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10:00 a.m. Sept. 25, 2020 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
6:01 a.m. Sept. 25, 2020 - By Dan Moisand
What are the rules for inheriting an HSA? Health Savings Accounts are not very tax-friendly when inherited by a nonspouseHealth Savings Accounts are not very tax-friendly when inherited by a nonspouse
12:00 a.m. Sept. 25, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘He doesn’t give me any money’: My husband has been making secret payments to his parents. Should I tell him to stop? ‘I told him that I too have desires to make investments, plan for our future and wear nice jewelry’‘I told him that I too have desires to make investments, plan for our future and wear nice jewelry.’
5:00 p.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - Associated Press
New Trump health-care ‘vision’ is largely aspirational but promises $200 drug discount cards to Medicare enrollees Executive order envisions tapping billions of dollars in savings that don’t yet exist to fund the co-pay discount cards, the Boston Globe Media health and medicine news operation STAT reportsExecutive order envisions tapping savings that don’t yet exist to fund the co-pay discount cards, reports STAT.
1:58 p.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
Trump addresses pre-existing conditions and surprise billing in North Carolina, as analysts say it’s just a ‘photo op’ Executive orders are about a ‘health-care message before the Nov. 3 election’ and won’t have a practical impact, analysts sayPresident Donald Trump on Thursday signs executive orders touted as protecting people with pre-existing conditions and addressing surprise medical billing, with that action coming as he gives a speech on health care in the swing state of North Carolina.
10:15 a.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - By Paul Brandus
Social Security missteps could push millions of elderly Americans into poverty At the very time people need help the most, it’s harder to get At the very time people need help the most, it’s harder to get
9:27 a.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers reach $2.7 billion settlement deal of antitrust suit--WSJBlue Cross Blue Shield has reached a tentative agreement, which would require the insurance group to pay $2.7 billion, to settle an antitrust suit filed on behalf of its customers, . Citing people with knowledge of the matter, the agreement would also require the insurance group to curtail practices that allegedly limited competition among its three dozen member companies, the WSJ report said. Although the Blue Cross Blue Shied Association has signed off on settlement deal, it has not yet been approved by the boards of all 36 Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers, the report said.
9:42 p.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - Associated Press
As Trump continues to press for coronavirus vaccine by Election Day, public health officials vow ‘no cutting corners’A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.
9:12 p.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - Associated Press
COVID-19 is the new pre-existing condition, Democratic senators warn as Republicans remain committed to vanquishing ‘Obamacare’ Says Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut: ‘We will see [insurance] rates skyrocket for anybody who has had COVID’Says Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.: “We will see [insurance] rates skyrocket for anybody who has had COVID.”
1:51 p.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - By Azure Gilman
In NYC, coronavirus cancels Met Opera, Times Square in-person New Year’s Eve celebrations Festivities to usher in 2021 will instead be offered virtuallyThe revelations are the latest in a long list of blows for the city’s arts and live entertainment community.
11:33 a.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
‘I absolutely believe that we can do better, America,’ says the attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor — months before a grand jury indicted 1 of 3 officers in her fatal shooting Civil rights attorney Ben Crump says too few prosecutors hold police accountable Civil rights attorney Ben Crump says too few prosecutors hold police accountable.
5:05 a.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
The Supreme Court’s Obamacare case was high stakes before Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Here’s why it’s even more important now ’For the time being, however, the ACA is more at risk than it was just days ago.’’For the time being, however, the ACA is more at risk than it was just days ago.’
11:49 a.m. Sept. 22, 2020 - By Bob Blancato
Social Security, Medicare, prescription drug prices—Aging in America panel weighs in on election topics Changes they’d like to see, whoever is elected presidentWhat’s in store for older Americans from the 2020 presidential election?
8:25 a.m. Sept. 22, 2020 - By Morey Stettner
If you don’t like the results of the presidential election, here’s where you can go Consider language, cost of living and bureaucracyConsider language, cost of living and bureaucracy
11:59 p.m. Sept. 20, 2020 - By Meera Jagannathan
Can I visit family for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Your pandemic holiday travel questions, answered ‘Unfortunately, the merriment we crave — eating, drinking and singing together in a cozy room — are among the highest-risk scenarios for transmitting COVID-19’‘Unfortunately, the merriment we crave — eating, drinking and singing together in a cozy room — are among the highest-risk scenarios for transmitting COVID-19.’
12:44 p.m. Sept. 19, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: Ray Dalio on what business and political leaders must do to keep the U.S. from splintering Also, an interview with Schwab chief investment strategist Liz Ann Sonders. Plus, attractive locations for retirement living.Also, an interview with Schwab chief investment strategist Liz Ann Sonders. Plus, attractive locations for retirement living.
10:00 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Angela Moore
Small changes that can add up to big money in retirement, digging into long-term care insurance and more retirement news News for planning for or living in retirementNews for planning for or living in retirement
9:16 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
How this Nasdaq-U.K.-listed Chinese biotech is revolutionizing cancer treatment Biotech company Chi-Med could list in Hong Kong as soon as 2021Chi-Med has been granted three U.S. Food and Drug Administration Fast Track Designations for its cancer drugs.
3:08 a.m. Sept. 17, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
MetLife to buy vision care company Versant Health for about $1.7 billionMetLife Inc. announced Thursday a deal to buy managed vision care company Versant Health for $1.68 billion in cash from an investor group led by Centerbridge Partners and including FFL Partners. Versant owns the marketplace brands Davis Vision and Superior Vision. "We are confident this acquisition will make our market-leading group benefits business even more attractive," said Ramy Tadros, president of U.S. business for MetLife. "The addition of the strong Davis Vision and Superior Vision brands will immediately establish MetLife as a leader in managed vision care." MetLife's stock, which slipped 0.5% in premarket trading, has dropped 26.2% year to date through Wednesday, while the SPDR S&P Insurance ETF has lost 18.2% and the S&P 500 has gained 4.8%.
8:07 a.m. Sept. 16, 2020 - By Howard Gold
Long-term care insurance: There’s no good alternative Other options can be pricey and may not cover what you needOther options can be pricey and may not cover what you need
6:33 a.m. Sept. 15, 2020 - By Stephenie Overman
The VA has expanded aid to cover caregivers for Vietnam vets at a crucial time in the pandemic The program originally covered only about 20,000 veterans who left the service after Sept. 11, 2001. Benefits of the program include monthly stipends, medical training and health insurance.
1:34 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘His family didn’t care if he was dead or alive’: My fiancé died of a heart attack. His brother is executor and refuses to talk to me. Am I entitled to anything? ‘I was the one who was there for him. It makes me very furious thinking that he left me nothing’‘I was the one who was there for him. It makes me very furious thinking that he left me nothing.’
3:52 a.m. Sept. 13, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My parents have $50,000 in credit-card debt and $50,000 in a home-equity loan. My father works part-time and my mother refuses to work. How can we help? ‘My mother seems to think they will be able to retire in three years when they get additional Social Security, but they have zero retirement funds’‘My mother seems to think they will be able to retire in three years when they get additional Social Security, but they have zero retirement funds.’
7:21 a.m. Sept. 12, 2020 - By Alessandra Malito
I’m 52, won’t live past 80 and have $1.6 million. ‘I am tired of both the rat race and workplace politics.’ Should I retire? Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com
5:25 a.m. Sept. 12, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My partner has earned millions of dollars during our relationship. We’re not married, but am I entitled to anything if we split? ‘At one point, he was offered a job in Europe and I left my new job in the U.S. to join him, a decision that left me unable to earn an income and continuing to depend on him for his money’‘At one point, he was offered a job in Europe and I left my new job in the U.S. to join him, a decision that left me unable to earn an income and continuing to depend on him for his money.’
6:16 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020 - By Alessandra Malito
Today’s older workers may see the first cuts to Social Security benefits The Congressional Budget Office released an updated budget outlook, including the pandemic’s impact on the economyThe Congressional Budget Office released an updated budget outlook, including the pandemic’s impact on the economy.
10:23 a.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global death toll tops 905,000, U.S. toll above 191,000 and experts slam Trump for playing down virus ‘If we’d had widespread mask-wearing mandates, we could have reduced deaths by as much as 20% to even 50%,’ says one expertThe number of global fatalities from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 905,000 on Thursday and the U.S. death toll rose above 191,000, amid widespread criticism of President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis, after journalist Bob Woodward revealed that Trump admitted to him that he deliberately downplayed the virus in the early part of the outbreak.
7:23 a.m. Sept. 7, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘My brother was my best friend’: He moved into my late father’s home, changed the locks and blew through his money. Should I pursue criminal charges? ‘He and his wife were in serious financial debt prior to dad’s death. When I confronted my brother he blocked me on social media, and has refused to talk to me ever since’‘He and his wife were in serious financial debt prior to dad’s death. When I confronted my brother he blocked me on social media, and has refused to talk to me ever since.’
3:50 a.m. Sept. 7, 2020 - By Meera Jagannathan
Should Black and Latino people get priority access to a COVID-19 vaccine? The CDC told states that they should be ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1The CDC told states that they should be ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1
6:26 a.m. Sept. 5, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband wants 50% of my mother’s inheritance because he earns more than me. I said no. Am I unreasonable? I said I was willing to get a money manager and set up a retirement account in both of our names. I’ve always worked, even while raising our daughterI said I was willing to get a money manager and set up a retirement account in both of our names. I’ve always worked, even while raising our daughter.
10:10 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Dan Moisand
What are the rules for inheriting a Health Savings Account? They are not all that tax-friendly when inherited by a nonspouseThey are not all that tax-friendly when inherited by a nonspouse
5:17 p.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - By James Denison
Whatever retirement looks like for you, health savings accounts can help you get there HSAs can be useful no matter what your retirement plans areHSAs can be useful no matter what your retirement plans are
6:01 a.m. Sept. 1, 2020 - By Howard Gold
Traditional long-term care policies can still work They’re pricier and harder to find but make sense for certain buyersThey’re pricier and harder to find but make sense for certain buyers
3:58 a.m. Aug. 31, 2020 - By Mara Rudman
To rebuild the economy, America needs a new social contract Too many women and people of color are not adequately compensated for their work. And too many hard-working people in critically important sectors are barely surviving at the economic margins. Too many women and people of color are not adequately compensated for their work. And too many hard-working people in critically important sectors are barely surviving at the economic margins.
11:22 p.m. Aug. 30, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband and I are worth $3.7 million, but I’m afraid I’ll spend my way into the poor house if he dies. When I was single, I bounced checks. What can I do? ‘He earns all the money and handles all our finances. I love to spend money and have a head-in-the-sand approach to money problems’‘He earns all the money and handles all our finances. I love to spend money and have a head-in-the-sand approach to money problems.’
5:59 a.m. Aug. 30, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife and her sister are bartering over a vacation home. Does a quitclaim override a will? Is a transfer on death deed better? ‘I don’t want a vacation home that I do not enjoy hanging over my head during my retirement’‘I don’t want a vacation home that I do not enjoy hanging over my head during my retirement.’
7:22 a.m. Aug. 29, 2020 - By Paul Brandus
Trump’s election year gamble: Messing with Social Security and Medicare Eliminating the payroll tax could ‘permanently’ deplete Social Security’s trust fund reserves in 2023Eliminating the payroll tax could ‘permanently’ deplete Social Security’s trust fund reserves in 2023
6:26 a.m. Aug. 29, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
These ‘Dividend Aristocrat’ stocks have been raising their dividends for decades, and there have been no dividend cuts during the pandemic Dozens of other S&P 500 companies, in contrast, have reduced their payoutsDozens of other S&P 500 companies, in contrast, have reduced their payouts.
11:09 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Rachel Hartman
Under CARES Act, tax-sheltered HSAs are even more useful now—how to make the most of them The CARES Act broadened what expenses are eligible with HSA funds, including health insurance premiums if you’re collecting unemploymentAn HSA is a triple tax-sheltered account to pay for certain medical expenses if you have a high-deductible health plan.
10:05 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Howard Gold
There’s no good replacement for long-term care insurance Alternatives also can be pricey and may not cover what you needAlternatives also can be pricey and may not cover what you need
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