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HSAs next cash cow for 401(k) plan advisers: expert

November 16, 2017

Financial advisers who manage a company's retirement plan should try to fill the same role for the firm's health savings accounts — a move that would position them to take part in one of the fastest growing areas of wealth management, an expert...

'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...

Medical pros on the front line in fight against financial abuse of seniors

June 12, 2013

Medical professionals are finding themselves at center stage in the fight against elder financial abuse and they are ready to help. About 59% of doctors and nurses think cognitive impairment makes seniors vulnerable to financial exploitation...

Next benefit fortress to fall: Employee health insurance

June 9, 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...

With Medicare signup coming soon, tax bracket management strategies can help clients save

October 13, 2014

With Medicare enrollment just around the corner, advisers might want to weigh strategies that will allow clients to save a hefty sum on Medicare premiums. Clients could be on the hook for as much as 80% of the total cost of Medicare Part B coverage,...

Retiree health care nut drops by $20k — but hold the parade

May 16, 2013

The magic number for health care costs for a 65-year-old couple leaving the workplace this year is $220,000, down from $240,000 last year. In its annual estimate of health care expenses for retirees, Fidelity Investments found a number of factors...

Advisers help clients brace for health care surprises in retirement

September 19, 2014

Health care expenses are the ultimate moving target when it comes to retirement planning, and advisers can use distinct strategies to help provide clients with some certainty around those costs. It's no secret that investors preparing for retirement...

Trump administration will let small businesses offer cheaper health plans

June 19, 2018

The Trump administration wants to make it easier for small businesses to join together to offer cheaper health-insurance plans that would lack some of the protections required under Obamacare. The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday that it plans...

Ponnuru: Conservatives' income equality argument pure tripe

January 20, 2013

Congratulations! The cost of your health insurance is increasing. What? You don't think that's a reason for celebration? Good, you're avoiding a mistake that's far too common among economic analysts, especially Republicans. Academic studies...

Advisers must act after Obamacare gets clean bill of health from Supreme Court

June 28, 2012

Following a Supreme Court ruling that the massive health care reform law approved in 2010 is, in fact, constitutional, high-net-worth individuals will be on the hook to pay for the expanded coverage. And that poses a big challenge to investment...

Supreme Court ruling an ill wind for these health care stocks

June 28, 2012

The equity markets responded to the surprising level of clarity in the Supreme Court decision on the Obama administration's health care legislation Thursday, sending hospital stocks up and HMO shares down immediately after the announcement....

Bought for $881, this LTC policy pays out $1.7M

April 29, 2012

Insurance companies paid some $6.6 billion in LTC insurance benefits to about 200,000 policyholders last year, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. The group studied claims data from 10 LTC insurers. While many...

Health care costs, planning take on more importance

March 25, 2012

Call it health care sticker shock. Between the ever-rising costs of health care services, the financially stressed state of the Medicare system and the more modest returns that one can expect from an investment portfolio these days, paying for...

Obama gives reprieve for canceled health care policies

November 14, 2013

President Barack Obama says he's giving Americans who've received cancellation notices from their insurers a one-year reprieve before they have to get new policies under his health-care law. Mr. Obama said that while the “fumbled” rollout...

Baby boomers ill-informed about Medicare: Survey

September 28, 2011

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

Health savings account balances rise in June

August 3, 2011

Health savings account balances and the number of HSAs jumped in June as employers leaned toward offering high-deductible health plans. Balances in HSAs — tax-advantaged medical savings accounts — grew to some $11.7 billion in total assets,...

Bumpy road ahead

September 1, 2013

The Oct. 1 rollout of the new health insurance ex-changes is right around the corner, but advisers with entrepreneurial clients and early retirees are still a long way from finding out how their clients might benefit from using these state and...

Prepare for options and taxes in health law

September 1, 2013

CERTAIN KEY dimensions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will go into effect in 2014 despite the dogged efforts of congressional Republicans and a decision by the Obama administration to delay the employer mandate a year. Financial...

Paying more upfront

September 1, 2013

AS HIGH-DEDUCTIBLE health plans with associated health savings accounts grow in popularity, more financial advisers are fielding questions from clients about their benefits and drawbacks. Advisers can play an important role in guiding clients...

Plan sponsors consider small-biz impact

July 7, 2013

Advisers working with small businesses are girding their clients for an avalanche of new requirements following the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. The unconstitutionality of DOMA will now require plan sponsors to revisit...

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