Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 4:03 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you plan to travel — especially internationally — in retirement, choose your Medicare plan carefully, or you may not be adequately covered.

Sunday, July 22, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

One of the decisions that most people have to make when they turn 65 is whether to choose traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan and you’re being overcharged for the prescription drugs you take, it can throw you prematurely into the infamous “doughnut hole.” This issue isn’t straightforward because what a pharmacy charges can vary greatly. “This is one of the most confusing aspects of Medicare,” says Adrienne Muralidharan, senior

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 3:30 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Estimates of retirement health care costs are daunting. Better factor them into your retirement planning. No matter who is doing the estimating, the bottom line is similar — about $250,000 for a couple retiring at age 65 and relying on Medicare, plus Medigap insurance. I broke the specifics down earlier this year, but here’s an

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Between now and Dec. 31 is open enrollment for Medicare. It’s a time for Medicare recipients to make changes in their plans. I’m also using this as an opportunity to talk about Medicare enrollment for new recipients, because many of the concerns are the same. I covered most of the important stuff yesterday, but I