Is an HSA a Good Place for My Retirement Savings?

If you think your HSA is only good for covering medical expenses, you're overlooking one of its key benefits. My Comments: This is #4 in a series of 6 blog posts intended to help someone not yet retired, and under Medicare age, make an informed decision about their health insurance. There are restrictions on who …

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How to Choose a Health Savings Account

HSAs can help cut your healthcare costs but there are hundreds of options. Here's how to find one that's best for you My Comments: This is the third of six blog posts about Health Savings Accounts and how for some people they can be used to help pay bills in retirement. And since retirement is …

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How to Pay for Healthcare in Retirement

My Comments: Last Friday I introduced the idea of a Health Savings Account or an HSA. For the rest of this week, I’m going to add to your understanding of this potentially useful financial device and it’s favorable tax consequences. The words that follow here may not apply if you are about to sign up …

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A Primer on HSAs and Saving for Retirement

My Comments: HSA is an acronym for Health Savings Accounts. They came into being in 2003 as part of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. They are defined for tax purposes under Section 223 of the IRS Code. With increasing attention on the millions of Americans who will soon retire, and their general …

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70% of Americans say our health care system is in a “state of crisis”

My Comments: My experience with our health care system comes from two sources. The first one is my 43 years as a licensed insurance agent. I saw health insurance premiums increase roughly 10% every year. The health insurance premium increases were largely a result of ever increasing costs, driven by the hospital industry, the pharmaceutical …

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Retirees Will Spend a Third of Their Social Security on This One Big Expense

My Comments: My efforts to coach people to start thinking seriously about their future retirement is complicated. For every positive associated with retirement there are just as many negatives. This is one of them. Unless you plan to die before you reach retirement, you should find time to get your ducks lined up well in …

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If you’re in your 50s, you need to plan for long-term care right now

My Comments: "Who me? Nah, I’m good. I’m not going to become goofy or worry about someone helping me take my meds every morning. Or help me prepare my meals. Or help me in the shower…" (BTW, this image is of my mother who suffered from Alzheimers for 10 years after my father died.) by …

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