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Medicare doesn't cover everything.

As helpful as Medicare is, without supplemental insurance, it won't cover

all of your medical expenses. And not having a supplemental plan could mean that you have to spend more money than we've previously outlined.

If you retire before Medicare eligibility starts at age at 65, you'll likely need to purchase individual insurance to cover medical expenses. Once you become eligible, remember that Medicare coverage is limited. Supplemental insurance plans can cost $150-$300 per person, per month and that's before considering the costs of prescription drugs.

Another gap in Medicare coverage is long-term care. Generally speaking, Medicare does not cover the cost of treatment in long term care facilities, although there are limited exceptions. Considering that the average amount of time in long-term care for women is 3.7 years, and men is 2.2 years, those costs can add up quickly,"

Consider a couple where only one spouse is in long-term care. If the sick or injured spouse is in a nursing home, the average cost of their care over three years could be nearly $300,000. At the same time, all the regular at-home expenses of the other spouse still continue. Combined, these expenses could lead to financial ruin without proper planning

REALITIES OF LONG-TERM CARE COSTS"

Ø  Assisted Living Apartment............$45,000/year

Ø  Home Health Aide....................... $49,188/year

Ø  Nursing Home Private Room....... $97,452/year

We recommend applying for long-term care insurance in your 50s because the longer you wait, the higher your premium costs will be and you could be denied coverage if health issues surface as you age.

Fortunately, there are many long-term care policies available today with a variety of premium, coverage and deductible options. A financial advisor that understands your unique circumstances and who has access to insurance experts can help you understand your options and pick the most appropriate plan for you.


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