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Medicaid is a government program that provides access to healthcare for millions of Americans who would otherwise be uninsured. Medicaid also provides for dental coverage at varying levels for children and adults. Each state regulates its own Medicaid program in conjunction with the federal government. Unfortunately not many dentists take Medicaid as a payment option or restrict the number of patients they will see. This limits the choices an individual has to see an approved Medicaid dentist. Kool Smiles is unlike most dentists and welcomes all patients, including those with Medicaid coverage.

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Typically Medicaid will cover any recipient under the age of 21.

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Life Insurance for Children: The Cases For and Against

The question of whether to buy life insurance for children sparks strong debate about the value of such policies.

Life insurance for children is often marketed to parents or grandparents as a way to save money for kids and to “protect their insurability,” meaning their chance to buy more life insurance later no matter their health. For these reasons, some life insurance agents say purchasing life insurance on a child can be a smart financial move, but many financial advisors caution against it.

“I struggle with thinking of reasons why it would make sense,” says Joseph Alfonso. a financial advisor in the San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, areas.

Most insurance agents and advisors can agree, though, on one point: Other, more critical financial matters should come first before you even think about buying a life insurance policy on a child. Those include building an adequate emergency savings fund, making sure you and the child’s other parent have enough life insurance and disability insurance, building savings for the child’s college tuition, and getting your own retirement savings on track.

[Life insurance quotes are available through NerdWallet’s Life Insurance Comparison Tool .]

How it works

There are a couple of ways to buy life insurance on a minor child:

  • You can buy some coverage on your child’s life if you purchase a term life insurance policy covering yourself or your spouse. You do this by buying a rider — an extra policy feature at added cost — that extends a small amount, such as $20,000, in life insurance to other family members, including children. Term life insurance provides coverage for a certain period, such as 10, 20 or 30 years, and pays a death benefit to the beneficiary if the insured person dies during the term. This is the only way to buy term life insurance on a child; there aren’t standalone term life insurance policies for minors.
  • Or you can buy a permanent life insurance policy, such as whole life, covering your child. These are generally for small face amounts, such as $50,000 or less. Permanent life insurance provides coverage for someone’s entire life and includes a savings account that gradually builds value over time. As a result, the premiums are much more expensive than term life.

You can buy a permanent life insurance policy covering a child from just about any of the biggest life insurance companies. A parent or grandparent can make a child the policy owner once the child reaches adulthood. The Gerber Life Insurance Co.. which specializes in selling whole life policies for children, is the best-known name in the industry for juvenile life insurance.

About 20% of parents and grandparents say they have purchased coverage on kids, according to a survey of 2,000 adults by industry groups Life Happens and LIMRA.

Reasons to buy — or not

Here are the reasons some insurance agents give for buying life insurance for children, with the arguments for and against.

It provides money for funeral expenses and other costs

For: In the tragic event of a child’s death, a life insurance payout could pay for funeral expenses, family counseling and medical bills and provide money for the family to get by if the parents need to take leave from work.

Against: Statistically, the odds of a child dying are very slim. A smarter financial move than buying life insurance is to stash money into an emergency fund, which could be tapped for any type of crisis, says Keith Amburgey. CEO of Rutherford Asset Planning in Tampa, Florida.

I t locks in a child’s ability to qualify for more life insurance later

For: A child who develops a medical problem early in life might have trouble qualifying for coverage later. By purchasing coverage now, you guarantee the child has some coverage and can buy more as an adult, regardless of health. This is a big reason people purchase life insurance on their children, says Marvin Feldman, CEO of Life Happens, a consumer education group funded by the life insurance industry. Feldman says he bought life insurance policies for his children and grandchildren.

Against: Amburgey says it’s “a n expensive proposition for a remote risk. The vast majority of 20- and 30-somethings have no problem getting insurance.” In addition, Alfonso says, the amount that can be purchased later because of the “guaranteed insurability” is limited to a multiple of the original policy amount. In many cases, that total is too small to provide adequate coverage later in life anyway.

It provides a savings vehicle the child can tap later

For: The savings component of a permanent life insurance policy, called cash value, grows tax-deferred. The policy owner can borrow against the cash value or surrender the policy for the money, minus a possible surrender fee. The cash could be used for anything, including college expenses or the down payment on a home. A whole life insurance policy guarantees a certain percentage return on the cash value and compares well with other conservative savings vehicles like CDs, Feldman says. “It isn’t designed to be a primary savings and investment tool. It’s one of the tools for parents and grandparents to consider.”

Against: “ The fees associated with life insurance policies usually eat away at the rate of return,” says Carrie Houchins-Witt. a financial advisor in Coralville, Iowa. She encourages her clients to think about how much life insurance fees would grow over time if invested elsewhere, then compare that to the cash value of a policy over the same term. “There are a multitude of opportunities to make a better return than through investing in life insurance,” she says.

Before you buy

Look at your entire financial picture to make sure you’re saving enough and covering bigger risks. Get advice from a fee-only financial advisor — that’s one who doesn’t make commissions on life insurance or other products — before you buy coverage on a child. The main purpose of life insurance is to replace income and/or cover debts in the event of a provider’s death.

The important question to ask is: Do you and your spouse have enough life insurance? NerdWallet’s life insurance comparison tool can help you find the right coverage amount and compare prices.

This article was written by NerdWallet and was originally published by Forbes .

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Children s Life Insurance: Is It Worth It?

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The Globe and Mail wrote an interesting article exactly a year ago, in October 2011, asking “Does your child need life insurance?”

“There are usually three main reasons to buy life insurance on a child,” says Karl Simon, director of product and marketing for Equitable Life. “The first is to protect the family if the child dies. No one wants to think about their child dying, but the reality is, if the child dies it will affect the family in a horrible way that could really harm their finances.”

Tom Drake, of the _Canadian Finance Blog_, disagrees. He writes in his Insurance You Can Do Without series, which was quoted by The Globe and Mail :

From a financial perspective, what monetary loss will you suffer if something were to happen? There is the cost of the funeral, but otherwise your financial responsibilities would be reduced from not having to provide for that dependant. If the cost of the funeral is a concern, you would likely be better off by saving yourself the cost of premiums and adding that same amount into your emergency savings.

However, Simon reminds us that one or both parents may need to take significant time off work, especially if they have other children. The death of one child may also prevent parents from contributing to the education of their other children. “Forgetting about yourself entirely,” says Simon. “Most people say that if their child dies, they’ll deal with it, but think about the rest of your family that your providing for and how it could affect them.”

The second reason Simon lays down for buying life insurance for a child is to guarantee future insurability and make sure the child can still get insurance regardless of her health situation later in life.

“People aren’t buying life insurance on their kids, so they can get a pile of money if their child dies,” says Simon. “Generally, it’s a small amount of money, between $100,000 and $125,000, but what some companies are doing is they’re building in future guaranteed insurability. At Equitable, we have a feature called FGIO, or The Future Guaranteed Insurability Option, that’s only available to children and what that does is provide the child with up to $500,000 of guaranteed insurability in the future that they can use to by life insurance.”

Whether children need this option is another question. Drake doesn’t think so: When it comes to protecting your child s rates from future health issues, this would be a bit like gambling. To insure for this reason, you would probably have some concern that your child will have problems in the future. The problem is, if you know of any family history, then you have to tell the insurer and this will lead to higher premiums right from the start, and if you don t tell them, they could deny your claim.

But then again, at Equitable Life, a participating whole life insurance policy will only cost a male at age zero $1,000 a year for $80,000 in guaranteed face amount, and for an extra $50, you can get the Future Guaranteed Insurability Option, which gives your child the extra $500,000 towards future insurance at a very low price. The child or parent can pay for the policy until age 100, or just pay for 20 years before it’s fully paid up. The plan is extremely popular at Equitable Life, and it’s one of the reasons 40 per cent of their policies are sold to juveniles.

The third reason to consider children’s life insurance is that if you buy your child a participating whole life insurance policy, the policy provides the child with cash value that they can use towards their future. “It makes a great gift from either a parent or a grandparent for a newborn child,” says Simon. “The cash value will grow and the child will be able to access that cash value in the future if they ever need to.” Some people will use these cash values for education, a car, a house, or starting their own family.

With all these benefits, Simons sees only one drawback that may not make life insurance for a child worth it to some families. “Let’s say you want to buy that policy for $1,000 a year, but after five years, you say, ‘I need that money,’ and it would be gone. Plus, the cash value after five years isn’t very much because the cash values start slow and they build up over time. The main consideration would be that if you’re not sure that you can really afford it, then you probably shouldn’t buy it. You have to be pretty confident that you’re going to be there to pay the premiums for the 20 years.”

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It’s for the Kids. The Money. After We Take Some.

I really didn’t declare this to be Griftopia Tuesday here in the shebeen. But the stories keep getting more grotesque. Here’s Forbes with the latest and slimiest. It turns out that the president* and The Dim One may have gouged The Dim One’s children’s charity.

The best part about all this, according to Eric Trump, is the charity’s efficiency: Because he can get his family’s golf course for free and have most of the other costs donated, virtually all the money contributed will go toward helping kids with cancer. “We get to use our assets 100% free of charge,” Trump tells Forbes. That’s not the case. In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it’s clear that the course wasn’t free–that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament. Additionally, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which has come under previous scrutiny for self-dealing and advancing the interests of its namesake rather than those of charity, apparently used the Eric Trump Foundation to funnel $100,000 in donations into revenue for the Trump Organization.

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As a cop friend from New York once put it, these people have overcoats with rubber pockets so they can steal soup.

All of this seems to defy federal tax rules and state laws that ban self-dealing and misleading donors. It also raises larger questions about the Trump family dynamics and whether Eric and his brother, Don Jr. can be truly independent of their father. Especially since the person who specifically commanded that the for-profit Trump Organization start billing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the nonprofit Eric Trump Foundation, according to two people directly involved, was none other than the current president of the United States, Donald Trump.

Great work you’re doing there, son. Where’s mine?

But in 2011, things took a turn. Costs for Eric Trump’s tournament jumped from $46,000 to $142,000, according to the foundation’s IRS filings. Why would the price of the tournament suddenly triple in one year? “In the early years, they weren’t being billed [for the club]–the bills would just disappear,” says Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester during two stints from 2006 to 2015 and witnessed how Donald Trump reacted to the tournament’s economics. “Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not–everybody gets billed.’ ” “I saw that Eric was getting billed,” Gillule adds. “I would always say, ‘I can’t believe that his dad is billing him for a charitable outing.’ But that’s what they wanted.”

There is something Shakespearian about all of this, if Shakespeare had been born Donald Westlake.


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