* GE CEO Flannery thinking about "separately traded assets"
* Flannery calls charge "deeply disappointing"
* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln
* Stock down 3.7 pct in midday trading (Adds context in paragraph four, updates share price)
Jan 16 (Reuters) - General Electric Co again raised the prospect of breaking up the conglomerate on Tuesday as it announced more than $11 billion in charges from its long-term care insurance portfolio and new U.S. tax laws.
Chief Executive John Flannery has raised the idea of a break-up before as he slashes thousands of jobs and moves to cut $3.5 billion in costs to counter a plunge in profits and cash flow at the largest U.S. industrial conglomerate.
Flannery inherited a host of problems when he became CEO on Aug. 1, such as falling sales of power turbines, a build-up of inventory and declining profit margins in some businesses.
His statements on Tuesday showed that the idea of a breakup remains part of GE's thinking, though not a certainty.
"I would categorize it as an examination of options and it's (the) kind of thing that could result in many, many different permutations, including separately traded assets really in any one of our units, if that's what made sense," he said in response to an analyst question on a conference call, without giving any details.
The company could announce a break-up as soon as this spring after a review, CNBC reported, citing sources close to GE, adding that a break-up was "likely."
Earlier on Tuesday, GE said its finance arm, GE Capital, would take a $6.2 billion hit in the fourth quarter from a reevaluation of its insurance assets.
GE's charge is the latest sign of problems with the modeling and funding of nursing home and other long-term care in the United States.
Tax changes recently passed by the U.S. Congress raised GE's charge to $7.5 billion, more than twice an initial indication of more than $3 billion GE noted in November. The charge means GE's 2017 profit will be at the bottom end of its forecast, GE said.
GE shares were down 3.7 percent at $18.07 in morning trading.
Asked how his strategy had evolved since announcing a major overhaul in November, Flannery said:
"We've been taking a comprehensive look at every aspect of the company and that everything was on the table. So that's been, I'd say, a hallmark of our approach from day one."
Flannery said in November that GE would pare its operations to three main businesses - power, healthcare and aviation - and seek to dispose of $20 billion in operations.
Besides the $6.2 billion related to its insurance review, GE expects a $3.4-billion impact from tax reform and $1.8 billion in goodwill and other non-cash impairments, all to be recorded in the fourth quarter.
GE had said in July that it was experiencing "adverse claims" in a portion of its long-term care portfolio and was assessing how much money it was likely to receive from policy-holders.
The company said on Tuesday that GE Capital would now have to make statutory reserve contributions - which insurers must hold against potential losses - of about $15 billion over seven years in relation to the long-term care insurance assets.
To fund those contributions, GE Capital will be suspending its dividend to the parent company for the "foreseeable future," it said.
GE said the Kansas Insurance Department - the primary regulator for North American Life & Health, GE Capitals run-off insurance portfolio - had approved a phased statutory contribution of about $3 billion in the current quarter and about $2 billion annually from 2019 through 2024.
The writeoff highlights long-running difficulties for the long-term care insurers and re-insurers who are struggling to make good on policies dating back to the 1990s, which underestimated projected health-care costs and life spans.
The cost of nursing home or other home-based care tends not to be covered by Medicare, the U.S. government insurance program for the elderly and disabled, and can be extremely expensive out of pocket.
The steps announced by Flannery late last year aimed to turn GE into a smaller, more focused company.
GE was the worst performer on the Dow in 2017 and it has already cut its planned annual dividend for 2018 to 48 cents from 96 cents a year earlier, only the third cut in the company's 125-year history.
Ratings agency Fitch said the insurance charge increased pressure on its credit rating for GE, adding it believed there was a risk that additional adjustments to the reserves may be required depending on future insurance claims.
(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Nick Zieminski)