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Obamacare: Is There Hope For Small Business Owners?

The Ryans are small business owners, struggling with health insurance costs which have ballooned from a mangeable $362 a month to over $1,700. What to do, what to do, as retirement approaches:

The Ryans’ insurance policy costs $1,725 a month, four times what they spend on their mortgage. They have a Cadillac plan with a . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Is There Hope For Small Business Owners?

Are You Ready to Pay $15,000 a Month for Your Medical Expenses in Retirement?

If not, you may be in for sticker shock:

Many people nearing retirement don’t have a good feeling about whether they have saved enough to make it through retirement.

Add to that worries about health care costs in retirement, and those concerns are off the chart. They should be.

“I’ve seen people pay as much . . . → Read More: Are You Ready to Pay $15,000 a Month for Your Medical Expenses in Retirement?

Do You Know How Much Your Health Care Will Cost?

According to a new study, most Americans don’t:

A lot of Americans don’t realize just how much they’ll need. According to a survey of 1,700 retirees and near-retirees published in the American Journal of Law & Medicine last month, the average person’s estimate of future out-of-pocket health spending is less than half of what it . . . → Read More: Do You Know How Much Your Health Care Will Cost?

Link of the Day: When Will I Be Eligible for Medicare?

Sometimes we bag on some of the government websites; a lot of government websites are hard to navigate, badly designed, confusing, and a downright pain if you have to use them. If you know your way around, though, some government sites have some awfully nifty features, so today we thought we’d point you to one . . . → Read More: Link of the Day: When Will I Be Eligible for Medicare?

Medicare: Retiring Early? What Will You Do For Health Insurance?

With Social Security a very likely target for budget cuts, we know that more than a few under-65s may be wondering whether now is the time retire early and take that Social Security money and run. After all, if Social Security is scaled back and/or cut in the near future, isn’t it the time to . . . → Read More: Medicare: Retiring Early? What Will You Do For Health Insurance?

Medicare Open Enrollment: Why Not Move Out of the Country?

With Medicare Open Enrollment winding down tomorrow (don’t forget!), we thought that the idea of just moving out fo the country to get away from it all might sound awfully appealing:

In some places around the world, it is possible to arrange good, comprehensive health insurance for less than $100 per month. In some places, . . . → Read More: Medicare Open Enrollment: Why Not Move Out of the Country?

Medicare Open Enrollment: Is Your Retiree Health Insurance Really Your Best Bet?

Are you on your old employer’s retiree health insurance? If you are you, you’re lucky to have that option, but don’t assume that Medicare Open Enrollment doesn’t apply to you.

Even though retiree health insurance benefits are a great option, they might actually not be the best health insurance deal for your money. In . . . → Read More: Medicare Open Enrollment: Is Your Retiree Health Insurance Really Your Best Bet?

Medicare Open Enrollment: Is Your Doctor Still in Your Medicare Plan?

Well, we’re well into Medicare Open Enrollment season! Have you started looking at your Medicare enrollment options?

Now, if you already have a Medicare Advantage plan and are happy with it, you may be asking why you have to bother with Medicare Open Enrollment. After all, it’s not like you want to make any any . . . → Read More: Medicare Open Enrollment: Is Your Doctor Still in Your Medicare Plan?

Raley’s Workers Strike: It’s All About the Health Insurance

Raley’s grocery workers are striking, and it’s the same old song:

The handmade sign carried by a striking Raley’s employee in Elk Grove said it all: “It is not about the money. It’s about retirement medical.”

Health insurance is at the heart of the strike against Raley’s. Even as they prepare to give ground . . . → Read More: Raley’s Workers Strike: It’s All About the Health Insurance

Medicare: Retiring Early? What Will You Do For Health Insurance?

With Social Security a very likely target for budget cuts in the next few years, we know that more than a few under-65s may be wondering whether now is the time retire early and take that Social Security money and run. After all, if Social Security is scaled back and/or cut in the near future, . . . → Read More: Medicare: Retiring Early? What Will You Do For Health Insurance?