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Democrats offer `Medicare for All' bill to transform health care

February 27, 2019

A leader of House Democrats' progressive wing introduced "Medicare for all" legislation Wednesday that would replace almost all private health insurance, an idea that's galvanizing the party's liberal base and winning endorsements from many...

Social Security benefits to increase by 2% in 2018

October 13, 2017

Monthly Social Security benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase by 2% in 2018, the largest increase in retirement and survivor benefits for workers and their families since 2012. The higher payments will begin in January. The...

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...

Social Security benefits losing buying power

March 20, 2018

Automatic cost-of-living adjustments are supposed to help Social Security benefits keep pace with inflation, but years of low inflation and rising Medicare costs are threatening the adequacy of a key component of seniors' income. Over the past...

Planning potholes and banana peels

February 4, 2019

I once worked with a terrific wirehouse adviser based in Southeast Florida who suffered from serial honesty. Even in the heady bull market of the 1990s, he insisted on plotting retirement income strategies according to the 4% rule. This was...

Couples should coordinate Social Security, Medicare decisions

December 12, 2018

Young couples who marry, and even older couples tying the knot for the second time, may be prepared to utter the traditional wedding vow of 'til death do us part. But how many of them realize that their entwined lives will dictate key retirement...

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...

January surprise of vanishing Social Security COLA

January 5, 2018

Now that it's January, financial advisers should prepare themselves for an onslaught of questions from clients asking why their monthly Social Security check stayed the same or even declined this month. After all, weren't Social Security benefits...

2018 Medicare changes will erase Social Security COLAs for many

November 17, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday that the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which covers outpatient services and doctor's bills, will remain at $134 per month in 2018. While it may seem counterintuitive,...

Mary Beth Franklin: Prepare these clients for big Medicare premium increases

October 22, 2015

Contributing editor Mary Beth Franklin breaks down the types of clients that advisers need to brace for 2016 Medicare premiums.

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...

Social Security update for same-sex couples

April 10, 2017

When is a marriage a marriage? In the case of same-sex couples, it can be complicated, particularly if their union pre-dates the nationwide recognition of gay marriage. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell...

Using IRAs to reduce Medicare premiums

February 21, 2017

High-income Medicare beneficiaries who are age 70 1/2 or older can use a recent change in the tax code to reduce their Medicare premiums surcharges. Individuals whose modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), which encompasses all income including...

2016 tax returns determine 2018 Medicare premiums

January 25, 2017

As your older clients gather their financial documents to file their 2016 federal income taxes, they should pay close attention to the bottom line on their tax return. Their adjusted gross income in 2016, plus any tax-exempt interest income,...

Advisers must step up guidance on Medicare, as flubs are costly

November 24, 2018

Mounting health-care costs mean medical bills increasingly have the potential to derail clients' carefully plotted plans for retirement. That makes it all the more important they get it right when it comes time to signing up for Medicare, the...

Countdown to Medicare and Social Security checklist

November 24, 2018

Age 62 Earliest age to apply for reduced Social Security retirement benefits, subject to earnings restrictions if working. Age 64 Research Medicare options. Age 65 Enroll in Medicare. Those who claim Social Security benefits early are automatically...

Advisers and clients worry about Obamacare changes under Trump

November 17, 2016

Financial advisers who have Obamacare policies for their families and staff, or have clients with the plans, are nervous about the specifics of President-elect Donald Trump's intention to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. About 20...

For some women, widowhood produces a windfall — and plenty of headaches

November 17, 2018

Because of women's longer average lifespans and likelihood of widowhood, most discussions about women's retirement planning tend to focus on the financial risks of aging alone and the fact that single women over the age of 65 are more likely...

Medicare surcharge letters dampen holiday spirits

December 8, 2015

There's a new Grinch stealing holiday cheer, and her name is IRMAA. That's short for Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts, which is government lingo for the higher Medicare premiums that some people must pay next year if their retirement...

Don't abandon Social Security strategy to avoid Medicare hike

October 26, 2015

Ever since the Social Security Administration announced that there would be no cost-of-living adjustment for benefits in 2016, financial advisers have been clamoring for guidance about how to protect their clients from a steep increase in Medicare...

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