How financial advisors can help retirees get Medicare right

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 @ 09:09

Four tips for financial advising clients

Healthcare costs in retirement are expensive —  Fidelity Benefits Consulting estimates a 65-year-old couple retiring this year will spend $275,000 on healthcare, not including long-term care expenses.

One of the reasons Medicare can be so costly is that there are 18 different options for retirees. With more choice comes more complexity, and consumers often don’t pick the right or most cost-effective strategy for their needs.

However, financial advisors can assist retirees in both planning ahead for healthcare costs in retirement as well as finding the right strategy. To learn more about this, click here to check out the webinar, “Medicare Open Enrollment: Top Four Ways Financial Advisors Can Help Clients Get Healthcare Right,” or read on for more.

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Tags: Bernard Health, retirement, healthcare costs, financial planner, financial advisors, healthcare extension, medicare costs

How to help clients optimize Health Savings Accounts for retirement

Posted by Ryan McCostlin on Fri, Sep 07, 2018 @ 09:09

Check out this article on healthcare costs in Financial Advisor:

As financial advisors and wealth managers know, there are lots of ways to help clients plan for retirement. Different strategies work better for some Americans than others, but most advisors agree that the most obvious strategies are maximizing investments in traditional retirement accounts such as 401(k)s and Roth or Traditional IRAs.

If your clients have the means, maximizing investments in these accounts is a smart strategy. However, there is another kind of retirement account that many consumers aren’t yet taking advantage of—health savings accounts (HSAs).

Much has been written about how these accounts can be used to pay for health-care expenditures tax-free, but savvy consumers are increasingly seeing the opportunity to use these accounts primarily as a tax-advantaged retirement vehicle.

Financial advisors are in a position to help clients better understand this option and how it can serve as another tool in their retirement strategy. Below are a few things advisors should know—and can help clients understand—about using HSAs as a retirement account.

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Tags: short-term health insurance, healthcare advice, financial advisors, healthcare extension, wealth managers, retirees

How much does healthcare cost in retirement?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 @ 08:08

Questions to ask to help project healthcare spending

According to Fidelity Benefits Consulting, a 65-year-old couple retiring this year will spend $275,000 on healthcare, not including long-term care expenses. This number continues to rise every year, leading even affluent Americans to say they are “terrified” of what healthcare costs may do to their retirement plans.

Fortunately, good planning can help retirees ensure they have the right healthcare strategy into retirement and throughout their lives.

Financial advisors are playing an increased role in helping clients develop these strategies.

Here are four questions advisors and wealth managers can ask their clients to help project care spending:

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Tags: Bernard Health, retirement, healthcare costs, financial planner, financial advisors, healthcare extension, medicare costs

How much does Medicare cost?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 10:07

Most retirees aren’t planning ahead for healthcare costs

There is sometimes a misconception that when you turn 65, you just “go on Medicare,” and your healthcare is paid for throughout retirement.

This is actually not the case. First, there are at least 18 different Medicare strategies consumers can choose from. Second, there are expenses associated with Medicare, in particular, premiums for Medicare Part B and prescription drug costs.

Part B premiums range from $134 per month to $428.60 per month in 2018, depending on income.

Other costs to consider are the costs of supplemental Medicare policies, drug plans, or Medicare Advantage plans.

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Tags: Bernard Health, retirement, healthcare costs, financial planner, financial advisors, healthcare extension, medicare costs

Affluent Americans concerned about healthcare costs in retirement

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 @ 09:07

How financial advisors can help

According to a new study by Nationwide, 75 percent of affluent, older adults list out-of-control healthcare costs as one of their top fears in retirement, and 64 percent of future retirees say they are “terrified” of what healthcare costs may do to their retirement plans.

As healthcare prices continue to skyrocket, from premiums to procedural costs, this trend has been on the rise, and financial advisors are taking note.

More and more advisors and wealth managers are incorporating a healthcare component to their retirement advice, providing not just a cushion for unexpected healthcare expenses, but also assisting clients in finding the most cost-effective strategy for the best coverage possible.

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Tags: Bernard Health, retirement, healthcare costs, financial planner, financial advisors, healthcare extension, medicare costs

Are short-term health insurance plans a good fit for your clients?

Posted by Ryan McCostlin on Fri, Jul 06, 2018 @ 08:07

Check out this article on healthcare costs in Financial Advisor:

As health-care costs continue to rise and become a more substantial financial concern for Americans at every income level, financial advisors are increasingly being asked to weigh in on strategies for insurance and medical costs.

One option that advisors may be asked to weigh in on is the short-term medical plan. These plans are significantly cheaper than comprehensive coverage—premiums are often a fraction of the cost of traditional coverage. This is because they cover a lot less.

More Americans are becoming aware of short-term plans as an option because their coverage costs are rising so quickly. Further, President Trump’s administration has issued guidance to extend these plans and make them more competitive options against traditional, comprehensive coverage.

In some cases, choosing a short-term strategy can help your client avoid thousands in unnecessary premium costs. In other cases, selecting a short-term plan may expose your client to significant financial liability.

In either case, having a good grasp on these options and their differences allows financial advisors to help clients protect themselves and make the best decisions for medical coverage.

Here’s what financial advisors need to know about short-term plans, the risks of purchasing them and a few situations where they may be a good fit for your clients.

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Tags: short-term health insurance, healthcare advice, financial advisors, healthcare extension, wealth managers, retirees

How financial advisors can advise clients on nontraditional coverage

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 16:06

Three things to know

Have your clients asked for advice on health coverage? As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket and become cause for concern for Americans at every income level, more financial advisors are recognizing an opportunity to provide another level of service and advice.

When it comes to health coverage, there are numerous strategies your clients may consider. While most are probably covered under a traditional workplace plan, there are nontraditional options that might be a good fit for clients in different situations. For example, if you have clients who are self-employed or retiring before Medicare eligibility, they may need a different solution.

Even clients who have access to a traditional, comprehensive workplace plan may see less value in this type of coverage as premium costs rise into the hundreds and thousands of dollars per month.

Here are three types of nontraditional coverage your clients may consider. While advising on healthcare isn’t typically financial advisor’s area of expertise, having a working knowledge on these options will allow you to position your firm as providing comprehensive advice. Want to offer your clients personalized healthcare advice? Bernard Health provides a Healthcare Extension to financial practices across the country that allows advisors to provide insurance recommendations, enrollment assistance, medical bill auditing and more. Learn more.

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Tags: Bernard Health, retirement, short term plan, healthcare costs, direct primary care, financial planner, financial advisors, healthcare extension, medicare costs

Why healthcare planning in your retirement plan is key

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 @ 09:06

Medicare doesn’t cover everything

A new study shows half of retirees never calculated the cost of healthcare in retirement, and four in ten retirees say their expenses are higher than they expected.

The 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey illustrates why planning ahead for healthcare is so important, and why more and more financial advisors are integrating healthcare planning services into their firm’s value proposition.

Here are three Medicare misconceptions that could affect your wealth management clients.

First, many consumers do not realize that Medicare has costs associated with it, including premiums, copays, and deductibles, as well as prescription drug costs.

These costs should be considered “expected expenses,” and worked into comprehensive financial planning.

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Tags: Bernard Health, retirement, healthcare costs, financial planner, financial advisors, healthcare extension, medicare costs

How to help early retirees maintain health coverage

Posted by Ryan McCostlin on Fri, Jun 08, 2018 @ 06:06

Check out this article on healthcare costs in Financial Advisor:

Through inheritance, sale of a business or just old-fashioned careful financial planning, some Americans are in a position where they're giving serious consideration to retiring “early.” I put early in quotations because, for practical purposes, this just means someone is retiring before Social Security benefits are traditionally taken and before most people are eligible for Medicare at age 65.

Medicare isn't perfect, but for most people, it's an important milestone because it often provides more comprehensive healthcare coverage at a lower cost than is available to most Americans who don't have access to employer-based coverage. Furthermore, most people can get excellent coverage through Medicare without being subject to medical underwriting, which could include questions about pre-existing conditions or requests for medical records.

However, most clients retiring before age 65 won’t be eligible for Medicare. So a key factor in decision-making will be how to handle health-care costs and coverage in the gap years.

Here’s how financial advisors can help.

Things To Consider:

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Tags: Medicare Advice, healthcare advice, financial advisors, healthcare extension, wealth managers, ThinkAdvisor, retirees

High-earning small business owners can save thousands by switching to Medicare

Posted by Ryan McCostlin on Mon, May 14, 2018 @ 08:05

Check out this article on healthcare costs in Financial Advisor:

With healthcare costs rising much faster than inflation, planning ahead for health-care expenses has been increasingly material to financial advising. But integrating care expenses into retirement planning is only part of the puzzle.

Ensuring that clients not only have enough in their retirement plan to cover healthcare expenses, but also have the most cost-effective strategy for their health coverage, is part of comprehensive financial planning.

 

In this column, I’ll explain how advisors can help clients save up to $12,000 annually by transitioning to Medicare. This is a situation that we see often for professionals who are partners or business owners in their organization, and nearing retirement age. For this example, we’ll use a client who works as an attorney and firm partner.

I’ll cover why transitioning off the group plan is often the right strategy, what Medicare choices are available, and how asking the right questions can uncover the best, most cost-effective coverage option for your client.

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Tags: Medicare Advice, healthcare advice, financial advisors, healthcare extension, wealth managers, ThinkAdvisor

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