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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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

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...

55- to 64-year-olds most likely to have health insurance in ’07, EBRI study says

July 28, 2009

Adults 55 to 64 were most likely to have health care coverage in 2007, according to a study from the Employee Benefits Research Institute. According to the study, which was published today in the August issue of EBRI Notes, 2% of adults between...

Agents oppose government-sponsored health care

May 3, 2009

As Congress starts to take up health care reform, a group representing health insurance agents is voicing its dissent over President Obama's call for universal health insurance. Specifically, the Association of Health Insurance Advisors, which...

New tab for retirement health care: $240,000

March 26, 2009

The cost of health care in retirement has risen 50% since 2002, according to research released today by Fidelity Investments. A 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need about $240,000 to cover medical expenses in retirement apart from...

Alzheimer's patient costs 3X those of other seniors

March 24, 2009

The health care costs of Alzheimer's disease patients are more than triple those of other older people, and that doesn't even include the billions of hours of unpaid care from family members, a new report suggests. Compared with people aged...

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...

Health savings account limits to increase for some in 2017

July 29, 2016

Health savings accounts, which were established in 2003 to allow individuals and families to save money from their paychecks in tax-deferred accounts, have been touted as a great way to save for medical expenses both today and in retirement....

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...

How to properly defer Medicare enrollment

April 19, 2016

As the retirement age in our country continues to push into the late sixties and early seventies, many individuals are realizing that delaying Medicare enrollment may be a prudent plan. Considering the significant impact health care costs have...

Health care costs for retired couples climb 11% over 2014: Fidelity

October 7, 2015

American couples who are ready to retire can add an extra $25,000 in health care costs to their list of retirement expenses. A 65-year-old couple retiring this year should expect to spend a projected $245,000 on health care costs, according...

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,...

Medicare becoming a bigger piece of retirement planning for advisers

May 5, 2015

Expect to make Medicare a bigger part of the work you do for retiring clients. That's because Medicare is becoming a bigger part of retirement planning at a time when health care costs are rising and employers are turning their retirees toward...

COBRA considerations when Medicare-eligible

April 26, 2015

COBRA stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. An important part of that law requires most employer group health plans to provide a temporary continuation of group health coverage under certain circumstances, such as...

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...

Baby boomer clients need input on medical expenses in retirement

December 7, 2014

As a financial professional, it's unlikely you went to medical school. But even if you're not an M.D., don't be surprised if clients seek your advice on complex health care decisions as they approach retirement. According to a study on health...

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