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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Delayed retirement reduces health care costs

June 12, 2014

I know I must sound like a broken record (or an iPod in permanent shuffle mode), but delaying retirement by even a few years can have a big impact on a client's retirement income plan, thanks to higher Social Security benefits and by allowing...

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...

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...

A doctor deconstructs the Affordable Care Act

October 6, 2013

Fewer advisers have kept a closer eye on the Affordable Care Act than Dr. Carolyn McClanahan, a physician and director of financial planning at Life Planning Partners Inc. Indeed, health care reform has kept her busy: It's been a focal point...

Health care knowledge boosts your value

September 8, 2013

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey published last month, 51% of those polled said they don't have enough information about the Affordable Care Act to understand how it will affect them and their families. That isn't surprising, given...

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...

Health coverage may not be client's first priority

May 19, 2013

When it comes to helping clients save for health care costs during retirement, financial advisers need to balance concerns about massive medical costs with a retiree's quality of life, which is no small task. The keynote session at the Retirement...

IRS gives employers a break

January 27, 2013

Long-awaited proposed regulations from the Internal Revenue Service have resolved questions about a key health care reform law provision that would impose stiff penalties on employers not offering coverage. “Certainty is what employers clamored...

Clock ticking on changes for Medicare coverage

December 2, 2012

Just as people should review their portfolios periodically and re-balance as necessary to ensure that their investments are in line with their financial goals, Medicare-eligible beneficiaries should review their health insurance coverage to...

From elder planning to implementation

May 17, 2015

Not to beat a dead horse, but the population in the United States is getting older and older. Most everyone has heard the statistic that 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. Couple that with the fact that life expectancies continue to grow....

Health insurance premiums soar

November 27, 2011

U.S. workers' health insurance premiums rose 63% between 2003 and 2010 as employers shifted more of the burden of rising medical costs to individuals and families, according to a study from The Commonwealth Fund. The total cost of insuring a...

Health care costs claim bigger part of nest egg

May 1, 2011

FOR FINANCIAL planners, estimating medical costs for retired clients is little more than guesswork. Accurately predicting such costs requires an adviser to know how long the clients will live and what kinds of medical problems they will confront....

Health savings account enrollment on rise

May 30, 2010

Enrollment in high-deductible health insurance plans linked to health savings accounts continues to surge, with the biggest growth in plans offered by larger employers. As of Jan. 1, 10 million people were enrolled in HSA-linked health insurance...

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