Among the best stories from Retirement Daily for May 6 - 10: The future of Medicare benefits, the latest phone scam, and how to judge fees for variable annuities.
There's no need to panic about the future of Medicare. Bob Powell writes this week that the Medicare Board of Trustees recently released their annual report for Medicare's two separate trust funds -- the Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund, which funds Medicare Part A, and the Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) trust fund, which funds Medicare Part B and D.
And the report found that the HI trust fund will be able to pay full benefits until 2026, the same as last year's report. So, what should current and future Medicare beneficiaries do, given what could be a potential cut in benefits come 2026?
"The bottom line is that current beneficiaries and those who will turn 65 and enter Medicare in the next few years should not let this affect any decisions they would otherwise make," said Kip Piper, the president of Health Results Group. "And they should definitely not panic."
Instead, Piper says current and future Medicare beneficiaries should spend a bit of time each month to learn more about Medicare, what it is and what it isn't, and to become smarter about the program. "You don't need to become an expert," he said. "You don't need to know how to take apart an automobile engine to know how to drive a car. You just need to have a basic understanding so you can make the best decisions for you, have a 'Medicare BS detector' so you are not manipulated, and can vote wisely and not be conned by false promises, scare tactics, or radical proposals."
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