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Medicare premium increase and IRMAA surcharges announced for 2020

November 11, 2019

The base premium for Medicare Part B, which covers doctors' fees and outpatient services, will increase to $144.60 per month in 2020, up from $135.50 this year, according to an official announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services....

Guiding clients through the Medicare maze

November 11, 2019

My Medicare moment has finally arrived. I signed up for Medicare Parts A and B for coverage beginning in December, the month I turn 65. Now my mailbox is brimming with advertisements for Medicare Advantage plans and Part D prescription drug...

Specialize in serving women? You'd better know Social Security strategies

October 24, 2019

Advisers who specialize in working with women need to be knowledgeable about Social Security strategies because women rely more heavily on this source of income than men, according to retirement expert Mary Beth Franklin. "Women tend to live...

Why more seniors are working longer

October 24, 2019

Over the past two decades, the share of older workers increased by about one-third as more women continued to join the workforce and fewer men retired early, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report that examines why more seniors...

Medicare 2020 open enrollment begins Tuesday

October 15, 2019

Medicare open enrollment for health care coverage in 2020 begins Tuesday, Oct. 15. While most of the 60 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the nation's primary health insurance program for retirees and people with disabilities usually...

Social Security COLA for 2020 will be 1.6 percent

October 10, 2019

The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that benefits and the maximum amount of wages subject to payroll taxes will increase by 1.6% in 2020, more than a full percentage point less than the 2.8% cost-of-living adjustment posted...

Trump to outline new vision for Medicare

October 3, 2019

President Donald J. Trump will outline his vision for the future of Medicare this week, contrasting plans with Democrats in a speech promising to strengthen the program for the elderly and disabled. [More: A new twist on Medicare open enrollment]...

A new twist on Medicare open enrollment

September 30, 2019

Many of your retired or soon-to-be retired clients probably think of enrolling in Medicare as a once-in-a-lifetime event that's timed to coincide with their retirement date and Social Security claiming decisions. But such a set-it-and-forget-it...

Medicare IRMAA surcharges to be adjusted for inflation in 2020

September 16, 2019

For the first time in a decade, the income brackets used to determine Medicare premium surcharges for high-income retirees will be indexed to inflation starting Jan. 1. As a result, some retirees may experience a reduction in their Medicare...

Clients worry about future Social Security cuts

August 12, 2019

A new survey underscores how important Social Security benefits are to older clients and shows many advisory clients fear that their lifestyles could be seriously curtailed if benefits were cut in the future as a result of the program's long-term...

Social Security and Medicare issues get personal

August 6, 2019

From time to time, I write a "dispatch from the retirement front" based on personal insights from living with a retired husband or fielding questions during girlfriend getaways about enrolling in Medicare and claiming Social Security benefits....

Don't be unnerved by health-care cost estimates for retirement

July 22, 2019

Retirees face a variety of risks: bear markets, inflation, uncertain lifespan and declining health and the associated costs. Among these, health and health-care costs are the top concern for the majority of retirees, according to a recent T....

How to suspend Social Security benefits

June 19, 2019

I often counsel readers about the option of suspending their Social Security benefits as a way to increase their future payouts. One reader had a simple question: How could he do it? "I claimed Social Security at 62 and I will turn 66 in December,"...

Last chance for clients to save on drug costs

December 1, 2017

There are only a few shopping days left—and I'm not talking about storming the local mall or clicking your way through Amazon.com to fulfill your loved ones' holiday wish list. I'm referring to something that can save older Americans significant...

How to take the Medi-scare out of retiree healthcare costs

October 23, 2017

I don't think it's a coincidence that Halloween and Medicare open enrollment season occur at about the same time each year. Although some people like to celebrate Halloween by dressing up as ghosts and zombies, for seniors, no costumes are needed...

Courses available to become a Medicare pro

April 12, 2017

Like it or not, clients near retirement often have burning questions about when to enroll in Medicare, particularly if they are still working. If they are enrolled in Medicare already, they may have questions about their premiums. Wouldn't it...

How to appeal higher Medicare premiums

September 6, 2017

It's time to prepare higher-income clients for a nasty surprise that awaits some of them this fall. Notices of monthly surcharges involving both Medicare Part B and Part D premiums in 2018 will be sent to affected Medicare enrollees in October....

When to buy Medigap insurance

August 26, 2019

I have often written about the importance of clients enrolling in Medicare at the right time to ensure that they are not stuck paying delayed enrollment penalties for the rest of their lives. What may be less obvious, but equally important,...

Medicare decisions get personal

January 13, 2017

This is my latest dispatch from the retirement front, an occasional series of articles where I chronicle my personal retirement decisions that I hope can offer some insights for advisers working with retired and soon-to-be-retired clients. This...

How to optimize Medicare for those who have served in the military

June 7, 2016

In honor of those who have served in the military, including active duty and veterans, I am focusing this column on Medicare and the military. Whether active duty, retired military or veteran, there are important points of intersection and interaction...

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