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Social Security and Medicare issues get personal

August 6, 2019

From time to time, I write a "dispatch from the retirement front" based on personal insights from living with a retired husband or fielding questions during girlfriend getaways about enrolling in Medicare and claiming Social Security benefits....

Don't be unnerved by health-care cost estimates for retirement

July 22, 2019

Retirees face a variety of risks: bear markets, inflation, uncertain lifespan and declining health and the associated costs. Among these, health and health-care costs are the top concern for the majority of retirees, according to a recent T....

Why healthy clients need to save more for retirement

July 8, 2019

Here's a counterintuitive thought: Healthy clients are likely to have higher medical costs in retirement than their less-healthy counterparts. Why? Because they are likely to live longer than average, and health-care costs tend to increase at...

Educate clients on the reality of Social Security benefits

July 6, 2019

Year after year, despite handwringing from experts, nothing much seems to happen to address the draining of Social Security trust funds. Perhaps no one is worried because the well won't run dry for more than a decade, and much of the public...

Confusion around Medicare enrollment

June 28, 2019

Sifting through my inbox, I've noticed an uptick in questions about when and how to enroll in Medicare. The source of most of the confusion relates to clients who continue to work past age 65. Medicare Part A, which is free to most retirees,...

How to suspend Social Security benefits

June 19, 2019

I often counsel readers about the option of suspending their Social Security benefits as a way to increase their future payouts. One reader had a simple question: How could he do it? "I claimed Social Security at 62 and I will turn 66 in December,"...

Future retirees often overestimate Social Security benefits

May 8, 2019

Chalk it up to wishful thinking, or merely misinformation, but many future retirees overestimate how much they are likely to receive from Social Security, according to an annual survey released Wednesday by the Nationwide Retirement Institute....

Hints about Social Security COLA and Medicare premiums in 2020

May 6, 2019

Buried in the recent Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Report were some hints about next year's projected cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits and likely increases in Medicare premiums for 2020. The fact that the Medicare...

Social Security funding outlook improves slightly

April 22, 2019

The long-term funding outlook for Social Security's retirement and survivor benefit programs has improved slightly, while the timing of the depletion of the disability program's reserves was extended by 20 years, according to the 2019 trustees'...

The cost of putting off enrolling in a Medicare drug plan

April 15, 2019

I heard from a financial adviser in Florida recently who asked if there was anything her clients, a married couple ages 69 and 70, could do to avoid paying a delayed enrollment penalty for their new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. "They...

Fidelity says retirees can expect to spend $285,000 on health care

April 2, 2019

A 65-year old couple retiring this year can expect to spend $285,000 on health care and medical expenses throughout retirement, according to an annual health care study done by Fidelity. For individuals, the estimate is $150,000 for women and...

Choosing between a retroactive lump sum and a bigger monthly Social Security benefit

March 19, 2019

Jim Perry, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Coral Gables, Fla., was surprised to learn that retirees who claim Social Security benefits after their full retirement age are eligible for up to six months of retroactive benefits paid in...

Democrats offer `Medicare for All' bill to transform health care

February 27, 2019

A leader of House Democrats' progressive wing introduced "Medicare for all" legislation Wednesday that would replace almost all private health insurance, an idea that's galvanizing the party's liberal base and winning endorsements from many...

Medicare and the high cost of prescription drugs

February 26, 2019

Howard Sorkin, a financial adviser in Chicago, is on a mission to educate clients and other advisers about the high cost of prescription drugs for some Medicare beneficiaries. People requiring specialty drugs for cancer, multiple sclerosis,...

Planning potholes and banana peels

February 4, 2019

I once worked with a terrific wirehouse adviser based in Southeast Florida who suffered from serial honesty. Even in the heady bull market of the 1990s, he insisted on plotting retirement income strategies according to the 4% rule. This was...

My Medicare year

January 21, 2019

I turned 64 last December. That means I am eligible to enroll in Medicare at the end of this year. Based on the inquiries I have received from friends and InvestmentNews readers, the Medicare enrollment process is filled with angst. But with...

Couples should coordinate Social Security, Medicare decisions

December 12, 2018

Young couples who marry, and even older couples tying the knot for the second time, may be prepared to utter the traditional wedding vow of 'til death do us part. But how many of them realize that their entwined lives will dictate key retirement...

Medicare enrollment: Prepare or pay the price

November 24, 2018

Who knew that turning 65 would be so​ fraught with confusion and angst? It has less to do with acquiring more gray hair — or losing your hair altogether— and more to do with the nagging feeling that you face a momentous decision with strict...

Advisers' guide to helping clients with open enrollment

November 24, 2018

Financial advisers should urge their clients who are already enrolled in Medicare to re-shop their Medicare coverage during open enrollment season, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 each year for coverage beginning the following Jan. 1....

Countdown to Medicare and Social Security checklist

November 24, 2018

Age 62 Earliest age to apply for reduced Social Security retirement benefits, subject to earnings restrictions if working. Age 64 Research Medicare options. Age 65 Enroll in Medicare. Those who claim Social Security benefits early are automatically...

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