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Cancer and Financial Plans

Submitted by Phillip Shrotman on Friday, June 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

I often write about the investment business – or wealth management, financial coaching, financial planning, estate planning, whatever you want to call it. After more than 40 years as an advisor, all titles simply point toward telling folks what to do with money. Then my wife’s close friend called with the news that her husband had stage 3 cancer.

Picking Medicare Options

Submitted by Wes Moss on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

When signing up for Medicare at 65, you have to decide what type of coverage to buy. (No, Medicare is not free.) You need to determine your health-care needs and figure the costs into your retirement planning. Here’s a breakdown.

New Changes to Your HSA

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Your health savings account (HSA) can be your one of your best friends when medical expenses hit, allowing you to tap a fund of pre-tax money to meet ever-spiraling health-care costs. Here are the latest numbers concerning these accounts and some potential new uses for the money.

Gen Y’s Health Saving Plan

Submitted by Sophia Bera on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

Millennials who don’t need much health care often choose cheaper insurance with a high deductible. If you’re in that age group, a great complement to your plan is a health savings account (HSA), which helps you fund your health care costs until you meet the deductible.

Obamacare Tax Snafu

Submitted by Larry Elkin on Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9:00am

Practically no one looks forward to a tax deadline, but Democrats may have special reason to worry about the one they face next year. That’s when an Obamacare design problem slaps its participants with a financial penalty for failing to forecast their incomes correctly.

Preventive Care Insured?

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 9:00am

Why did it take so long for colon cancer screening to be a covered benefit when insurance has long paid for treating this malignancy? The short answer is that screening tests rarely, if ever, save money.

Obamacare: Wobbly Survivor

Submitted by Ray Ferrara on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 9:00am

No matter how you feel about Obamacare, you might as well get used to it, as there really is no turning back at this point. The GOP, which is staunchly opposed to the new health law, seems to recognize this, judging by their retreat from their full-throated opposition to it.