Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, June 28, 2012 5:01 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act today, with some implications for people in retirement.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 5:30 pm
By OliverPursche ·

Pick stocks that can gain whether the Affordable Care Act is repealed or held constitutional.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 12:30 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

If Medicare is a vital part of your retirement planning, pay attention to what is happening with the fight over health care reform. In November, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as health care reform or ObamaCare. The court will decide three

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald ·

Before you swallow that new drug prescribed by your doctor, wouldn’t you like to know whether the drug’s manufacturer recently treated your physician to an all-expenses-paid golf junket to Pebble Beach or Hilton Head to extol its miracle properties? The pills-for-perks dance is commonplace in modern medicine, where based on appearances alone, one might easily

Wednesday, January 04, 2012 5:09 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, or CLASS Act, has been dismissed, but that doesn’t diminish the need to consider long-term care as a part of retirement planning. CLASS was part of the health care reform law. It would have created a national voluntary long-term care insurance program, providing working adults with a

Sunday, December 04, 2011 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

Rising Medicare costs are daunting and could adversely affect even the most carefully considered retirement planning, but reforms that aren’t well considered could be equally costly. A new report by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit public-policy think tank, calculates that the healthcare reform — the Affordable Care Act — will reduce the projected growth of

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 3:51 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

Retirement planning gets trickier when some of the things you may have counted on disappear. Class Act, the long-term care provision of the Affordable Care Act, was unceremoniously deep-sized last week because the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services said Class Act couldn’t be made to work under the provision that required it to

Thursday, August 05, 2010 3:41 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

The annual report on the health of Social Security and Medicare was released today and the news was so-so, especially for younger people who are concerned about retirement planning. Medicare, which serves 46 million retirees and people with disabilities, will continue to be able to pay the bills — thanks to health care reform — until