IRMAA

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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Is Medicare for All the right solution?

With Congress killing any chance for healthcare reform within the United States for now there seems to be a push for a single payer system to be the solution and within that solution there is a cry of Medicare for All to solve the nation’s healthcare issues. On the surface, this may appear to be a […]

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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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Massachusetts Fiduciary Rule – what it means to the financial industry

Recommending investing in a tax deferred account to receive a tax break today, may wind up landing advisors in courts tomorrow. The foundation of financial plans is traditionally anchored in amassing qualified dollars. The unintended consequence of amassing those dollars is a direct increase in the cost of Medicare, a subsequent erosion of Social Security […]

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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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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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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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