Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, November 04, 2013 4:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Take time to see if your drugs and docs are covered by your Medicare plan. Open enrollment ends in a month.

Monday, April 22, 2013 5:28 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

More than 10,000 boomers are turning 65 every day and becoming eligible for Medicare. Some of them are making serious mistakes when they sign up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 3:28 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Medicare open enrollment, a retirement planning annual event, begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:27 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Being poor isn’t part of anybody’s retirement planning, but it happens, and for those people, government programs are key to surviving in retirement. One of the programs left hanging by the high-stakes game of chicken that Congress is playing is a fund called QI, short for Qualified Individual, that pays Medicare Part B premiums for

Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you are considering enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan during this year’s open enrollment, which starts Saturday, Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7 — earlier than it has in previous years — be prepared to do some research. This is not a retirement planning decision to be made lightly. Here’s some advice, some of

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:30 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s more about Medicare Open Enrollment, which starts Saturday, Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7 — earlier than it has in previous years. Figuring out how to manage health care costs is a key part of retirement planning. Here are some of the things the Medicare Rights Center advises that you do: Read your Annual

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:16 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Picking the right Medicare plan is retirement planning 101. Choosing wisely can save you a bundle. Medicare open enrollment starts Saturday, Oct. 15, and runs through Dec. 7. Compared to previous years, open enrollment both starts and ends early. I don’t know about you, but our mailbox has been filled daily for the last couple

Sunday, September 25, 2011 9:59 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Medicare open enrollment comes earlier and ends earlier this year than it has previously. It starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. For most people living in retirement, this is the only opportunity to change plans, so even if you are happy with your plan, it can be wise to examine your options and

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 4:02 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

It’s hard to understand every aspect of  President Barack Obama’s complex health care reform plan and how it will effect all of us. But it seems clear that there are some aspects of it that provide important benefits to those of us doing retirement planning. If the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed,

Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My sister-in-law is mildly mentally handicapped. Despite that, she’s managed to live on her own her entire adult life, working mostly as a hotel maid. As she’s gotten older, paying the bills has gotten harder. In the process of trying to help, I found the National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp.org. It’s a wonderful site that

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