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Ensuring the Medical Care You Want and Need

January 18, 2017

Your estate plan should be about a lot more than finances. Now that the federal estate tax doesn’t affect many estates, more people shift their primary focus away from taxes and even away from finances in their planning. But most people still aren’t paying enough attention to the other issues. An estate plan isn’t complete […]

Good News About Becoming Older

January 6, 2017

Much has changed about aging in the U.S. over the last few decades, especially in the U.S. Most people haven’t kept up with the changes and still have a false view of things. This article points out some of the changes and how they have saved Medicare money and will save more in the future. […]

Building Brain Fitness

December 29, 2016

The money fears of retirees and pre-retirees grab most of the headlines. But what retirees are most likely to fear is becoming a burden on others and being unable to take care of themselves, especially because of reduced cognitive function. Yet, you really can help your brain remain fit and relatively young, reducing the risk […]

More Reasons to Avoid Supplements and Vitamins

December 21, 2016

This article dives deep into how nutritional supplements became popular and why that’s a bad things. It focuses on the research about free radicals, antioxidants, and the movement to increase consumption of antioxidants. The article says the latest research indicates that taking artificial antioxidants doesn’t improve health or postpone aging. Some studies show that taking […]

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Variations in Medicare Spending

November 29, 2016

A few years ago the federal government started releasing detailed data about Medicare spending. Analysts quickly determined that Medicare spending averaged quite a bit around the country. Some areas have much higher average spending per Medicare beneficiary than others, and some providers bill Medicare much higher amounts. This blog post discusses a new study that […]

The Limits of Medicare Coverage

November 28, 2016

One of the biggest mistakes people make in retirement is not knowing the limits of Medicare coverage. Many people enter retirement believing that Medicare covers all or most of your medical expenses. This article goes into some detail about the out-of-pocket costs typical Medicare beneficiaries pay for cancer treatments. It’s based on a study by […]

A New Contradictory Study on Cholesterol

November 1, 2016

People have been told that increasing their HDL (good cholesterol) levels will increase the risk of heart disease. A new study says that’s not the case. The new study indicates HDL doesn’t counteract bad cholesterol. Instead, it doesn’t seem to do much, though low levels of HDL could be indicators of bad overall health or […]

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Stop Overpaying for Retirement Medical Care

September 15, 2016

Medicare open enrollment season is almost upon us again. This is your annual opportunity to improve your coverage or reduce costs or both. Even if you are satisfied with your coverage, review what’s available and compare it to your current coverage. Also, be sure to review changes your plan announced for next year. The fact […]

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