Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, October 24, 2014 7:05 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Vaccinations are free for Medicare participants and people insured under the ACA.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:10 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Only 4 out of 10 elderly people who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program sign up for benefits.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 7:30 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Paying attention so you don’t fall could save you from breaking your nest egg.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:52 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Help is available for retirees who need special assistance navigating Medicare and other programs.

Sunday, May 06, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Eligibility for government programs that help the poor is a moving target, and eligibility can vanish if the recipient’s income rises.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:14 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Home is where the money is for many middle-income people who are struggling with retirement planning. While many boomers don’t have big retirement savings funds and their pensions are skimpy or non-existent, even after the real estate meltdown, their homes are still a big asset. The National Council on Aging has set up a website,

Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:19 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

For many, retirement brings serious financial challenges. If that’s true for you, here’s some information to factor into your retirement planning. More than 80 percent of people 60 and older with incomes that are less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for –  but not enrolled — in one or more