Medicare

The Hold Harmless Act

Through the “Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988” Congress created a provision, the Hold Harmless Act, that protects those receiving Social Security benefits while enrolled into Medicare from ever experiencing a reduction in Social Security benefits from “too high” of Medicare Part B premium increases in a given year. The goal of this Act was […]

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Impact of Medicare’s IRMAA. Not all income is created equal

Since 2007, with the passing of the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003 and the Affordable Care Act in 2010 by Congress, Medicare has placed a surcharge, known as the Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), on top of the current Medicare Part B and Part D premiums for those retirees who earn too much income. […]

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2019 Medicare Board of Trustees Report

The 2019 Medicare Board of Trustees Report has been released and the following is a breakdown of what can be expected in the future from Medicare, through at least 2028. The data is courtesy of the 2019 Medicare Board of Trustees Report. Part A: The Part A Deductible is expected to inflate 3.53% annually. The […]

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You need an Annuity: the reason federal regulations

There is plenty of financial advice screaming that you should stay away from Annuities, but the truth, when you apply federal regulations, is the simple fact that, yes, if you are relying on Social Security in any way you need an Annuity. The reason is quite simple: due to federal regulations your Social Security benefit […]

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You may be better off smoking than investing into a Traditional IRA or 401(k)

It’s not up for debate, smoking is bad for you. It leads to cancer, harms every single organ in the body and has become somewhat expensive as well, but when planning for retirement you may be better off smoking than investing into a Traditional IRA or 401(k). Sounds ridiculous, we know, but with the understanding […]

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US News – 6 Ways to Protect Your Pocketbook From Sky-High Medical Bills

Dan McGrath, the co-founder of Jester Financial Technologies, a small health care data company in Beverly, Massachusetts, remembers being in the dentist office with his retired mother and realizing he’d made a grave mistake. He’d let his mother navigate her own Medicare coverage and that resulted in a $12,000 bill for getting a few teeth […]

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CNBC Feature – Medical costs take big bite out of Social Security benefits

Social Security planning is a major focus for financial advisors and their clients — and with good cause. If you look at the data and statistics from Social Security, the reason is clear: Among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, 53 percent of married couples and 74 percent of unmarried people receive half or more of their […]

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CNBC “Are health-care costs really ‘just’ $245K in retirement?”

When it comes to planning for health care in retirement, I want to discuss a recent report from a financial services corporation that estimates a couple age 65 today should expect to incur $245,000 in total health-care expenses in retirement. For those who have experienced our nation’s health-care system at work — and the total […]

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Fidelity Investments $245,000 health care cost estimate is less than truthful and they know it

Fidelity Investments is at once again at it in terms of espousing healthcare wisdom. They announced their new projections on what retirees can expect to incur as costs for their health coverage in retirement, and it seems more than a little disturbing, especially when little things like facts and math are figured in… But hey, why […]

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Medicare’s 51.8% Part B premium will crush every state’s budget

As you may have heard the Medicare Board of Trustees in its 2015 Annual Report is calling for a 51.8 percent increase in the Medicare Part B premium. The premium is expected to jump up to $159.30 in 2016 from $104.90 in 2015. The good news, as we pointed out in “Social Security benefits appear to […]

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