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Good health is key to retirement security

August 8, 2017

The key to retirement security has traditionally focused on money. But lately, the discussion has embraced health as an increasingly important component in the retirement security equation. In fact, health status during working years and health-care...

Health care reform could affect muni bonds

August 8, 2017

How might proposed health care reform affect municipal bond credit quality? James Dearborn explains. Download transcript The views expressed are as of April 2017, may change as market or other conditions change and may differ from views expressed...

GOP to keep Obamacare taxes on wealthy in latest health-care bill: sources

July 11, 2017

Senate Republican leaders dropped provisions that would repeal two taxes on high earners in a revised draft of their health-care bill sent to the Congressional Budget Office, according to GOP senators. Republican leaders are now planning to...

Health-insurance reform uncertainty hampers advisers' ability to counsel to clients

July 8, 2017

The failure of congressional Republicans to pass a health-insurance reform bill to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act has complicated the lives of financial planners and investment advisers in many ways. The most obvious...

5 ways to ensure an HSA isn't subject to ERISA

July 7, 2017

Health savings accounts are swelling in popularity, and their growth could accelerate, depending on the fate of health-care changes currently being debated on Capitol Hill. Retirement plan advisers have taken notice: Observers say that lawmakers'...

Health savings accounts becoming the new IRAs

July 6, 2017

With more than $40 billion in total assets, health savings accounts are starting to add up to real money, which could represent another area of opportunity and responsibility for financial advisers. Today, only about 4% of HSA savers are moving...

Morningstar's first study of 10 largest HSAs reveals so-so performance

June 27, 2017

In its first assessment of major health savings account plan providers, Morningstar found that only plans from The HSA Authority earned a positive assessment as both an investment vehicle to save for future medical expenses and as a spending...

Retiree health care costs rising faster than Social Security benefits

June 14, 2017

Health care costs in retirement are rising twice as fast as the average annual increase in Social Security benefits, putting a crucial source of retirement income on a collision course with one of the biggest expenses retirees face. Over time,...

Advisers want Congress to increase HSA contribution limits

May 22, 2017

If any part of the House's health care reform bill survives in the Senate, it could be a provision that lifts the ceiling on health savings accounts, a move that some advisers welcome. Under the House bill, the contribution limit would be doubled...

Include health savings accounts in fiduciary process

May 4, 2017

It is anyone's guess how the partisan fight in Congress over health care will eventually shake out, but one trend that financial advisers need to pay particularly close attention to is the rise of health savings accounts. HSAs, which are increasingly...

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...

Strict timeline governs health savings accounts and Medicare

February 28, 2017

Many clients have chosen to enroll in health savings accounts (HSAs) because they like the triple tax savings that HSAs offer when paired with a high-deductible health insurance plan. But things can get very complicated when clients approach...

Health savings accounts front and center amid Obamacare repeal efforts

January 12, 2017

With Republicans in Congress moving aggressively toward replacing all or major parts of Obamacare, health savings accounts are expected to become a centerpiece of managing health care-related expenses going forward. As part of the campaign to...

Where will Medicare costs go in 2017?

November 7, 2016

People are asking me where Medicare costs, specifically Part B premiums and Part B and D high-income surcharges, are going in 2017. While the final numbers have not yet been released, we know that Medicare costs have been going up dramatically....

My client's Medicare coverage has been canceled, now what?

October 7, 2016

This is the time of year when everyone who already has a stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Part C Advantage plan that includes Part D gets a letter from their current plan. There are two types of letters. Most...

Self-funding employee health care pays off for some small businesses

October 5, 2016

The rising price of health-care premiums has more companies paying for their employees' medical expenses themselves rather than buying traditional health plans from insurers. Advisers should be aware of what the option entails for their small-business-owner...

Nationwide to buy Jefferson National

September 28, 2016

Nationwide has agreed to buy Jefferson National, a distributor of variable annuities for clients of registered investment advisers. The acquisition, which expands Nationwide's ability to sell financial products through Jefferson National's network...

Advisers face big challenges in helping clients prepare for health-care costs in retirement

September 18, 2016

Health-care costs are the great unknown of retirement. Not only are health expenses rising quickly overall, but medical needs and conditions vary dramatically from person to person. There are several moving parts, from combinations of different...

Now is the time for an annual Medicare check-up

September 9, 2016

Just like it's a good idea to have an annual check-up for your health, it's smart to have a Medicare check-up to make sure the coverage will work when folks need it, and not break the bank. The best time of year for everyone in Medicare to have...

The alphabet soup of Medicare enrollment periods

August 12, 2016

There are many enrollment periods for the various parts of Medicare. These windows of opportunity provide beneficiaries the chance to sign up for Medicare coverage. It is critical to understand these enrollment periods, which involve requirements...

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