I'm losing my health insurance; what can I do?
Many seniors face the harsh realities of losing their health insurance. It is a difficult time; not only because of the transitions required, but also seniors tend to have more physical ailments, making health insurance a necessity. If you are between the ages of 50 and 64 (most seniors receive Medicare at age 65), and are losing or have lost your health benefits, there are some things that you can do.
· Check into a COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) benefits. COBRA is a Federal law that will help you receive your benefits for a longer time, typically for at least a year or more, while you look for other coverage.
· You may be able to change your group health insurance policy to an individual plan. Check to see if this is an option.
· You may qualify for insurance under some organizations that you already belong to: look into your past professional organizations, social or community based organizations, as well as any fraternal organizations and see if they provide health insurance, for instance, the AARP offers health insurance.
· HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) helps to ensure that your insurance rights are protected when moving between health insurance plans.
· If you have lost a substantial amount of income, apply for Medicaid.
Retirement Planning Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of a Traditional IRA?
How can I fund my Traditional IRA?
Is my Traditional IRA subject to early distribution penalty fees?
How will I know if I have to pay taxes for my Traditional IRA Rollover?
Can I fund my non-working spouse's Traditional IRA?
How can I determine if my Traditional IRA contribution is tax deductible?
Will I have to take Required Minimum Deductions with a Traditional IRA?
Can I withdraw from my Traditional IRA if I have a disability?
Will my beneficiaries have to pay penalty fees if I die before receiving my Traditional IRA?
Can I take a penalty free distribution from my Traditional IRA to use for the purchase of a home?
Is a 401k plan taxable?
What is the Tax Credit for Low Income Savers?
Do I have to take the Minimum Required Distribution?
Can I borrow money from my 401k?
Can I invest in a 401k plan if I am self employed?
Am I too Old to Start a 401k Plan?
Should I Rollover my 401k Plan?
Can I withdraw from my 401k plan?
What paperwork should my employer give me regarding my 401k Plan?
Is the Minimum Required Distribution Tax-Free?
What is a Defined Benefit Plan
What is a Defined Contribution Plan?
Can I leave my Pension Plan to my spouse after I die?
What can I do if I think I have a Pension Plan with a former company?
What can women do to ensure that they will have enough savings for retirement?
What does it mean to have my Pension Plan insured?
How will early retirement affect my Pension Plan?
What is ERISA?
Is your Pension Plan looking for you?
Should I choose Pension Plan payments or a lump sum?
What should I do when preparing for retirement I learn I need more money?
How much will I need for retirement?
How and I plan for my retirement and save more money?
Should I use my credit card while planning my retirement?
How can retirement planning tools help me?
What calculators can help me plan my retirement?
How are budgets and goals helpful when planning my retirement?
What should I do if my retirement plan isn't realistic?
Why would I need a Financial Planner?
What mistakes should I avoid to ensure the success of my retirement plan?
How can I find out if I am eligible for Medicaid?
How do I apply for Medicaid?
I'm losing my health insurance; what can I do?
Will insurance cover long term health care expenses?
What should I look for in a Long Term Care insurance plan?
When should I purchase Long Term Care Insurance?
What is a tax qualified Long Term Care insurance policy?
How much Long Term Care insurance should I purchase?
What options are available to cover my long term care expenses?
I have Medicare; Do I need Long Term Care insurance?
When should I begin planning for retirement?
Should I choose a 401k plan or an IRA?
How can I save money for retirement?
How do I create a Financial Plan?
What are some of the ways I can save money for retirement?
Why should I pay off my mortgage?
What should I look for when choosing a Financial Planner?
How can I use benefit calculators to plan for my retirement?
Am I ready to retire?
How can I create a paycheck for retirement?
How can I fund my Roth IRA?
What is a Qualified Distribution for a Roth IRA?
What is MAGI?
What are Qualified and Non Qualified Distributions
Can I fund my non-working spouse's Roth IRA?
Can I make a Rollover contribution to my Roth IRA?
What investment options are available for my Roth IRA?
What do I need to establish a Roth IRA?
Are there Required Minimum Distributions with a Roth IRA?
How can I determine my retirement withdrawal rate for my Roth IRA?
When should I begin investing for retirement?
How can I invest for retirement later in life?
What are the advantages of Buy and Hold?
What are the benefits of investing for retirement while young?
Why should I use an Investment Plan?
How can compounding help my retirement portfolio?
How can I educate myself regarding investing?
Why should I diversify my portfolio?
What does it mean to be a Passive Investor?
Should I be concerned about inflation when investing for retirement?
Should I depend upon Social Security if I become disabled?
How do I apply for Social Security?
How can I know if I will be eligible for Social Security?
How can I determine my Social Security benefit?
Why is the age of retirement rising?
Will Social Security be enough for my retirement?
Can I receive Social Security benefits if I go back to work after Retirement?
What is the age for full retirement?
What should I do about Private Accounts?
Is there such thing as the Notch?