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Comparing New Health Insurance Plans Made Easy

Posted on 11/20/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCall it HealthCare.gov lite. HealthSherpa, the new website’s real name, helps you sort through plans offered by the health insurance marketplace. You can’t actually purchase a plan on HealthSherpa, but as its name suggests, it can be a helpful guide. You simply answer a few key questions — your zip code, whether you smoke, what level of coverage you want — and boom, HealthSherpa delivers an important service that the website for the Affordable Care Act has infamously failed at. …

AARP Debuts New Health Care Costs Calculator

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt could be a costly mistake if you aren’t considering health care costs in your retirement plan, financial advisers tell us. According to the latest estimate by Boston-based Fidelity Investments, premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses could cost a 65-year-old couple retiring today a hair-raising $220,000 — and that’s after Medicare coverage kicks in. Yet we seem to be a little short-sighted. In a recent Fidelity poll of more than 1,800 people, nearly half of adults ages 55 to 64 believe …

Obama Eases Rules on Canceled Health Plans

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama will ease rules that were causing some people to lose their health insurance under the health care law, he announced Nov. 14. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the new system. But some people who buy their own insurance — as opposed to getting it through an employer — found their plans canceled by insurers in recent weeks because they didn’t meet the minimum standards the law …

Medicare Spam Increases 10-Fold

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDuring Medicare Open Enrollment,  which started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, there’s usually an uptick in online spam pitching supplemental plans. But this year, it’s gone epidemic — with a 10-fold increase compared to recent months in these always annoying and sometimes risky offers, reports messaging security firm Cloudmark. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The reason may go beyond just the calendar: It looks like spammers are exploiting confusion over the Affordable Care Act – and how it …

Advance Planning for Eldercare Saves Money, A New Study Shows

Posted on 10/31/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingWhen it comes to planning for long-term care, the early bird does get the worm, according to a new  study: The report shows that families who anticipate their needs can save close to $11,000 a year in out of pocket expenses by planning in advance instead of waiting until a crisis. >> Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter What’s more, 38 percent of family caregivers and 35 percent of care recipients in the study, commissioned by the insurance company Genworth …

Support for Obamacare Inches Upward

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe Affordable Care Act has taken it on the chin recently, from its controversial role in the recent government shutdown to the website meltdown that came as the long-awaited health insurance marketplace opened on Oct. 1. Nonetheless, a new Gallup poll shows that public support for the law seems to be inching upward. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter. Obamacare still has its share of critics. The Gallup survey finds that 50 percent of Americans generally disapprove of the …