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Buying Life Insurance & Long Term Care Insurance Together

July 1, 2010

Consumers are finding ways to protect their wealth from long-term care expenses without buying long-term care insurance (LTCI). Consumers seeking these alternatives, however, need to know some details to ensure they buy the best coverage for them. LTCI sales should be booming. The big Baby Boomer generation is in the prime years for buying LTCI. […]

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Exchanging Other Policies for Long Term Care Insurance

July 1, 2010

Consumers can exchange tax free old life insurance policies or annuities for long-term care insurance (LTCI) policies, under a 2006 law that became effective Jan. 1, 2010. Unfortunately, few people have been able to take advantage of the law. The idea behind the law is to give another option to people with cash value life […]

Knowing When Long Term Care Insurance Will Pay

June 1, 2010

Will a long-term care insurance policy (LTCI) pay benefits when you need them? Uncertainty about the answer to that question keeps many people from purchasing LTCI. Media reports, rumors, and data also confuse or create uncertainty among potential buyers. In the early days of LTCI reports and anecdotes indicated that insurers made their money by […]

Reviewing the New Medigap Policies

June 1, 2010

All the hoopla over health care reform overshadowed a change in Medicare Supplement Plans. The biggest changes in years for these plans took effect in June 2010 but have received little notice. Participants in traditional Medicare often buy Medicare Supplement plans, or Medigap policies, to cover some of the costs not covered by Medicare, such […]


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. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.

Searching the New Medical Insurance Law

May 1, 2010

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 […]

Estimating Retirement Medical Expenses

April 1, 2010

The spending wildcard in most Retirement plans is medical care. For many years, we were largely on our own when estimating these costs. Recently, detail-ed estimates of retiree medical spending have been issued to guide our planning. The latest estimate is that the typical married couple, with each spouse each 65 today, jointly will spend […]

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Dealing With Increases in Long Term Care Insurance Premiums

March 1, 2010

Increases in premiums on many long-term care insurance (LTCI) policies are coming. Some of you already received notice of them. Others will receive notices soon. You need a plan for dealing with these increases (and likely future increases), and policyholders who don’t face the increases now should learn lessons from them. The increases generally are […]

Writing Off Long-Term Care

March 1, 2010

At least some of the expenses of a nursing home or assisted living facility usually are deductible. The amount of the deductions depends on the circumstances. You have to know the rules to maximize your deduction. When the primary reason for residing in a nursing home is one’s physical condition and the availability of medical […]

December 2020:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.

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