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Recent rule changes to boost retiree health costs

April 30, 2018

Individually, recent updates to Medicare and Social Security rules may not have seemed like a big deal. But when taken together, seven changes to Medicare means testing, Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and Social Security...

Job satisfaction tied to benefits satisfaction, survey finds

April 27, 2018

The happier employees are with their benefits, the happier and more satisfied they are overall, according to an analysis of survey data by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The data, from EBRI's 2017 Health and Workplace Benefits Survey,...

DOL proposal on association health plans could help advisers

March 28, 2018

Traditionally, one of the most significant obstacles many small business owners face is finding quality, affordable healthcare solutions for themselves and their employees. This includes countless Financial Services Institute members. Recently,...

The rich are betting they can buy their way to a longer life

April 20, 2018

Money might not buy love, but it can buy better health. And, to live as long as possible, the world's wealthy are willing to pay up. Over the past few decades, the average person's lifespan has risen almost everywhere in the world. In China,...

Even the strongest retirement plans can be derailed by health care costs

February 26, 2018

Rising health care costs have long been the bane of working Americans, but most people don't give enough thought to how escalating health care costs in retirement can derail even the most solid financial plan. "While the exact cost varies for...

Growth in Health Savings Accounts may have stalled, says EBRI

February 20, 2018

Growth rates in health savings account (HSA)-eligible health plan enrollment have been trending down since 2014, showing very little growth since then, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. EBRI, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research...

Health care reform could affect muni bonds

August 8, 2017

Download transcript The views expressed are as of April 2017, may change as market or other conditions change and may differ from views expressed by other Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC (CMIA) associates or affiliates. Actual investments...

New tool helps advisers estimate health care costs

January 23, 2018

The cost of health care in retirement consistently ranks as a leading concern among clients, yet it is a topic on which few financial advisers can offer specific guidance. That is about to change. A new tool from HealthyCapital unveiled this...

Growth of HSAs opens new market for financial advisers

January 8, 2018

The increasing popularity of health savings accounts is creating a new avenue for financial advisers to add value, while also adding assets under management. Health savings accounts hold nearly $45 billion​ nationwide, having grown from less...

Tax cut optimism may be overblown

March 22, 2017

Even if new health-care legislation makes it through the House and Senate, the timing is likely to push tax reform into next year, pushing tax cuts further into the future, says Wall Street Journal columnist Justin Lahart. "Investors who are...

Trump moves to undermine Obamacare

October 12, 2017

President Donald J. Trump began his own effort to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act after Republican leaders in Congress failed to repeal and replace his predecessor's signature legislative accomplishment. Mr. Trump's directive, signed...

HSAs next cash cow for 401(k) plan advisers: expert

November 16, 2017

Financial advisers who manage a company's retirement plan should try to fill the same role for the firm's health savings accounts — a move that would position them to take part in one of the fastest growing areas of wealth management, an expert...

Beware: Medicare surcharges can change throughout year based on latest tax return

January 17, 2018

It's a new year and time for another dispatch from the retirement front, an occasional series of columns where I chronicle life with my retired husband and describe our personal retirement decisions. I hope it provides some insights to advisers...

Health care costs squeeze retirement savings

April 13, 2016

Once upon a time, workplace-based savings accounts were focused largely on retirement. Contributions to 401(k) plans or similar employer-sponsored plans helped employees build a retirement nest egg while reducing their current tax burden. But...

Tips for managing clients' health care expenses in retirement

March 27, 2017

Survey after survey shows that health care expenses in retirement are a top concern for clients, and financial advisers are finally taking notice. According to a 2017 Survey conducted by The American College of Financial Services, advisers reported...

Rethinking retirement income replacement rules

December 10, 2015

I sympathize with financial professionals who try to advise their clients on how much to save for retirement when the traditional 80% of pre-retirement income target is being questioned. Some research suggests that the rule of thumb, based on...

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...

Open Medicare enrollment season gives clients a chance to save

September 25, 2014

Medicare's annual open enrollment season is an ideal time for clients to shop around for new Medicare coverage — even if they are happy with their current plan — to see if it is still appropriate for their needs. Open enrollment this year...

Small businesses still ailing in wake of Affordable Care Act

August 31, 2014

A year ago, financial advisers were cheering the launch of government health insurance exchanges, but today they're grappling with costly group insurance policies for their small business clients, who have been hurt by delays in the implementation...

Promise of ACA's small business initiative falls flat

August 31, 2014

The Affordable Care Act made many great promises. Like all legislation, some promises materialized, such as guaranteed-issue health insurance. Other provisions failed to take hold. One area that held great promise was the Small Business Health...

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