Stop Guessing, Start Planning for Costs in Retirement
Your goals and priorities will probably change as you plan to retire. In fact, health care is consistently among the primary concerns of retirees and those drawing closer to retirement as they consider their post-employment finances.
This concern is due, in part, to the historical growth in health care expenses relative to overall inflation, along with the shift in retirement income and health care responsibilities. The rising cost of health care is considered one of the most serious and complex issues facing society. It’s often the fourth greatest expense in retirement, but for many people it can be the second-largest expense in retirement next to housing.1 There is also a growing awareness of the effects of increased longevity and better medical care as it impacts an individual’s potential need for non-medical long-term living assistance. Yet many people remain unprepared or uncertain how they’ll deal with health care in retirement.
Let’s start with some basics to help prepare:
Don’t overlook long-term care insurance
If you’re able to stay healthy and active throughout your life, you may never need to enter a nursing home or receive at-home care. But the fact is, many people aged 65 and older will require some type of long-term care during their lives. That number is likely to go up in future years because people are increasingly living longer. On top of that, long-term care is expensive. You should be prepared in case you do need long-term care at some point.
Understand what Medicare covers
Signing up for Medicare is one of the first major decisions you face as your reach retirement, yet many people simply do not understand the variety of options available. To make the most of your Medicare choices, it’s important to understand your options and what the program covers in order to ensure adequate health-care coverage.
Weigh your need for life insurance
If you’re married, you want to make sure that your spouse will have enough money when you die. You may also have children and other heirs you want to take care of. Life insurance can be one way to accomplish these goals, but several questions arise as you near retirement. Should you keep that existing policy in place? If so, should you change the coverage amount? What if you don't have any life insurance because you lost your group coverage at work (though some employers let you keep the coverage at your own expense)? Should you go out and buy additional coverage? The answers depend largely on your particular circumstances.
In most cases, it’s best to talk to a professional before making any decisions.
1“The Biggest Expenses In Retirement — And How To Prepare For Them Now,” Forbes. March 2015. RBFCU Investments Group LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RBFCU Services LLC. RBFCU Services LLC is affiliated with Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU). Securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment professional. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members. Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution. FR-2681616.1-0819-0921