Monthly Archives: January 2015

Help With Retirement Budgets

If you’re budgeting for retirement, helping family members with college savings or weighing the value of a reverse mortgage, spend some time with these resources, all published recently: Health Expenses One of the largest, and trickiest, items to budget for … Continue reading

Posted in Executive Benefits, Health, Health & Welfare, News & Updates, Retirement Plans

The Secret to Taming Health-Care Costs

via Wall Street Journal Monday’s report from the Congressional Budget Office on the country’s long-term economic outlook underscores what budget experts have long known: The rising cost of health care is the single largest driver of the gloomy long-term fiscal … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Health & Welfare, Health Reform, News & Updates

When You Delay Your Social Security Benefits, Here’s How the Math Works

via Wall Street Journal The frequent misstatement of the 8% annual increase in Social Security benefits for those who delay collecting is a pet peeve of mine. The increase in benefits each year from full retirement age to age 70 … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth’s Profits Better Than Expected

via WSJ United Health Group Inc. reported a better-than-expected 5.8% increase in earnings for its December quarter, as the health-care company continued to benefit from the growth in premium revenue outpacing medical costs. Shares of UnitedHealth were up $3.70, or … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Health & Welfare, Health Reform, News & Updates

The Effect of Eliminating the ACA’s Tax Credits in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces

via RAND Corporation In this research report, RAND Corporation researchers assess the expected change in enrollment and premiums in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)–compliant individual market in federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) states if the U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Health & Welfare, Health Reform, News & Updates

Poor Oversight Marred Health Site’s Launch

via WSJ The federal government skipped key contracting requirements when awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to build the troubled HealthCare.gov site, according to an inspector general’s report. The investigation published Tuesday by the Office of Inspector General for the … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Health & Welfare, Health Reform, News & Updates

AT&T’s Epic $8 Billion Friday-Night News Dump

via Business Insider The running joke in news is that companies dump news when people aren’t looking, like before holidays or on Friday nights before long weekends. AT&T met the latter criteria this week. On Friday night, AT&T disclosed that … Continue reading

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