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Tax bill may change your clients' health-care costs

December 29, 2017

The newly signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect how much your clients pay out of pocket on health care, in several ways. The effects will be both short term and medium term: • The "Individual Mandate" will be eliminated by Jan. 1, 2019....

My Medicare year

January 21, 2019

I turned 64 last December. That means I am eligible to enroll in Medicare at the end of this year. Based on the inquiries I have received from friends and InvestmentNews readers, the Medicare enrollment process is filled with angst. But with...

Medicare rules differ for small business owners and employees

March 13, 2017

Financial advisers who work with owners or employees of small businesses that employ fewer than 20 workers should be aware of a special rule that affects these clients: They must enroll in Medicare when they turn 65 or face lifelong penalties....

My client's Medicare coverage has been canceled, now what?

October 7, 2016

This is the time of year when everyone who already has a stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Part C Advantage plan that includes Part D gets a letter from their current plan. There are two types of letters. Most...

Now is the time for an annual Medicare check-up

September 9, 2016

Just like it's a good idea to have an annual check-up for your health, it's smart to have a Medicare check-up to make sure the coverage will work when folks need it, and not break the bank. The best time of year for everyone in Medicare to have...

The alphabet soup of Medicare enrollment periods

August 12, 2016

There are many enrollment periods for the various parts of Medicare. These windows of opportunity provide beneficiaries the chance to sign up for Medicare coverage. It is critical to understand these enrollment periods, which involve requirements...

Make Medicare easier by using auto pay

July 22, 2016

Summertime is the time to kick back, relax and take it easy. Whether you are on Medicare yourself or are a caregiver for someone who is, one thing you can do to make things easier is to set up auto payment of premiums. Using auto payment for...

Tips for managing clients' health care expenses in retirement

March 27, 2017

Survey after survey shows that health care expenses in retirement are a top concern for clients, and financial advisers are finally taking notice. According to a 2017 Survey conducted by The American College of Financial Services, advisers reported...

Where will Medicare costs go in 2017?

November 7, 2016

People are asking me where Medicare costs, specifically Part B premiums and Part B and D high-income surcharges, are going in 2017. While the final numbers have not yet been released, we know that Medicare costs have been going up dramatically....

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...

Debunking the top myths and misconceptions about Medicare

April 20, 2016

When it comes to Medicare, there are many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings. I hear about them from advisers and their clients on a daily basis. I thought it would be helpful to describe some of the most common fallacies and dispel...

How to effectively use health savings accounts for health care in retirement

March 7, 2016

A recent theme of my articles has been to focus on maximizing retirement cash sources that do not generate higher-income Medicare surcharges. The surcharges, officially known as the income-related monthly adjustment amounts (IRMAA), create higher...

Medicare enrollment: Prepare or pay the price

November 24, 2018

Who knew that turning 65 would be so​ fraught with confusion and angst? It has less to do with acquiring more gray hair — or losing your hair altogether— and more to do with the nagging feeling that you face a momentous decision with strict...

Medicare, reverse mortgages and the complexities of retirement planning

February 8, 2016

My column last month about how reverse mortgages may help stave off Medicare surcharges ignited a few sparks and even more questions. One of the most persistent misunderstandings surrounding reverse mortgages is fear. As one adviser put it,...

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...

Social Security COLA for 2019 will be 2.8 percent

October 11, 2018

The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that 63 million beneficiaries, including retirees, disabled workers and their eligible dependents and surviving family members, will receive a 2.8% increase in benefits next year, the largest...

How to shop smart during Medicare annual enrollment

September 16, 2015

It's back to school and similarly it's time to do some Medicare homework. The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is fast approaching. The AEP cycle starts Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, with coverage effective Jan. 1. This is the time of year when...

Katy Votava: Answering advisers' biggest questions about Medicare

May 29, 2015

Dr. Katy Votava of GOODCARE.com offers answers to the most common questions advisers have about handling their clients' Medicare planning.

Mary Beth Franklin: Why high-income retirees take a hit on Medicare

October 14, 2014

The higher your Medicare premium, the lower your net Social Security benefit. InvestmentNews contributing editor Mary Beth Franklin discusses what high-income retirees need to watch out for.

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...

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