What’s up with that retirement experience?

This week I met with three financial advisors to select the one that will be my coach for the next 20-30 years. #wheniam64 Whew, is that exhausting! 70/30, 50/50, 60/40 and alternatives are great, but who understands all that? The answer is those that study understand all that, and I am ready to commit to a coach to get me from 64 to 94.

Reality is the average life expectancy is 78.something and declining for the first time in decades. I am not ready to concede defeat yet. Hit the gym this morning for a solid workout. Adjusting my eating to offset risks of Alzheimers and keep my brain running at optimum. Brain envy is what Dr. Daniel Amen calls it. Resting more as I age, only working 50 hours a week instead of 60-80. What are you doing to shift? As a life coach, I have to set the example. #wecanhelpwiththat

Now, for healthcare. That medicare decision looms. At 65, you have a period of seven months to make your decision. Three months before, the month of your birthday, and three months after. It gets tricky after that if you want to make significant changes. There are open change periods for advantage and prescription drug once a year. But, supplementals require medical underwriting after that first decision and the rates can go up significantly. #wecanhelpwiththat

Having fun yet? Wisdom tells me that happiness is a key to longer life and well, who wants to be sad? Having a manageable plan you understand that helps you meet lifestyle objectives can lead to a merry heart and that is good medicine. #wecanhelpwiththat

Let me know how we can help. There is never a fee for an analysis of your position and never a fee for healthcare help. We don’t do income management, but have some good partners to whom we can refer you and for smaller amounts ($10k-100k), we can give you some tips. #wecanhelpwiththat

Phil@soluminsurance.com

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When I’m 64 – What about my healthcare?

That question looms. What about my healthcare? Circumstances at change points cause us to ask, “Will I be okay? Should I trust the advice my employer gave me? What if they are just in it for them? How do I transition my meds and doctors?

Today is January 2nd. The end of every year is a reflection period. I assess myself against my life goals, the visions that stir inside, my financial position, achievements, mental, emotional, and physical health, and spiritual position. Dr. Daniel Amen recommends each of us have a one pager, a One Page Miracle, to tell our brains and hearts which items need attention and focus.

Tana Amen gives a good example of a One Page Miracle on her web page. You should take a minute to look it over. Get some focus. Sometimes when you feel a struggle, the simple is best as a start.

Now that you are 64, you are approaching the need to move onto Medicare and maybe you are looking to retire and draw social security. Those are big decisions. #wecanhelpwiththat

Faith, Focus, Friends, Food, and Fitness are all areas we assess as we get ready for these next steps. Understanding your goals for these will help us help you in making the right Medicare mix decisions. A wrong step in your first year going on to Medicare can be corrected in the first year. It can be disastrous later, when you are 68 or 70 or 80. It is all about your plan, your goals, the life you want. You can’t predict it all, but you can come closer with a plan and right information. #wecanhelpwiththat

We never charge for services at SOLUM Insurance. But we are professional in our approach to help you make decisions that fit your needs and lifestyle. So let me introduce you to a simple and effective what to make your plan and enjoy your senior years, whether you continue working or take the big plunge.

1. Establish your position

What is your position on healthcare? We will work with you to help discover that. Our first step is to discuss that One Page Miracle and make sure we support you in being you. The second step is to go a little deeper, but not much and do a “Fact Finder” so we give you knowledgeable guidance. We are not financial planners, but we work alongside your financial plan to help you make a good fit of healthcare into the plan. #wecanhelpwiththat. And yes, all of this is free. You have no obligation to purchase anything from us. We like to make friends.

When you work with us you will receive caring and professional excellence. That is who we are and how we serve. You deserve that. You have spent a life getting to this point and we want to make it a fun and fulfilling next chapter.

2. Write it down.

Write down where you want to go. Here is the fun part. We will show you a couple of options that fit your decisions. Medicare and other insurance can be complicated. Do you have a Final Expense policy and plan to ensure there are no extra burdens for those you love? How much control do you want of your healthcare decisions? Do you want an HMO doctor, who is your dedicated advisor or are you okay with a network of doctors for advising? Do you want total freedom to make all decisions? What is your budget going to be? The average senior after 65 can spend around $4000+ a year on healthcare. Is that okay with you? Would you like better control of those expenses and predictability or are you more concerned with keeping monthly costs contained and addressing bigger needs as they arise? Relax. We will help you walk through those thoughts in a methodical way that assists you make right decisions at the right time for your lifestyle and healthcare directions.

As a deliverable, we will summarize what we have heard in talking with you into a document that you can use to make decisions.

3. Take A Step

If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.W. Edwards Deming

Now to take a step, you need a plan. It does not have to have full vetted risk assessment, cost scenarios, and extensive timeline. But most of us just need a few steps we know we need to take to get moving in the right direction. #wecanhelpwiththat

  • Establish your position
  • Write it down
  • Take a step (fill out the form below is a good first step)

#wecanhelpwiththat, #medicare #healthcare #socialsecurity #turning65 #wheniam64

Caring, professional excellence assisting in healthcare decisions

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Get with us and we will help you walk through your preparations.

SOLUM is a faith based business done with care and professional excellence. We aren’t liberal or conservative, we are concerned and supportive. What does that mean? That means we trust first in our relationship with the Father of Creation to direct us and our interactions with our clients, you. And we believe He wants us to be caring, excellent, and professional. You don’t need to be a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, or anything to take advantage of our good will. We just want you to know we believe that everything we do is done as unto God first and is done with professional and caring excellence. If we don’t think He will be happy with us, we don’t do it. #wecanhelpwiththat

3V Decision Criteria

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Posit this!  Every action you take, every thought you make should be measured against the 3V criteria.  Validity, vitality, and veracity need to mark your reputation and the reputation of your organization or business.  Consistent failure on any of these over your history will eventually mean failure of your endeavors.  You may make money, fulfill the purpose of your non-profit, and have fun without them.  You are not successful.  You will fail or your successors will fail.

As a leader, ingrain these in your psyche.  Your personal reputation and continuance depend on them.  When others doubt you (and they will), your ability to face the mirror in the morning and be true to yourself is what will move you forward in life.   When you revel in victory, the congruence of these in the actions and intents that took you to the mountain will sweeten the taste.  When you struggle with…

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Why An Independent Agent Makes Sense with Medicare

AARP is just one of the captive agent groups. They are a good organization and sell United Healthcare, a good product. When you shop with an independent agent, you contribute to the competitive free-enterprise system. We can help with that.

This article examines older legislation that affects us today. We don’t agree with all the content and believe that supplements/medigap are a good solution when they fit your healthcare need. A wise shopper needs comprehensive information. We can help with that.

How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare – Forbes

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Comparing Plans – Advantage #wecanhelpwiththat

As we enter the last two weeks of open enrollment, my phone is ringing with last minute comparisons. #wecanhelpwiththat

One of my clients had a tier one, tier two, tier three, and tier four drug prescription. Whew! All of that can get majorly expensive on any provider’s plan. #wecanhelpwiththat

Be assured, there is a good plan that meets your specific needs. As an independent agent, I can compare across plans. Every insurance carrier (United Healthcare, Humana, Aetna, and others) has plans for each zip code. They are competitively priced in different areas of medical need. No one can predict what you will need in 90 days, but you can look ahead using your history and potential needs. #wecanhelpwiththat

So here is a set of needs of a client:

. Keep monthly costs predictable and as low as possible

. Keep extra costs as low as possible (emergencies, added doctor visits, specialists co-pays, etc..)

. Use a specific doctor and their referral network

. Provide for urgent care nationwide (they travel a few times a year)

. Keep it simple to get healthcare

. Support a specific set of hospitals in the area

. Basic dental and eyewear coverage beyond medicare medical coverage

Here are a few needs they do not have:

. Access to a variety of doctors on and off plan

. Nationwide network (one of our advantage providers supports a nationwide PPO network, which I think is pretty cool if it meets your needs)

#wecanhelpwiththat

Based on this set of criteria, we compared a few of the larger companies and found a good HMO advantage plan that reduces their current costs by $140 a month and reduces co-pays to specialists and for their pharmacy prescriptions by a few dollars. Overall, they can potentially save $1800 a year. Look at 5 years and that is $9,000. Wow! It is a simple change for them. #wecanhelpwiththat

They have a plan with a major carrier that they signed up for 10 years ago. Plans change. There are options for you that might meet your needs and experience better than the plan you signed up for in the past. Open enrollment gives you the advantage of taking a look at current offerings in your area and keeping medical costs better contained. #wecanhelpwiththat

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Phil – phil@soluminsurance.com 405.494.0637

Medicare and Indemnity Products – We Can Help With That

Understanding insurance is important. Insurance is purchased before an event happens against the risk that it might happen. Some get confused and want to get insurance coverage after the event has happened. That does not work. Let’s take a few minutes to talk about how that applies in one instance to medicare advantage and supplement programs.

Maybe you have an HMO or PPO Advantage program for the last five years and are beginning to experience more and more health issues and visits to the doctors. You are concerned that a major problem could bankrupt you and so you look into a supplement. You have heard that a supplement will cover your deductibles and copays, which are increasing.

Here is what you find. Advantage and supplement or Medigap are mutually exclusive. You don’t have both, you have one or the other. Some agent tells you that you can have both and you are confused. It can be confusing. But you cannot have both.

You also find that a supplement has premiums adjusted for age. A $120 a month supplement at 69 is now $140 a month or more.

You also find that a supplement after your first year on an advantage program requires medical underwriting. Any health issues have to be communicated and affect your ability to get that supplement versus your advantage program.

Ouch, what can you do? You are concerned that the maximum out of pocket for your program is so high you can’t pay it many years in a row. Your MOOP could be $6000 or much more.

This is one of the reasons people buy a supplement in the beginning instead of an Advantage program. The Advantage program is good if you have little medical experience, which is common at age 65. But as you age, the medical gets more and more expensive with deductibles and copays. The supplement gives you a budget amount each month and with the right plan covers those deductibles and copays. You need to review the supplement you choose. They are not all equal, though they are all the same coverage carrier to carrier when on the same plan such as G or F or N.

What can you do? There is a good alternative and I would be happy to talk with you about it. Good carriers have INDEMNITY packages designed to insure against expensive hospitalizations and short term care and emergency and even cancer. Of course they are purchased before you are diagnosed, but some have short waiting periods such as you have not been hospitalized in the last six months for an issue, even though the issue is present. There is a lot to consider, but an indemnity plan in your mid retirement years is a good option. You don’t want to wait long, because of course the rates increase as you age and you may find yourself in the middle of an issue and you needed the insurance before you arrived at that point.

Okay, these are just simple notes. INDEMNITY packages are not medicare. They are an adjunct health product to give you increased financial protection against risks. They can be good for you if you have had an Advantage product or original medicare for a while and are getting concerned about future healthcare costs.

There are alternative ways to protect yourself and your financial stability and make sure you have what you need to get the healthcare you need as you age. We can help with that.

Call 405.494.0637 or phil@soluminsurance.com. We can help with that.

Not about insurance, but all about you…..

As consultants to seniors at grandkidsmatter.org, we are hearing a disturbing problem. Pastors and Christian ministry leaders tell us they have lost connection with the largest population in the U.S. 10,000 people a day turn 65 in the US. The churches focused on millennials and now the next gen and are missing the fact that these seniors are faithful, connected, sociable, and forgotten. They will live into their 80s and 90s and the church is missing them.

This township in New Jersey has been sensitive to address these issues for 30 years. What insight they have. Does your church have a senior advisory group? Not a senior ministry, but someone or someones who have the ear of the leadership to help guide polity and ensure the Biblical design of extended and full family stays intact?

As part of our benefits for seniors in 2020, GrandParenting Seminars will include special time with church leaders to share insights and tips.

https://www.montclairlocal.news/2019/11/09/senior-citizens-30-montclair-nj/

Contact me and tell me how this trend is affecting your life..

phil@soluminsurance.com . 405.494.0637.

Phil ..

Sweet…. a good quote for a friend

Crazy good stuff… I just finished a full medicare rate quote for a friend that is retiring at age 66. With a supplement policy that covers deductibles and co-pays, his base medicare payment, prescription drug that covers his most common prescriptions at $0 and $1 copays, dental and vision – he is looking at $328 a month with controlled costs. That is better that most company group plans!

Without this package on traditional medicare it would cost him $135 a month plus deductibles. His drugs would be full price. The difference? If he went to the hospital one time and stayed two days under medicare, $1364 deductible plus 20% of all other costs of doctors, meds etc (let’s say those amounted to another $2000 for a $400 charge), plus regular doctor visits during the year and 20% on tests and xrays of another $2000 or $400, and drug costs of around $50 a month or $600 a year, we are looking at $1364 + $400 + $400 +$600 + 1620 = $4384 unpredictable versus $3936 predictable … That doesn’t include $0 coverage for vision and dental and he gets some good options to help there also.

Now, this is just one approach. There are other alternatives based on your budget, expected needs. Last year this client went to the hospital three times due to some tough conditions. Under medicare each time would be the same $1364 plus 20% payouts. When you calculate that, you are getting closer to $10000 versus $3936. Yikes….


And his plan works nationwide, because he wants to travel. No need to worry about HMO or PPO networks that only work in his home metro. But I do have access to some sweet PPO options that have good travel when that is what you want. The costs are not as predictable because of deductibles and copays, but it is all about what do you need for your lifestyle.


The 411 on this? Know your options and choose according to your lifestyle and expectations.


My dream – help you make decisions. I talk to as many people for whom I say, “Keep what you have, you are doing well.” as I do “Let’s find what might be better options for you.” There is no cost to you ever to talk and get comparisons. The insurance carriers pay me to help you.

I really like helping alongside http://grandparentbenefits.org


If all I do is answer your questions, that is good by me. I have helped and am happy to do it.
Here is a link that shows some basic medicare costs: https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/medicare-costs-at-a-glance

Phil@soluminsurance.com

405.494.0637 direct

Medicare – Simple and Personal Choices

This morning in the quiet of my lake cabin, I had time to stop the wheels of pressures and phone calls and emails and just listen on the inside. When was the last time you listened to that quiet reasonable voice on the inside about your healthcare?

Approaching 65 can be a monumental change and even frightening. Employers have already been encouraging you into retirement for years. Youth is valued in the work world and you may feel a little devalued. Joints are creaking and cracking and you wonder how long they will hold up. Will you be able to enjoy those trips you have planned? And then there is healthcare. You understand the ins and outs of HMO and PPO and high deductible plans with HSAs. Now, here is this thing called Medicare. We can help with that.

One of the smoothest and easiest and quickest start pages on your journey should be this one. GrandParentBenefits.org. I linked you to the page on Medicare Advantage because I like the easy intro to medicare on that page and the fact that in a few words it mentions the necessary component parts. A and B are original medicare and can be majorly expensive if that is all you have. C is an Advantage plan and gives you extra benefits but also extra limitations. D is prescription drug and you need to make sure you have it in some form. E or Medigap / Supplements is an alternative that allows maximum choice in doctors, locations, etc and gives you a predictable monthly medical expense. Your lifestyle. Your choices. We can help with that.

There is a lot more to understand about all of this. But here is a recommendation. Use a licensed agent. Take advantage of one of our agents at grandparentbenefits.org or contact me directly at soluminsurance.com. This year, I took the time to reinstate my insurance license just to help folks making the move to medicare and more.

And of course, I have a greater cause. One is helping seniors and one is helping families. GrandParentBenefits.org is the brain child of GrandKidsMatter.org. We serve those going into and currently on Medicare, whether you have grandchildren or not, we are here. We can help with that.

A Quick Note on Why We do What We Do:

In the whirlwind of politics and culture and business, we hear many pundits crying for our attention. At GrandKidsMatter.org and Fathers.com, you can find some reasonable and researched and relatable information on everything from fathers and teen daughters to grandma raising grandchildren on her own. Help with medicare is just one of the ways we reach out to families and individuals. At SOLUMCOMMUNITY.NET, you will find passion in fixing fractured families. This is our why. Family Matters. And for that reason, we want to serve you with excellence and accuracy in making your personal lifestyle choices.

How do I decide? Medicare Advantage or Supplement or Just Basic.

Every person approaching 65 or retirement after 65 from corporate healthcare coverage has key decisions to make. Those decisions impact the rest of the retirement years. They are not irreversible, but they are impactful. So here are a few tips as you make them.

1. Look at your healthcare needs of the moment.

2. Think forward. What will you possibly need five or ten years into your retirement?

3. Consider family experience. Cancer? Heart? Lungs? Joints? What have other family members had to deal with in retirement.

4. Remember your income status is changing and will continue to change. You have Social Security, maybe a pension, an income annuity, some cash at hand, investments, or a part-time job. Think forward. Your energy and ability will possibly decrease and affect income stream.

5. Remember you expense status is changing and will continue to change. Maybe you pay off the house, but still have insurance and repairs and taxes. Cars may need replaced that you have had for a while.

6. Think about planned lifestyle. Will you be visiting family and children and grandchildren for extended periods in areas more than 30 miles outside your home? Do you have healthcare coverage that travels with you?

7. What hobbies will you continue and what ones will you pick up?

8. Have you made allowance for increased dental and vision and hearing coverage as you age and those items change faster than they did in your earlier years?

9. How much will you budget annually to cover deductibles, out patient routines, drug co-pays or co-insurance?

10. What is your gift budget? All those people for whom we care and want to take our increased available hours to bless. Will you be giving increased gifts? Notes?

11. Do you understand that your decision for advantage versus basic versus supplement is usually changeable in the first year after you make your initial decision with guaranteed coverage, but probably requires medical underwriting after that year?

These are just a few question we each should consider. A good, qualified agent will help you walk through these items versus just “selling a package”. There are many options of an HMO/PPO Advantage plan with an extra indemnity package or a Supplement with drug plan and vision/hearing/dental package or basic Medicare with an indemnity package and VHD package or, or, or… there are good options and choices available and you want to take time to think it through.

No matter the decisions you make, be in health and prosper even as our souls prospers. This is a time to enjoy the fruit of many years of life and relax knowing as much as possible is covered to allow you the maximum lifestyle you want in retirement. WE CAN HELP WITH THAT!

Call 405.494.0637 or email phil@grandparentbenefits.org.

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