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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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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Medicare and Other Health Insurance Coverage: Who Pays First?

Coordinating your benefits made simple

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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Will Healthcare Costs Crack Your Nest Egg?

Retirement can be expensive – upwards of $200,000 a couple -- just for healthcare

It’s a scary number: A couple retiring this year will need $220,000 to cover their healthcare expenses in retirement. But more than half (55%) of retirees neglect to plan for their prescription drug and medical expenses. Among those that do, nearly half expect to need only $50,000. (more…)

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