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How the new landmark Medicare bill will lower prescription drug costs

How the new landmark Medicare bill will lower prescription drug costs

The climate and healthcare legislation that Congress is set to approve later this week includes the most important improvements to the Medicare program in nearly two decades. The changes aim to address one of the biggest concerns of seniors: the fast-rising cost of...

Big changes are looming in Medicare

Big changes are looming in Medicare

Philip Moeller, author of Get What's Yours for Medicare: Maximize Your Coverage, Minimize Your Costs. This week on the podcast, we take a wide-ranging look at important changes going on in Medicare. My guest is a top expert on the program - Phillip Moeller. Phil is an...

Putting a value on time

Putting a value on time

This week on the podcast, let’s talk about the value of time. Time has value to us - both in personal and economic terms. It’s something we often fail to consider when making decisions about how long to work and when to retire. These decisions often focus only on the...

How much does high inflation really affect retirees?

How much does high inflation really affect retirees?

It’s a truism that high inflation hits hardest for people on fixed incomes—especially retirees. And seniors are telling pollsters that high inflation is among their top worries. But the actual impact of inflation on retirees is more complex. It depends in large...

Controlling your career in the pandemic labor market

Controlling your career in the pandemic labor market

My guest on the podcast this week is Kerry Hannon, an expert on the future of work and careers. Kerry is a columnist for Yahoo! Finance - and the author of an excellent and timely new book that considers ways that older workers can succeed in the pandemic labor...

The end of traditional Medicare as we know it?

The end of traditional Medicare as we know it?

Last week, Medicare announced the next phase of its plan to transform traditional Medicare. Critics argue that the planned transformation of the fee-for-service program will amount to a dramatic expansion of privatization. And, if you are enrolled in traditional...

For retirement planning, keeping it simple would be so much better

For retirement planning, keeping it simple would be so much better

When you're trying to build toward financial security in retirement, complexity is the enemy. That message came through loud and clear in an opinion delivered last month by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case brought by employees against Northwestern University. The...

Where to get help timing your Social Security claim

Where to get help timing your Social Security claim

The Social Security filing rules are complex, and many of us make decisions about when to claim benefits that cost us dearly in lost lifetime benefits. This is a big problem, since the lifetime value of Social Security benefits significantly overshadows other sources...

Social Security offices are expected to reopen in March

Social Security offices are expected to reopen in March

The national network of Social Security customer service offices, which were closed nearly two years ago at the start of the pandemic, is on track to reopen on March 30. The Social Security Administration and unions representing the agency’s work force agreed this...

A quiet experiment is testing broader privatization of Medicare

A quiet experiment is testing broader privatization of Medicare

Millions of retirees have opted out of traditional Medicare over the past two decades, choosing to join a privatized, managed-care version of the program. But the choice might not be in their hands much longer. The U.S. government has quietly launched a large-scale...