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2019 Medicare premiums announced

October 12, 2018

One day after the Social Security Administration announced that monthly benefits would increase by 2.8% next year, retirees got more good news. Medicare Part B premiums, which pay for outpatient services and doctor fees, will increase by only...

Using an IRA to fund an HSA

October 9, 2018

Funds from individual retirement accounts generally cannot be rolled over to a health savings account, but there is a one-time exception for a qualified HSA funding distribution, or QHFD. An individual is allowed to transfer funds from an IRA...

Mary Beth Franklin: Slowing drug costs temper health care inflation

October 3, 2018

The latest projection of retiree health care cost trends is a good news-bad news story that can arm financial advisers with appropriate inflation estimates to crank into their retirement income plans. In a positive development, overall annual...

An adviser's guide to Medicare open enrollment

September 28, 2018

If you are younger than 65, you probably wonder what all the fuss is about as you're bombarded with television ads for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans each fall. As a financial adviser, you should view the annual Medicare open...

Health-care planning presents an opportunity for advisers

September 27, 2018

Like it or not, financial advisers need to factor health-care costs and funding solutions into future retirement income plans. Clients expect it, and tools are now available to personalize cost calculations and to provide a variety of funding...

How advisers can help cancer patients tackle financial distress

September 21, 2018

I'll never forget the shock when my brother-in-law, Billy — an avid athlete and outdoorsman — visited a doctor for his heartburn, only to learn he had stage 4 esophageal cancer. He fought the disease hard, but it claimed him eight months...

Legislation affecting advisers may fall victim to tight Capitol Hill calendar

September 6, 2018

Legislation that would reform how advisers are regulated, increase contribution limits for health savings accounts and strengthen retirement security could fall victim to a tight congressional calendar or partisan divisions this fall. In late...

Intriguing snapshot of HSA users

July 24, 2018

If financial advisers were asked to create a profile of the ideal prospective client, many might list young, college-educated workers with above-average incomes so they could help them grow their wealth over several decades. If that sounds like...

How advisers can ride the 'wave of opportunity' of aging clients

July 23, 2018

People are living longer than ever, but how can they live better? That's the question Joseph Coughlin is trying to answer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AgeLab, which Mr. Coughlin founded and directs. In his book "The Longevity Economy:...

Improved health outcomes can boost retirement savings

July 10, 2018

What would you say about a planning tool that quantifies how improved management of a chronic health condition can reduce a client's medical expenses, increase their life expectancy and boost disposable income? What if you took it a step further...

New ways to estimate and fund long-term care costs

July 5, 2018

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of retirees more than the three letters: LTC. The potentially crushing costs of long-term care in a nursing home, memory care unit or even at home — most of which are not covered by Medicare — can easily...

The black hole of financial planning: Health care costs

June 26, 2018

Affluent older adults are worried about what health care costs, including long-term care expenses, could do to their carefully laid retirement plans. Yet only about half of those who work with a financial adviser have discussed their fears because...

Vanguard research reframes retiree health care as annual expense

June 19, 2018

Framing health care costs in retirement as an annual expense rather than a lifetime lump sum can help investors better understand total annual expenditures and plan accordingly during their retirement years, according to new research from Vanguard....

Medicare trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, three years earlier than expected

June 5, 2018

The main trust fund behind Medicare, the U.S. health-care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2026, three years earlier than was projected a year ago, the government said Tuesday. Medicare's Board of Trustees blamed the...

Death and taxes: A conversation we must have

May 30, 2018

With apologies for the dog-eared title, I had to follow up my last column about the importance of the wealth management ecosystem by calling out the importance of a really good human adviser. And there's no better place to start than with the...

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,...

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...

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