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Doing complex Medicare and tax bracket math
Just as advisers have to become experts in learning the best Social Security claiming strategies, they need to learn how Medicare and tax rules could affect their clients' bottom line in retirement.
Boomers miss mark thinking Obamacare covers long-term-care insurance
Baby boomers are out of touch with the real costs of long-term care — and the likelihood they will need it. Seventy-two percent of boomers incorrectly assume that the Affordable Care Act will cover the costs of long-term care, according to a study released Tuesday by Nationwide Financial Retirement
Will older advisers pay more than younger colleagues for health care coverage?
Small-business health care plans traditionally have based rates on the average age of employees, so that older individuals in a plan benefited from lower rates if there were many younger employees.
Obama gives reprieve for canceled health care policies
President says "I completely get how upsetting this can be" for many Americans, gives those who've received cancellation notices from their insurers a one-year reprieve before they have to get new policies.
Think before changing health plan, advisers warn business owners
Warning: The Affordable Care Act not only spawned insurance exchanges for individuals, which went into effect earlier this month, but it also set new standards for small businesses.
Health care exchanges aren't meant for retirees
Health care exchanges aren't meant for retirees, but advisers should still help clients with Medicare choices.
The ultimate Obamacare investment play?
Obamacare may be off the debt ceiling agenda but for investors, there is an exchange-traded fund that holds all the businesses likely benefit. It's had a good run so is there still upside potential?
The 800-lb. health care gorilla in the room
Advisers need to talk to clients about saving for health care costs during retirement and earmark those dollars in the portfolio, because Americans drastically underestimate what they'll have to spend, a health care consultant told planners. "Planning for health care costs should be part of
A doctor deconstructs the Affordable Care Act
Five questions for Dr. Carolyn McClanahan, a physician and director of financial planning at Life Planning Partners.
Take Five: Carolyn McClanahan on health exchanges
The physician and financial planner on what advisers need to know about new health insurance choices
Web traffic slows access to health insurance exchanges
Open-enrollment for new state and federal insurance has begun, but many sites have long-loading times
Strategies to mitigate new surtax could kick Medicare prices higher
Advisers need to watch that clients do not inadvertently inflate their income and Medicare costs
Health insurance exchange cost info released
The effective date for the state and federal health insurance exchanges is right around the corner, and details on costs and levels of coverage according to location are starting to unfold. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, along with the Department of Health and
Health care knowledge boosts your value
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey published last month, 51% of those polled said they don't have enough information about the Affordable Care Act to understand how it will affect them and their families.
Bumpy road ahead
Health insurance exchanges are drawing enthusiasm and consternation from advisers. Darla Mercado sorts out the confusion. (Plus: All you need to know about the new health care laws)
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February 27, 2014