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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 […]
Currently, the greatest fear of most retirement-age Americans is how to pay their retirement medical expenses. This is not surprising. We are bombarded with estimates that people need to save $300,000 just to pay their medical fees after they retire. It also isn’t hard to find stories of retirees filing for bankruptcy primarily because of […]
Prescription drugs are the largest medical expense of most retirees, and their cost usually increases faster than inflation. Yet, many seniors know little about how to reduce their out-of-pocket medicine costs, and important changes are coming to Medicare in 2020. Original Medicare doesn’t cover most prescription drugs. You must take out a Part D Prescription […]
Covering the gaps in original Medicare coverage is critical to maintaining your financial security in retirement, and there are some important changes coming in 2020.Many medical expenses aren’t covered by original Medicare, as I’ve discussed in the past, including the September 2019 issue. When you choose original Medicare instead of a Medicare Advantage plan, decide […]
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One of the most controversial aspects of Medicare is the ability to choose between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Some of the controversy is ideological, because some people are philosophically inclined to either favor or oppose Advantage plans. But much of the controversy exists because the right choice depends a lot on individual circumstances and […]
The biggest financial worry of retirement happens to be among the most manageable and easiest to conquer. Surveys routinely show that Ameri-cans are most concerned about retirement medical expenses. Even high net worth individuals say they’re worried post-career medical care will deplete their assets. It’s no wonder. Every year we’re faced with fresh estimates of […]
My favorite long-term care protection plan has been improved and has become attractive to more people than before. You have more options than ever to help pay for future long-term care, and these newer options are significantly more appealing and rewarding than traditional long-term care insurance. I’ve covered in the past the many troubles in […]
The latest annual report from the Trustees of Medicare and Social Security sparked a lot of discussion, but many of the conclusions people made are wrong. Every year, the trustees of Social Security issue a report to Congress and the public on the financial status of the program and its trust funds. You can find […]