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Medicare Advantage Plans Receive a Boost

April 7, 2015

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Advantage plans are supposed to be made less attractive. The government is supposed to reduce the amount the plans receive per enrollee. But that hasn’t happened. The plans are very popular, enrolling about 30% of Medicare beneficiaries and rising. For the third year in a row the government announced […]

A Little-Known Medicare Advantage Plan

April 1, 2015

When you turn 65 or otherwise enroll in Medicare, see if a Medicare Savings Account (MSA) is available in your area. These are similar to HSAs, but a little different. They are linked to high-deductible Medicare Advantage plans. You would sign up for a high deductible Medicare-Advantage plan and also open the MSA affiliated with […]

The Retirement Advantages of Health Savings Accounts

April 1, 2015

There’s an advantage in the medical insurance changes of the last few years, and few people are maximizing it. The Afford-able Care Act of 2010 of course changed insurance for pre-retirees, whether they buy individual policies or have employer-provided coverage, and you need to know how to use the changes to your advantage. The major […]

Separating the Myths, Facts of Long-Term Care

March 1, 2015

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 […]

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How Medicare Distorts Medical Care

February 19, 2015

The Wall Street Journal has been doing a series in which it digs into Medicare billing data to find interesting things about how medical providers react to the incentives in the payment system. The latest report (subscription might be required) found that patients who received care at long-term acute hospitals tend to be discharged exactly […]

Proposed Changes in Medicare

February 9, 2015

The President plans to change Medicare fairly dramatically over the next few years. Currently, about 20% of Medicare payments are made through one of the trial or experimental payments system. These system try something other then the traditional fee-for-service model under which there is an incentive for more treatment, tests, and other activity, none of […]

An Estate Planning Saga – Health Care Directives

January 30, 2015

Celebrities teach the best estate planning lessons. They make a lot of mistakes, and the people around them seem to have extreme reactions to everything. Plus, the details make their way into the media. A recent, tragic example is the last days of Casey Kasem. GQ documents the details. The lessons are that you should […]

The Latest in Healthy Diets

January 20, 2015

The latest research doesn’t have anything to do with the types of food you eat. Instead, it focuses on when you eat. One study found you should only eat in a 12-hour period during the day and fast the other 12 hours. The other study recommended fasting for 16 hours one day a week and […]

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