The average couple retiring today at age 65 will need $280,000 to cover health care and medical costs in retirement, according to an annual estimate by Fidelity. Knowing how to navigate your health care is just as important as knowing how to manage your retirement accounts.
This past Monday, Open Enrollment began for Medicare Advantage Plans and prescription drug coverage, and you have until December 7, 2018, to make changes. Open Enrollment for individual health plans is November 1 through December 15, 2018, and you must be registered during this time in order to meet the January 1 effective date.
Join us and Laverna Witkop from Ford Insurance Agency this morning as we work through the health insurance deadlines.
Do you need another reason to look forward to turning 70½? How about the fantastic Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) option? What’s a QCD? The Wall Street Journal explains: “A Qualified Charitable Distribution is a withdrawal from an Individual Retirement Account that is sent directly to a charity. In other words, funds don’t pass through your hands. You instruct your IRA custodian to send the money straight to the group or groups you specify.” You must be 70½ to make the donation, and doing so allows you to give to a cause you care about AND reduce your taxes. And since a new tax law took effect this year, you’ll need to take advantage of the QCD before December of 2018.
There are many reasons to give, but giving now instead of later lets you witness the impact of your gift.
Tonya, the mother of four daughters, became a single mom overnight after her husband Michael passed away in her arms after a massive heart attack. He was only 36 years old. There are very few silver linings a person can find in such tragedy. In this case, Michael was an insurance agent and had planned on the worst should it happen. Today, you’ll hear a pre-recorded interview with Shea and Tonya as she recounts her story.
September is National Life Insurance month. There is no better time than now to consider the benefits of life insurance for those you love and will leave behind.