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My file of articles about retiree medical expenses is filling rapidly with unpleasant headlines. One sample sums up the group: “How Safe Are Your Retiree Health Benefits?” Numerous surveys and my own experience lead to one conclusion: Most retirees and pre-retirees greatly underestimate how much medical expenses will be during retirement and are mistaken about […]
In my files are a series of reports detailing the rapid rise in the cost of medical care for Americans, especially for seniors. The good news is that the numbers in the reports aren’t terribly accurate. The bad news is that these reports are used to scare people, especially those in and near retirement, and […]
A portion of long-term care expenses are deductible as medical expenses. The question taxpayers often ask is what portion of the fees paid to retiree communities, such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes, can be deducted. The Tax Court recently stepped into this issue and set some new rules. When someone enters a nursing […]
Would you like free nursing home care? Almost everyone over age 65 has been exposed to seminars and other presentations promising just that. Adult children of older people, especially those already in nursing homes, get regular exposure to the ideas. Some elder law and estate planning attorneys make this promise a central part of their […]
Health care or long-term care can eat up a big part of a retiree’s budget – or the budget of a retiree’s children. Fortunately, the tax law can help pay for a big part of that burden. Deductions for medical expenses seemed to disappear when the rules were changed in 1986. Now, you can deduct […]
One of the most stressful and difficult financial decisions is planning for possible long term health care expenses. Individuals of all ages struggle over how to provide for the possibility of significant long-term health care costs. Should they buy long-term care insurance? If so, how should they pay for it? Are there other options? Nursing […]