In this 2 part interview, Harry Margolis and Tobe Gerard talk about the LTCI industry from almost every aspect. This is a fabulous interview whether you are listening to it personally or professionally. Listen to Part 1 Listen to Part 2
We believe that the best all around consumer guide for LTCI that is not state specific is “A Shopper’s Guide to Long Term Care Insurance”. Unfortunately it isn’t updated every year so we are extremely excited that it has just been updated for 2019 and is now...
Thank you to Kerry Peabody, CLU, CLTC, for his recent article “Long-Term Care Insurance Is Not Dead” that appeared in CLTC Digest, July-September 2019. While some statistics are showing that traditional LTCI represented only 20% of all sales in 2018, our book of...
Whether you’re single by circumstance or by choice, not being part of a couple can pose a number of financial challenges. Not only might you lose out on certain tax benefits, but you’ll be limited to a sole income to cover life’s expenses....
I have had the good fortune of knowing and working with Tobe Gerard for over 15 years. It is rare to find someone who possesses a solid level of technical proficiency with a passion to do what is right for her customers. She truly does care about her customers. Recently I bought an LTC policy from Tobe even though I live 250 miles away! I am proud to call her my agent!
Curt Pearsall Whitesboro, NY
Tobe Gerard Insurance has been an incredible resource in setting up a Long Term Care Insurance policy for my out of state father. My insurance agent for other policies referred me to Tobe Gerard Insurance because he knew of her expertise in LTC Insurance. I was delighted to find that not only was she indeed an expert, but she was patient, kind and thoughtful throughout the process. Tobe Gerard Insurance answered all of our questions, gave us time to digest the information, and always followed up and responded promptly. Tobe made herself available to meet in person, to have discussions over the phone, and to correspond via email. Tobe Gerard Insurance provided options and quotes for various policies while explaining every detail (sometimes multiple times, as we tried to remember all of the policy parameters) with kindness, professionalism, and patience. Tobe took time to ask and learn about my family and my parents’ situation. She took their specific health needs into consideration and explored different coverage scenarios with us. At no time did we feel any pressure from Tobe – just respect and support to help us find the best fit in a policy. Tobe Gerard Insurance provided expertise not only in LTC Insurance generally but in specific laws and regulations in another state (Wisconsin), where my parents reside. This was tremendously helpful. Tobe Gerard Insurance was also able to see us completely through the process (to policy purchase and activation) since Tobe maintains an active license for Wisconsin. I look forward to continuing to work with Tobe Gerard Insurance, and I recommend her without hesitation.
Connie H.Lexington MA
Tobe is one of the top experts in Long Term Care Insurance in the US. She is the person other insurance people turn to for answers. Her depth and breadth of knowledge is amazing. But even more impressive is the way she works with people. She listens to their concerns and develops a plan tailored to their individual needs. I know this because a number of my clients work with Tobe. I have known her since 2003 and she has always been the professional’s professional.
Tobe was a pleasure to work with right from the beginning. She quickly responded to our initial outreach by visiting us to understand our needs and to provide us with educational material so that we could begin the process of learning about long-term care insurance. She demonstrated boundless patience (!) and maintained her sense of humor with our endless myriad questions and concerns, always making time to talk until we felt we had come to the best decision. She was very accommodating and her willingness to chat by phone or via email as many times as we needed was above and beyond, often responding off-hours. Tobe was invested in making sure we were well informed and did her best to research any questions she could not answer right away. Tobe is a wonderful educator. Her clarity and thoroughness enables her to explain concepts in a very clear and concise manner; she made what could be a daunting menu of benefits and combinations easily discernible. She was honest and forthright when she felt we were going astray or looking at aspects of policies that may not be in our best interest. At the same time, she was always respectful of our particular concerns, needs, preferences and hesitations. Understanding the nuances of the products and benefits and helping us to foresee the future while making us comfortable with our decisions (so that we could finally make a decision!) is what we appreciated most. She shared her history with the long term care insurance industry in such a way that we felt comfortable navigating the news stories, others’ skepticism, and our own fears about making such a long term financial commitment. Ultimately, with Tobe’s professional and skilled guidance, we were able to confidently choose a policy that seems like the right fit for us.
Deborah Issokson and Liane BrombergHull, MA
I am a former commercial casualty-property insurance broker, now retired from a national brokerage firm. I first met Tobe when she was a Long Term Care instructor at a Certified Insurance Counselor seminar I attended about eight years ago. I was impressed with her knowledge of LTC Insurance, as well as her ability to convey information in a clear and concise manner to the class, and keep it interesting. So, when I was finally ready to purchase LTC Insurance, Tobe was foremost in my mind, even though I know good local agents I could have also consulted about this product.
Once I started working with Tobe, I realized that, not only was she exceptionally knowledgeable about LTC Insurance, and could explain it very clearly, but she was also very thorough, extremely responsive to my questions, and had very quick turn around on items she needed to check into. And, I discovered that she really cared about me and the protection she felt I needed. And, a plus, she is truly a very, very nice person.
You have completed your job in helping us with LTC insurance. And so, I want to thank you for your help. You have been just wonderful – very professional, efficient, clear, and with a human touch and a heart. One cannot count on all of that from the professionals we work with. We are thoroughly satisfied with your work on our behalf. We will be happy to recommend you to others.
Dr. and Mrs. P. DNewton, MA
Tobe Gerard is a true professional! We found her easy to work with and remarkably patient in explaining the sometimes complex information regarding Long Term Care Insurance. Tobe explained things well, respected our decision-making process and timetable, and was always approachable whenever we had questions. Tobe has a complete understanding of a range of insurance products. We found that we appreciated reviewing what several companies offered rather than looking at only one product. Now that we have selected the insurance that is right for us, Tobe continues to be a friendly, valued resource.
Mary and Edward ListonThornton, NH
Having longevity issues in both of our families we realized the importance of, and the need for, comprehensive long term care coverage. Knowing the complexity of this product we wanted to work with the best–someone who is very knowledgeable in the product and would have the credibility that would give us a level of comfort that they had our best interests in mind. We did extensive research to find the business partner that we wanted to work with. After reading many articles we felt that we knew what we were looking for. Tobe’s website was very professional and the testimonials there were impressive. To verify the validity of what we read we even participated in all of the educational webinars that she offers. That sealed the deal. She obviously knew the subject matter inside and out and came across as the type of caring person that we would be comfortable working with. We are very glad that we made the decision that we did. We recently purchased a shared policy. During the entire process Tobe was by our side explaining, educating, and guiding us. With both of us being financial professionals we tended to ask a lot of questions. Tobe was able to answer all of our questions and was very patient in providing us with a level of comfort that the product we purchased was the best option for us. Regardless of whether you are very knowledgeable in this area or are a novice in this subject matter, we highly recommend Tobe as someone you should work with.
Bob & Marilyn O’ConnellWalpole, MA
Tobe Gerard is nothing short of a miracle worker. After months of struggling to rescue a long-term care application from one provider’s rejection pile, Tobe found me and my wife an alternative, high-quality provider with essentially the same policy and for a substantial discount. What’s more, she’s a super communicator who will walk you through the gobbledygook lingo of the insurance world.
Robert Brown and Delia CabeBelmont, MA
Tobe was an absolute delight to work with. She was a consummate professional who provided me with a comprehensive summary of Long Term Care insurance, including an honest assessment of which company, program and policy features AND benefits might work best for our family. She was a wealth of information, responsive to my many questions, and patient as I researched Long Term Care Insurance and ultimately purchased a policy. I’m glad I did, and am so pleased that I purchased it through Tobe Gerard Insurance, LLC!