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The Family Caregiver Planning Guide

May 1, 2018

Many estate plans fail, and often not because of any flaws in the documents or the plans. Estate plan failures frequently occur in the implementation and execution. Especially important are actions taken by others, often your children. They’re likely to be the ones putting key parts of the plan into action, not you. To ensure […]

How to Incorporate Medical Care Decisions into Your Estate Plan

April 27, 2018

My last report  covered all the medical care documents you’ll need, such as your HIPAA Authorization, health care power of attorney (HPOA), living wills and advance directives.  Today we lay out some working guidelines for making important medical care decisions. Do not resuscitate/hospitalize It’s common for older patients, especially frail ones in nursing homes, to […]

Estate Planning Strategy: Planning for Medical Care in Retirement

April 20, 2018

Your estate plan should be about a lot more than finances. An estate plan isn’t complete, for example, without the medical care documents. In fact, I always recommend making this a priority. Have the medical care documents finalized while you’re still considering the other issues in the estate plan. Also understand that medical care documents […]

Medical Bills And Bankruptcy especially among Older Americans

March 29, 2018

A widespread belief is that medical bills cause a large number of bankruptcies, especially among older Americans. That belief is based on some studies that have been widely criticized. Here’s a review of a new study that comes to a very different conclusion. The key distinction between the studies is how many bankruptcies had medical […]

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Changes Are Coming to Medicare

March 26, 2018

The recent budget deal in Congress included some changes in Medicare that haven’t received enough attention. The two-year budget deal in early February included a bill called the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act, also known as CHRONIC. The bill had passed the Senate in October and was rolled into […]

New Medicare Scams And Thefts

March 7, 2018

Medicare began a long-overdue policy of removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and replacing them with unique 11-digit numbers. Unfortunately, this is leading to a new set of scams, described here. One new scam is for callers to say the beneficiary has to pay a fee to receive the new card. The cards will […]

Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums Decline

January 4, 2018

After years of steady increases, premiums on traditional long-term care insurance policies declined in 2017, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. A couple in their 60s today can expect to pay $3,490 annually for policies that will pay $666,000 in benefits at age 85. According to the 2018 LTC Price Index, the […]

The Retirement Advantages of Health Savings Accounts

November 27, 2017

The HealthSavings Account(HSA) could bethe best retirementplanningvehicle available.Only the Roth IRA comes close.   […]


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