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Mining company bankruptcy the canary in coal mine for pensioners

March 25, 2013

Retirees may think they’re on easy street if they’re receiving a defined benefit pension, but advisers are warning them that their retiree healthcare benefits might still be up in the air. Such is the crisis public sector employees and retirees...

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...

Wrangling clients' health care costs in retirement

November 2, 2014

Advisers are trying to get their arms around the uncertainty of health care expenses in old age. Financial advisers have an array of tools at their disposal to construct a client's portfolio while accumulating assets. They can also create models...

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...

S&P: Getting healthy, wealthy and wise

May 4, 2010

Standard & Poor's Equity Research's fundamental outlook for the health care services industry for the next 12 months is positive. S&P's health care equity analytical group thinks most services, including home health care, rehabilitation services,...

Doing complex Medicare and tax bracket math

January 26, 2014

Retirement planning for most advisers consists of helping clients build a sufficient nest egg during the accumulation phase of their working lives and then formulating a plan to generate enough income to provide a comfortable retirement. If...

S&P picks: Why the biotech sector looks healthy

March 8, 2010

Standard & Poor's Equity Research recently upgraded its outlook for the biotechnology industry to positive from neutral. Steven Silver, S&P's biotechnology equity analyst, thinks the industry is positioned for renewed investor interest in 2010,...

HSA assets grew more than 62% last year, Celent study shows

June 29, 2009

Despite the downturn in the economy, the number of health savings accounts and assets held in the plans continue to grow, a new study released today showed. From January 2008 to January 2009, there was an increase of 46.1% in the number of HSAs....

Health care exchanges aren't meant for retirees

October 20, 2013

The new health insurance exchanges have dominated headlines in recent weeks, with tales ranging from computer glitches that have prevented millions of uninsured Americans from signing up for coverage to a federal government shutdown triggered...

Funding LTC insurance absent from cliets' to-do list

June 7, 2009

Advisers are struggling to get clients — especially baby boomers — to think about funding long term care in the face of depleted investment portfolios. Planning to pay for health care needs in retirement has taken a back seat to replenishing...

HSAs: Rx for health care reform

June 3, 2013

Workplace-based health insurance is following in the footsteps of retirement benefits. In response to rising premiums over the past few years and fear of the unknown when Affordable Care Act changes kick in next year, increasing numbers of employers...

Alzheimer's epidemic puts advisers — and their practices — at risk

February 24, 2013

The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease is expected to nearly triple by 2050. This impending epidemic will put even more pressure on advisers as they try to help clients prepare for the possibility of a costly health crisis. According...

Mary Beth Franklin: Talk health care to clients — or lose them

October 29, 2012

Discussing health care costs in retirement with clients is new territory for many financial advisers. In fact, few say they have the knowledge and resources to do it well. That's a real problem, since four in five advisers say they know if they...

Employer-sponsored retiree benefits fading

October 28, 2012

Employees are managing expectations in retirement as employers reduce health benefits for retirees. Data from the Employee Benefit Research Institute show that in 1997, 10.2% of private-sector employers provided health insurance to Medicare-eligible...

Mary Beth Franklin: Advisers and clients don't talk Medicare

October 3, 2012

Despite the serious concerns that many retirees have over rising health care costs, fewer than one-third of those who work with a financial adviser have ever discussed their Medicare plans, according to a new nationwide survey released Thursday....

Is Medicare the next frontier for financial advice?

May 7, 2012

Here's the latest riddle in retirement planning: What is one of pre-retirees' biggest fears that they don't discuss with their financial adviser? Answer: health care A new survey by Nationwide Financial released Monday says nearly half of high-net...

Boomers ignorant about Medicare

October 2, 2011

Most baby boomers, even those past retirement age, say that they don't know much about Medicare, the federal health insurance plan for seniors. And their ignorance could end up costing them money. In a survey conducted by the National Council...

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