NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With the spotlight on the rollout of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act's government-run heath care exchanges, you can't swing a high deductible without hitting an American worrying about health care costs.
With luck, that American will be able to afford the tab for any injury suffered from the experience.
That goes double for middle-aged-and-older U.S. women, who typically spend more money on health care in retirement relative to men.
According to an Employee Benefit Research Institute study, retired men are spending an average of $124,000 on health care, while retired women are spending $152,000 -- $28,000 more than their male counterparts.Some wealth services professionals say women don't save enough to cover their health care costs in retirement. (AMP). "Planning financially for health care costs is becoming an even more important part of a financial plan as the baby boomers retire, entitlements undergo potential changes and the cost of health care rises. Making time to take a comprehensive look at both your overall financial plan and how you will afford health care in the short- and long-term is crucial." To help women avoid a health care finance shortfall in retirement, de Baca and Ameriprise offer the following tips: Be healthy, and stay healthy. Ameriprise advises scheduling and keeping routine dental and medical checkups and staying up to date on preventative services. Prevention and detection can help prevent minor medical issues from becoming major ones, the firm says. It's also one of the best and most inexpensive ways to keep medical bills at bay. Benchmark your health care price tag. It's vital that women (and men) check their overall health and family health history. Calculate your current annual medical and dental expenses as a starting point. For help projecting what they be in retirement, use an online health care calculator or estimator to help become familiar with treatment costs for a variety of health and dental conditions. LifeHappens.org has a good health care cost calculator.The medical advice site WebMD.com offers a calculator that lets you know if you qualify for federal subsidies linked to Obamacare, and how much you'll get.
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