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How to Evaluate Long Term Care Insurance Policies

July 1, 2003

Few financial transactions are more complicated than buying long-term health care insurance. Also, few single transactions have potentially greater and longer-lasting consequences. We’ve covered the basics and more in past visits, most recently in June 2002 (available on the web site Archive). Let’s take a look at the next level of issues you are likely […]

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Things You Need to Know About Medicaid

June 1, 2003

Would you like free nursing home care? Almost everyone over age 65 has been exposed to seminars and other presentations promising just that. Adult children of older people, especially those already in nursing homes, get regular exposure to the ideas. Some elder law and estate planning attorneys make this promise a central part of their […]

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How to Find the Best Health Care Plan

November 1, 2002

A recent headline in The Wall Street Journal said it all: “Health Benefits for Retirees Continue to Shrink, Study Says.” “Outlook Is Even Bleaker For Workers Leaving Jobs Over the Next 20 Years,” said the subheadline. Take a look at a few developments in just the last few months: Another 200,000 Medicare members will lose […]

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How to Save Money with Prescription Plans?

June 1, 2002

Prescription drugs are more numerous and more important to health care. Unfortunately, buying them is getting more confusing. Unlike the early days of Medicare, today drugs are the prime treatment for many diseases and conditions. Often, diseases are treated or controlled by taking medication for life. Drugs are a big reason why, despite an older […]

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Five Key Decisions to Make Before Choosing a Long Term Care Insurance Policy

March 1, 2002

The cost of long-term health care is rising, and individuals bear most of the cost. That’s why more people are considering long-term health care insurance. Before buying, know the true risks of your needing long-term care and the types of long-term care available. Then, if long-term care insurance is for you, learn how to customize […]

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Finding A Solution For Long-Term Care

February 1, 2002

Americans are seriously misinformed about Medicare’s coverage of long-term health care. The oldest Americans – those most likely to need long term medical care – are the most misinformed. In a recent survey by Carequest, Inc., 63% of respondents age 65 and older either didn’t know or gave the wrong answer to a basic question […]

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Handling the Latest Medicare Changes

November 1, 2001

There’s been another change in Medicare. The change especially affects those who are interested in HMO coverage. But it also has the effect of locking almost all beneficiaries in their chosen Medicare plan for all of 2002. The U.S. government extended the deadline HMOs had to declare whether or not they would remain in the […]

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The Right Long-Term Care Insurance Policy for You

July 1, 2001

Many of you should at least consider purchasing a long-term health care policy. In high cost of living areas, anyone with net assets between $200,000 and $2 million should take a look at the policies. In lower-cost areas, a lower net worth merits a look at the policies. That doesn’t mean each of you should […]

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