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Re: 2015 Medigap plan changes

Medigap insurers and plans are at state level. Your best bet is to contact your local SHIP (State Health Insurance assistance Program) counselor: https://shipnpr.shiptalk.org/findcounselor.aspx Some states such as NJ make the Medigap charts available online. Disclosure: I am a Certified Volunteer Me...
by mur44
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2015 Medigap plan changes
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: Estimated SS COLA for 2015

Medicare Part B premium remains at $104.90 for
2015. However, Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage
and Medigap premiums may increase locally. Private insurance
companies determine these 3 rates.
by mur44
Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:39 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Estimated SS COLA for 2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1774

Re: DIY Winterizing Sprinkler / Irrigation System

Some 20 years ago I read an article that said there is NO need to blow the underground sprinkler system. Based on the above, every year I open the valve in the control box and the valve outside of the house. I have been doing this for the last 20 years. I never used professional service to handle th...
by mur44
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Winterizing Sprinkler / Irrigation System
Replies: 17
Views: 1389

Re: [Confused with Medigap Options]

drawpoker, You should know how good your health is - Ask your doctor if you do not know. If you do not have any chronic conditions, your health is good. If you use minimal health care services, your health is good. Also, look back your ancestral family health history. Medicare beneficiaries have no ...
by mur44
Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Confused with Medigap Options]
Replies: 39
Views: 1780

Re: [Confused with Medigap Options]

If you expect your health to be good, consider Medigap Plan F High Deductible plan. Your responsibility would be the first $2,000. You can not go wrong by taking the cheapest Medigap plan. When Medicare pays, Medigap plan has to pay with no questions asked. You may contact your county State Health I...
by mur44
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Confused with Medigap Options]
Replies: 39
Views: 1780

Re: Switching Medigap Policies - Confused

You can switch Medigap insurance companies at any time of the year. It need not be done during Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). AEP is for MAPD/MA and Part D plans. First look at pre-existing condition waiting periods for various underwriters and then apply for the one that you are interested in. Onl...
by mur44
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switching Medigap Policies - Confused
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Is it a no-brainer to cont w/emp health ins vs medicare

I need more information on the employer health insurance coverage, employee premium amount, spouse's age. Medicare Part A (Hospital insurance) is free if one has 40 quarters of work history. It is free to spouse as well. If you PM me, I may be able to assist you. calm man: Help is available to assis...
by mur44
Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it a no-brainer to cont w/emp health ins vs medicare
Replies: 9
Views: 1196

Re: Maximum Number of Medicare Hospital Days

A supplemental (Medigap) plan would add 365 additional hospital days in addition to the 60 free days (and 30 lifetime reserve days). There is a small probability for one to be hospitalized for a long period of time. A medigap plan would provide additional protection. Medicare Advantage plans vary si...
by mur44
Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximum Number of Medicare Hospital Days
Replies: 10
Views: 741

Re: Medigap polcies - selecting for first time

If the health of yours and your husband is good, consider High Deductible Medigap Plan 'F'. This would cut down your month premiums for Medigap plan and your liability is limited to $2,000 per year per person. Alternately, Plan 'N' may be OK also. Plan 'N' has been in existence since 2010 and benefi...
by mur44
Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap polcies - selecting for first time
Replies: 22
Views: 1362

Re: Medicare Advantage to T Medicare plus supplement

Choosing between Medicare Advantage versus Medigap should be made carefully using Health and Wealth conditions. Health would include 'family' health history. There are states like New York and Connecticut where one can buy Medigap at any time at any age. If health is good, consider High Deductible M...
by mur44
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Advantage to T Medicare plus supplement
Replies: 17
Views: 793

Re: Medicare Part D (Prescriptions), changing plans

When you switch Medigap insurance carrier, some may have pre-existing condition waiting period. As a general rule, find the cheapest medigap plan. It is always good idea to run Plan Finder ANNUALLY at http://WWW.MEDICARE.GOV to identify the best Part D, Medicare Advantage (MA) or Medicare Advantage ...
by mur44
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Part D (Prescriptions), changing plans
Replies: 36
Views: 1712

Re: Any Experts in Reading Medicare Summary Notices?

Your best bet is to utilize the services of the following non-profit organization: MedicareRights National Helpline: 800-333-4114 http://www.medicarerights.org/ This organization offers free 'legal' service to help resolve problems. Disclosure: I am a Certified Volunteer Medicare Counselor from NJ
by mur44
Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any Experts in Reading Medicare Summary Notices?
Replies: 9
Views: 753

Re: Medicare question

Have you tried to buy through the exchange at:

https://www.healthcare.gov/

Also, a local insurance broker might be able
to help buying for short term period.

Your question is NOT really Medicare question.
by mur44
Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare question
Replies: 10
Views: 923

Re: Blocking Your Own Name & Home Phone Number?

Please note that I am trying to STOP Robo calls by blocking the phone number. When I see my Name and Phone number on the incoming call, I know for sure that is a phishing call. Did anyone experience such phishing phone calls? If so, did you try to block your own phone number using phone blocking fun...
by mur44
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blocking Your Own Name & Home Phone Number?
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Blocking Your Own Name & Home Phone Number?

FTC reports that spam calls are now initiated with
Caller ID of your own name and telephone number.
This is a new scam.

My phone has blocking capability and I am wondering
it is OK to block my own telephone number? Has
anyone blocked their own telephone number?
by mur44
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blocking Your Own Name & Home Phone Number?
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Re: [Medicare] Part D Sticker Shock

The only way to choose an OPTIMAL Part D plan is to use Drug Plan Finder at MEDICARE.GOV and enter all the drugs you are taking. The Plan Finder will list all the plans that are available to you in the order of lowest total ANNUAL cost to highest. The top three plans can be compared after making sur...
by mur44
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Medicare] Part D Sticker Shock
Replies: 21
Views: 2284

Re: Medicare Plan D Tail Of Whoa!

The only way to choose an OPTIMAL Part D plan is to use Drug Plan Finder at MEDICARE.GOV and enter all the drugs you are taking. The Plan Finder will list all the plans that are available to you in the order of lowest total annual cost to highest. The top three plans can be compared after making sur...
by mur44
Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Plan D [Tale of Woe]
Replies: 21
Views: 1998

Re: Strange Billing Practice by Medical Provider

aude, Could you please tell us more details: (1) Is your relative on Medicare? If yes, is he/she on Medicare Advantage with PPO? (2) if your relative is on non-Medicare health insurance plan, what is the name of the insurance company and plan name? More details would give better answers. Disclosure:...
by mur44
Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strange Billing Practice by Medical Provider
Replies: 38
Views: 2849

Want to leave a Roth IRA to your kids? Beware of taxes

The following MarketWatch article gives
heads up for potential risks to the 'tax free'
distributions to Roth funds:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/want-t ... 2014-09-09

Should one not plan to convert TIRA to Roth in view of
the potential risks?
by mur44
Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Want to leave a Roth IRA to your kids? Beware of taxes
Replies: 2
Views: 685

OptimumWifi

Are there Bogleheads using OptimumWifi service
from Optimum cable service?

What are your experiences using the above
service.

We will be traveling to Florida and wondering
if OptimumWifi would work there?
by mur44
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OptimumWifi
Replies: 1
Views: 473

Re: MAGI for Medicare Rates

It is not called penalty. It is called surtax.

If you have a very high income, you will likely pay a higher amount
for your Part B premium and Part D premium.
This is called an Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).
by mur44
Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MAGI for Medicare Rates
Replies: 36
Views: 1895

Re: Telephone Calls! Help! [Telemarketing phone calls]

I purchased a new Panasonic DECT phone that can block 250
telephone numbers. Previous Panasonic phone did
not have the blocking capability.

It is worth it as the previous one did not have the
blocking capability.
by mur44
Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telephone Calls! Help! [Stopping telemarketing calls]
Replies: 105
Views: 7563

Re: India’s Rajan sounds alarm on asset bubbles

He has great track record.

Greenspan should have paid attention to what
Rajan said before the Great Recession.

Larry Summers simply ignored his warnings.

He knows his stuff.
by mur44
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: India’s Rajan sounds alarm on asset bubbles
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

Re: Medigap-AARP United Healthcare or Horizon BCBS?

Buy the cheapest Medigap plan.

Once Medicare pays, Medigap plan has to pay without
your doing anything.


Disclosure: I am a Certified Volunteer Medicare Counselor from NJ
by mur44
Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap-AARP United Healthcare or Horizon BCBS?
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Is Medigap insurance really needed?

nisiprius,

If one have Medicare Parts A, B and D (no medigap),
there is NO OOP (Out Of Pocket) limit. This
Medicare insurance (A, B and D) setup is for
'healthy' (yours and your family) individuals.

But, there are several 'tricks' one can use to
minimize OOP expenses.
by mur44
Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Medigap insurance really needed?
Replies: 83
Views: 4542

Re: Is Medigap insurance really needed?

betterdays, If your retiree health insurance is terminated by your employer, you have a 'guarantee issue' situation, you can purchase a medigap plan. Plan 'F' is one of the two popular plans. You may want to visit your local State Health Insurance assistance Program (SHIP) counselor for free, unbias...
by mur44
Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Medigap insurance really needed?
Replies: 83
Views: 4542

Re: Is Medigap insurance really needed?

If your wife's health is good, you can take one of the following two (2) options: (1) Take a Medicare Advantage plan with Prescription Drug coverage until she is eligible for the retiree health insurance. Make sure your service providers accept the plan. (2) Buy Medigap Plan 'F' High Deductible, whi...
by mur44
Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Medigap insurance really needed?
Replies: 83
Views: 4542

Re: Does severance pay reduce or relace unemployment benefit

In New Jersey and New York states, severance pay
does NOT affect your right to collect Unemployment
benefits.

You are no longer employed and therefore you
are entitled to collect UI benefits.


Disclosure: I am a resident of NJ
by mur44
Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does severance pay reduce or relace unemployment benefits?
Replies: 52
Views: 3549

Re: Withdrawl from Target Retirement or Life Strategy Fund

Vanguard has tailored such a fund for retirees.
It is Target Retirement Income (VTINX).

VTINX is intended for retirees withdrawing funds
periodically.
by mur44
Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Withdrawl from Target Retirement or Life Strategy Fund
Replies: 51
Views: 4536

Re: Hospital bill negotiation

If the amount you owe is large then consider hiring a Paid
Professional Claims Assistance Organization.
by mur44
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hospital bill negotiation
Replies: 49
Views: 4368

Re: Insurance premiums for renewals versus current

You can contact your State Department of Banking and Insurance
(DOBI) to obtain a list of typical premiums charged by various
insurance companies.

In NJ, DOBI provides such a list which you can use to compare.
by mur44
Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance premiums for renewals versus current
Replies: 11
Views: 1111

Is There Need for Plan 'C' (Inverse of Plan B)?

During the dark days of 2009 crisis, Jack Bogle advocated the concept of Plan 'B'. Taylor Larimore posted on Plan 'B' details at that time. Now we have come a long way from Plan 'B' discussion. Is there such a thing as Plan 'C' when equities go in to 'bubble' territory? An example of 'bubble' is S&a...
by mur44
Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is There Need for Plan 'C' (Inverse of Plan B)?
Replies: 12
Views: 1250

Re: Damodaran--Bubbles and Mkt Timing

Is Prof. Damodaran's advice applicable to retirees as well? Retirees have limited time to recover. Dr. William Bernstein keeps telling us that expected returns for the next 10 years would be low. If S&P goes up 30% in 2014 that could mean expected returns for the next 10 years would be lower sti...
by mur44
Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble
Replies: 24
Views: 3693

Re: Retirement age for software engineers

Happily retired at 55. One needs to plan for retirement in terms of retirement funds, health insurance between retirement and age 65 (Medicare coverage starts at 65) and activities to spend time. Even with Medicare, the ideal situation is to get Employer Group Health Insurance to fill gaps (Deductib...
by mur44
Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement age for software engineers
Replies: 94
Views: 10191

Re: "What Makes Today Special?"

Thanks Taylor for the amazing history.
Recently, our family visited Manchester, Vermont where
the statue of Thomas Jefferson with a few of
his ideals about personal freedom was at the center of the
city square.
by mur44
Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "What Makes Today Special?"
Replies: 4
Views: 884

Re: 3.5% Yield for 457(k) Fixed Guaranteed

acegolfer, Please open the following link and last line says 'View the Fund Fact Sheet': https://myplan.ingplans.com/einfo/fundinfo.aspx?cl=GOVCR1&pl=711001PU&page=investment_informationfundinformationnationwidefixed&s=acha43jwz54bjf2apwu10piv&d=4ac2cdf01b618b1d7c06b25da16404d6f695da34
by mur44
Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 3.5% Yield for 457(k) Fixed Guaranteed
Replies: 17
Views: 1064

Re: 3.5% Yield for 457(k) Fixed Guaranteed

Thanks all of you for your valuable input.

The 457(k) is (NJ) local government based and
managed by Nationwide Retirement Solutions.
The Fixed is an annuity.
by mur44
Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:34 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 3.5% Yield for 457(k) Fixed Guaranteed
Replies: 17
Views: 1064

3.5% Yield for 457(k) Fixed Guaranteed

Current 457(k) Fixed is yielding 3.5% guaranteed.
It is increasing difficult to find any thing close to it.
It is tempting to consider leaving funds in the employer plan
upon retirement.

Is it OK to leave the 457(k) funds in the employer
plan upon retirement?
by mur44
Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 3.5% Yield for 457(k) Fixed Guaranteed
Replies: 17
Views: 1064

Re: Medicare question

Since you are receiving SS benefits, your Medicare Parts A and B enrollment is automatic. You will receive Medicare cards 3 months before your 65th birthday. If you are still working at age 65 and your employer has more than 20 employees, your primary insurance is your employer insurance and Medicar...
by mur44
Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare question
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Medical Billing Patient Adovcate Question

If you are on Medicare, there are several options including your county SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program): https://shipnpr.shiptalk.org/findcounselor.aspx If you wish to use a paid consultant: http://claims.org/refer.php Disclosure: I am a Certified Volunteer Medicare Counselor from NJ
by mur44
Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Billing Patient Adovcate Question
Replies: 5
Views: 334

How to Charge a Smartphone in Car

Is a cigarette lighter USB adapter adequate to
charge Samsung smartphone?

Are these universal in nature that one can
buy any cigarette lighter USB adapter and
use it to charge any smartphone?
by mur44
Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Charge a Smartphone in Car
Replies: 12
Views: 763

Re: Why I choose "The Majesty of Simplicity" for my signatur

Taylor,

Thanks for the Gems on Simplicity.
I am migrating in that direction.
by mur44
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I choose "The Majesty of Simplicity" for my signature
Replies: 42
Views: 15956

Re: Frustration with medical providers

People with Medicare experience frustration with billing, coverage, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance. Hospitals are notorious for billing and charges. It is very typical for huge variation in charges for the same treatment, procedure, medicine, service or durable medical equipment. Most of the ...
by mur44
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frustration with medical providers
Replies: 24
Views: 1770

Re: Bernstein: A Decade of Super-Low Returns [1.4% for 60/40

In February 2013, Larry Swedroe posted an article on the same subject: What low interest rates mean for stocks Larry Swedroe Feb 2013 The "Triumph of the Optimists" authors Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton, looked at whether today's low level of real interest rates tells us anyth...
by mur44
Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bernstein: A Decade of Super-Low Returns [1.4% for 60/40]
Replies: 207
Views: 18010

Re: Medicare Advantage to Medigap

You can apply for a Medigap plan anytime in the future. Most insurance companies use Medical Underwriting when no Guarantee Issue is involved. However, a few insurance companies do NOT use Medical Underwriting. In New Jersey, Horizon BCBS does not use Medical Underwriting. Many people in NJ obtain M...
by mur44
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Advantage to Medigap
Replies: 14
Views: 1484

Re: Public Transportation in Miami, FL for visitors

Thank you all for your great ideas. Miami has very cheap car rentals. Parking in the area seems be cheap as well. I am from New Jersey (suburb of New York City). Taylor, thanks a lot for your offer for sailing. I will send you PM shortly. In fact I wanted to meet you in person. It was 7 years ago in...
by mur44
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public Transportation in Miami, FL for visitors
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Public Transportation in Miami, FL for visitors

DW and I will be staying in Miami, FL for 4 days prior to taking a cruise to West Caribbean. We want to stay at a motel/hotel near the MIA Airport and take public transport (buses, local trains) to various places, including Miami beach, day tour bus and other attractions. Is this feasible? Or rentin...
by mur44
Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public Transportation in Miami, FL for visitors
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: cost indoor sliding door

The only way to know if the cost is high is to get a few more quotes. Did you find out the cost of the door itself? Everything in NJ is expensive. One of the ways to get quotes is to put a free ad. in Craigslist. You would be surprised at how many vendors respond. Disclosure: I live in Bergen county...
by mur44
Sun May 25, 2014 12:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost indoor sliding door
Replies: 11
Views: 697

Re: Husband just lost job

Things will always get better with time.
Have lots of patience.

Nothing is gained by worrying.
by mur44
Sat May 24, 2014 8:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Husband just lost job
Replies: 60
Views: 6726

Re: HSA vs. PPO with a pregnant wife

PPO is preferrable for at least one more year.

You need to reevaluate every year to see
which would be beneficial for the upcoming
year.

Congratulations and good luck.

Disclosure: I am a Certified Volunteer Medicare Counselor from NJ
by mur44
Sat May 24, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA vs. PPO with a pregnant wife
Replies: 28
Views: 2181
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