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Retirement expert Bob Carlson’s research and knowledge on how to get the most out of healthcare options

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Separating the Myths and Facts of Long-Term Care

Long-term care is a great American paradox. On the one hand, most people don’t want to talk about it. A recent survey found that 25% of adults would rather go to the dentist than discuss LTC. Fewer than 30% of adults have had a conversation about long-term care planning. Yet, paying for LTC and the […]

Closing the Door to Your Greatest Fraud Risk

The recent headlines about the theft of tens of millions of personal information from health insurer Anthem shouldn’t have been a surprise, and it is the type of action you should expect to hear about regularly. Your greatest risk of being scammed or having your identity stolen might be one you don’t suspect. The big […]

Searching the New Medical Insurance Law

The new health care laws, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and a companion law, make sweeping changes in how your medical care is financed and provided. The changes are phased in now through 2018. The law is too broad to cover everything in this monthly visit or even several visits. I […]

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Ensuring the Medical Care You Want

Essential parts of any financial or estate plan are the health care documents. Everyone needs these documents, regardless of the value of the estate. Even if you are not ready to put the rest of the plan into place, the health care documents should be prepared and executed. One problem with many plans is that […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

Strategies to Pay for Long-Term Care

Are consumers doing the right thing by not purchasing long-term care insurance? Insurers long have been frustrated by the small number of people purchasing LTC insurance. Though more people enter the target age group for the policies, few buy. In 2004, 326,000 new policies worth $700 million were sold. That was a 25% decline from […]

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The Overlooked Retirement Time Bomb

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 […]

Making the Medicare Prescription Drug Decision

The promotions for the Medicare prescription drug program are starting and will become intense for many of you over the next few months. Take your time to analyze the choices. If you are eligible for Medicare now, you are eligible for the prescription drug program. Sign ups for the plans can start Nov. 15. The […]

Don’t Overpay for Medigap

Medical care expenses are rising. Many retirees compound the problem by paying more for medical expense coverage than they should. The premiums on Medicare are increasing by 17.4% for 2005. You can’t do anything about that. But most people on Medicare also purchase Medicare supplement (or Medigap) insurance policies. Too many of these people overpay […]

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