If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably been thinking about your health quite a bit lately — especially if you’re approaching retirement. Anticipating your future medical costs can feel daunting. When it comes to your health, Medicare may be an important part of your retirement strategy.
Outside of certain unique circumstances, Medicare has strict rules governing when you become eligible for the program. In general, you can apply for Medicare:
If you’re actively working but meet the requirements above, Medicare can still be useful. That's because if you have insurance through your employer at the time you apply, Medicare can become your secondary insurance. If you are still working, be sure to check your company policy regarding the transition of employees to Medicare.
So Part A is the "default," but a retired household faces three types of health-care expenses:
Healthcare costs in retirement can definitely add up and you also could also face surcharges on Medicare premiums.
There are a lot of decisions to consider, but the good news is you have choices regarding your healthcare expenses in retirement.
If you have any questions or want to chat about your options, please don't hesitate to reach out.
From checklists to flow charts and more, we can provide you with resources to help make understanding your options simple. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Medicare Toolkit" in the subject line.
1. Healthline, 2020
2. Insure.com, 2019
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