James Dettman (shown at right), a veteran of the insurance and employee benefits industries, has joined Kirkland, Wash.-based ACSIA Partners, one of America's largest long-term care insurance agencies. He will serve as one of four Worksite Sales Directors.
ACSIA Partners is excited about the hire because they say he's a man with a mission. “Like David with a glint in his eye, he's aiming to help bring down an American Goliath, our looming long-term care crisis,” ACSIA Partners said in a June 19 release announcing Dettman’s new position.
"Nearly three in four Americans over 65 will need long-term care at some point," Dettman says, quoting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "So virtually all families will be affected. Somebody will probably need care. If not Dad, Mom; if not you, your spouse."
"This is a very big deal," he says, because…
- Long-term care can eat into retirement savings, costing from tens of thousands to $100,000, $200,000 or even more per year, depending on location, type of services, and type of claim.
- Family members may be forced into caregiving, disrupting their lives and affecting their ability to earn a living and protect their livelihood.
- Companies suffer, too. They report reduced productivity when employees worry about loved ones needing care.
"Long-term care insurance is the answer but most consumers aren't buying it," Dettman says. "No problem. We just need to start offering it more aggressively through another channel – the workplace."
He points to key advantages over policies sold directly to consumers:
- Group rates are generally lower
- Health screening is relaxed
- Family members can be included
ACSIA Partners has positioned itself as a pioneer in worksite LTC with a successful team in place, and that's why Dettman joined them, he says. "I'm here to help them take it to the next level."
The potential is very large. According to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, only 10 million or so Americans have bought long-term care insurance; and only a fraction have gotten it at their place of work.
By contrast, over 270 million have health insurance, and a majority, 155 million, have it through their employer, according to the Urban Institute.
"We need to go with what's working," says Dettman. "If we follow the lead of health insurance, within a few years up to 155 million can have easy access to LTC protection through their jobs," he says. "We'll have multiplied the business 15 times over, and more important, released a flood of economic and personal vitality."
To get the ball rolling, Dettman and colleagues are seeking alliances with benefit brokers, insurance brokers, consultants, human resource managers, executives and association directors. "Our focus is to help deliver financial savings strategies for employees and employers alike," he says.
For over 20 years, James Dettman has held sales, sales management, and sales consultant positions in the insurance and employee benefits fields, winning many promotions and setting sales records.
He has been a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) since 1997, serving on the Board of Directors for his local association and twice as President for two different Chapters. He is also a Lifetime Qualifier for the Leading Producers Round Table (LPRT).
He will serve alongside fellow Worksite Sales Directors Dan Cahn, Ed Jette, and Mario Sestito, "a crack team leading the charge toward universal LTC protection," according to Dettman.
ACSIA Partners LLC is one of America's largest and most experienced long-term care insurance agencies serving all states. The company is also a co-founder and sponsor of the "3in4 Need More" campaign, which encourages Americans to form a long-term care plan.
For more information visit the ACSIA Partners website. Dettman can also be reached at (901) 301-7421.
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