By ohomen171 follow 2013 Jan 6, 11:04pm 784 views 6 comments
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Elena is such a multi-talented lady. After working hard for 8 hours on her job work from the study, she cooked a gourmet chicken dinner for me and spoiled me. After I finished dinner I started to read my AARP magazine. I often do not take this magazine seriously. But something really caught my attention. According to a study by Fidelity, a married couple that retires and depends on medicare will have out of pocket medical expenses that will average $204,000 before they pass away. This does not include any costs for long term care like having a person at home to care for a disabled person or a nursing home. The AARP article went on to say that the average person on medicare will have out of pocket costs of over $4,000 per year. My dear friends my Social Security check is $1,279 per month. This comes out to be $15,348 per year. If I had to pay $4,000 out of that I would be left with $11,348 to carry me for 12 months or $945.66 per month. I would have to pay for rent, food, transportation, phone etc out of that small amount of money. In my case I have an IRA that I was wise enough to contribute to and that would give me an income of another $6,000 per year or $500 per month. I also an a veteran of military service and I have the right to use the VA for medical care. That helps my situation. A lot of people do not even have these things. As we move forward, Medicare will get cut and medical expenses will continue to rise. It's a bleak picture for many retirees. To those of you already retired I hope that you have a pension from your employer and paid for medical care that holds up. To those of you still working, save your money as you are going to need a lot more than you think to retire,
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Social Security is intended to be supplemental retirement income, not 100% of your retirement income. People need to stop treating it as if it's supposed to be 100% of their retirement income.
They should just leave revolvers at seniors drop in centers - maybe at police stations to save money - with instructions on how to use them and a drop box to donate for the bullets.
Lower retirement expenditures and subsequent burdens on opportunity makers in voluntary user fees that could exceed the cost of the service.
AARP is the biggest scam there is. It is a corporate owned entity that pretends that it cares for seniors as it sells them over priced insurance, investment products, and other rip off goods. I don't believe thing they say. AARP is for the Sheeple.
Medicare part b copayment this year is $104.90. That comes out of your check before you get it every month.
A quick search of the Medicare site shows Medigap policies that cost less than $200.00. IMHO go with plan F or better - not the high deductible.
$2400/yr or less. Worth it.
Medicare Will Not Provide You With Financial Security In Old Age
The headline is true, but without Medicare the situation would be much worse and untenable for most oldies. The difference in cost for a 64 year old's private health insurance policy and medicare's cost plus the supplemental at 65 is huge. At 60 I pay $960 a month for a decent but certainly not a Cadillac policy, this is for me alone. Imagine the cost of a private policy at age 80
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Plus, the $1,260. equals $3,660. a year. Still a bargain for the medical care that is delivered.
Absolutely. The OP also mentions that this is exclusive of Long Term Care at home or in a nursing home - neither of which is covered by Medicare.