Social Security benefits include automatic cost of living adjustments (“COLAs”), which are intended to ensure that payments keep pace with inflation. However, years of low inflation and rising Medicare premiums have meant that, for many seniors, the adequacy of Social Security for retirement income has declined. Over the past eight years, COLAs for Social Security […]
The trustees for Social Security and Medicare released a report on June 5, 2018 indicating that the benefits paid out by the Social Security program will exceed the program’s income for the first time since 1982. As a result, the trustees will be forced to draw down on the program’s trust fund to cover the […]
A recent survey of retirees by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald & Associates found that half of them had not attempted to calculate their health care expenses in retirement before they retired, and more than 40% said their health care costs are higher than they originally had expected. Years ago, when we built […]
Fall Open Enrollment is the time of year when you can change your Medicare coverage. If you reenroll in a plan during open enrollment, your coverage starts January 1. In most cases, Fall Open Enrollment is the only time you can pick a new Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan. Medicare Part D, also […]
Many people are attracted to the tax benefits of health savings accounts (HSA’s) when these accounts are linked to a high deductible health insurance plan. HSA’s offer a triple tax break – contributions are tax-deductible, assets grow tax-free, and qualified distributions are also tax-free. Once an account holder turns 65 the monies in the HSA […]
Open enrollment for Medicare starts on October 15th, and the range of options can be overwhelming. The October 3, 2014 edition of the New York Times offered a helpful primer and list of strategies. You can read the entire article here.