Medicare

Pill Poppers

My husband and I would love to travel. It used to be on our “to do” list when we were young and unencumbered. I remember one lovely weekend, early in our marriage, when we simply decided to take a long weekend in San Francisco. You could still do that, in those days. Plane fare was relatively cheap and you didn’t have to plan six months in advance ...Read More

What Voters Over 50 Aren’t Hearing in This Election But Need To

No matter your political affiliation, if you are over 60, you might be feeling ignored. Rightfully so, over 60 issues in this election have been skimmed over or ignored completely. Neither candidate has addressed in detail Social Security reform, ageism, Medicare, or any other issues facing the baby boomer generation. The 2016 presidential election...Read More

Medicare Open Enrollment: 6 "Gotta Do" Tips

Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug plans began last week and will continue through December 7. As many seniors experience, this can be a daunting time with many questions and few answers. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are six tips that consumers should keep in mind as they research available pl...Read More

Three Things Seniors Can Do Amidst Rising Costs

It’s no secret that the rising cost of Medicare is taking a toll on America’s seniors. This is most especially felt by the increase in out-of-pocket expenses. Many retirees are on fixed incomes, so the impact to their quality of life can be detrimental. As if the rising costs were not enough, an Orlando-based insurance company was recen...Read More

Star Ratings Rank Medicare Advantage Plans

Where can you find the best-quality Medicare Advantage plan for yourself or a loved one? Look to the stars — Medicare's star rating system, that is. Six years ago, Medicare began grading the overall performance of Medicare Advantage — the more comprehensive Medicare plans offered by private insurers — on a five-star scale, wi...Read More

Confronting Illusions

A couple of events have occurred recently that have me thinking about some of the illusions we maintain as we age. Here are three. DEMENTIA. You may not be at all concerned about developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia – today. But you should be. It’s in the back of my mind – all the time. I may have reason for con...Read More

The Federal Budget and Debt – Oh Boy!

The US Treasury Department is estimating that the government will hit its $14.3 trillion ceiling (yes, that’s a “t” for trillion) sometime soon – most likely between April 15 and the end of May. A few in Washington are talking about raising the debt ceiling – but most (on both sides of the table) are adamantly against ...Read More

After Fifty Health Insurance and Retiree Benefits

Back on December 1, 2010, an article was posted on the AFL Your Money | Insurance page, entitled: Painful Measures: Losing Retirement Health Insurance.� Once again we’re bringing the topic front and center. It simply cannot be overstated.� The promise that many employers�made, the promise of a health benefit being provided to you when y...Read More

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