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December 2017 Archives

Medicare's Part B Premium Will Be Unchanged in 2018, But Many Will Pay More.

16438-Medicare premiums.jpgThe announcement of the 2018 Medicare premium is good news for some beneficiaries and bad news for many others. The good news is that the standard monthly Part B premium, which about 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries pay, will again be $134 next year, unchanged from 2017.

Three Reasons Why Giving Your House to Your Children Isn't the Best Way to Protect It From Medicaid

16430-House.jpgYou may be afraid of losing your home if you have to enter a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it.

How do you discuss estate planning with your parents?

Like other Texans who are at or reaching retirement age, your parents may not be particularly interested in discussing estate planning. However, as they continue to get older or develop chronic health issues, you may need to push them into considering it gently.

Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive a 2% Increase in 2018

Thumbnail image for 16383-Social Security.jpgIn 2018, Social Security recipients will get their largest cost of living increase in benefits since 2012, but the additional income will likely be largely eaten up by higher Medicare Part B premiums.

Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive a Two Percent Increase in 2018

16383-Social Security.jpgIn 2018, Social Security recipients will get their largest cost of living increase in benefits since 2012, but the additional income will likely be largely eaten up by higher Medicare Part B premiums.

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