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It's Open Enrollment Season: Is Your Medicare Plan Still Working For You?

16896-Open Enrollment.jpgDo you have the right Medicare plan? It is fall, which means it is time to think about whether your current plan is still giving you the best coverage or whether a new plan could save you money or offer better coverage. Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, during which you can freely enroll in or switch plans, runs from October 15 to December 7.

It's Now Harder for Veterans to Qualify for Long-Term Care Benefits

16870-Veterans.jpgThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finalized new rules that make it more difficult to qualify for long-term care benefits. The rules establish an asset limit, a look-back period, and asset transfer penalties for claimants applying for VA pension benefits, including the Aid and Attendance benefit, that require a showing of financial need.

Where's My New Medicare Card?

16765-checking mailbox.jpgTo prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the federal government is issuing new cards to all Medicare beneficiaries that will no longer have beneficiaries' Social Security numbers on them. The government began mailing the cards in April 2018 and the new cards should be completely distributed by April 2019.

The Little-Known Tax on Roth 401(k) Distributions

16703-401k.jpgEmployee retirement savings plans come in two main varieties: the traditional 401(k) and the Roth 401(k). The benefit of a Roth 401(k) over a traditional 401(k) after retirement is that distributions from a Roth 401(k) are tax-free, but there is a little-known situation where distributions can be taxed.

Medicare Extends Deadline for Relief from Part B Penalties

16752-Medicare with Money.jpgMedicare is extending its offer of relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. Beneficiaries who qualify will be able to enroll in Medicare Part B without paying a penalty for late enrollment if they enroll by September 30, 2018.

When Can an Adult Child Be Liable for a Parent's Nursing Home Bill?

16744-signing contract.jpgAlthough a nursing home cannot require a child to be personally liable for their parent's nursing home bill, there are circumstances in which children can end up having to pay, and it is extremely important to read any admission agreements carefully before signing.

More States Asking to Eliminate Retroactive Medicaid Benefits

16698-Medicaid on MOney.jpgArizona and Florida are the latest states to request a waiver from the requirement that states provide three months of retroactive Medicaid coverage to eligible Medicaid recipients.

Finding the Best Retirement Calculators

Thumbnail image for 16682-Retirement Calculator.jpgFiguring out how much to save for retirement and when you can safely stop working can be difficult. A growing number of online retirement calculators, many of them free, are available to help. Although these calculators may yield vastly different results, they can still be useful tools.

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