Have you ever come across one of those online quizzes that suggests how much money you’ll need to save for a fulfilling retirement? Was the number a scary one?
Whether you grew up always saving for a rainy day, or you’re trying to catch up before that rainy day gets here, consider that financial health and physical health often go hand in hand.
That’s why your retirement planning should always take into account the role that Medicare will play in your long-term security.
For example, Original Medicare doesn’t cover common healthcare expenses like most prescription drugs. Nor does it cover hearing aids, dentures, routine foot care, or exams for prescription glasses.
And Medicare, as valuable as it is, isn’t free. While most people who’ve worked and paid taxes pay no monthly premium for Medicare Part A, there are still deductibles and copays for hospital care. In 2021, that deductible is $1,484.
For Part B medical coverage for doctor visits, in 2021 the monthly premium is $148.50. There’s also a deductible of $203 and copays when you visit the doctor. And Part B medical coverage does not include coverage for prescription drugs.1
Taken one at a time, these numbers may seem manageable, but your healthcare needs can change over time, or overnight, so now is the time to know your options.
One strategy that may help make your retirement healthcare more affordable is to put off your retirement date. Delaying your retirement may give you more time to build up your savings.
Also, waiting to collect your Social Security benefits until after you reach full retirement age can increase the amount of your monthly check until you hit age 70.2
You can use some of that extra savings for Medicare premiums, out-of-pocket healthcare expenses or supplemental insurance. Private insurers sell Medicare supplement insurance, also known as Medigap, to help pay some of the costs not paid by Medicare.
To purchase a Medicare Supplemental insurance policy, you must have Medicare Part A and Part B. You’ll pay a monthly premium for the policy, in addition to your Part B premium for Medicare. As long as you pay the premium, your supplemental policy can’t be cancelled.
With 10,000 baby boomers aging into Medicare every day, a wealth of resources have sprung up to help them manage the transition.3
A financial adviser is a good start. They can help evaluate your potential retirement healthcare needs, plan a budget and consider all your funding options.
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