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Retire early at 55 – What are the things that you should always keep in mind?

By Patricia Sanders   For preparing a financial plan, early retirement age is defined as any age before 65. As per the rule, a per can’t be eligible for Medicare benefits until the age of 65. So, if you retire early at 55, you must prepare other plans to get adequate health insurance coverage for …

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Observation Status Rules-The Medicare Change That Could Cost Your Clients Thousands of Dollars

By Margie Barrie This information could be the best holiday gift you can give your clients. Here’s why: If your clients are on Medicare, this advice could save them thousands of dollars. I wrote the first draft of this article from my mother’s hospital room in Sarasota. My mother, who is 98, was taken by ambulance …

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Monitoring Your Blood Sugar at Home: How to Choose a Device and Interpret Your Results

  By Timothy Aungst If you have type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may recommend that you monitor your blood sugar at home to make sure you’re within your target range. Regularly checking your blood sugar can be valuable, but you may have questions about what device to use and what your numbers mean. Here, …

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The most misunderstood Roth IRA conversion tax rule

By Ed Slott   Once Roth IRA funds have been held for five years and the Roth owner is 59½ years old, there are no more tax rules to know because all distributions will be tax- and penalty-free forever, including distributions to beneficiaries. These distributions, known as “qualified distributions,” are the holy grail for Roth …

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How to Enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

By Dan Wagener   If you’ve decided to get a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, reviewed your options, and chosen a plan, then the next step is to enroll. As you’ll see, it’s not as complicated as it seems. First, know that enrolling when you’re eligible is important because Medicare may charge you penalties if you don’t …

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President Trump signs executive order to protect traditional Medicare and MA plans

By Susan Morse President Trump on Thursday railed against the Democrat’s Medicare for All plan at a Florida rally where he signed an executive order to protect traditional Medicare and private Medicare Advantage while ramping up alternative payment models, time spent with patients, access to innovative technology and reducing the regulatory burdens on providers. “The proposed Medicare …

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Amazon Launches Virtual Health Clinic For Its Employees

By PYMNTS Amazon rolled out a virtual health clinic with in-home follow-ups for employees in Seattle, Geekwire reported on Tuesday (Sept. 24).Amazon Care offers online primary care and non-emergency checkups as well as prescription deliveries and in-home or in-office doctors’ visits. The new service is part of Amazon’s push to deepen its footprint in the …

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4 Things to Think About When Considering a High-Deductible Health Plan

By Alice Stevens Is a high deductible health plan (HDHP) really worth it?  Whether you’re considering enrolling in an HDHP or sticking to a more traditional plan, Open Enrollment is a great time to evaluate if your health plan works for you and see if a different one might be better.  High deductible health plans …

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