A near-retiree can’t use her retirement savings for a few years, but is ready to quit working and wants to know what her options are for health insurance. Health insurance is expensive, but COBRA and the AARP may be options. Not having health insurance could be financially detrimental.
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Health Care Costs Only Going In One Direction
Original Air Date: October 12, 2006
The Health Savings Account is a tax-sheltered savings account similar to the IRA, but earmarked for medical expenses. Like an IRA, deposits into health savings account are 100% tax-deductible for the self-employed and can be easily withdrawn by check or debit card. HSAs can accumulate from year to year, if you’re healthy and don’t need to use the money.
How can someone who has a health “history” get covered by health insurance benefits? There are several resources for those who are self-employed or unemployed to find health insurance. Even if you have preexisting health issues, you can get health insurance, but you’re challenge is getting it an an affordable cost.
As the cost of health care rises, so does the cost of health insurance. As health insurance costs rise, employers are putting more of that extra cost on employees. Employees are facing higher health insurance costs because doctor and hospital fees are going up, as are the prices for prescription drugs.