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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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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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Health Care Tax Strategies

June 1, 2001

Health care or long-term care can eat up a big part of a retiree’s budget – or the budget of a retiree’s children. Fortunately, the tax law can help pay for a big part of that burden. Deductions for medical expenses seemed to disappear when the rules were changed in 1986. Now, you can deduct […]

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The Truth About Life Insurance Trusts

Life & Long-Term Care Insurance In One Package

June 1, 2001

Sales of long-term care insurance are stalled. Only about 2% of the target market buy the policies. The latest attempt to make long-term care health insurance attractive is to combine it with life insurance, making both products more attractive. Here’s the pitch in these new policies. The long-term care insurance is there if you ever […]

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Low-Cost Ways to Pay for Long-Term Care Insurance

January 1, 2001

Long-term care insurance isn’t very popular. Insurers estimate that only about 2% of those who should consider long-term care insurance have purchased it. Some of the reasons for this are quite good. There are other, affordable ways to pay for long-term care without leaving your heirs high and dry. One reason people avoid long-term care […]

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Best Ways To Pay For Extended Long Term Care

November 1, 2000

One of the most stressful and difficult financial decisions is planning for possible long term health care expenses. Individuals of all ages struggle over how to provide for the possibility of significant long-term health care costs. Should they buy long-term care insurance? If so, how should they pay for it? Are there other options? Nursing […]

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The New Health Care Orphans

September 1, 2000

It looks like a Medicare experiment is coming to an end. Many seniors are losing the option of receiving their Medicare-covered health care through health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Over 1 million seniors will be dropped from their HMOs next year, because the HMOs are leaving the Medicare program. Over 900,000 of these seniors will have […]

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