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How Prepared Are You for Later-Life Health Care Costs?

When you’re young and healthy, it’s hard to envision how much you'll have to spend on health care costs in your later years. Besides, there will be time to think about that later, right? And yet, as with so many things,
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How’s Your (Financial) Health? Find Out With a Self-Checkup

Conducting a methodical yearly examination of your fiscal health is a wise investment in your overall financial well-being.
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Medicare Premiums and Deductibles to Rise Sharply in 2022

An increase in Medicare Part B premiums will eat into the 2022 cost-of-living adjustment announced last month by Social Security. (Part B covers physician services, outpatient care, certain home health services, medical
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Innovative Approaches to Paying for Dental Care, Primary Care

When my wife and I moved to Kentucky four years ago and started going to a new dentist, I was intrigued by the payment setup. We didn't have dental insurance, so the dental practice suggested their annual membership
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Pandemic Lessons — Will They Last?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike anything most of us have ever experienced. With the worst of it apparently behind us now, many people are reflecting on what they’ve learned from it, how it has impacted their
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Health Care Sharing Ministries: A Christian Alternative to Health Insurance

For those who can’t afford health insurance, health care sharing ministries are a godsend. They now help 1.5 million Americans cover health costs. Here are profiles of the four largest sharing
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Elevating the Role of Health Savings Accounts

Should you think of a health savings account (HSA) as a retirement account — just like you think of a 401(k) plan or an IRA? According to a new study (PDF) by the consulting company Willis Towers Watson, the answer is an
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Short-Term-Care Insurance: An Alternative for Extended Care

Long-term-care insurance is pricey, and many applicants are rejected because of health issues. There's an alternative: short-term-care insurance.
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Even a Tiny Bit of Extra Income Can Cause Your Medicare Premiums to Rise

A "tax threshold" is a point at which a taxpayer crosses from one level of taxation to another. Something similar happens with Medicare. Above a certain level of income, the premiums charged for Medicare Part B go up.
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Your Annual Medicare-Coverage Checkup

Even if you’re happy with your current coverage, take a second look. You might get better coverage for less money.
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