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Dealing With Medical Debt

Actress Dawn Wells, homespun Mary Ann on the 1960’s sitcom Gilligan’s Island, lost a lot of money in the 2008 financial crisis — a setback compounded this year when she broke her knee in an accident and underwent an
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SMI on the Radio: Preparing Financially for Long-Term Care

How would you cover the cost of long-term care? It's a question most people can't answer, and understandably so. The cost of care is high, and rates for long-term care insurance have risen sharply.  On yesterday's
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Long-Term Care: How Would You Cover the Cost?

Just reading the phrase “long-term care” can strike fear in a Baby Boomer’s heart. Many assume it’s synonymous with nursing-home care (it isn’t), and believe the cost could ruin them (it could; while the odds are
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Finding the Right Prescription: How to Save on Medications

Looking in the mirror, Bill Kelley of Laguna Beach, Calif., noticed a mysterious rash on the side of his head. A few hours later, with a doctor visit behind him and a prescription in hand, Bill called his regular pharmacy.
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Long-Term-Care Premiums Soar

The title above is taken from a Wall Street Journal article published in 2010. Since then, the situation has not improved. This is from a new WSJ story published a few days ago:
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No Love Lost on Today’s Bull Market and Other Points to Ponder

No love lost on today’s bull market “The VIX is too low, valuations are too high, the recovery is too old and the Fed is tightening. For an old market dude like me, that is a scary list.” – Jim Paulsen, Leuthold Group
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Using the Tracker to Manage an HSA Investment Account

Just as the Personal Portfolio Tracker can be used to manage a 401(k) or other workplace retirement plan with limited investment choices, it can also be used to manage an investable Health Savings Account
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Healthcare-Sharing Ministries and Medicare

In response to our November-issue article Bridging the Gap: Covering What Medicare Doesn’t Pay, a reader asked for a follow-up piece on “using a Christian health sharing plan as a supplement to Medicare.” We’re happy to
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Bridging the Gap: Covering What Medicare Doesn’t Pay

Many people assume Medicare pays for all medical expenses of America’s seniors. That isn’t the case and never has been. The program — modified only slightly since being launched more than a half-century ago in 1965 — was
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Health Savings Accounts Grow in Popularity, Benefits Underutilized

The use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) is growing rapidly, but users are not taking full advantage of all that the accounts have to offer. Those are some of the key findings in the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s
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