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Retirement expert Bob Carlson’s research and knowledge on how to get the most out of healthcare options

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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 […]

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Medical Expense Options for Retirees

April 1, 2007

A recent survey of America’s wealthy revealed a surprise. Those in households with more than $250,000 in investable assets said that their greatest financial concern is health care costs. These Americans believe that medical expenses are more likely to affect their savings and investments than terrorism, rising energy prices, taxes, and the state of the […]

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Long-Term Care Insurance Policies: Changes and Updates

January 1, 2007

Insurers are changing long-term care insurance policies to reduce confusion and overcome the objections of many potential buyers. The government also is getting on board with some new rules that favor policy purchases. Two major factors keep many people from purchasing long-term care policies. One factor is that the policies are complicated, with many optional […]

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How Long-Term Care Insurance Can Reduce Risk

December 1, 2006

Most people evaluate long-term care insurance the wrong way. Sales approaches also often stress the wrong factors. LTCI should be analyzed in much the same way we analyze investment opportunities. Fear often is the focus of LTCI discussions. Scary statistics are used to try to convince consumers that they need the policies to protect them […]

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Long Term Care Insurance: New Regulations

November 1, 2006

New regulations covering long-term care insurance might be on their way to your state. The regulations will broaden care and help reduce premiums. The regulations were drafted by the National Association of Insurance Commis-sioners. Insurance is regulated by each state. This group drafts model statutes and regulations that each state is encouraged to adopt. In […]

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What is Better Than Medicare

November 1, 2006

Alternatives to traditional Medicare are more popular – and with good reason. For the same and sometimes lower cost, more care is received by Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare Advantage is an umbrella name for alternatives to traditional Medicare. The alternatives include HMOs, PPOs, and special needs plans. But the fastest-growing alternative is PFFS – private fee […]

March 2021:

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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