but they know the absolute necessity of planning. Their 401(k)’s have shrunk along with housing values. But the value of their long term care insurance – still there, a very viable alternative to a self-pay investment plan. Weighing the alternatives, yes, LTCI’s value to the consumer is Worth The Risk! For the producer, seeing this in hard edged monetary terms, their commitment to long term care insurance in training, in sale cycle timing, in productivity, is it WORTH THE RISK? Again, production numbers for 2008 to date show fluctuation based on financial market conditions, but while the pace from 2007 has slowed somewhat, we are still showing gains. Another Yes! Your time investment and your passion for LTCI is – Worth the Risk!
Arms-length, clinical analysis of long term care risks continue to provide carriers with reasons to be in this business. Baby boomers are questioning, thinking it through – awareness campaigns from government and industry worked in making the risks known. Providers, governments and insurers have combined their different perspectives on where the financial risks can be resolved and how the return on investment is equitable. Can the risk be measured? Can the financials make a profit? Yes again -Worth the Risk!
New this year is the Producer Scholarship program, allowing for committed LTCI producers to attend the conference with reduced expenses. The 2009 ILTCI Conference will be providing in-depth discussion and analysis on these evolving issues once again through the diversity of its 10 educational tracks, and the expert panels in its sessions. Come and participate. Enjoy the networking opportunities – where home office wizards and technical gurus mix with risk management and sales greats in our industry. Lots of good food –breakfast, lunch and evening receptions, in a city that provides local color and clean mountain air. Be ready to be wowed by this year’s Keynote Speaker, Dan Buettner. Famed for his insight into aging and how to do it well, Mr. Buettner has appeared on national TV and written extensively on the topic. You can learn more about him at his website: www.bluezones.com/danbuettner.
So be sure to register soon.  The registration fee is only $895 with a $100 discount if you are a member of the SOA LTCI Section or one of the other co-sponsoring organizations. Special room rates (as low as $79 per night) are only guaranteed to be available until February 27th. Likewise, airfares from most regions of the US are currently under $400 with many less than $300. These great airfares will likely start disappearing in the next few weeks.