Healthcare Costs

2020 Medicare Premiums and Costs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicare premiums and costs that impact retirees for 2020. Unfortunately, the news doesn’t seem to bring a lot to be merry about for the upcoming year. Here is a breakdown of what retirees on Medicare should expect in upcoming costs for 2020: Part A […]

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Guess what? The government thinks you are rich

Good news! The government thinks you are rich and they are about to tax you accordingly. Bad news! Your financial advisor doesn’t see the problem they created and you don’t feel rich. Where the disconnect happens is once you are retired, you will enroll in Medicare and begin taking Social Security. Within Medicare there is […]

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Traditional 401(k) verse a Roth 401(k)…when you health is on the line a Roth wins every time

The choice of investing into a Traditional 401(k) or a Roth 401(k) has been a debate since the Roth was designed and consensus tells us that they way to go is with the Traditional 401(k) as that is how many investors have gone. Unfortunately, when certain legislation concerning health coverage is applied this may not […]

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That Traditional 401(k) is bad for your health

The alarm has been sounded, we have been told that Social Security retirement may go bust and this has prompted a renewed call for employees to utilize Traditional 401(k) plans in order to save more for their retirement. The question though; What if that Traditional 401(k) plan winds up being bad for your health? Yes, Traditional […]

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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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U.S. Debt is over $20 Trillion…don’t worry about it, you will pay it down…really.

It is being reported that the U.S. debt is over $20 Trillion and for many there is a belief that there is no turning back as there would appear to be no ability to even attempt to pay off this huge amount let alone some of it…unless of course there are some reform to how our nation’s […]

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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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