Lost among presidential politics and the potential impact of President Elect Trump’s legislative agenda was news of more immediate impact to millions of America’s seniors: a large increase in Medicare costs.
While not unexpected, the magnitude of these increases is noteworthy, as is the fact that they will not be shared equally. Rising premiums and the cost sharing formula found in Original Medicare (the fee-for-service programs offered through the federal government consisting of Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B) will fall most heavily on new enrollees and higher income seniors. The final impact of these increases will depend on a variety of additional factors including geographic location, health care utilization, prescription drug regime, and whether you collect Social Security benefits.
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It’s that time of year again. If you’re one of the roughly 50 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, get ready for some year-end shopping. Medicare open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug coverage runs from October 15th until December 7th, and presents a great opportunity for seniors to manage their health care costs for the coming year. On offer are prescription-drug and Medicare Advantage plans, as well as the opportunity to switch plan types.
The 2004 cult hit movie Mean Girls provides a surprising number of useful and life-affirming lessons. Perhaps the most notable is how NOT to manage credit.
Embroiled in a wide array of truly deplorable and self-destructive behaviors, members of “The Plastics” reach for their credit cards when it’s time to unwind and enjoy the necessary comforts of teen life in suburban Chicago. This most agreeable arrangement works so long as someone else pays the bill; the girls are eventually chastened, disband, and learn a slew of valuable life lessons. What can we learn from The Plastics? Read on to find out!
Well-educated, collaborative, technology savvy and socially conscious are just a few terms that are often associated with Millennials. Their comfort with technology and the incessant pace of change makes them prized employees in many organizations.
Less comforting, however, are the numerous challenges that Millennials face as they become card-carrying adults: crushing student loan debt, the ongoing economic hangover from The Great Recession, and housing prices that are quickly approaching pre-recession levels. Add in an uncertain labor market, and slow economic growth and it’s no wonder many Millennials feel anxious about life and money.
Congratulations to the class of 2016, your hard work and perseverance has paid off. You are newly minted graduates and may be facing a variety of decisions surrounding your life and career that you feel totally unprepared to make. Should I take that crazy job teaching English in Tibet, or the stuffy office gig with a 401 (k)? Mom and dad said I could move back home, but living with my friends in a sixth-floor walk- up apartment just seems like more fun. Do I need to start saving for retirement already, oh, and what about my student loans? Continue reading
As the end of the year draws to a close, it is a great time to consider some planning strategies that can help lower your tax bill. While good tax planning may help save you money, it can also you achieve a variety of other financial goals.
Here are a just a few benefits that year-end tax planning may provide: Continue reading
It’s true: Original Medicare does cover most health care expenses, but it comes with significant deductibles and coinsurance payments that can quickly add up. As a result, many American seniors will opt to defray these costs with a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) or Medicare Advantage Policy.
In our most recent blog post- 2015 Medicare Open Enrollment Checklist– we discussed the services provided by Original Medicare and some important considerations for augmenting this coverage for the upcoming year. This week, we’ll compare Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans and review some important considerations that could make deciding between the plan types easier.
It’s that time of year again. If you’re one of the roughly 50 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, get ready for some year-end shopping.
Medicare open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug coverage runs from October 15th until December 7th, and presents a great opportunity for seniors to manage their health care costs for the coming year. On offer are prescription-drug and Medicare Advantage plans, as well as the opportunity to switch plan types.
“It’s like deja-vu, all over again”
The final months of the year are a great time to reflect on your accomplishments and plan for the upcoming year. Many employers use this time to evaluate the cost and effectiveness of their employee benefit programs, with the goal of ensuring that they offer the right mix of incentives to attract and retain key talent. Employees, in turn, may be asked to make important elections or decisions that relate to their benefits. Following are some tips to help employees get the most out of their workplace benefits.
The purchase of a home is an important decision and often represents the single largest financial transaction that Americans enter into. To protect that investment, homeowners insurance is recommended, and is generally mandated by a mortgage lender.
In addition to protecting your home from a catastrophic loss, and satisfying your lender’s requirements, homeowner policies protect you in other ways that you may not have considered.