Retirement Healthcare and Medicare

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The Upcoming Medicare Changes

July 1, 2008

One of the biggest mistakes people make in their retirement plans is underestimating their medical expense burdens. Traditionally, early retirees overlook this major expense, but it is likely that in the next few years this expense will spike higher than many retirees anticipate. It is important that people recognize the trends behind changes in medical […]

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When to Change Long-Term Care Insurance Policies

February 1, 2008

This could be an auspicious time for owners of long-term care insurance policies to consider upgrading or exchanging. While many people have not purchased the policies those who purchased them in the past should take a look at what is available. The biggest gripe of LTC policy owners is premium increases. There are a few […]

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New Medical Insurance Options for Early Retirees

December 1, 2007

Health care orphans are receiving some help. Medical insurers and major employers are coming to their aid. The orphans are the second-fastest growing group of those without health insurance. They are people ages 50 to 64 who have no employer-sponsored medical coverage because they left their jobs, and their employers do not provide retiree medical […]

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How to Ensure the Medical Care You Want

October 1, 2007

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 […]

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The Revolution in Continuing Care Retirement Communities

September 1, 2007

There is a bit of a revolution taking place in continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). The revolution will make it easier for people to enter the community of their choice, but it also is making some decisions more difficult. A continuing care retirement community offers the full range of senior living options on one campus […]

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Long-Term Care Insurance Is Now More Lucrative

July 1, 2007

Changes are occurring that could make long-term care insurance more attractive to consumers. These changes, plus some shrewd moves by policy buyers, can ensure that more consumers have protection from the expense of long-term care at an affordable price. One change that has been taking place over the last few years is consolidation of the […]

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Social Security and Medicare: What Lies Ahead?

June 1, 2007

The trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds issued their annual report recently, and as usual it was dismal. Yet, buried within the report is some reasonably good news for those who want to see it. That news also is important to those who are planning their retirement income over the next few […]

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6 Ways to Cut Prescription Drug Costs

May 1, 2007

The Part D Medicare Prescription Drug program is doing well after its first year. Surveys show that it is very popular with its beneficiaries. Premiums and other costs to beneficiaries are lower than forecast. Yet there still is room for mature Americans to reduce their prescription drug costs. Retirees who aren’t yet old enough for […]

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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