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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...

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....

Advisers applaud House bills to expand health savings accounts

July 16, 2018

Investment advisers applauded legislation recently passed by a House committee to expand health savings accounts, but the measures face a difficult road ahead. Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee approved a roster of bills designed...

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...

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...

Growth of HSAs opens new market for financial advisers

January 8, 2018

The increasing popularity of health savings accounts is creating a new avenue for financial advisers to add value, while also adding assets under management. Health savings accounts hold nearly $45 billion​ nationwide, having grown from less...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Savings targets for retirement health care costs fall in 2014

October 28, 2014

Retirees who are eligible for Medicare this year won't need to stash quite as much money in order to cover their future healthcare expenses — for now. Data from the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows that savings targets to fund health...

Caregiving costs hit family finances, employment, retirement

September 15, 2014

As America ages, more and more financial planning clients will be touched by the emotional and financial strains of caregiving. Almost half of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving expenses, according to a new Caring.com...

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...

Boomers miss mark thinking Obamacare covers long-term-care insurance

January 23, 2014

Baby boomers are out of touch with the real costs of long-term care — and the likelihood they will need it. Seventy-two percent of boomers incorrectly assume that the Affordable Care Act will cover the costs of long-term care, according to...

Beware: Medicare surcharges can change throughout year based on latest tax return

January 17, 2018

It's a new year and time for another dispatch from the retirement front, an occasional series of columns where I chronicle life with my retired husband and describe our personal retirement decisions. I hope it provides some insights to advisers...

The 800-lb. health care gorilla in the room

October 11, 2013

Advisers need to talk to clients about saving for health care costs during retirement and earmark those dollars in the portfolio, because Americans drastically underestimate what they'll have to spend, a health care consultant told planners....

Health insurance exchange cost info released

September 25, 2013

The effective date for the state and federal health insurance exchanges is right around the corner, and details on costs and levels of coverage according to location are starting to unfold. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning...

'Uncharted waters' for Detroit's municipal retirees

July 19, 2013

Retiree benefits are hanging in the balance for municipal workers in Detroit. The Motor City filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Thursday, with the support of its emergency manager, Kevyn D. Orr. The hundreds of pages of legal documents...

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