Among the best stories from Retirement Daily for Oct. 28 - Nov. 1: Help with Medicare's open enrollment season, catching up with the 'Digital Age,' and 529 plans are good for more than tuition.
As many of us know, it's time for Medicare's open enrollment period. Now through Dec. 7, folks can enroll in health and drug plans for 2020. Medicare.gov has five tips to help you get started, or to help you help someone you care about. They include:
Check your mail. You may get important notices from your current plan, Medicare, or Social Security about changes to your coverage.
Review your new "Medicare & You" handbook. It has information about Medicare coverage, as well as Medicare plans in your area.
Review your current coverage. Plans change and your needs change.
Preview 2020 health & prescription drug plans online. The new and improved Medicare Plan Finder makes it easier than ever to compare coverage options and shop for plans.
Get personalized help in your community. You may find a free local event nearby, with health insurance counselors to help you, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program.
And this week in Retirement Daily, we have several guest columns to help you with Medicare. The first is Busting Medicare and Long-Term-Care Myths, by adviser Tammy Wener. Wener writes about four commonly-believed myths about Medicare and paying for long-term-care costs. In the second, How do I Sign Up for Medicare If I Am Still Working or Recently Retired?, authors Jim Shagawat and Mary Jeanne Cullen review how and when to sign up for Medicare to get the best benefits.
And in case you missed them, here are more great stories from Retirement Daily:
Allan Chiulli reviews the impact of the digital transformation on our lives, our work and our future.
The following are new investments that those saving for or living in retirement might consider for their portfolios. This week: An ETF related to digital marketplaces, and another that follows a 130/30 long/short strategy.
Adviser Mike Weintraub explains the advantages of cash balance plans combined with a 401(k) plan.
A reader wants to know about the best strategy for claiming Social Security spousal benefits.
Student financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz says don't write off 529 plans just yet. They have more financial planning uses than you think.
Question: My wife is not a resident of the U.S., but works here in the U.S. Can she contribute to an IRA if she doesn't have an employer-sponsored plan and our income is under the phase-out limit?
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