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Know the Truths and Half-Truths in Medicare Advice

March 27, 2023

One of the most important decisions for those 65 or older is the choice of Medicare coverage. The first big decision is whether to enroll in original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan. It is expected that in 2023, for the first time, half or more of Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in Advantage plans […]

How To Get Supplemental Social Security Benefits – as a Grandparent Caregiver

November 28, 2022

More and more grandparents and great-grandparents are the primary caregivers and source of support for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The latest data indicate that 8% of grandparents have grandchildren living with them. There are many reasons grandparents assume full responsibility for grandchildren. The grandchild’s parents might have died. The parent might be coping with substance […]

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How To Save on Your Medicare Premiums in 2023

November 20, 2022

Your Medicare premiums are likely to decline in 2023. The average premium for a prescription drug policy under Part D of Medicare will decline by about 1.8%, to $31.50 from $32.08 in 2022, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). But this is only the average premium. There are dozens of Part […]

Medicare Premiums Reduced for 2023

November 1, 2022

Your Medicare premiums are likely to decline in 2023. In 2023, the average premi- um for a prescription drug policy under Part D of Medicare will decline by about 1.8%, to $31.50 from $32.08 in 2022, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). But this is only the average premium. There are […]

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Understanding the Key Changes to Medicare Part D

October 16, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act made a lot of headlines when it was enacted in August. Most of those headlines were for its provisions related to climate change, but the new law also made significant changes to Medicare’s Part D prescription drug program. The most significant near-term reforms are to the coverage gap, also known as […]

Changes Coming to Medicare Part D

September 29, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act made a lot of headlines when it was enacted in August. Most of those headlines were for its provisions related to climate change, but the new law also made significant changes to Medicare’s Part D prescription drug program. The most significant near-term reforms are to the coverage gap, also known as […]

How Medicare is Changing, and Key Medicare Mistakes to Avoid

September 9, 2022

Changes are scheduled for Medicare. Some of them are small, but some of them could significantly affect your out-of-pocket medical spending. In the latest Retirement Watch Spotlight Series, I review the coming changes and others that are proposed. I discuss the changes made by the recent Inflation Reduction Act. I also analyze recent reforms implemented […]

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Straight Talk on Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance in Retirement

June 12, 2022

Some of the greatest fears about retirement concern long term care (LTC). Many people worry the need for long term care will deplete their retirement nest eggs and reduce or eliminate the legacy left for loved ones. Though they worry about long term care, many people don’t want to talk about it, much less plan […]

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