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Medicare's long, strange trip

February 15, 2015

Fifty years ago this year, both Medicare and the Grateful Dead got their start. Today, all the surviving members of that famous San Francisco band are eligible for Medicare. It's a fair bet that they, like most people in their age group in 1965,...

How to get workers to chip in more money toward HSAs

February 3, 2015

Only 15% of employees using tax-deductible health savings accounts are maxing out their contributions, and there's still a good deal of uncertainty about how best to fund the accounts. According to a recent analysis of HSA data by the Employee...

How to perfectly time your clients' Medicare enrollment

January 28, 2015

In a competitive environment, adding value to client relationships and prospects by understanding the convergence of health care and financial planning has never been more important. Advisers recognize the need to help clients make the optimal...

When to disenroll from Medicare

January 18, 2015

You hear so much about Medicare enrollment. At certain times of the year it's hard to escape it with advertising all around us. But what you seldom hear is that beneficiaries can disenroll from some parts of Medicare and enroll in other coverage...

Florida firm linked to 'Wolf of Wall Street' raided by FBI

January 15, 2015

A Florida medical device firm that employs a man who inspired the character played by Jonah Hill in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” was raided by federal agents, a lawyer for the company said. Boca Raton-based Med-Care Diabetic & Medical...

Repeal of Obamacare emerges as a market risk

January 13, 2015

Never mind falling oil prices and brewing geopolitical risks, what about the stock market's reaction to a repeal of Obamacare? Health insurers would feel the pain Financial advisers are discovering inroads in the defined contribution plan arena....

Hedge fund employees enjoy the fruits of their labor

January 9, 2015

Hedge fund employees enjoy the fruits of their labor, even if that labor didn't bear much fruit. Average compensation at $368k Pimco and JPMorgan add their seal of approval by jumping on the smart beta bandwagon. The fundamental-indexing category...

Unpleasant surprise on Form 1040 for Obamacare participants

January 7, 2015

This tax season's going to be cumbersome for freelancing clients and independent contractors and their accountant, thanks to additional paperwork stemming from the Affordable Care Act. Last year was the first year in which individuals were required...

Helping clients get a second chance at Medicare benefits

December 14, 2014

Medicare annual enrollment just ended for most beneficiaries. Yet many Medicare beneficiaries throughout the United States will get a second bite at the 2015 enrollment apple. Every year, carriers discontinue a significant number of Medicare...

Financial advisers need to check up on clients' medical debt

December 12, 2014

With half of all debt identified on credit reports coming from medical claims, financial advisers should be helping clients stay on top of their health care bills. About 52% of the collections reported by credit agencies are owed to hospitals...

Advisers must help clients decide how HSAs fit in their plans

December 7, 2014

Health savings accounts, as reported in the Dec. 1 issue of InvestmentNews, offer financial advisers and their clients a planning opportunity, and a new planning complication. The opportunity is the chance to set aside money on a tax-advantaged...

Baby boomer clients need input on medical expenses in retirement

December 7, 2014

As a financial professional, it's unlikely you went to medical school. But even if you're not an M.D., don't be surprised if clients seek your advice on complex health care decisions as they approach retirement. According to a study on health...

How to help clients navigate the choppy HSA waters

December 1, 2014

Preretirees increasingly rank health care as a top concern — specifically, health care costs during retirement. Your clients are currently choosing their health coverage plan for 2015. Part of a comprehensive approach to dealing with health...

If client tests positive, the next step is yours

November 30, 2014

A new blood test being developed to identify the likely onset of Alzheimer's disease up to a decade before current tools can offer financial advisers and clients great opportunities but also presents clients with a dilemma. To be tested or not...

Health savings accounts: Transforming health care, forcing hard choices

November 30, 2014

It isn't every day that an adviser would recommend that a client cut back on 401(k) contributions, but financial planner Ben Wacek recently suggested that an investor do that in order to better manage the cost of health care. The client, an...

Early detection of Alzheimer's would allow for better financial planning

November 18, 2014

A new blood test being developed to detect Alzheimer’s can identify the disease up to a decade before a clinical diagnosis can spot the signs, a development that should help financial advisers better plan for their clients’ future. “From...

Most Medicare beneficiaries overspend on out-of-pocket costs

November 16, 2014

Studies consistently show that 90% to 95% of Medicare beneficiaries are overspending on their out-of-pocket health care costs. How is that happening? Generally speaking, most people don't understand their coverage and the choices they can make...

Supreme Court case could shake up union retiree benefits

November 13, 2014

A key Supreme Court case could shake up advisers who work with union employees and retirees whose ability to obtain health care benefits through retirement hangs in the balance. The Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on M&G Polymers USA...

GOP Senate win gives it the clout to change Obamacare

November 11, 2014

The Republican takeover of the Senate next year opens the door for some changes to the nation's health care law, especially as it relates to what small businesses are required to offer employees. The first move that the Republican-led Senate...

10 signs your client has Alzheimer's - Bracing for dementia

November 3, 2014

About 5.2 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to climb, according to the latest numbers from the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2050, there could be as many as 16 million people 65 and older who...

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