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COBRA Coverage: Health Care During Transitional Periods

February 17, 2016

What is COBRA? The term “COBRA” is commonly used to refer to certain provisions of Title X of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. This law provides an opportunity for employees and their dependents who have been covered by an employer-sponsored health insurance plan to continue coverage under circumstances where such coverage might…

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Coordinating Long-Term Care Insurance with Government Benefits

January 18, 2016
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If you’re a senior, the future may present more of a concern than it once did–you may wonder what you’ll do if your health deteriorates. If you must enter a nursing home, for example, how will you pay for it? Fortunately, you may have several options. One such option is long-term care insurance (LTCI). Government-regulated…

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Medicaid and Nursing Home Care

January 15, 2016
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As you enter your 60s and 70s, health may become more of an issue than it once was, and your thoughts may turn to the future. Who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself? If you must enter a nursing home, how will you pay for it? By learning…

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Conducting a Home Inventory

January 12, 2016
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A home inventory is a complete and detailed written list of all your personal property that’s located in your home and stored in other structures like garages and toolsheds. It should include your possessions as well as those of family members and others living in your home. You should prepare an inventory whenever you move…

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Group Health Insurance: A Valued Employee Benefit

December 2, 2015
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Two of the main reasons why employers offer group health insurance are to attract new employees and to retain existing employees. Unfortunately, many employees overlook the value of group health insurance until they have to find health coverage on their own. Almost without exception, group coverage usually offers better, more comprehensive benefits at lower cost…

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Properly Insuring Your Business

November 30, 2015
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No matter how careful you are in running your business, accidents happen. And no matter how big or small your business, you’ll have to plan for these and other risks if you want your business to thrive. One way to do this is with insurance. Imagine this: Your custom-made cabinetry business is thriving. You have…

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Tax Planning Tips: Life Insurance

October 13, 2015

Understanding the importance of life insurance is one thing. Understanding the tax rules is quite another. As insurance products have evolved and become more sophisticated, the line separating insurance vehicles from investment vehicles has grown blurry. To differentiate between the two, a mix of complex rules and exceptions now governs the taxation of insurance products.…

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Comparing Health Insurance Plans

October 7, 2015

Perhaps you’re starting a new job or trying to integrate employee benefits with your new spouse. Or maybe you’re shopping for individual health insurance coverage. One of the challenges when comparing health plans is that many different types of plans are available, including indemnity plans, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and point…

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Health Insurance in Retirement

September 16, 2015
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At any age, health care is a priority. When you retire, however, you will probably focus more on health care than ever before. Staying healthy is your goal, and this can mean more visits to the doctor for preventive tests and routine checkups. There’s also a chance that your health will decline as you grow…

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Insuring a Condo or Co-op

August 21, 2015

Insuring a condo or co-op is a little different from insuring a typical home because you don’t own the entire building. Usually, two policies are involved: the master policy provided by the condo association or co-op board, and your individual policy, which is typically written on a standard homeowners form, known as Form HO-6. If…

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