Category: Plan Costs

Managing the Cost of Chronic Conditions

Controlling Expenses When You Have a Long-Term Illness

Retirees are living longer than ever, and the odds of being diagnosed with a chronic condition, such as hypertension or diabetes, increase with age. (more…)

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Why Health Plans Need to Be a Family Affair

You Owe It to Yourself and Your Family to Build a Health Plan for Your Future

I have interviewed countless healthcare experts about why people should build a personal health plan in tandem with their later-life financial plan. Both plans then can be used to help people figure out the kinds of lives they will be able to lead, and afford, in their 70s, 80s, and even later.

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How to Evaluate a Healthcare Plan

Medicare offers many plan options that can make choosing a plan very complicated. In evaluating these choices, however, there are several very clear objectives to keep in mind that should simplify your decisions.

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Understanding Your Future Self in Building a Personal Health Plan

Raise the Odds of Being in Good Physical and Financial Health Later in Life

In 2010, the stark reality of Americans’ widespread lack of retirement savings hit home with a dramatic survey. Its headline-grabbing finding: “Americans fear outliving their money more than they fear death.” Among people aged 44 to 49, more than three out of four feared running out of money more than dying; that figure rose to 82% if the respondents were married with children. (more…)

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Medicare and Other Coverage: Who Pays First?

Coordination of Benefits Explained

Having more than one source of healthcare coverage after you turn 65 is good. Knowing which source will pay your healthcare expenses first is better. Is it Medicare? Medicaid? Your employer’s health plan? Something else? (more…)

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Healthcare Reform and Medicare: Navigating a Changing Landscape

The Affordable Care Act and Medicare Part D

Confused about how healthcare reform will impact your Medicare coverage? You’re not alone. According to our 2013 survey, many retirees have misconceptions about reform and Medicare. These misconceptions could lead to low Medicare enrollment and poor health decisions.
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