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In many cases, long term care insurance only pays if the insured enters a nursing home under the same criteria which allow deduction of the payments to the home as a medical expense, i.e., doctor's orders, especially after hospitalization. Does this make premium payments for such long term care insurance an item which is tax deductible? I believe that the logic follows since medical insurance premiums are equivalent to payments made directly to a provider for medical care for tax purposes.

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