48% of Retirees Aren’t Tracking This Major Retirement Expense
Health care is the wild card in retirement. Nearly half of retirees are not tracking what they spend on healthcare according to a recent study from insurance company Allianz Life. A paper from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College pegged retirees’ actual healthcare spending in 2017 at $4,300 monthly. This is $51,600 per year and nearly three times the average retiree’s Social Security income. In this article Catherine Brock stresses the importance of tracking health care spending and also suggests a number of ways to manage costs. Eating and staying healthy, shopping for insurance and/or Medicare Advantage plans, and considering health care savings accounts (HSAs) are among the suggestions. Full piece here.
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