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Health bills nudge US on long-term care insurance
San Francisco Chronicle - Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

Most people don’t buy long-term care insurance. They simply don’t want to think about moving into an assisted living center or hiring a stranger to bathe them. Seven years ago, Robert Myers of suburban Chicago did buy long-term care insurance. Myers’ wife, who died in December 2008, needed care as she fought cancer. “It was a godsend,” Myers, 64, an Episcopal priest, says of the insurance. “It didn’t cover everything, but it broke the back of the bills.”