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

How new short-term health plan rules could affect employees

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 @ 06:08

New rules could create more options for employees

New rules from the Trump administration will expand the reach of short-term insurance plans, which could result in additional options for consumers, including employees.

The new rules extend the duration of short-term health plans from three months to 364 days, and would also allow the plans to be renewed. These regulations make short-term plans more like other types of insurance.

While these plans are generally cheaper than other types of coverage, they do not cover as many services as traditional health plans, such as preventive care or prescriptions.

Still, many anticipate that consumers looking for lower-cost alternatives may forgo comprehensive coverage and elect these plans, especially as the individual mandate penalty no longer applies next year.

Why does this matter to employers? In a few circumstances, employees could choose these new options instead of workplace options. Here are a few scenarios where this could apply.

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

Short-term health insurance

Posted by Ruthie Dean on Wed, Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:01

When a short-term health plan may be right for you 

Did you know that very inexpensive short-term health insurance plans exist? Most people we help aren’t aware that there is a very low-cost option for staying covered during a transition. 

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