Medicare Facts & Myths

Health care costs in retirement: Medicare Facts & Myths

Medicare facts & myths(BPT) – As their 65th birthday looms, many people eagerly anticipate the affordable access to health care that Medicare will provide. After all, Medicare covers everything, right? Not exactly. Because of this common misconception, many people are caught off guard when they realize that each one of the dozens of Medicare options available to them comes with its own set of out-of-pocket cost implications. In fact, a survey of the newly retired found 43 percent are spending more on health care than they had planned & have a hard time understanding Medicare Facts & Myths.

The more you know about Medicare plans and costs, the better prepared you’ll be to avoid unpleasant surprises. Think you’re savvy enough to discern myth from fact when it comes to your health care costs in retirement? Read on to put your knowledge to the test.

Myth: When comparing Medicare plans, it’s best to choose the lowest-premium option to help minimize your costs.

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Enrolling in Medicare

Enrolling In Medicare: 5 allies who can help

Enrolling in Medicare(BPT) – Enrolling in Medicare for the first time or starting coverage under a new plan? It might bring you back to that first day starting a new job. You knew some of the basics, but you also knew there was a lot more to learn. More than likely, you got help from colleagues who have been around for a while and helped show you the ropes.

Don’t worry. With Medicare, you have the same kind of knowledgeable support. You’ve got a team on your side that can help make navigating the health care system easier. Goodbye hassles, hello helpers.

Here are five allies in your corner:

1. Your Primary Care Physician. This physician is the “go-to” doctor who provides guidance on your health care needs, taking the time to really get to know you, your medical history and View full post…

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Maximize Your Medicare Dollar

The real bottom line: Maximize the value of your Medicare coverage

Maximize your medicare coverage(BPT) – In a recent survey, 43 percent of newly retired people said they were spending more on health care than they planned. One of the primary reasons? An unintentionally misguided approach to choosing their Medicare coverage.

To make the process of comparing their plan options easier, too often people focus largely on their monthly premiums.

“Although it may seem like the obvious choice to select a plan with the cheapest monthly premium, it’s important to look beyond the premium and focus instead on the overall value a plan provides,” said Ben Kehl, vice president of consumer experience for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “One of the best ways to do this is to give careful consideration to what’s important to you in a Medicare plan as well as what isn’t.”

Not sure where to begin with this value-focused approach to your Medicare choices? The following three questions can help you move beyond a plan’s premium and consider other factors that contribute to a plan’s value. Your answers can help you maximize your Medicare health care dollars by selecting a plan that provides the greatest value for you.

How much financial risk are you comfortable with?

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Blogging and Taxes

Are Taxes Due on Blogging Income?

Taxes are due on blogging incomeA fairly new profession, blogging is becoming more and more popular. So much so, that many individuals are making a full time living at it, while others earn minimal amounts. And there are some who just blog because they like to.

Those who have been in the business for a while know that the same tax laws that apply to other occupations apply here also. The purpose of this article is to inform those who are new to blogging and not familiar with the requirements of the tax code.

What form of organization to use for blogging

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Saving for Retirement – Will You Have Enough?

3 Little-Known Factors That Could Affect Your Saving for Retirement

Saving for retirementI don’t want to be the one that bursts your bubble, but even as we are saving for retirement, the plain fact of the matter is that many of us will be working until the day we die. I can hear gasps of disbelief, and yes, some are laughing at this silly notion.

We see the stock market at record highs, and even this fragile economy is showing some signs of recovery. So why the doom and gloom comment? I’ve been planning for retirement for a few years now, and have some money put away, so isn’t my retirement safe?

I wish that I could say yes, but there are many outside factors that come into play. The first problem is the social security system that our lawmakers have made a mess of. This system was set up to provide retirement benefits for workers that paid into it. Now, it is practically bankrupt because funds are paid out in benefits that have nothing to do with retirement.

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