FLTCIP Oversight

The FLTCIP is sponsored and regulated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and supported by the strength and stability of John Hancock Life & Health Insurance (John Hancock).

The FLTCIP was created by an act of Congress, the Long-Term Care Security Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-265), to serve an unmet health care need for federal civilians, uniformed service members, and certain qualified family members. It is the only employer-sponsored group long term care insurance (LTCI) program that is overseen at the federal level.

Federal Law Long Term Care Security Act of 2000
Regulator Regulated by OPM
Contract period Seven-year contract with the insurance carrier that includes annual performance metrics
Premiums Premiums paid 100% by enrollees

Continuation of coverage

As part of OPM's oversight, it states in the FLTCIP benefit booklet that if the group policy ends, OPM intends to continue FLTCIP insurance coverage by replacing the group policy with another one that will:

  • be effective on the day after the group policy ends
  • provide coverage that is substantially the same as that provided by the group policy
  • calculate premiums based on the same issue ages as under the group policy

In the unlikely event that the group policy ends and there is no replacement policy as described above, the current insurer of the FLTCIP will continue FLTCIP coverage for all existing enrollees.

Financial Strength and Stability

Under the Long Term Care Security Act, each contract with the insurance carrier is for a term of seven years. The most recent contract was awarded to John Hancock in 2016. John Hancock also insured the prior FLTCIP contract awarded in 2009 and co-insured the first FLTCIP contract, bringing significant experience in the LTCI marketplace and some of the strongest financial and claims payment ratings.

Risk fees that are contractually payable to John Hancock to manage investments are set by OPM in the FLTCIP contract, capped and subject to performance metrics. These metrics include requirements for providing outstanding customer service with dedicated representatives, quickly processing approved claims payments, and timely review of applications for coverage.

John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company financial strength ratings1:

A+

- A.M. Best -

AA-

- Fitch -

A1

- Moody's -

AA-

- S&P -

Claims

FLTCIP enrollees' satisfaction with the claims process is very high, averaging 97.7%.

There is also added consumer protection built in to the FLTCIP claims process. If your benefit eligibility or claim for benefits is denied by the FLTCIP, you have the right to appeal the decision by first requesting a review by an appeals committee. If the denial is upheld, you may then request a review by an independent third-party. If the reviewer finds that the claim was improperly denied, the decision is reversed and the FLTCIP must pay the claim accordingly.

FLTCIP claims highlights:

Note: Enrollees must first be approved for benefit eligibility before they can receive claims payments from the FLTCIP. Learn more about the claims process.

Claims payments
(since the program began)


$2.18

Billion

total claims paid

1.17

Million

total invoices paid

24.7

Thousand

total claimants

$88

Thousand

average paid per claimant

96%

Approval

approved for benefit eligibility

These figures are as of April 30, 2022.

Claimant details
(since the program began)


78

average age

57%

female

43%

male

32MO

average time benefits are received

These figures are as of April 30, 2022.

Innovation

John Hancock is committed to developing long term care insurance solutions to meet the changing needs of the federal family. In 2019, the FLTCIP 3.0 plan was introduced, and it includes a first-of-its-kind feature designed to help reduce the need for premium increases. Learn more about the Premium Stabilization Feature.

1John Hancock. "2021 Q3 Corporate Fact Sheet," https://www.johnhancock.com/content/dam/onejohnhancock/pdfs/2021_Q3_FactSheet.pdf, November 2021. Financial strength ratings, which are current as of September 30, 2021, and are subject to change, apply to the main life operating companies of Manulife Financial Corporation including The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA), John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company, & John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York as a measure of the respective issuing company's ability to meet its ongoing insurance and contract obligations. The ratings are not an assessment or recommendation of specific products, the performance of these products, the value of any investment in these products upon withdrawal or the individual securities held in any portfolio.