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Does Medicare Cover Long-Term Care?

August 31, 2020

Medicare is the primary medical insurance for most Americans ages 65 and over. But does Medicare cover the expensive costs of long-term care? The possibility of needing long-term care, and having to pay for that care, is one of the great fears of older Americans. Understanding exactly which long-term care costs Medicare will cover, and […]

Retirement Medical Expenses Drop, but You’ll Pay Plenty Without the Right Plan

July 28, 2020

There is a bit of good news for those who are worried that retirement medical expenses will eat away their nest eggs, but you still need to plan carefully to minimize your out-of-pocket medical spending.Each year, the Employer Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) estimates the total out-of-pocket medical expenses that hypothetical 65-year-olds are likely to spend […]

The Retirement Watch Family Caregiver Planning Guide

June 9, 2020

Family caregiver planning has some simple rules… And some not-so-simple rules. For starters, any caregiver agreements involving family members should be in writing. That is, unless the person providing the care is being altruistic (being a friend), and expects nothing in return now or in the future. Often when one family member provides care for […]

“How to Turn $1 into $3 — And Get Retirement Peace of Mind” Conference Call 06/05/20

June 5, 2020

Welcome to my subscriber-only conference call: How to Turn $1 into $3 — And Get Retirement Peace of Mind. Click on the image below to listen to the conference call.

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“How to Turn $1 into $3 — And Get Retirement Peace of Mind” Conference Call 06/05/20

June 5, 2020

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Medicare Is Updated for the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 28, 2020

Medicare expanded its coverage in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Telehealth services are the major additional benefit under Medicare. These services enable beneficiaries to consult with doctors and receive some types of treatment without having to leave their homes and visit medical facilities. Telehealth services can be delivered through telephone, online via computers or other […]

How to Avoid the Big Surprise Medicare Gaps

March 31, 2020

Most people don’t know there’s a penalty for enrolling in Medicare late. While Medicare is optional, if you don’t enroll in it when you’re first eligible, enrolling in it later will cost you for the rest of your life. The Medicare enrollment deadline apparently isn’t well-known, because the number of people paying the penalty for […]

Act Now To Avoid Higher Medicare Premiums

October 28, 2019

You could pay almost four times the regular Medicare premium in two years if you don’t take action soon. Back in 2003, Congress began means-testing Medicare by putting in place the Medicare premium surtax or surcharge. It’s known formally as IR-MAA, Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount. IRMAA is one of the Stealth Taxes I warn retirees […]

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