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The season for Medicare decisions is almost upon us again. It’s a complicated program with a number of options, and many of you need some guidance and information to make the right decision for you. Medical expenses will be one of the highest expenses in retirement, so you want to get this right. Open enrollment […]
The greatest fears of Americans approaching retirement are paying for medical expenses and outliving their money. Those concerns are related, because medical expenses are the largest unknown factor in retirement plans, one of the major expenses, and most people don’t have estimates of their retirement medical spending. For example, 40% of Americans have no idea […]
A little-noticed provision of the 2010 health care reform (Affordable Care Act) is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This will be a 15-member panel of experts appointed by the President without input or oversight from Congress. The IPAB would designate the appropriate levels of care and treatment. It’s expected that Medicare would follow the […]
It’s no secret that Medicare is in trouble. The government will have to spend less on the beneficiaries at some point. It’s likely there will be some form of rationing or reduction in care. There are three ways that could be implemented. One way is to put the onus on the patient or consumer to […]
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The crisis in long-term care insurance is causing people to look for alternatives to traditional LTCI. There are a few options, but you want to consider them care-fully before deciding on a plan. Each option has its own disadvantages. In our January and March visits we documented how some insurers are raising premiums on LTCI […]
It’s no secret that the current Medicare system is unsustainable, or it shouldn’t be a secret. That’s why there are a number of proposals and laws to change the system. There’s a great deal of confusion and misinformation about the different proposals, of course. Here’s an article with an analysis of the main proposals out […]
People who should consider buying long-term care insurance often report that they don’t because they believe it’s too expensive. LTCI is more costly than it needs to be because people make two critical mistakes when evaluating it. Avoid those mistakes, and you might find LTCI is more affordable. The first mistake is that people don’t […]
Every government program has its technical requirements and details. Make a mistake or overlook a key point, and you lose some benefits or pay a penalty. Medicare is no different, but the consequences of an error can be very expensive. Here are some frequent mistakes to avoid. Medicare wants you to sign up when you’re […]