Short-term care insurance is emerging as a major player in the health care world, boosted by high prices for long-term care insurance. 

The National Advisory Center for Short Term Care Information reports that 26,237 short-term care policies were sold during the first six months of 2015, a 71 percent increase over the same period from the previous year. 

The same group reported that premiums for short-term care plans also rose more than 50 percent during that time. 

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